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Grapevine : November 2011
How to make a tough day tougher Using alcohol to cope with stress may actu- ally make a person's response to stress worse, say researchers at the University of Chicago. Stress may also alter the way that alcohol makes a person feel in a way that increases the likelihood of drinking more alcohol. "Alcohol can decrease the hormone cortisol which the body releases to respond to stress, and it can prolong the feelings of tension produced by the stress," says Emma Childs, a research as- sociate and author for the study. "Stress can also change how alcohol makes a person feel: it can reduce the pleasant e ects of alcohol or increase craving for more alcohol." Source: Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, October 2011 Alcoholism At Large The war at home Alcohol abuse is danger- ously high among return- ing veterans, and a new study is addressing these issues through the use of virtual reality environments. "Our goal is to help them stop their drinking," says Patrick Bordnick at the University of Houston. " e virtual environments allow a patient to practice coping skills in the environments that trigger the cravings and relapse." Using a controller, participants will navigate bar settings, parties or convenience stores where avatars will personalize their interaction, address- ing the veteran by name and allowing him or her to practice coping skills. e veterans "will see items that may trigger their alcohol cravings, such as food or cigarettes. ey'll hear sporting events on televisions, glasses clink- ing or the murmur of bar patrons. ey'll also smell the food, smoke or their alcoholic drink of choice," Bordnick said. Source: University of Houston, July 2011 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 The veterans will see items that may trigger their alcohol cravings, such as food or cigarettes.