Navigation Links
Early Response to Alcohol May Predict Later Drinking Behavior

THURSDAY, April 7 (HealthDay News) -- A young adult's early response to alcohol may predict future drinking problems, researchers say.

The University of Chicago study included 200 volunteers, aged 21 to 35, who were classified as either light or heavy drinkers during an initial laboratory test. Heavy drinkers experienced greater sensitivity to the rewarding and stimulating effects of alcohol, while light drinkers reported stronger alcohol-related sluggishness and sedation, the study found.

"They both had very similar blood alcohol concentration curves, but the effects of alcohol were markedly different," study author Andrea King, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience, said in a University of Chicago Medical Center news release.

The findings show that "you can take a 150-pound male light drinker and a 150-pound male heavy drinker and give them each the exact same dose of alcohol, but their brains respond very differently to this substance, hence the divergent experiences and mood reports after consumption. It's really fascinating," King said.

Over two years of follow-up, the heavy drinkers fell into different groups, including those who cut back on binge drinking ("gradual maturing"), those who kept up a moderate or high frequency of binge drinking, and those who bumped up their binge drinking ("exacerbating").

People in the "exacerbating" group drank more alcohol, drank more often, suffered more alcohol-related problems, and were more likely to meet the criteria for diagnosis of alcohol abuse or dependence, the study authors noted.

Because the study participants who exacerbated their binge drinking habits during the follow-up period were more likely to have experienced positive and stimulating effects of alcohol in the initial laboratory test, the researchers suggested that it may be possible to predict a person's future drinking behavior.

"If we know more about who's going to become a problem drinker, we may be able to prevent future escalations and intervene earlier, before development of severe alcoholism," King said. "The stimulant-type responder could learn that while such a response pattern may not be their fault, it could put them at risk for longer-term problems and consequences."

The study was published in the April issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about alcohol consumption.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of Chicago Medical Center, news release, April 4, 2011

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Minnesota Department of Health Report: Nearly 6,000 Hospitalizations for COPD in 2007
2. Moms Lifestyle in Early Pregnancy Affects Babys Size
3. Early life stress may predict cardiovascular disease
4. MDS Announces Agreements to Divest MDS Pharma Services Early Stage Business
5. Alzheimers Association Applauds Social Security Administration for Adding Early-Onset Alzheimers to Its Compassionate Allowances Initiative
6. Alzheimers Foundation of America Applauds Social Security for Speeding Disability Benefits for Early-Onset Alzheimers Disease
7. JCI online early table of contents: Feb. 15, 2010
8. 29 Clear Channel stations Nationwide Raise Nearly $2.8 Million to Help Save the Lives of Kids Fighting Cancer and Other Deadly Diseases
9. Researchers find biomarkers in saliva for detection of early-stage pancreatic cancer
10. Early On, Hormone Therapy May Raise Womens Heart Risks
11. Responds to the National Acadamy of Sciences Report that Millions of Americans Get Sick Yearly from Contaminated Water
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Early Response to Alcohol May Predict Later Drinking Behavior
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... World Patent Marketing ... Swappables, a household invention that provides an economical and easy way of gaining ... is growing at 2.6%," says Scott Cooper, CEO and Creative Director of World ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... CTI Group (Holdings) ... empower organizations through communication analytics, announced today that their Proteus® VoIP QMS solution ... service quality. , Proteus® VoIP QMS (Quality Management System) does this ...
(Date:11/29/2015)... Metamora, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... ... ... is once again accredited by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine! ... allows practices to demonstrate that they meet or exceed nationally recognized standards ...
(Date:11/29/2015)... ... 30, 2015 , ... The Cyber Monday deal is a deep 40% or more discount on ... get gifts for the skin care lover in your circle. Each Christmas, Sublime Beauty ... year, the 3 serums are staples: Collagen, Retinol and Hyaluronic Serums. , Stocking stuffers like ...
(Date:11/29/2015)... , ... November 29, 2015 , ... Khanna Vision Institute ... Board of Ophthalmology on November 25th 2015. Peer Certification by the Board is ... his specialty. Certification in Ophthalmology is first obtained after the completion of three years ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... DUBLIN , Nov. 26, 2015 ... the addition of the "2016 Future Horizons ... Monitoring (TDM) Market: Supplier Shares, Country Segment Forecasts, ... offering. --> ... comprehensive analysis of the Japanese therapeutic drug monitoring ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... , November 26, 2015 ... Juntendo universitetssjukhus ser potential att använda SyMRI ... (MR-bilder) för patienter med multipel skleros ... forskningsavtal med SyntheticMR AB för att kunna ... på sjukhuset. Med SyMRI kan man generera ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... -- ) has announced the ... Viscosity Drugs" report to their offering. ... of the "Self Administration of High Viscosity ... Research and Markets ( ) has ... of High Viscosity Drugs" report to their ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: