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

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

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

Some veterans skip VA health care services

Veterans "who screened positive for a mental health problem were significantly less likely to use a health care program of any kind," researchers say.

Kristie Auman-Bauer-Penn State • futurity
March 26, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: depression alcohol anxiety health-and-medicine veterans post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd

Social ties make AA the most effective way to stop drinking

Alcoholics Anonymous is almost always more effective than therapy, a new review shows. AA participation lowered health care costs, too.

Stanford • futurity
March 13, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: addiction alcohol health-care-costs featured social-lives health-and-medicine

Family history with alcohol may alter how your brain works

If you have a parent with alcohol use disorder, it may affect how your brain transitions from demanding tasks to rest.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
Feb. 10, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: addiction alcohol brains families health-and-medicine

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