Alcohol and marijuana are two widely consumed substances known for their ability to alter consciousness and lower users’ emotional and behavioral inhibitions. One potential consequence of these emotional and behavioral changes is participation in unsafe sex. In a study published in the Journal of Sex Research, researchers from three U.S. institutions examined the specific ways in which alcohol and marijuana use can change the willingness of college-age women to use condoms when engaged in sex with familiar and unfamiliar partners.
The Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS) has released a report that shows that parents in Maine are not fully aware of how often their adolescent children are experimenting with alcohol, but that they are more aware than they used to be. It’s a phenomenon that translates to all parents in all states.
Since the advent of Facebook, Twitter and other social media tools, many teenagers and adults spend considerable amounts of time using these outlets to self-report on their whereabouts, beliefs and behaviors. In a substantial number of instances, these self-reports include statements about potentially damaging patterns of alcohol consumption. In a study published in May 2014 in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, researchers from several U.S. universities assessed the connection between alcohol-related statements on Facebook and real-world drinking behaviors in a group of college-age adults. These researchers also explored the underlying motivations for alcohol consumption among young adults who post on Facebook.
Behavior, good or bad, is contagious. In other words, we all tend to mimic the actions of our immediate social group. And it may be easier to imitate bad behavior than good. Yet, people don’t want to think that they are as moved by someone else’s choices as they actually are. A new study reveals the powerful subconscious pull to adapt to our surroundings.
There is a symbiosis which exists between alcohol and aggression. Anger can lead a person to drink and, conversely, drinking often leads to anger. Of course, not every person who drinks becomes more aggressive, but the fact that alcohol is linked to 50 percent of the violent crime in this country reveals this cause-and-effect relationship is a reality for many who drink. Why does alcohol produce increased aggression in some people? Here are a few explanations.
There has long been a generational tug of war between younger and older generations when it comes to music and lyrics. But certain musical genres are loaded with references to drinking and even to alcohol brand names. Hip-hop music frequently mentions high price labels like Hennessy for example. And these kinds of references have skyrocketed in recent years.
It was not always the case that Americans had to be 21 to drink alcohol. In fact, laws setting 21 as the legal drinking age is only a few decades old. A new report indicates making minors wait to drink saves young lives.
It’s been said that yawns are contagious even though no one can say precisely why. A new study suggests that people may imitate one another’s drinking behavior as well.
Nearly 5,000 Americans under age 21 die each year from alcohol-related causes, yet it’s illegal to sell alcohol to minors. So how do underage kids get alcohol in the first place? Law officials say that in a surprising number of cases an adult supplies the alcohol. One news organization decided to see just how true that assertion was, and what they found was shocking.
At least 50 percent of all students enrolled in a U.S. college or university participate in binge drinking or some other form of seriously risky alcohol consumption. As a rule, drinking is so common in college environments because the social norms established by students make alcohol intake an acceptable activity. In a study published in December 2013 in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, researchers from the University of Washington sought to determine exactly which types of social relationships have the strongest impact on producing pro-drinking norms among college students.