alcohol dependence

Brain-Wide Functional Architecture Remodeling by Alcohol Dependence and Abstinence

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Kimbrough, A., Lurie, D. J., Collazo, A., Kreifeldt, M., Sidhu, H., Macedo, G. C., D’Esposito, M., Contet, C., & George, O. (2020). Brain-wide functional architecture remodeling by alcohol dependence and abstinence. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1909915117
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This mouse study describes the structural differences in brains of mice who are dependent on alcohol compared to those who are not. Rather than looking at function of specific sections of the brain, the study looked at the overall structure of the brain to understand differences in a new way.

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Adfam Case Study Call: Inter-parental Conflict, Alcohol and Children

Adfam, Tavistock Relationships and OnePlusOne are working on a project aiming to reduce the impact of inter-parental conflict on children in families affected by alcohol misuse. They are looking for parents, whose partner has had issues with alcohol dependency, to share their story and talk about how this issue affected them as a couple, led to conflict and impacted on their children. This will inform the development of an online digital platform to support other

Alcohol Misuse and Outpatient Follow-Up after Hospital Discharge

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Borg, B., Douglas, I. S., Hull, M., Keniston, A., Moss, M., & Clark, B. J. (2018). Alcohol misuse and outpatient follow-up after hospital discharge: a retrospective cohort study. Addiction science & clinical practice, 13(1), 24.
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Abstract

Purpose

Patients with alcohol misuse are less likely to receive preventive health services but more likely to utilize emergency health services. However, the association between alcohol misuse and outpatient follow-up after hospitalization is unknown and may depend on whether a patient experiences a critical illness.

Effects of Long‐Term Alcohol Drinking on the Dopamine D2 Receptor: Gene Expression and Heteroreceptor Complexes in the Striatum in Rats

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Feltmann, K., Borroto-Escuela, D. O., Rüegg, J., Pinton, L., de Oliveira Sergio, T., Narváez, M., Jimenez-Beristain, A., Ekström, T. J., Fuxe, K., … Steensland, P. (2018). Effects of Long-Term Alcohol Drinking on the Dopamine D2 Receptor: Gene Expression and Heteroreceptor Complexes in the Striatum in Rats. Alcoholism, clinical and experimental research, 42(2), 338-351.
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Abstract

Background

Reduced dopamine D2 receptor (D2R) ligand binding has repeatedly been demonstrated in the striatum of humans with alcohol use disorder (AUD). The attenuated D2R binding has been suggested to reflect a reduced D2R density, which in turn has been proposed to drive craving and relapse.

Influence of Parental Alcohol Dependence on Parenting and Risking Drinking

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Su, J. , Kuo, S. I., Aliev, F. , Guy, M. C., Derlan, C. L., Edenberg, H. J., Nurnberger, J. I., Kramer, J. R., Bucholz, K. K., Salvatore, J. E. and Dick, D. M. (2018), Influence of Parental Alcohol Dependence Symptoms and Parenting on Adolescent Risky Drinking and Conduct Problems: A Family Systems Perspective. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. doi:10.1111/acer.13827
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A study published in the journal of Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research explores the association between parental alcohol problems and subsequent risky drinking and behavioural issues in adolescents. 

Virtual Reality Cue Refusal Video Game for Alcohol and Cigarette Recovery Support: Summative Study

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Metcalf M, Rossie K, Stokes K, Tallman C, Tanner B Virtual Reality Cue Refusal Video Game for Alcohol and Cigarette Recovery Support: Summative Study JMIR Serious Games 2018;6(2):e7 DOI: 10.2196/games.9231
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A study implementing the use of virtual reality to explore addition and recovery has been published by a team of researchers connected to Clinical Tools, Inc. Clinical Tools is based in the USA with work combining medicine, science, and technology to deliver online education and improve patient care. 

Sideal Spanish Language App for Alcohol Use

Sideal is a self-help app available in Spanish for people experiencing alcohol dependance. The app offers advice on reducing consumption and abstinence. The app can be used to set and track goals that someone has set for themselves or one which has been developed with a clinician. If someone chooses to register through the app and begin to track their progress with the help of a professional then data can be synchronised and made available