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Grapevine : January 2011
Stress hormone may impact recovery from alcoholism Scientists at the University of Liverpool have found that high levels of a stress hormone in recovering alcoholics could increase the risk of relapse. e study showed that cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal gland in response to stress, is found in high levels in chronic alcoholics, as well as those recovering from alco- holism. Researchers found that this could result in impaired memory, at- tention and decision-making functions, which could decrease the patient's Alcoholism At Large E. European teens: rise in drunkenness Eastern European teenagers, particularly girls, are closing the drinking gap with their Western European and American counterparts. According to a new study, the number of adolescents in Eastern Europe who reported getting drunk rose by 40 percent between 1998 and 2006. Although the increase was seen in both genders, the rate was higher among girls. Alcohol use is a major risk factor for illness, injury and death worldwide, especially in adolescence and young adulthood, according to the study. "More specifically, drunkenness has been associated with various adverse consequences and health problems such as fatal and non-fatal injuries, blackouts, suicide attempts, unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, academic failure and violence," the authors wrote. Source: Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine; Oct. 4, 2010 The increase rate was higher among girls. IMAGES FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSE ONLY 62 January 2011