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Can wearable technology predict the negative consequences of drinking?

Jan 27, 2022

“How much have you had to drink?” might seem like a simple question, but it is not always easy to answer. Although there are general guidelines about responsible alcohol consumption, a person’s level of intoxication depends not only on the number of drinks they consume but also on the alcohol…

Are more parents letting their teens drink during the pandemic?

May 11, 2021

COVID-19 stay-at-home orders during spring 2020 dramatically changed daily life and created significant challenges for families. A new study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that 1 in 6 parents first allowed their adolescent children to have an alcoholic drink with their families…

Parents more lenient about alcohol with teens who experience puberty early

Apr 29, 2021

Parents of teens who went through puberty early may be more lenient when it comes to letting them consume alcohol, according to a new Penn State study. But the researchers said that even if adolescents appear more mature, drinking alcohol is still not safe for them. Rebecca Bucci, a doctoral…

Turrisi advises parents in a new video series about teen alcohol use

May 21, 2020

Parents with questions about how to protect their teens from the dangers of alcohol and other drugs can now receive research-based advice from videos featuring Robert Turrisi, a Penn State professor of biobehavioral health with more than 35 years of experience in researching underage drinking.…

Marijuana may boost risky effects of drinking alcohol

Aug 19, 2019

As the legalization of medical marijuana and marijuana use are both on the rise in the United States, people are not necessarily using alcohol less and may be unaware of the risks of combining alcohol and marijuana, according to researchers. A new study from Penn State found that compared to people…

Course on addiction and recovery offered Fall 2019

Jun 4, 2019

An opportunity to obtain a Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) certification, a Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS) certification, or a better understanding of addiction and recovery, is available for Penn State students this fall. Curriculum & Instruction 497 is a 4-credit course that…

A close watch: IST seed grant funds study to assess and predict substance co-use

Mar 14, 2019

A technology-based intervention that could reduce the risk of young adults simultaneously using alcohol and marijuana may soon be as close as a user’s wrist, thanks to a new study launched by researchers at Penn State. The team recently earned a seed grant from the College of Information Sciences…

The five types of problem drinking are more common at different ages

Nov 25, 2018

Alcohol abuse is more complicated than simply drinking too much. There may be five separate types of problem drinkers, according to Penn State researchers, and each one may be more common at different stages of life. In a study, Penn State researchers discovered five distinct classes or “profiles”…
News Topics: Alcohol

Bringing Americans together on the issue of affordable housing

Oct 24, 2018

 A lack of affordable housing is linked with many health problems, including asthma, stress and alcoholism. Penn State researchers found that while some Americans may be less aware of this link, there may be ways to communicate this connection in a way that resonates with those groups. The…

Crowley receives NARSAD Young Investigator Award for work on the neurobiology of binge drinking

Aug 15, 2018

Nikki Crowley, assistant research professor of biobehavioral health, has received the NARSAD Young Investigator Award from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. This award will support her work on the neurobiological underpinnings of alcohol misuse and comorbid neuropsychiatric disorders. “…

Students who think their parents approve of drinking may drink more

Mar 19, 2018

Teens may act like they’re not listening, but students who think their parents are more accepting of drinking tend to drink more in college, according to researchers.  The researchers asked students about their drinking habits and how much they believed their parents were accepting of them drinking…
News Topics: TeensAlcoholFamily