Tag Archives: alcohol abuse

Friends or Enemies: Alcohol Industry and Public Health

Ilana Pinsky, PhD, a Research Scientist at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse recently asked: "Can the alcohol industry genuinely care about the health of its customers when its primary business objective is to gain revenue from one of the most harmful substances and when most profits are made off of people with drinking problems?"  Dr. Pinsky suggests that the alcohol industry investment in public health isn't a solid...

Alcohol Energy Drinks-The Facts

  Alcohol energy drinks are premixed beverages containing not only alcohol but caffeine and other stimulants. Marketed to teens, often through social media, college campuses and grassroots efforts using youth-oriented slogans, these drinks have a very high alcohol content, some as high as 12% as compared to 5% for a typical can of beer. According to NCADD, a major concern is that mixing energy drinks with alcohol can lead to “wide-awake drunkenness,” where...

Teens and Depression

Our teens are becoming more depressed, but fewer seek treatment, according to a study reported in Pediatrics, a journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The study examined national trends over a 12 month period. Participants included over 170,000 adolescents aged 12 to 17 and more than 178,000 young adults aged 18 to 25.

In each participant category studied, the results showed an increase in depression: from...

Surgeon General: Addiction is a Disease, not a Choice

The first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health was published yesterday. A landmark report, a collaborative effort between the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Office of the Surgeon General,  it focuses on substance misuse and how individuals can use that knowledge to address substance misuse and related consequences. Nearly 21 million people in America have a substance use disorder involving alcohol or drugs....

Drugged Driving Deaths on the Increase

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the percentage of traffic deaths involving drugged driving has nearly doubled over a decade. And with four more states (Massachusetts, California, Nevada and Maine) legalizing recreational use last week, that percentage is almost certain to increase. As reported in USA Today, a recent NHTSA study shows that 21% of the 31,166 fatal crashes in the U.S. in 2015 involved...