Drinking linked to a decline in brain health from cradle to grave

The evidence for the harmful effects of alcohol on brain health is compelling, but now experts have pin-pointed three key time periods in life when the effects of alcohol are likely to be at their greatest.

Dec 5

Categories: Addictions


Study Finds People Who Played Video Games For Longer Had Greater ...

Video games get blamed for a lot. There are long-standing debates about whether violence in video games leads to real-world aggression, or whether video game "addiction" is something we should worry about. And some people have broader fears that ...

Nov 26

Categories: Addictions


Alcohol use changed right after COVID-19 lockdown

One in four adults reported a change in alcohol use almost immediately after stay-at-home orders were issued, according to a study of twins led by Washington State University researchers.

Oct 21

Categories: Addictions


Binge-drinkers’ brains have to work harder to feel empathy for ...

People who binge-drink show more extensive dysfunction across their brains than previously realised, a new study from the University of Sussex has shown. The research shows that binge-drinkers’ brains have to put more effort into trying to feel ...

Sep 21

Categories: Addictions, Empathy


Marijuana May Boost Risky Effects of Drinking Alcohol

Consuming marijuana and alcohol simultaneously can result in individuals drinking alcohol more frequently and also in greater amounts. However, many individuals might be unaware of this as they often overlook the dangers of combining various ...

Aug 16

Categories: Addictions


Adults Who Mix Cannabis with Opioids for Pain Report Higher Anxiety, ...

While opioids and cannabis have pain reduction effects, using both substances together might have undesirable effects on the consumer. Recent studies have found that individuals who mix both types of substances did not feel additional pain ...

Aug 15

Categories: Addictions, Anxiety, Chronic Pain, Depression, Drug Addiction


This Diary Study Suggests It’s Probably Not A Good Idea To Use ...

Some people might be thrilled by the legalisation of marijuana in various parts of the world, believing that satisfying sleep is heading their way. However, a new study by researchers at Syracuse University begs to differ. While marijuana might ...

Jul 22

Categories: Addictions, Drug Addiction, Sleep Disorders


Ignoring Cues for Alcohol and Fast Food is Hard -- But is it Out of ...

Stress, tiredness as well as being busy with other tasks can cause us to experience difficulties resisting temptations.

Jul 9

Categories: Addictions


Brain Imaging May Help Identify Teens at Risk of Increasing Alcohol ...

Alcoholism is more common in adolescents who have a greater amount of grey matter in certain brain regions, according to results from brain imaging. Such findings might be helpful in providing youths at risk with more help, as it allows us to ...

Jul 5

Categories: Addictions, Child and/or Adolescent Issues


How the Internet may be changing the Brain

Researchers from Western Sydney University, Harvard University, Kings College, Oxford University and University of Manchester have found that the Internet can produce both acute and sustained alterations in specific areas of cognition, which may ...

Jun 17

Categories: Addictions, Social Isolation


Formation of Habitual Use Drives Cannabis Addiction

Brain regions in charge of processing rewards are involved in promoting heavy cannabis use, but not all heavy cannabis users are dependent on the drug. A recent study has suggested that regions controlling habit formation are more responsible for ...

Jun 14

Categories: Addictions, Drug Addiction


Alcohol Use Disorder: A Step Toward Treatment?

Mood disorders and alcohol use disorder are both challenging to treat. A recent study concludes that a pathway involved in both conditions could be positively influenced by a commercially available chemical.

Feb 13

Categories: Addictions, Depression, Mood Swings / Bipolar


Heavy Drinking may Change DNA, Leading to Increased Craving for ...

Binge and heavy drinking may cause a long-lasting genetic change, resulting in an even greater craving for alcohol. Researchers are looking into these biomarkers and potentially able to find out an individual's risk for binge and heavy drinking.

Feb 8

Categories: Addictions


What is Addiction, Anyway?

Stigma, myth, and controversy continue to surround the concept of addiction; what it is, who ends up addicted, and what causes it. The focus here is to reduce stigma, dispel myths and hopefully clarify some controversy through focusing on the ...

Jan 14

Categories: Addictions, Drug Addiction, Gambling Addiction


The Science behind Technology Addiction

This article talks about how games make use of certain psychological aspects that keep children addicted to their phones.

Oct 25

Categories: Addictions, Child Development