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Grapevine : September 2011
Alcoholism and mental illness Alcoholism is four times more likely among adults with mental illness, com- pared to those without mental illness, according to a new government survey. e survey found the rate of alcoholism among adults with mental illness was 9.6 percent, compared with 2.2 percent for those without mental illness. Additionally, the rate of alcohol dependence increases along with the severity of mental illness. While 7.9 percent of adults with mild mental ill- ness were alcohol dependent, that rate Alcoholism At Large Fish oil can help reduce alcohol cravings According to new research, omega 3 fatty acids may be beneficial for more than just the heart. In an unexpected finding from a multi-year animal study of mice with charac- teristic bipolar symptoms, it was determined that mice treated with the fatty acid DHA normalized their bipolar behavior and also showed a reduced desire for alcohol. " ese bipolar mice, like some bipolar patients, love alcohol. e mice on DHA drank much less; it curtailed their alcohol abusive behavior," said Alexander B. Niculescu, MD, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and the lead author of the study. To verify this finding, the researchers studied another well-established animal model of alcohol- ism and obtained similar results. Based on these results, Niculescu said, "We believe a diet rich in omega 3 fatty acids may help the treatment and prevention of bipolar dis- order, and may help with alcoholism as well." Source: Indiana University School of Medicine, May 2011 Omega 3 fatty acids exhibit a stabilizing influence. IMAGES FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSE ONLY 60 September 2011