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Brief Alcohol Intervention is Effective in Mandated Students

Heavy drinking and alcohol-related problems are reduced through BASICS program A new randomized controlled trial has found that undergraduate heavy drinkers, whether mandated or volunteer to participate in the BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) program, have fewer drinks weekly and fewer alcohol-related problems, compared to a control group. Even 12 months after the intervention, [...]

By | February 13th, 2015|Alcohol, College students, How To, Literature, News|Comments Off on Brief Alcohol Intervention is Effective in Mandated Students

Alcohol Poisoning

This week’s CDC Vital Signs reports that alcohol poisoning kills around 6 people every day in the U.S. Alcohol poisoning, usually resulting from high-intensity binge drinking, can shut down parts of the brain that control breathing and other vital body functions. The report points out that most of these deaths are in white men, age [...]

By | January 9th, 2015|Alcohol, How To, News|Comments Off on Alcohol Poisoning

Are Efforts to Prevent Binge Drinking at College Effective? One source says NO

What will it take for college campuses to bring down the level of "binge drinking" among college students? This article in the Chronicle of Higher Education claims that current efforts are ineffective and makes the case for reframing the problem, moving from an emphasis on "education" to an emphasis on "enforcement." Read more

By | December 10th, 2014|Alcohol, Binge Drinking, College students, News|Comments Off on Are Efforts to Prevent Binge Drinking at College Effective? One source says NO

CDC: 1 of 3 Adults Drinks Excessively

College students are not the only population making the news for alcohol use. A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that nearly 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. drinks excessively (see definitions below). In contrast, around 1 in 30 adults meets the diagnostic criteria for alcohol dependence. Let’s put [...]

By | November 24th, 2014|Alcohol, Binge Drinking, Literature, News|Comments Off on CDC: 1 of 3 Adults Drinks Excessively

New References That Caught Our Interest

Ah, the advantages of Google Scholar Alerts. Here are some of the articles on social norms studies (mostly alcohol and other substance use; one on water conservation) that look interesting and relevant that have come our way in the last couple of weeks by way of our Google Scholar alerts: Alcohol mixed with energy drinks [...]

By | November 13th, 2014|Alcohol, College students, Literature, Social Marketing, Social Norms|Comments Off on New References That Caught Our Interest

Alcohol Marketing, Young People’s Drinking, Social Norms

Two interesting studies: Alcohol Marketing and Young People's Drinking: The Role of Perceived Social Norms Ph.D. Dissertation by Gerard Hastings, University of Stirling Abstract: There has been substantial scientific debate about the impact of alcohol marketing on consumption. Relying mainly on econometric studies, the alcohol industry has traditionally maintained that alcohol marketing does not influence consumption, [...]

By | November 12th, 2014|Alcohol, College students, Literature, Social Norms|Comments Off on Alcohol Marketing, Young People’s Drinking, Social Norms

Alcohol and the Adolescent Brain

Squeglia, L. M., Jacobus, J., & Tapert, S. F. (2014). The effect of alcohol use on human adolescent brain structures and systems. Handbook of clinical neurology, 125, 501. Abstract: This article reviews the neurocognitive and neuroimaging literatureregarding the effect of alcohol use on human adolescent brain structure and function. Adolescents who engage in heavy alcohol use, even at [...]

By | October 20th, 2014|Alcohol, College students, Literature|Comments Off on Alcohol and the Adolescent Brain

Alcohol Marketing and Young People’s Drinking: The Role of Perceived Social Norms

An Intriguing Dissertation by Gerard Hastings at the University of Stirling Abstract There has been substantial scientific debate about the impact of alcohol marketing on consumption. Relying mainly on econometric studies, the alcohol industry has traditionally maintained that alcohol marketing does not influence consumption, but is merely limited to brand level effects. Public health advocates, [...]

By | October 14th, 2014|Alcohol, College students, Literature, Social Norms|Comments Off on Alcohol Marketing and Young People’s Drinking: The Role of Perceived Social Norms

Habit Predicts Alcohol Consumption

This is a small study (n=46 college students) that certainly needs replication on a larger scale, with a more demographically diverse sample, before being taken as definitive. However, the finding that "... habit (emphasis added) was a significant predictor of both amount and proportion of alcohol consumed...[and] was shown to effectively discriminate between..." intention and behavior is [...]

By | October 2nd, 2014|Alcohol, Literature|Comments Off on Habit Predicts Alcohol Consumption

Two articles on effect of Age of Onset on heavy drinking

Age of Onset and Delay to First Intoxication: College Students Citation: Morean, M. E., Corbin, W. R., & Fromme, K. (2012). Age of first use and delay to first intoxication in relation to trajectories of heavy drinking and alcohol‐related problems during emerging adulthood. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 36(11), 1991-1999. Results An earlier AO and/or [...]

By | September 30th, 2014|Alcohol, Literature|Comments Off on Two articles on effect of Age of Onset on heavy drinking