Research

Do Cognitive Processes Influence Nicotine Addiction?

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A new study suggests that the way in which the human brain responds to nicotine depends on what a smoker believes about the drug’s content in a cigarette. The investigation found that smoking a cigarette that contains nicotine, but thinking that it did not, fails to satisfy cravings associated with nicotine addiction. To satisfy cravings, therefore, smokers not only have to smoke a cigarette with nicotine present, but also believe tha

Social Media, Sport and Alcohol Advertising

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A new study published in the Drug and Alcohol Review examines the social media presence of alcohol brands that sponsor spectator sports in Australia. It highlights the way in which these brands use sport and social media in their promotional endeavours. The article argues that sports sponsorship deals and social media platforms can act as effective marketing

The Developmental Risks of Second-Hand Smoke among Young Children

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A new study published in Indoor Air: International Journal of Indoor Environment and Health has found that the more children are exposed to household tobacco smoke during early childhood, the more likely they are to show anti-social behaviour towards others. Professor Linda Pagani, who led the research project, suggests that the association “should encourage

Teenage Binge Drinking and Future Offspring’s Brain Development

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Frequent binge drinking during your teenage years can affect the brain functioning and development of your future offspring, according to new research published by Loyola University. Indeed, the study suggests that excessive alcohol consumption is potentially putting future generations at greater risk of developing psychological conditions such as depression and anxiety as well as metabolic disorder

Combating Alcohol Misuse: Soldiers and the Fight against Addiction

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New research published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology argues that telephone-based interventions seem an effective way of helping members of the military overcome alcohol addiction. The study demonstrates that such a method can significantly reduce alcohol consumption over time, lower rates of alcohol dependency and increase the chances of those affected by alcoh

The Lasting Health Effects of Alcohol Dependency

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A new study conducted in the United States and subsequently published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs suggests that those who suffered from symptoms of alcohol dependence during their youth may still experience the mental and physical effects later in life, perhaps even decades after recovering or gaining more control over their drinking habits.

75% of Teens See E-Cigarettes as a Safer Alternative to Tobacco

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Almost 3 out of 4 teenagers in the United States think that e-cigarettes are less harmful or addictive than smoking tobacco, a new study has found. The researchers also found that increases in the perceived safety of what has become known as “vaping” positively correlates with wider usage. In other words, researchers attribute the increasing popularity of e-cigarettes in part to their seemingly less harmful effects on the body.