Fewer young adults drink than 20 years ago

While the number of college-age young adults drinking has fallen, the number using marijuana, or both marijuana and alcohol, is up, researchers say.

Laura Bailey-Michigan • futurity
Oct. 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: alcohol marijuana united-states society-and-culture health-and-medicine college-students trends substance-abuse

COVID-19 stress could boost alcohol abuse risk

Stress ups the risks for alcohol and drug abuse, and difficulty in getting treatment makes coping with addiction even harder during COVID, an expert argues.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
Sept. 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: addiction covid-19 alcohol featured social-lives health-and-medicine

Sexual minority men who smoke report worse mental health

The relationship between smoking, substance use, and mental health among sexual and gender minority populations suggest a need for holistic treatment.

Michelle Edelstein-Rutgers • futurity
Sept. 21, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: drugs addiction alcohol anxiety health-and-medicine lgbtq cigarettes

As clubs and parties went virtual, drug use did too

With clubs and festivals shut down, a new study looks at how people have moved to virtual raves and Zoom happy hours and how that's changed drug use.

Rachel Harrison-NYU • futurity
Aug. 28, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: drugs covid-19 alcohol internet featured society-and-culture social-lives

As clubs and parties went virtual, drug use did too

With clubs and festivals shut down, a new study looks at how people have moved to virtual raves and Zoom happy hours and how that's changed drug use.

Rachel Harrison-NYU • futurity
Aug. 28, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: drugs covid-19 alcohol internet featured society-and-culture social-lives

Brewing Mesopotamian beer brings a sip of this vibrant ancient drinking culture back to life

Beer was extremely popular in ancient Mesopotamia. Sipped through straws, it differed from today’s beer and was enjoyed by people from all walks of life.

Tate Paulette, Assistant Professor of History, North Carolina State University • conversation
Aug. 24, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  alcohol  archaeology  poetry  pandemic  university-of-chicago  epidemics  beer  iraq  wine  mesopotamia  brewing  gilgamesh  bars  alcohol-use  babylonians  sumerians  ancient-mesopotamia

How mezcal bubbles reveal its booze level

Artisanal makers of mezcal use tiny bubbles to determine when the alcohol level is right. Fluid dynamics researchers investigated how it works.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
July 8, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: physics alcohol food science-and-technology bubbles liquids

Researchers to track impact of lockdown on alcohol, gambling and pornography use

Is the lockdown leading us to drink more alcohol or spend more time gambling online or watching pornography? Researchers today launch a survey aimed at tracking how our habits have changed in response to our forced isolation.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 12, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: spotlight-on-neuroscience addiction mental-health covid-19 coronavirus gambling alcohol internet online pornography

Stress has more adults drinking and getting high

As disruptions to daily life worsen during the pandemic, more adults report using alcohol and marijuana to cope with stress.

Jared Wadley-Michigan • futurity
April 23, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: covid-19 depression alcohol anxiety stress marijuana health-and-medicine

How the coronavirus is putting our relationship with alcohol to the test

Not just individuals, but the government's too.

James Morris, PhD Student/Lecturer, London South Bank University • conversation
April 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus alcohol alcohol-policy alcohol-industry uk-drinking

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