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NIH-funded study shows how the brain can limit binge drinking

New research funded by the National Institutes of Health shows how elements of the brain’s stress and reward pathways can interact to suppress binge alcohol drinking. The finding, now online in the journal Nature Neuroscience, suggests potential strategies for treating and preventing alcohol use problems. Below is the text of a press release on the […] [Read More]
Categories: alcohol, General, health

Medication might curb abusive drinking in young people

Young people who drink abusively consume less and suffer fewer consequences from alcohol if they take naltrexone, a Yale School of Medicine study shows. While the drug the did not reduce how often young people drank, the authors say results justify more proactive treatment for  four in 10 individuals aged 18 to 25 who are […] [Read More]
Categories: alcohol, drug abuse, General

Yale study: Low risk for small amounts of alcohol during pregnancy

Heavy alcohol consumption during pregnancy has long been linked to a range of developmental problems and birth defects including fetal alcohol syndrome, low birth weight, and preterm delivery, but a new study from Yale and Brown universities shows that low to moderate alcohol consumption is not associated with an increased risk of specific birth outcomes […] [Read More]
Categories: alcohol, pregnancy

Yale study: Heavy-drinking smokers have harder time quitting

Though smokers who drink heavily have a tougher time quitting cigarettes than smokers who drink moderately or not at all, a study led by researchers in Yale Cancer Center and Yale School of Medicine found that modifying tobacco-oriented telephone counseling to help hazardous drinkers can help them quit smoking. The study was published online Nov. […] [Read More]
Categories: alcohol, smoking
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CDC: Not all excessive drinkers are alcoholics

Nine in 10 adults who drink too much alcohol are not alcoholics or alcohol dependent, according to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Excessive drinking includes binge drinking (four or more drinks on an occasion for women, five […] [Read More]
Categories: alcohol, health
13-year-old Syncere Klock (center) with his mother and Sister Theresa from the Daughter of Charity of the Most Precious Blood Teen Center in Bridgeport and Cindy McGuire, Fitness Director at The Watermark at 3030 Park.

Bridgeport boy honored for efforts in preventing drug and alcohol abuse

The Watermark at 3030 Park recently hosted a special ceremony honoring Syncere Klock, a 13-year-old eighth grader at the Luis Munoz Marin School in Bridgeport, who was named as the senior living community’s newest “Watermark kid.” Watermark for Kids is an organization that empowers young people to build character, strengthen their leadership skills and express […] [Read More]

State teen health report: Alcohol use down, but access to drugs is high

Alcohol use,  and some risky sexual behaviors are on the decline among Connecticut teens, according to a new report from the Connecticut Department of Public Health. But the report also shows that Connecticut youth were less likely than their peers to get at least eight hours of sleep every night, and they had greater access […] [Read More]

State unveils plan to fight chronic disease

Today the Connecticut Department of Public Health released its new chronic disease prevention and health promotion plan, Live Healthy Connecticut. The plan identifies ambitious yet achievable goals in 12 priority areas, including nutrition, physical activity, obesity, tobacco, heart health, cancer, diabetes, and asthma. A comprehensive set of indicators track progress in each of these priority […] [Read More]