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  • Alcoholism Drug Helps Gamblers

    This is good news for people who have a gambling problem

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    Binge Drinking & Brain Damage

    Binge Drinking & Brain
    Damage Injury Risk Highest
    Among Binge Drinkers
    Binge drinkers have a
    higher risk of alcohol-
    related injury than chronic,
    heavy drinkers, the Health
    Behavior News Service
    reported Feb. 22. Binge-
    drinking women who
    otherwise drink in
    moderation had seven
    times the risk of injury as
    nondrinkers, while binge-
    drinking men increased
    their injury risk sixfold.
    “It’;s not only the amount
    of alcohol consumed that
    shapes the risk for injury,
    but also the usual
    consumption pattern,” said
    study author Gerhard Gmel
    of the Swiss Institute for
    the Prevention of Alcohol
    and Drug Problems. “At
    highest risk are those who
    usually consume
    moderately but sometimes
    binge drink. This is true for

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    Bad Bedside Manners

    8 Ways to Help Patients Feel Human More than most many recovering alcoholics, addicts and co-dependent people have experienced the following. One should insist on ones rights and respect – quietly and assertively. Dehumanization is endemic in medical practice. This article discusses the psychology of dehumanization resulting from inherent features of medical settings, the doctor–patient …∞

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    Understanding Stress & alcohol

    Understanding Stress:
    Characteristics and
    Caveats Hymie Anisman,
    Ph.D. and Zul Merali, Ph.D.
    Exposure to stressful
    situations is among the
    most common human
    experiences. These types
    of situations can range
    from unexpected calamities
    to routine daily
    annoyances. In response
    to stressors, a series of
    behavioral, neurochemical,
    and immunological changes
    occur that ought to serve
    in an adaptive capacity.
    However, if those systems
    become overly taxed, the
    organism may become
    vulnerable to pathology.
    Likewise, the biological
    changes, if sufficiently
    sustained, may themselves
    adversely affect the
    organism’;s well-being.
    Several factors may dictate
    an individual’;s response to
    environmental stressors,
    including characteristics of
    the

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    Obsessive Compulsive Drinking Scale Predicts Drinking

    Obsessive Compulsive Drinking Scale Craving Scores Predict 24-Month Outcome in Alcoholic Outpatients This study was conducted to replicate previous findings on the predictive value of a German version of the Obsessive Compulsive Drinking Scale (OCDS) by investigating 24-month treatment outcome in an outpatient setting. This was a prospective, observational study with 92 alcohol-dependent patients. The …∞

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    Doctors Drinking Affects Next Days Surgery

    Persistent Next-Day Effects of Excessive Alcohol Consumption on Laparoscopic Surgical Performance Purpose; To examine the effect of previous-day excessive alcohol consumption on laparoscopic surgical performance. Study 1 was a randomized controlled trial. Study 2 was a cohort study. Sixteen science students (laparoscopic novices) participated in study 1. Eight laparoscopic experts participated in study 2. All …∞

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    AA Assists Alcoholics Avoid Alcohol

    Avoidance of alcohol-related stimuli in alcohol-dependent inpatients BACKGROUND: Previous research has shown an attentional bias toward drug-related stimuli in heavy social drinkers. Attentional orientation to drug-related cues may lead to increased craving and preoccupation with the drug and impaired ability to focus attention on nondrug-related activities, resulting in renewed drug taking or relapse from drug …∞

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    What Is Craving?

    What Is Craving? Models of
    Craving and Implications
    for Treatment Raymond F.
    Anton, M.D. Although
    many alcoholics experience
    craving, researchers have
    not yet developed a
    common, valid definition of
    the phenomenon.
    Numerous models of the
    mechanisms underlying
    craving have been
    suggested, however. One
    of those models-the
    neuroadaptive model-
    suggests that the
    prolonged presence of
    alcohol induces changes in
    brain-cell function. In the
    absence of alcohol, those
    changes cause an
    imbalance in brain activity
    that results in craving.
    Furthermore, the adaptive
    changes generate
    memories of alcohol’;s
    pleasant effects that can
    be activated when alcohol-
    related environmental
    stimuli are encountered,
    even after prolonged
    abstinence, thereby
    leading to relapse

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    Long Term Drinking Destroys Choice

    NIH study finds chronic alcohol use shifts brain’s control of behavior Chronic alcohol exposure leads to brain adaptations that shift behavior control away from an area of the brain involved in complex decision-making and toward a region associated with habit formation, according to a new study conducted in mice by scientists at the National Institutes …∞

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    Motivational Enhancement Therapy

    Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) is a systematic intervention approach for evoking change in problem drinkers. It is based on principles of motivational psychology and is designed to produce rapid, internally motivated change. This treatment employs motivational strategies to mobilize the client’s own change resources. MET consists of four carefully planned and individualized treatment sessions. The …∞

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