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Beyond the binge: Extreme drinking common among working-age adults

Research Society on Alcoholism

Binge drinking is a common and harmful pattern of alcohol use, often defined as consuming at least four (for women) or five (for men) drinks in one drinking episode. However, some people drink well beyond this, consuming two or even three times the binge threshold, putting them at very high risk of acute harm. Previous research on such ‘high-intensity drinking’, or ‘HID’, has been mostly limited to college-age youth, with less known about HID in the mid-adult age group. A new study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research has evaluated the prevalence, consequences, and influences of HID among Australian adults of working age.

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Drinking among sport-playing college students is strongly influenced by peer perceptions

Research Society on Alcoholism

Alcohol misuse among college students remains a major public health concern. Students’ perceptions of how much their peers are drinking, and of peers’ attitudes to alcohol, are known to be a key influence on their own alcohol use. Two distinct types of social norms that can shape students’ drinking are recognized – ‘injunctive’ norms, namely perceptions of peers’ attitudes about how much a college student should drink, and ‘descriptive’ norms, which are perceptions of how much their peers do drink.

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Survey Reveals Most Americans Know a Lot Less About Eye Health Than They Think They Do: Here’s Why That’s a Problem

American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

A new survey has uncovered key gaps in American’s knowledge of eye health, and what they don’t know is putting them at risk of vision loss.

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13-Jan-2020 6:00 AM EST
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Maturing Out of Alcohol Use in Young Adulthood

Research Society on Alcoholism

Rates of heavy drinking and alcohol use disorder peak in the late adolescent and early adult age-group (19-25 years), before decreasing from around age 26. This supports the notion that many young people ‘mature out’ of heavier drinking behavior. However, changes in young adults’ alcohol consumption vary widely, and depend on a range of factors including role transitions (e.g. marriage, parenthood), social networks, and personality. Dr. Michael Windle from Emory University, Georgia, assessed the variation in ‘maturing out’ by evaluating trajectories of alcohol use from adolescence through young adulthood, up to around 33 years of age. The study, published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, also explored whether different alcohol use trajectories were associated with other indicators of young-adult functioning, relating to health, sleep, and social and occupational functioning.

Channels: Addiction, Alcohol and Alcoholism, All Journal News, Behavioral Science, Psychology and Psychiatry, Sleep,

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8-Jan-2020 8:05 PM EST
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Newswise: Iran Will Continue to Retaliate in Many Forms and in Many Places

Iran Will Continue to Retaliate in Many Forms and in Many Places

Wellesley College

Ambassador Susan Rice joined Wellesley College professor Michael Jeffries for a discussion about her new book, work in the Obama Administration, and current events like the Iran crisis at an event on campus.

Channels: Government/Law, U.S. Foreign Relations, U.S. National Security, U.S. Politics,

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10-Jan-2020 7:05 AM EST
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Newswise: Queen’s University and Belfast City Council launch the Belfast Climate Commission to deliver action on the climate crisis
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Newswise: At gun safety events, 40% of gun owners reported not locking all household guns –– even around kids

At gun safety events, 40% of gun owners reported not locking all household guns –– even around kids

University of Washington

Gun owners will go to events to get free devices for locking up their firearms at home, but a survey of nearly 3,000 participants at such events in Washington found that 40% had unlocked guns at home, and the presence of children in the home did not make a difference.

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10-Jan-2020 3:15 AM EST
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Newswise: Beyond the Bushfires, What Can Teachers Do to Help Their Kids?

Beyond the Bushfires, What Can Teachers Do to Help Their Kids?

University of South Australia

In a little over two weeks, more than three million Australian students will return to school, ready to start a new year. But, amid the packed lunches and book bags, many may also be returning with a sense of anxiety and confusion in the aftermath of Australia’s devastating bushfires.

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10-Jan-2020 2:05 AM EST
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