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Grapevine : August 2011
Alcohol 'buzz' predicts problems New research shows that a person's response to alcohol can predict their future drinking behavior, including their frequency of binge drinking and the risk of developing alcoholism. It's not just overall tolerance, said Andrea King, PhD, professor of psy- chiatry and behavioral neuroscience at the University of Chicago and lead author of the study, but also sensitivity to alcohol's euphoric e ects. "Dr. King's findings support the theory that it is not simply that heavy drinkers obtain less of an e ect from alcohol and drink more to compen- sate," said Henry Kranzler, MD, Professor of Psychiatry at the Univ. of Pennsylvania, "but that they seem to get more 'bang for the buck' and are thus more likely to seek those e ects." Source: Archives of General Psychiatry, April 2011 Alcoholism At Large Teenage alcohol consumption associated with computer use Teenagers who drink alcohol spend more time on their computers for recreational use, includ- ing social networking and downloading and listening to music, compared with their peers who don't drink, according to a study authored by Weill Cornell Medical College public health researcher Dr. Jennifer Epstein. "While the specific fac- tors linking teenage drink- ing and computer use are not yet established," says Dr. Epstein, "it seems likely that adolescents are experimenting with drink- ing and activities on the Internet. In turn, exposure to online material such as alcohol advertising or alcohol-using peers on social networking sites could reinforce teens' drinking. Children are be- ing exposed to computers and the Internet at young- er ages. For this reason it's important that parents are actively involved in monitoring their children's computer usage, as well as alcohol use." Source: Addictive Behaviors, May 2011 Teens who drink spend more time on computers. IMAGES FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSE ONLY e purpose of these pages is to o er information that may further read- ers' understanding of the medical, legal and social aspects of alcoholism; the severity and international scope of the illness; and the worldwide ef- forts being made to combat it. Publication here does not imply endorse- ment or a liation. AA does not conduct or participate in research, nor does it hold any opinion on research conducted by others. aagrapevine.org 61