Could Alcohol have cognitive benefits depending on your genes?

A new study from the University of Edinburgh uses an unique longitudinal dataset - the Lothian Birth Cohort - and an ingenious analysis technique called Mendelian Randomisation to disentangle the causal influence of drinking alcohol on cognitive ...

Apr 28

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Want to Quit Smoking? New Study Says Try "Self-Expanding" Activities

If you are trying to quit smoking one method to incorporate is to do new, exciting "self-expanding" activities that can help with nicotine craving. This is the take-home message from a new study published online in PLOS ONE by a team of researchers ...

Apr 25

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3 Minutes of Tetris Reduces Cravings for Drink, Cigarettes and Food

Just three minutes of playing Tetris can reduce cravings for food, cigarettes and alcohol, according to a new study published in the journal Appetite. The psychologists conclude that Tetris, a retro tile-matching puzzle game (above), may provide a ...

Mar 4

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Australia: Special unit to help kids with severe internet addiction

Victorian kids as young as eight are becoming hooked on computer games and the internet, with some refusing to go to school, suffering anxiety and depression, getting violent and withdrawing socially. Mental health professionals say the condition, ...

Feb 25

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Using Addictive Games to Build Better Brains

First it was Doodle Jump. Then Dots. And now - will it never end? - Flappy Bird. So many of the games that we download on our smartphones are a waste of time, but we can't seem to stop playing them. My current high score on the late, lamented ...

Feb 19

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Quitting smoking makes you happier, says study

Moderate or heavy smokers who quit tobacco get a boost in mental wellbeing that, for people who are anxious or stressed, is equivalent to taking anti-depressants, a study said Thursday. British researchers examined 26 published investigations into ...

Feb 15

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Heroin, addiction and free will

The death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman has sparked some strong and seemingly contradictory responses. What these reactions show is that many people find it hard to think of addiction as being anything except either a choice or a loss of free ...

Feb 12

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Heavy Drinkers Lose Memory Faster With Age

A new study has found that men drinking heavily in mid-life experience faster declines in their cognitive abilities. The study, published in the journal Neurology, found that men who drank the equivalent of 2.5 drinks per day showed faster declines ...

Jan 23

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Study finds troubling relationship between drinking and PTSD symptoms ...

The estimated 9 percent of college students who have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are likely to drink more alcohol than peers without the psychological condition. In turn, heavy alcohol consumption exacerbates their PTSD ...

Jan 22

Categories: Addictions, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex ...

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Alcohol, tobacco and drug use higher in mentally ill

New research from the Washington University School of Medicine has revealed that compared with the general population, alcohol, tobacco and drug use is much higher among individuals who have psychotic disorders.

Jan 9

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Brain Stimulation Key To Developing New Anti-Smoking Treatments?

While tobacco use over the past couple of decades has gone down significantly, it’s still one of the country’s most entrenched habits. Finding a way to help smokers break the nicotine habit could save millions of lives. A new study has zeroed in ...

Dec 28

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CHANGE HABITS: Breaking Bad Behaviours

A habit, either good or bad is an automatic behavior that we engage in without thinking. So how do we change it?

Dec 10

Categories: Addictions, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Control Issues, Mindfulness

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Why Gamers Can’t Stop Playing First-Person Shooters

In the fall of 1992, a twentysomething college dropout and former juvenile offender named John Carmack was hard at work in Mesquite, Texas, on a new concept for a video game. It would merge the first-person perspective of a game like Myst with the ...

Dec 4

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Could saving the traditional pub be the answer to Britain’s binge ...

A research study finds evidence for the traditional pub as a site for restrained and responsible social interaction for young adults. The UK government wants further controls to restrict high street bars but on the other hand is concerned about the ...

Nov 20

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Gambling addicts present brain function abnormalities that affect ...

University of Granada researchers have analysed similarities and differences in psychological profile and brain function when comparing cocaine addicts and gambling addicts. The study reveals that gambling addicts present brain function ...

Nov 12

Categories: Addictions, Gambling Addiction

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