Carrying a gene variant that affects the release of a specific brain protein may put one at greater risk of developing an alcohol use disorder, according to the results of a recent animal study.

Research from two Duke University studies suggests researchers may be able to predict how likely young adults are to develop problem drinking or engage in risky sexual behavior in response to stress.

The research is part of the ongoing Duke Neurogenetics Study (DNS), which began in 2010 to better understand how interactions between the brain, genome and environment shape risky behaviors that can predict mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, and addiction.

While some young people believe marijuana use has little-to-no effect on driving ability, a new study found that marijuana use impairs driving similar to alcohol use. The study, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Office on National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), was released this week and published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Coalition members are invited to register for a free webinar called “Cancer - What's Alcohol Use Got to Do With It?” from 2:30-4 p.m. EST July 7.

Presenters include S. Jane Henley, MSPH, Cancer Surveillance Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control; Dafna Kanny, PhD, Alcohol Program, CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; Amy Ann Moore, Ingham County Health Department; and Ena Wanliss, Comprehensive Cancer Control Branch, CDC Division of Cancer Prevention and Control.

A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows a decline in the level of past month underage alcohol consumption, as well as a drop in underage binge drinking, but alcohol still remains the drug of choice for youth.

The report, “Underage Drinking Declined Between 2002 and 2013,” is based on SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health report.

Marijuana plus alcohol is one of the most frequently detected drug combinations in car crashes nationwide, yet the interaction of these two compounds has been poorly understood…until now.

A new study by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reports that nearly one-third of adults in our nation have an Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) at one point in their lives, a significant increase during the past 10 years. Even more concerning is that only about 20 percent of people who suffer from an AUD receive treatment.

The study was published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

A landmark study by Boston University and Boston Medical Center researchers reveals that states with stronger alcohol policies have lower rates of youth overall drinking and binge drinking.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. This old adage worked for the Troy Drug Free Community Coalition in Troy, New York. The “Collar City,” near the state’s Capitol, had experienced a surge of criminal and gang activity, and the last straw was a local problem with synthetic marijuana. A neighborhood action committee was formed. They sought Drug-Free Communities Support Program funding. Twice rejected, the coalition submitted their application again and are now successfully implementing their initiatives as a Year One DFC grantee.

Sometimes, all it takes to start community change is a cup of coffee. When the West Garfield Park Community Stakeholders coalition hosts their bi-monthly Parent Cafes, it is evident that parents and youth sharing a conversation over a symbolic cup of Joe are closing the intergenerational gap in this west side Chicago community. That, in turn, opens the door to community mobilization to reduce its underage drinking rates.

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