Alcohol's role in traffic deaths vastly underreported: Study

It's no secret that drinking and driving can be a deadly mix. But the role of alcohol in U.S. traffic deaths may be substantially underreported on death certificates, according to a study in the March issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

Between 1999 and 2009, more than 450,000 Americans were killed in a traffic crashes. But in cases where alcohol was involved, death certificates frequently failed to list alcohol as a cause of death.

ATTENTION MEDICAL STUDENTS: Summer Fellowship Opportunity

Scaife Family Foundation Fellowships are available for medical students enrolled in medical schools in the United States to the Summer School of Addiction Studies (SSAS). Medical students interested in the field of addictions are encouraged to apply. This one week program includes a four-hour per day course designed for future physicians and up to 20 hours of additional education through lectures and workshops of the students choosing.

Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction 2015

The conference, titled Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction, will be held in Baltimore MD, March 6-7, 2015. The theme for this meeting is “Changing Landscapes of Addiction: Use, Assessment and Treatment” and will feature multiple professional development opportunities--including breakout sessions, workshops, two
nationally acclaimed keynotes Drs. Carlo DiClemente and Tom McLellan, and networking opportunities. 

PDS12101: Movie Seminar: Alcohol Induced Disorders

This interactive learning experience draws on popular culture to explore the complex understanding of co-occurring disorders. After an introduction, movies will be viewed in conjunction with a live twitter feed hosted by Dr. Tobia for Commentary and Q&A.

The film will be followed by discussion and a presentation including a broad overview of the alcohol-induced disorders; intoxication, withdrawal, neuropsychiatric conditions such as depression, and fetal alcohol syndrome.

Holiday Drinking: Beware Seasonal Triggers for Overindulging in Alcohol

Researchers at the Center of Alcohol Studies at Rutgers say that although the holiday season is a time to celebrate, these festivities are filled with triggers that can lead to binge-drinking and other alcohol-related problems. In 2012, the latest national statistics, one-quarter of people ages 18 or older reported that they engaged in binge drinking in the past month, with men consuming more than five drinks in two hours and women downing four drinks in the same time period.

Marijuana users who feel low get high

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Adolescents and young adults who smoke marijuana frequently may attempt to manage negative moods by using the drug, according to a study in September's Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

"Young people who use marijuana frequently experience an increase in negative affect in the 24 hours leading up to a use event, which lends strong support to an affect-regulation model in this population," says the study's lead author Lydia A. Shrier, M.D., M.P.H., of the division of adolescent and young adult medicine at Boston Children's Hospital.