Alcoholism Archive – Omega-3 fatty acids may be beneficial for more than just the heart. Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine disclosed at a molecular level a potential therapeutic benefit of these dietary supplements for alcohol abuse and psychiatric disorders. In a multi-year study, researchers showed conclusive behavioral and molecular benefits for an omega-3 […] – Scientists at the University of Liverpool have found that high levels of a stress hormone in recovering alcoholics could increase the risk of relapse. The study showed that cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal gland in response to stress, is found in high levels in chronic alcoholics, as well as those recovering […]

Acamprosate reduces the number of patients being treated for alcoholism who return to drinking, according to a new Cochrane Systematic Review. The drug showed moderate benefits in trials when used in addition to non-drug treatments. Drinking too much alcohol increases the risk of ill health. According to the World Health Organization, alcohol misuse is at […] – Long-term alcoholism affects sleep even after long periods of abstinence, and the pattern of this effect is similar in both men and women, according to a study in the journal SLEEP. Results indicate that in long-term alcoholics who had not had a drink for up to 719 days, the percentage of slow wave […] – Unfortunately, too many people will drink too much alcohol during the holiday season, and find themselves waking up with hangovers (and hopefully not worse consequences from alcohol use). For those folks, the bad news is that while myths about hangover “cures” abound, there isn’t a single one that has been scientifically proven to […]

Alcohol’s intoxicating effects are familiar to everyone. But the molecular details of alcohol’s impact on brain activity remain a mystery. A new study by researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies brings us closer to understanding how alcohol alters the way brain cells work. Their findings, published in the current advance online edition of […]