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ATOD and Advocacy Update - Week-Ending March 8, 2013

v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} SBetancourt 12.00 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} Percentage of College Freshmen Drinking Beer in the Past Year Continues to Decline The percentage of U.S. college freshmen reporting that they drank beer occasionally or frequently in the past year has declined significantly since the early 1980s, according to data from the Cooperative Institutional Research Program’s annual college freshman survey. In 1982, 73.7% of college freshmen reported drinking beer in the year before entering college. Since then this rate has declined nearly every year, reaching a record low of 33.4% in 2012. While the decline in beer consumption over the past three decades is encouraging, one-third of college freshmen...

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ATOD and Advocacy Update - Week-Ending March 1, 2013

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The Prevention of Substance Use Disorders 1

Part One - Overview and Terminology.Our society pays far more attention to disease treatment than disease prevention.  And some of the reasons for this are understandable.  When medical-scientific technology saves lives, for example, the outcomes often generate hype because they are dramatic.  When prevention works, however, nothing happens.  The resulting non-events attract little if any attention—even though the number of people saved may be larger than the number who benefit from seemingly miraculous disease treatment.  In addition, preventive interventions reduce the occurrence of other dangerous and unpleasant situations—assaults, for example, are reduced by training young people in coping skills even if the stated objective of the training is to prevent substance abuse—that might not be counted at all in tallies of disease.  The bias for treatment over prevention encompasses most or all health concerns including addiction.  One indicator is the 2013 budget of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health...Original linkOriginal author:...

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ATOD and Advocacy Update - Week-Ending February 22, 2013

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ATOD and Advocacy Update - Week-Ending February 15, 2013

v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";} App helps students measure alcohol content in containersIn an effort to make responsible drinking easier, two University students and an alumnus developed an iPhone app called “Shots iGot.” Shots iGot features the top 40 most popularly used nontraditional liquid containers, such as water bottles, solo cups and Gatorade bottles, said Josh Rosenheck, creator of the app. The user chooses a bottle and slides his or her finger to virtually fill the bottle to see the number of shots at any given level, said Rosenheck, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. Read the rest of the story here . Addiction to Food Viewed Less Negatively Than Addiction to Alcohol or...

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Weekly ATOD and Advocacy Update - Week ending February 8, 2013

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Weekly ATOD and Advocacy Update - Week ending February 4, 2013

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Sedative-Hypnotic Medications: Nothing to be Relaxed About

Sedative-hypnotic medications are not good choices for individuals with addiction.  Even those with vulnerability to addiction due to, for example, a family history of alcohol dependence, run a higher risk of developing problems.  Nevertheless, some medical practitioners are quick to prescribe these drugs when patients complain of anxiety or insomnia.  The prescribers aim to be helpful, but too often these prescriptions end up harming the patient and possibly others. Though some authors classify sedating antidepressants and antihistamines as sedative-hypnotics, this discussion restricts the category to medications that act in the brain by augmenting the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA).  GABA is a chemical messenger that inhibits the activity of brain cells.Boosting GABA both calms the brain and increases dopamine in the nucleus accumbens.  That increase of dopamine is the neurobiological event most identified with the experience of pleasure and reward.  The intensity of the pleasure might be subtle or dramatic,...Original linkOriginal...

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ATOD & Advocay Weekly News Recap - Week-ending January 24th

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ATOD Weekly Recap - Week-ending January 18th

Do College Students View Alcohol or Drug Use as a Problem?Alcohol and drugs are present on college campuses virtually everywhere. So are symptoms of psychological issues, such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress. However, a small percentage of students who need help for these issues ever actually seek out mental health services. Is it that they don’t see drug and alcohol use as a problem? The answer to that question varies. According to a recent study led by Robert J. Lowinger of Bluefield State College in West Virginia, college men and college women perceive the effects and severity of drug and alcohol use differently. In his study, Lowinger interviewed 201 college students using a modified version of the Degree of Impairment Scale (DIS) to assess how drug use and alcohol consumption interfered with their lives with respect to academic performance, career, daily routine, social engagement, romantic relationships, and friendships. He looked...

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