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Grapevine : January 2012
62 January 2012 Our AA buddies keep us sober A recent study shows that the two most important ways AA helps members stay sober is 1) spending more time with individuals who support efforts toward sobriety (rather than those who would encourage drinking), and 2) increased confidence in the ability to maintain abstinence in social situations. “AA has been shown to help people attain and maintain long-term recov- ery,” says study leader John F. Kelly, PhD, associate director of the Mas- sachusetts General Hospital Center for Addiction Medicine. The research also indicated that reduced depression and increased spirituality or reli- gious practices also had a significant independent role in the recovery of participants. Source: Addiction, September 2011 Alcoholism At Large Does stress drive kids of alcoholics to drink more? A Swedish study finds that people with parents who have a history of alcohol abuse drink more than others when exposed to stress. It has long been known that children of alcoholics are 50% more likely to have a drinking prob- lem in the future, and research is shedding new light on this link. The study involved healthy people who were divided into two groups on the basis of whether they came from an alcoholic family or not. Both groups were randomly assigned to two experimental situations, one of which was more stressful and involved solving math- ematical problems under timed conditions in public. The two groups were sub- sequently allowed to drink alcohol in an experimen- tal consumption test or a placebo, depending on which situation they had been randomly assigned. Source: Pharmacology, Biochemis- try and Behavior, June 2011 Children of alcoholics drank more under stress. ImAgeSforILLuStrAtIonPurPoSeonLy The purpose of these pages is to offer 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 affiliation. AA does not conduct or participate in research, nor does it hold any opinion on research conducted by others. GRAPE_62.indd 62 11/14/11 4:37 PM