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ACS Symposium Series     Full-text available via subscription   (SJR: 0.189, CiteScore: 0)
Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.79, CiteScore: 2)
Adaptation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.143, CiteScore: 0)
Advances in Nutrition     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 53, SJR: 2.196, CiteScore: 5)
Aesthetic Surgery J.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 1.434, CiteScore: 1)
Aesthetic Surgery J. Open Forum     Open Access  
African Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 66, SJR: 1.869, CiteScore: 2)
Age and Ageing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 90, SJR: 1.989, CiteScore: 4)
Alcohol and Alcoholism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19, SJR: 1.376, CiteScore: 3)
American Entomologist     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
American Historical Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 164, SJR: 0.467, CiteScore: 1)
American J. of Agricultural Economics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 44, SJR: 2.113, CiteScore: 3)
American J. of Clinical Nutrition     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 170, SJR: 3.438, CiteScore: 6)
American J. of Epidemiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 193, SJR: 2.713, CiteScore: 3)
American J. of Health-System Pharmacy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 52, SJR: 0.595, CiteScore: 1)
American J. of Hypertension     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25, SJR: 1.322, CiteScore: 3)
American J. of Jurisprudence     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19, SJR: 0.281, CiteScore: 1)
American J. of Legal History     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.116, CiteScore: 0)
American Law and Economics Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27, SJR: 1.053, CiteScore: 1)
American Literary History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16, SJR: 0.391, CiteScore: 0)
Analysis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22, SJR: 1.038, CiteScore: 1)
Animal Frontiers     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Annals of Behavioral Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16, SJR: 1.423, CiteScore: 3)
Annals of Botany     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 38, SJR: 1.721, CiteScore: 4)
Annals of Oncology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 56, SJR: 5.599, CiteScore: 9)
Annals of the Entomological Society of America     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.722, CiteScore: 1)
Annals of Work Exposures and Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 34, SJR: 0.728, CiteScore: 2)
Antibody Therapeutics     Open Access  
AoB Plants     Open Access   (Followers: 4, SJR: 1.28, CiteScore: 3)
Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18, SJR: 0.858, CiteScore: 2)
Applied Linguistics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 59, SJR: 2.987, CiteScore: 3)
Applied Mathematics Research eXpress     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 1.241, CiteScore: 1)
Arbitration Intl.     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 20)
Arbitration Law Reports and Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 30, SJR: 0.731, CiteScore: 2)
Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Arthropod Management Tests     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Astronomy & Geophysics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 44, SJR: 0.146, CiteScore: 0)
Behavioral Ecology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 52, SJR: 1.871, CiteScore: 3)
Bioinformatics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 333, SJR: 6.14, CiteScore: 8)
Biology Methods and Protocols     Hybrid Journal  
Biology of Reproduction     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9, SJR: 1.446, CiteScore: 3)
Biometrika     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20, SJR: 3.485, CiteScore: 2)
BioScience     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29, SJR: 2.754, CiteScore: 4)
Bioscience Horizons : The National Undergraduate Research J.     Open Access   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.146, CiteScore: 0)
Biostatistics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17, SJR: 1.553, CiteScore: 2)
BJA : British J. of Anaesthesia     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 180, SJR: 2.115, CiteScore: 3)
BJA Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 65)
Brain     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 68, SJR: 5.858, CiteScore: 7)
Briefings in Bioinformatics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 51, SJR: 2.505, CiteScore: 5)
Briefings in Functional Genomics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 2.15, CiteScore: 3)
British J. for the Philosophy of Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 36, SJR: 2.161, CiteScore: 2)
British J. of Aesthetics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25, SJR: 0.508, CiteScore: 1)
British J. of Criminology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 597, SJR: 1.828, CiteScore: 3)
British J. of Social Work     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 86, SJR: 1.019, CiteScore: 2)
British Medical Bulletin     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 1.355, CiteScore: 3)
British Yearbook of Intl. Law     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 34)
Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4, SJR: 1.376, CiteScore: 1)
Cambridge J. of Economics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 68, SJR: 0.764, CiteScore: 2)
Cambridge J. of Regions, Economy and Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12, SJR: 2.438, CiteScore: 4)
Cambridge Quarterly     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.104, CiteScore: 0)
Capital Markets Law J.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.222, CiteScore: 0)
Carcinogenesis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 2.135, CiteScore: 5)
Cardiovascular Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14, SJR: 3.002, CiteScore: 5)
Cerebral Cortex     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 47, SJR: 3.892, CiteScore: 6)
CESifo Economic Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22, SJR: 0.483, CiteScore: 1)
Chemical Senses     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 1.42, CiteScore: 3)
Children and Schools     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.246, CiteScore: 0)
Chinese J. of Comparative Law     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.412, CiteScore: 0)
Chinese J. of Intl. Law     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22, SJR: 0.329, CiteScore: 0)
Chinese J. of Intl. Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10, SJR: 1.392, CiteScore: 2)
Christian Bioethics: Non-Ecumenical Studies in Medical Morality     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.183, CiteScore: 0)
Classical Receptions J.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27, SJR: 0.123, CiteScore: 0)
Clean Energy     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Clinical Infectious Diseases     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 69, SJR: 5.051, CiteScore: 5)
Communication Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24, SJR: 2.424, CiteScore: 3)
Communication, Culture & Critique     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27, SJR: 0.222, CiteScore: 1)
Community Development J.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27, SJR: 0.268, CiteScore: 1)
Computer J.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.319, CiteScore: 1)
Conservation Physiology     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 1.818, CiteScore: 3)
Contemporary Women's Writing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.121, CiteScore: 0)
Contributions to Political Economy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.906, CiteScore: 1)
Critical Values     Full-text available via subscription  
Current Developments in Nutrition     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Current Legal Problems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29)
Current Zoology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3, SJR: 1.164, CiteScore: 2)
Database : The J. of Biological Databases and Curation     Open Access   (Followers: 8, SJR: 1.791, CiteScore: 3)
Digital Scholarship in the Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14, SJR: 0.259, CiteScore: 1)
Diplomatic History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20, SJR: 0.45, CiteScore: 1)
DNA Research     Open Access   (Followers: 5, SJR: 2.866, CiteScore: 6)
Dynamics and Statistics of the Climate System     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Early Music     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16, SJR: 0.139, CiteScore: 0)
Econometrics J.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 30, SJR: 2.926, CiteScore: 1)
Economic J.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 106, SJR: 5.161, CiteScore: 3)
Economic Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 46, SJR: 3.584, CiteScore: 3)
ELT J.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24, SJR: 0.942, CiteScore: 1)
English Historical Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 56, SJR: 0.612, CiteScore: 1)
English: J. of the English Association     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17, SJR: 0.1, CiteScore: 0)
Environmental Entomology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11, SJR: 0.818, CiteScore: 2)
Environmental Epigenetics     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Environmental History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26, SJR: 0.408, CiteScore: 1)
EP-Europace     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 2.748, CiteScore: 4)
Epidemiologic Reviews     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9, SJR: 4.505, CiteScore: 8)
ESHRE Monographs     Hybrid Journal  
Essays in Criticism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19, SJR: 0.113, CiteScore: 0)
European Heart J.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 66, SJR: 9.315, CiteScore: 9)
European Heart J. - Cardiovascular Imaging     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11, SJR: 3.625, CiteScore: 3)
European Heart J. - Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
European Heart J. - Quality of Care and Clinical Outcomes     Hybrid Journal  
European Heart J. : Case Reports     Open Access  
European Heart J. Supplements     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.223, CiteScore: 0)
European J. of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9, SJR: 1.681, CiteScore: 2)
European J. of Intl. Law     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 198, SJR: 0.694, CiteScore: 1)
European J. of Orthodontics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4, SJR: 1.279, CiteScore: 2)
European J. of Public Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20, SJR: 1.36, CiteScore: 2)
European Review of Agricultural Economics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10, SJR: 1.172, CiteScore: 2)
European Review of Economic History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 30, SJR: 0.702, CiteScore: 1)
European Sociological Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 42, SJR: 2.728, CiteScore: 3)
Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Family Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16, SJR: 1.018, CiteScore: 2)
Fems Microbiology Ecology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16, SJR: 1.492, CiteScore: 4)
Fems Microbiology Letters     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28, SJR: 0.79, CiteScore: 2)
Fems Microbiology Reviews     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 32, SJR: 7.063, CiteScore: 13)
Fems Yeast Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13, SJR: 1.308, CiteScore: 3)
Food Quality and Safety     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Foreign Policy Analysis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24, SJR: 1.425, CiteScore: 1)
Forest Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.89, CiteScore: 2)
Forestry: An Intl. J. of Forest Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16, SJR: 1.133, CiteScore: 3)
Forum for Modern Language Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.104, CiteScore: 0)
French History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 33, SJR: 0.118, CiteScore: 0)
French Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21, SJR: 0.148, CiteScore: 0)
French Studies Bulletin     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.152, CiteScore: 0)
Gastroenterology Report     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Genome Biology and Evolution     Open Access   (Followers: 16, SJR: 2.578, CiteScore: 4)
Geophysical J. Intl.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 36, SJR: 1.506, CiteScore: 3)
German History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23, SJR: 0.161, CiteScore: 0)
GigaScience     Open Access   (Followers: 5, SJR: 5.022, CiteScore: 7)
Global Summitry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Glycobiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13, SJR: 1.493, CiteScore: 3)
Health and Social Work     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 57, SJR: 0.388, CiteScore: 1)
Health Education Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16, SJR: 0.854, CiteScore: 2)
Health Policy and Planning     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24, SJR: 1.512, CiteScore: 2)
Health Promotion Intl.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22, SJR: 0.812, CiteScore: 2)
History Workshop J.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 34, SJR: 1.278, CiteScore: 1)
Holocaust and Genocide Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28, SJR: 0.105, CiteScore: 0)
Human Communication Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15, SJR: 2.146, CiteScore: 3)
Human Molecular Genetics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9, SJR: 3.555, CiteScore: 5)
Human Reproduction     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 72, SJR: 2.643, CiteScore: 5)
Human Reproduction Open     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Human Reproduction Update     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20, SJR: 5.317, CiteScore: 10)
Human Rights Law Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 62, SJR: 0.756, CiteScore: 1)
ICES J. of Marine Science: J. du Conseil     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 55, SJR: 1.591, CiteScore: 3)
ICSID Review : Foreign Investment Law J.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
ILAR J.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 1.732, CiteScore: 4)
IMA J. of Applied Mathematics     Hybrid Journal   (SJR: 0.679, CiteScore: 1)
IMA J. of Management Mathematics     Hybrid Journal   (SJR: 0.538, CiteScore: 1)
IMA J. of Mathematical Control and Information     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.496, CiteScore: 1)
IMA J. of Numerical Analysis - advance access     Hybrid Journal   (SJR: 1.987, CiteScore: 2)
Industrial and Corporate Change     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10, SJR: 1.792, CiteScore: 2)
Industrial Law J.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 39, SJR: 0.249, CiteScore: 1)
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 48, SJR: 2.511, CiteScore: 4)
Information and Inference     Free  
Innovation in Aging     Open Access  
Integrative and Comparative Biology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8, SJR: 1.319, CiteScore: 2)
Integrative Biology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6, SJR: 1.36, CiteScore: 3)
Integrative Organismal Biology     Open Access  
Interacting with Computers     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11, SJR: 0.292, CiteScore: 1)
Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.762, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 65, SJR: 1.505, CiteScore: 3)
Intl. Data Privacy Law     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
Intl. Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.851, CiteScore: 2)
Intl. Immunology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 2.167, CiteScore: 4)
Intl. J. for Quality in Health Care     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 36, SJR: 1.348, CiteScore: 2)
Intl. J. of Constitutional Law     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 64, SJR: 0.601, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Epidemiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 243, SJR: 3.969, CiteScore: 5)
Intl. J. of Law and Information Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.202, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Law, Policy and the Family     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28, SJR: 0.223, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Lexicography     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.285, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Low-Carbon Technologies     Open Access   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.403, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Neuropsychopharmacology     Open Access   (Followers: 3, SJR: 1.808, CiteScore: 4)
Intl. J. of Public Opinion Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11, SJR: 1.545, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Refugee Law     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 38, SJR: 0.389, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. J. of Transitional Justice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12, SJR: 0.724, CiteScore: 2)
Intl. Mathematics Research Notices     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 2.168, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. Political Sociology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 39, SJR: 1.465, CiteScore: 3)
Intl. Relations of the Asia-Pacific     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23, SJR: 0.401, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. Studies Perspectives     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.983, CiteScore: 1)
Intl. Studies Quarterly     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 49, SJR: 2.581, CiteScore: 2)
Intl. Studies Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25, SJR: 1.201, CiteScore: 1)
ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.15, CiteScore: 0)
ITNOW     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.103, CiteScore: 0)
J. of African Economies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17, SJR: 0.533, CiteScore: 1)
J. of American History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 46, SJR: 0.297, CiteScore: 1)
J. of Analytical Toxicology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14, SJR: 1.065, CiteScore: 2)
J. of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15, SJR: 2.419, CiteScore: 4)
J. of Antitrust Enforcement     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
J. of Applied Poultry Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.585, CiteScore: 1)
J. of Biochemistry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 41, SJR: 1.226, CiteScore: 2)
J. of Breast Imaging     Full-text available via subscription  
J. of Burn Care & Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.768, CiteScore: 2)

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Alcohol and Alcoholism
Journal Prestige (SJR): 1.376
Citation Impact (citeScore): 3
Number of Followers: 19  
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ISSN (Print) 0735-0414 - ISSN (Online) 1464-3502
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  • Unhelpful Prescribing in Alcohol Use Disorder: Risk and Averting Risk
    • Authors: Chick J.
      Pages: 1 - 4
      PubDate: Tue, 08 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agy090
      Issue No: Vol. 54, No. 1 (2019)
  • Effects of Moderate Ethanol Consumption on Lipid Metabolism and
           Inflammation Through Regulation of Gene Expression in Rats
    • Authors: Justice M; Ferrugia A, Beidler J, et al.
      Pages: 5 - 12
      Abstract: AimsEpidemiological studies and experimental data from rodent models have reported a non-linear relationship between consumption of alcohol and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk that suggests that light-to-moderate drinking as opposed to excessive consumption may provide some cardiovascular benefits. The present study examined potential mechanisms by which moderate alcohol consumption may provide a protective effect against CVD.Short summaryWistar rats exposed for 3 months to a 20% ethanol intermittent-access voluntary drinking paradigm displayed a reduction in epididymal fat, blood glucose and non-HDL and total cholesterol. These effects were accompanied by decreased expression of Hmgcr, Srebp-2, Cox-2 and RelA, indicating downregulation of genes involved in cholesterol synthesis and inflammation.MethodsTwenty-four male Wistar rats voluntarily consumed a 20% v/v ethanol solution on alternate days for 13 weeks (ethanol-treated) or were given access to water alone (non-ethanol-exposed control).ResultsThere was no difference in body weight gain between the two groups, however, epididymal fat weight was lower in ethanol-fed rats (P = 0.030). Blood glucose, total cholesterol, non-high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and oxidized low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels were lower in the ethanol group compared to controls (P < 0.05). There was a significant reduction in the expression of hydroxymethylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase and sterol regulatory element-binding protein-2 in ethanol-treated rats (P < 0.05), suggesting that ethanol may have lowered cholesterol levels via downregulation of genes involved in cholesterol synthesis. Paraoxonase-1, which is associated with inhibition of LDL cholesterol oxidation, was upregulated in the ethanol group (P = 0.029). Ethanol-treated rats exhibited significantly lower levels of high-mobility box group protein 1 (P ≤ 0.05). Cyclooxygenase-2 and RelA gene expression were significantly lower in ethanol-treated rats (P < 0.05), indicating possible anti-inflammatory effects.ConclusionsThese findings suggest that moderate ethanol consumption may potentially contribute to improved cardiovascular outcomes by reducing body fat, improving blood cholesterol and blood glucose, and modulation of gene expression involved in inflammation and/or cholesterol synthesis.
      PubDate: Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agy079
      Issue No: Vol. 54, No. 1 (2018)
  • Inhibition by Ethanol of Shear Stress-Induced Formation of Platelet
           Thrombi in Whole Blood
    • Authors: Ekawa K; Marumo M, Wakabayashi I.
      Pages: 13 - 18
      Abstract: AimsThe risk of thromboatherosclerotic disease is lower in moderate drinkers than in non-drinkers. We investigated the effects of ethanol on platelet aggregation under a condition with shear stress.Short summaryShear stress-induced formation of platelet thrombi is inhibited by ethanol at its attainable concentrations after drinking. This effect is prominent at the early stage of thrombus formation, being in agreement with inhibitory actions of ethanol on the initial steps of platelet activation such as Ca2+ entry and phospholipase A2 activation.MethodsPlatelet aggregation was evaluated by using a total thrombus-formation analysis system, and shear rates of 1000 s−1 (low), 1500 s−1 (middle) and 2000 s−1 (high) were loaded to whole blood. The times required to generate increases in flow pressure of 10 kPa (T10), 30 kPa (T30) and 50 kPa (T50) in microchips containing the blood, which depend on the degree of thrombus generation, were recorded.ResultsUnder the conditions of the low-grade and middle-grade shear rates, T10 and T30 were significantly longer in the presence of ethanol at 0.25–1% than in the absence of ethanol. T10 under the condition of the low-grade shear rate and T30 under the conditions of the low-grade and middle-grade shear rates were also significantly longer in the presence of ethanol at 0.125% than in the absence of ethanol. On the other hand, T50 under the conditions of the low-grade and middle-grade shear rates was not significantly different in the absence and presence of ethanol at 0.125, 0.25 and 0.5%. Under the condition of the high-grade shear rate, T10, T30 and T50 were not significantly different in the absence and presence of ethanol at its lower concentrations.ConclusionsEthanol at attainable concentrations inhibits platelet thrombus formation induced by shear stress, and the inhibitory effect of ethanol is prominent at the early stage of thrombus formation.
      PubDate: Tue, 20 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agy081
      Issue No: Vol. 54, No. 1 (2018)
  • Higher Creatinine Concentrations in Ethyl Glucuronide-Positive Urine
           Specimens Collected from Subjects in a Controlled Alcohol Abstinence
           Program: Is Serum Creatinine a Good Marker of Renal Function in
    • Authors: Polettini A; Bleicher S, Kutzler J, et al.
      Pages: 19 - 22
      Abstract: AimsThe aim of this study was to examine urine creatinine concentrations in drivers submitted to controlled alcohol abstinence programs.MethodsUrine samples (n = 32,210) were screened for ethyl glucuronide (EtG) by immunoassay during a 2-year period. Non-negatives underwent EtG and ethyl sulfate (EtS) confirmation by coupled-column Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry. Urine samples were tested for dilution by the analysis of creatinine content with <0.2 g/l indicating a dilute specimen.ResultsThe mean urine creatinine was significantly higher in EtG positives compared to negatives (1.47 ± 0.98 vs. 1.17 ± 0.79 g/l). The difference between positives and negatives was consistent within genders and age groups (<45; ≥45). The higher urinary creatinine in EtG positives is explained by a late antidiuretic effect of alcohol.ConclusionAttempts to dilute urine specimens by drinking water or other liquids before voiding are less effective for EtG/EtS compared with illicit drugs excreted in urine. If the temporary decrease in serum creatinine as a consequence of the late antidiuretic effect of alcohol is confirmed by controlled studies, serum creatinine as an indicator of kidney function should be reconsidered in drinkers.
      PubDate: Wed, 19 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agy084
      Issue No: Vol. 54, No. 1 (2018)
  • Executive Dysfunction in Patients With Korsakoff’s Syndrome: A
           Theory-Driven Approach
    • Authors: Moerman-van den Brink W; van Aken L, Verschuur E, et al.
      Pages: 23 - 29
      Abstract: AimsIn addition to amnesia, executive deficits are prominent in Korsakoff’s syndrome (KS), yet poorly studied. This study investigates the degree of executive dysfunction in patients with KS for the three main executive subcomponents shifting, updating and inhibition using novel, theory-driven paradigms.Short summaryCompared to healthy controls, patients with KS show impairments on the executive subcomponents shifting and updating, but not on inhibition.MethodsExecutive functions were measured with six carefully designed tasks in 36 abstinent patients with KS (mean age 62.3; 28% woman) and compared with 30 healthy non-alcoholic controls (mean age 61.8; 40% woman). ANOVAs were conducted to examine group differences and effect sizes were calculated.ResultsCompared to healthy controls, patients with KS were impaired on the executive subcomponents shifting and updating. No statistically significant group difference was found on the factor inhibition.ConclusionsExecutive dysfunction in long-abstinent patients with alcoholic KS shows a profile in which shifting and updating ability are affected most. It also highlights that executive dysfunction is an important feature of KS and requires more attention in scientific and clinical practice, as these deficits may also affect daily functioning.
      PubDate: Thu, 08 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agy078
      Issue No: Vol. 54, No. 1 (2018)
  • Interaction Effects between the Cumulative Genetic Score and Psychosocial
           Stressor on Self-Reported Drinking Urge and Implicit Attentional Bias for
           Alcohol: A Human Laboratory Study
    • Authors: Kim J; Marciano M, Ninham S, et al.
      Pages: 30 - 37
      Abstract: AimsThe current candidate gene and environment interaction (cGxE) study examined whether the effects of an experimentally manipulated psychosocial stressor on self-reported drinking urge and implicit attentional bias for alcohol cues differ as a function of a cumulative genetic score of 5-HTTLPR, MAO-A, DRD4, DAT1 and DRD2 genotypes. The current study also examined whether salivary alpha-amylase level or self-reported anxiety state mediate these cGxE effects.Short SummaryIndividuals with high cumulative genetic risk score of the five monoamergic genotypes showed greater attentional bias toward alcohol cues when exposed to a psychosocial stressor than when not exposed.MethodsFrequent binge-drinking Caucasian young adults (N = 105; mean age = 19; 61% male) completed both the control condition and stress condition (using the Trier Social Stress Test) in order.ResultsRegarding attentional bias, individuals with high and medium cumulative genetic risk scores showed greater attentional bias toward alcohol stimuli in the stress condition than in the control condition, whereas, those with low genetic risk scores showed greater attentional bias toward alcohol stimuli in the control condition than in the stress condition. No mediating roles of salivary alpha-amylase and anxiety state in the cGxE effect were found. Regarding self-reported drinking urge, individuals with high cumulative genetic score reported greater drinking urge than those with low genetic score regardless of experimental conditions.ConclusionsAlthough replication is necessary, the findings suggest that the association of a psychosocial stressor on implicit (but not explicit, self-reported) alcohol outcomes may differ as a function of the collective effects of five monoamine genes.
      PubDate: Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agy065
      Issue No: Vol. 54, No. 1 (2018)
  • Executive Functioning Moderates Responses to Appetitive Cues: A Study in
           Severe Alcohol Use Disorder and Alcoholic Liver Disease
    • Authors: Logge W; Morley K, Haber P, et al.
      Pages: 38 - 46
      Abstract: AimTo examine subjective and psychophysiological responses to appetitive cues during an alcohol cue reactivity task, and its relation to alcoholic liver disease and assess whether executive functioning is associated with appropriate regulation of cue-elicited responses in individuals with severe alcohol use disorder (AUD).MethodsSeventeen treatment-seeking alcoholic liver disease patients and a control group of treatment-seeking severe AUD participants completed neuropsychological executive functioning measures (Stroop task; Trail-making test) and the cue reactivity task, whereby control (water) and alcohol beverage cues were presented, followed by respective recovery periods. Subjective alcohol craving and heart rate variability were recorded across the task.ResultsOverall cue reactivity and consequent recovery after cue offset during the cue reactivity task was observed, and alcoholic liver disease participants demonstrated a reduced overall recovery effect. Better Stroop performance related to greater overall and alcohol-specific cue reactivity within the control AUD group, and alcoholic liver disease participants showed dysfunctional activity regardless of executive functioning performance. No group differences in recovery effects according to executive functioning performance were seen.ConclusionAmong patients with AUD, having alcoholic liver disease seems to reduce overall regulation of responses to eliciting cues. Executive functioning moderated the magnitude of responses during cue exposures in our AUD sample overall; having alcoholic liver disease did not appear to affect regulation related to executive functioning during recovery.
      PubDate: Thu, 20 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agy083
      Issue No: Vol. 54, No. 1 (2018)
  • The Incidence of Alcoholism in Patients with Advanced Cancer Receiving
           Active Treatment in Two Tertiary Care Centers in Italy
    • Authors: Giusti R; Mazzotta M, Verna L, et al.
      Pages: 47 - 50
      Abstract: IntroductionSubstance abuse is frequently under-diagnosed among cancer patients. Alcoholism is a problem afflicting about 18% of the general population. This percentage is higher in hospitalized patients. Previous studies conducted on advanced cancer patients admitted in palliative care units have highlighted this problem only for a small percentage of cases. The objective of the study was to evaluate the incidence of alcoholism in patients with advanced cancer admitted to two Italian Oncology Units for active cancer treatment, using a recognized and validated assessment tool.Short summaryTo evaluate the incidence of alcoholism in cancer patients and its impact on symptoms, the CAGE questionnaire was completed by 117 patients in active anticancer treatment. The percentage of CAGE-positive patients was higher than previously detected in palliative settings and was associated to male sex and lower ESAS score.MethodsAll eligible patients were enrolled consecutively during a 12-month recruitment period. Clinical and demographic data were collected. Each enrolled patient completed the Cut down, Annoyed, Guilty, Eye-opener (CAGE) questionnaire.ResultsHundred and seventeen consecutive patients were surveyed in the 12-month period. The mean age was 63.3 (SD 12.0) years and 66 were males. The mean Karnofsky level was 68.3 (SD 16.0). Twelve patients were CAGE positive (10.3%). Males (P = 0.05) and patients with low Edmonton Symptom Assessment System score (P = 0.03) proved to be CAGE positive.ConclusionsAlcoholism is widespread and under-diagnosed among patients undergoing active cancer treatment. Compared with other experience in palliative settings among European population, percentage of CAGE-positive patients was double. CAGE-positive patients were more likely to be male, with lower ESAS score. It is possible to hypothesize an effect of alcohol consumption on patients’ perception of symptoms. This data has never been reported in the literature and will certainly need confirmation studies.
      PubDate: Thu, 27 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agy070
      Issue No: Vol. 54, No. 1 (2018)
  • Therapeutic Drug Monitoring of Naltrexone and 6β-Naltrexol During
           Anti-craving Treatment in Alcohol Dependence: Reference Ranges
    • Authors: Brünen S; Bekier N, Hiemke C, et al.
      Pages: 51 - 55
      Abstract: AimsAim of this study was to associate concentration of naltrexone and its major active metabolite 6β-naltrexol in blood with therapeutic outcome during treatment with naltrexone in subjects with alcohol dependence. Treatment with the μ-opiate receptor antagonist naltrexone has been shown to reduce craving for alcohol and alcohol intake in patients suffering from alcohol dependence.Short summaryThis article shows the use of therapeutic drug monitoring in alcohol dependent patients, who are treated with naltrexone. The plasma concentrations of naltrexone and 6β-naltrexol showed high inter-individual variability. They were predictive for treatment response, as they correlated significantly with the reduction of alcohol craving.MethodsNaltrexone and 6β-naltrexol were analysed by high performance liquid chromatography with column switching and spectrophotometric detection. Alcohol craving was assessed with the Obsessive-Compulsive Drinking Scale (OCDS).Results and conclusionsThe study included 43 patients who were treated with naltrexone with a dose of 50 mg/day. Blood was taken for drug analysis 8 h after the last dose of the day at Week 4, 8 and 12. The plasma concentrations of naltrexone and 6β-naltrexol showed high inter-individual variability. They were predictive for treatment response, as they correlated significantly with the reduction of alcohol craving. Defining patients with OCDS reduction of 70% or higher as responders, the mean±SD concentration of naltrexone plus naltrexol was 22 ± 13 ng/ml compared to 15 ± 8 ng/ml in patients with score reductions of 1–69%. Further analyses indicated that concentrations of 17–50 ng/ml at 8 h and 7–20 ng/ml at 24 h after drug intake were required for treatment response.ConclusionsSince plasma concentration of naltrexone plus 6β-naltrexol was found to be predictive for reduction of alcohol craving, it is concluded that therapeutic drug monitoring has the potential to enhance naltrexone’s moderate therapeutic efficiency in patients with alcohol dependence.
      PubDate: Thu, 27 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agy067
      Issue No: Vol. 54, No. 1 (2018)
  • Malocclusion Can Give Additional Hints for Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol
           Spectrum Disorder
    • Authors: Blanck-Lubarsch M; Flieger S, Feldmann R, et al.
      Pages: 56 - 61
      Abstract: AimsFetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a developmental disorder caused by maternal alcohol intake (prevalence: 0.77%). Malocclusion has been described in case reports of patients with FASD, but reliable evidence for associations between FASD and malocclusion is not documented. Malocclusion is defined as tooth irregularity (prevalence: 14.6%) or incorrect relationship between the jaws such as lateral crossbites (prevalence: 3.1%). The purpose of this study was to investigate possible associations between malocclusion and FASD.Short summaryFASD prevalence is high and diagnosis is very difficult; Malocclusions can give additional hints for FASD diagnosis; Patients with FASD show growth deficits concerning the maxilla; Early and consistent orthodontic supervision and therapy can prevent facial asymmetries in FASD patients.MethodsThirty patients with FASD and 30 patients of a healthy control group were examined. Inclusion criteria were mixed dentition, verified FASD/absence of FASD (control group), exclusion criteria were orthodontic treatment and disorders other than FASD. The extent and type of malocclusion were quantified with the peer assessment rating (PAR) index based on an analysis of orthodontic plaster models. In addition, anthropometric data such as gestational age, body weight and height at birth as well as present body weight, height and head circumference at examination date were assessed.ResultsThe PAR index showed a significant increase in malocclusions in FASD patients compared to the group that were not diagnosed with FASD (P = 0.002). FASD patients showed particular differences in the upper transversal dimension with a higher prevalence of crossbites (P = 0.018) and a lower head circumference (P < 0.001). Body weight (P < 0.001) and height (P < 0.001) were significantly lower for FASD patients at time of birth, but not at the present examination date (weight: P = 0.329; height: P = 0.496). When relating weight and height measures to age using percentile curves of physiological growth, clinically relevant discrepancies could be found for FASD patients.ConclusionsOur results show that malocclusion can provide additional evidence for FASD diagnosis. When FASD is diagnosed in a child, early referral to an orthodontist is advisable to stimulate maxillary growth and consequently prevent further malocclusions.
      PubDate: Wed, 03 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agy071
      Issue No: Vol. 54, No. 1 (2018)
  • Alcohol Consumption and the Risk of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: A
           Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
    • Authors: Pan J; Cen L, Chen W, et al.
      Pages: 62 - 69
      Abstract: AimsEpidemiologic evidence on alcohol consumption increasing the risk of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is contradictory. This study aimed to investigate the correlation between alcohol consumption and GERD by a meta-analysis of observational studies.Short summaryGastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a prevalent disease, and the incidence is rising. We conducted a meta-analysis of observational studies, indicating that there was a significant association between alcohol consumption and the risk of GERD. This finding provides important implications for the prevention and control of GERD.MethodsTwo investigators retrieved relevant studies on PubMed, Cochrane and EMBASE, respectively. The summary odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated by random effects model to assess the association. Heterogeneity was quantified using the Q statistic and I2. Subgroup analysis, publication bias and sensitivity analysis were also conducted.ResultsTwenty-six cross-sectional studies and three case-control studies were included in the meta-analysis. The pooled random effects OR was 1.48 (95%CI, 1.31–1.67; I2 = 88.8%), in comparison between drinkers and non-/occasional drinkers. For reflux esophagitis and non-erosive reflux disease, two subtypes of GERD, the ORs were 1.78 (95%CI, 1.56–2.03; I2 = 87.5%) and 1.15 (95%CI, 1.04–1.28; I2 = 0.3%), respectively. In addition, the pooled OR for drinkers who drank <3–5 times or days per week was 1.29 (95%CI, 1.14–1.46; I2 = 35.5%), while for those who drank more frequently, the OR was 2.12 (95%CI, 1.63–2.75; I2 = 55.1%). Dose–response analysis showed a linear association between alcohol consumption and GERD (Pfornonlinearity=0.235). The pooled OR for a 12.5 g/day increment of alcohol was 1.16 (95%CI, 1.07–1.27; P = 0.001).ConclusionsThis meta-analysis provides evidence for a potential association between alcohol drinking and the risk of GERD. The increase in alcohol consumption and frequency showed a stronger association with GERD.
      PubDate: Tue, 04 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agy063
      Issue No: Vol. 54, No. 1 (2018)
  • Maximum Time Between Tests: A Digital Biomarker to Detect Therapy
           Compliance and Assess Schedule Quality in Measurement-Based eHealth
           Systems for Alcohol Use Disorder
    • Authors: Zetterström A; Hämäläinen M, Karlberg E, et al.
      Pages: 70 - 72
      Abstract: AimTo evaluate, in a breathalyzer-based eHealth system, whether the time-based digital biomarker ‘maximum time between tests’ (MTBT) brings valuable information on alcohol consumption patterns as confirmed by correlation with blood phosphatidyl ethanol (PEth), serum carbohydrate deficient transferrin (CDT) and timeline follow-back data.MethodData on 54 patients in follow-up for treatment of alcohol use disorder were analysed.ResultsThe model of weekly averages of 24-log transformed MTBT adequately described timeline follow-back data (P  <  0.0001, R =  0.27–0.38, n  =  650). Significant correlations were noted between MTBT and PEth (P  <  0.0001, R  =  0.41, n  =  148) and between MTBT and CDT (P  <  0.0079, R  =  0.22, n  =  120).ConclusionsThe time-based digital biomarker ‘maximum time between tests’ described here has the potential to become a generally useful metric for all scheduled measurement-based eHealth systems to monitor test behaviour and compliance, factors important for ‘dosing’ of eHealth systems and for early prediction and interventions of lapse/relapse.
      PubDate: Wed, 12 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agy086
      Issue No: Vol. 54, No. 1 (2018)
  • A Review of Baclofen Overdoses in Australia: Calls to a Poisons
           Information Centre and a Case Series
    • Authors: Jamshidi N; Morley K, Cairns R, et al.
      Pages: 73 - 78
      Abstract: Aimto describe trends in baclofen reports to Australia’s largest Poisons Information Centre (PIC) and present a case series detailing severity of overdoses.Short summaryPBS data demonstrates baclofen use is increasing in Australia, while calls to NSWPIC illustrate an increase in number of exposures associated with toxicity. Baclofen toxicity may require prolonged intensive care admission. To minimize harms associated, especially with off-label baclofen prescribing for AUD, prescribers should pay careful attention to psychiatric comorbidities, and closely monitor treatment and dispensing.Methodsthis is a retrospective observational study of baclofen overdoses reported to New South Wales PIC (NSWPIC) from January 1 2004 to 31 December 2016. In addition, referrals to a metropolitan toxicology service relating to baclofen toxicity from 2014 to 2017 were analysed. The number of Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (PBS) claims for baclofen were also reviewed.Resultsduring the 13-year study period, 403 cases of baclofen toxicity were reported to NSWPIC. There was a 230% increase in annual exposures over this period, 71% of patients were symptomatic, with 77% requiring hospitalization. Coingestants were reported in 53%, with 57% being psychoactive medications (including alcohol). An increase in number of baclofen dispensing episodes was also noted. From the five cases of deliberate self-harm reported to the metropolitan toxicology service, three obtained baclofen for management of alcohol use disorder (AUD) and required prolonged treatment in the intensive care unit (ICU).ConclusionsNSWPIC data shows an increase in number of calls regarding intentional baclofen exposures in parallel with increase the number of baclofen PBS claims. These closely parallel the increase in dispensing of baclofen since 2008. Case studies presented reinforce the severity of baclofen toxicity. Together, they demonstrate the potential risk of harm of baclofen prescribing, and the greater need for caution. Baclofen should be considered carefully in patients high risk of overdose or be used only in specialist services with close monitoring.
      PubDate: Sat, 01 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agy082
      Issue No: Vol. 54, No. 1 (2018)
  • Patterns in Reduction or Cessation of Drinking in Australia (2001–2013)
           and Motivation for Change
    • Authors: Pennay A; Callinan S, Livingston M, et al.
      Pages: 79 - 86
      Abstract: AimsThis paper examines: (a) change over time (2001–2013) in recently reducing or ceasing drinking in the Australian population and (b) the reasons given for reducing or ceasing drinking in the most recent survey (2013); stratified by sex and age group.Short summaryRates of reducing and ceasing drinking increased between 2001 and 2013 in Australia. Young people were more likely to modify drinking due to lifestyle and enjoyment reasons; older groups were more likely to report health reasons. These trends contribute to the broader context of declining alcohol consumption in Australia.MethodsData are from five waves of the National Drug Strategy Household Survey (N = 119,397). Logistic regression models with interaction terms were used to identify a shift in sex or age over time in predicting reduction or cessation of drinking and to predict motivations for reducing or ceasing drinking by sex and age.ResultsReports of recently reducing the quantity or frequency of drinking increased from 2001 to 2007 and remained stable between 2007 and 2013. There was a steady increase in the number of Australians reporting recently ceasing drinking from 2001 to 2013, with a significant effect for age (younger groups more likely than older groups to cease drinking in the past two waves). Reasons for reducing or ceasing drinking varied by age, with older people more likely to report health reasons and younger people more likely to report lifestyle reasons or enjoyment.ConclusionIncreases over time in reports of reduction or cessation of drinking due to health, lifestyle, social and enjoyment reasons suggest that the social position of alcohol in Australia may be shifting, particularly among young people.
      PubDate: Sat, 20 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agy072
      Issue No: Vol. 54, No. 1 (2018)
  • Transitions Through Stages of Alcohol Use, Use Disorder and Remission:
           Findings from Te Rau Hinengaro, The New Zealand Mental Health Survey
    • Authors: Rapsey C; Wells J, Bharat M, et al.
      Pages: 87 - 96
      Abstract: AimsTo understand transitions from alcohol use to disorder, we examine timing of transitions between stages of alcohol use and associations between transitions and socio-demographic factors.Short summaryUsing nationally representative data, we found that the majority of alcohol use disorders develop by age 25. Increased alcohol use within a participant’s cohort was associated with subsequent transition across all stages of alcohol use and disorder. Fifty percent of dependence cases had not remitted after 9 years.MethodsA nationally representative sample with a 73% response rate included 12,992 participants aged 16 and older. The Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI 3.0) was used to assess age at initial alcohol consumption, commencement of regular consumption, symptoms of alcohol abuse and dependence, and year-long remission. Alcohol consumption in an age- and gender-matched cohort, education, gender and age at commencement of use were investigated as covariates.ResultsAmong all respondents, 94.6% used alcohol, 85.1% used alcohol regularly, 11.4 and 4.6% had developed alcohol abuse and dependence disorders, respectively. Of those with an abuse or dependence disorder, 79.9 and 67.2% had remitted, respectively. Increased alcohol use within a participant’s cohort was associated with subsequent transition across all stages. The majority of disorders had developed by age 25. Considerable time was spent with disorder; 50% of dependence cases had not remitted after 9 years. Men were at greater risk of disorder and less likely to remit.ConclusionsInterventions should target young people and cohort-specific consumption with resources also allocated to long-term treatment provision for alcohol dependency.
      PubDate: Thu, 27 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agy069
      Issue No: Vol. 54, No. 1 (2018)
  • Dynamic Features of Problematic Drinking: Alcohol Use Disorder Latent
           Classes Across Ages 18–64
    • Authors: Linden-Carmichael A; Dziak J, Lanza S.
      Pages: 97 - 103
      Abstract: AimsAlcohol use disorders (AUDs) are linked with numerous severe detrimental outcomes. Evidence suggests that there is a typology of individuals with an AUD based on the symptoms they report. Scant research has identified how these groups may vary in prevalence by age, which could highlight aspects of problematic drinking behavior that are particularly salient at different ages. Our study aimed to (a) identify latent classes of drinkers with AUD that differ based on symptoms of AUD and (b) examine prevalences of latent classes by age.Short summaryOur findings advocate for personalized treatment approaches for AUD and highlight the need for carefully considering the role of age in prevention and intervention efforts.MethodsWe used data from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC-III). Current drinkers aged 18–64 who met criteria for a past-year AUD were included (n = 5402).ResultsLatent class analysis (LCA) based on 11 AUD criteria revealed 5 classes: ‘Alcohol-Induced Injury’ (25%), ‘Highly Problematic, Low Perceived Life Interference’ (21%), ‘Adverse Effects Only’ (34%), ‘Difficulty Cutting Back’ (13%) and ‘Highly Problematic’ (7%). Using time-varying effect modeling (TVEM), each class was found to vary in prevalence across age. The Adverse Effects Only and Highly Problematic, Low Perceived Life Interference classes were particularly prevalent among younger adults, and the Difficulty Cutting Back and Alcohol-Induced Injury classes were more prevalent as age increased.ConclusionsFindings suggest that experience of AUD is not only heterogeneous in nature but also that the prevalence of these subgroups vary across age.
      PubDate: Tue, 23 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agy074
      Issue No: Vol. 54, No. 1 (2018)
  • Can Suicide Attempt be Related to Problem Drinking: Cohort Study
    • Authors: Dambrauskiene K; Adomaitiene V, Zalinkevicius R, et al.
      Pages: 104 - 111
      Abstract: AimsAlcohol consumption is a well-established risk factor in suicidal behaviour, but there is still discussion about which factor might imply greater suicide risk—acute alcohol intoxication or being a problems drinkers. The aim of this study was to analyse the association between a suicide attempt and the drinking pattern and to evaluate the risk factors for suicide attempt among problem drinkers versus non-problem drinkers.Short summaryWe found that problem drinking (CAGE ≥2) is an important issue in suicide attempts. Factors predicting suicide attempt among problem drinkers were male gender, younger age, being married or in a partnership status, low education and acute alcohol intoxication prior a suicide attempt.MethodsA cohort study was performed including all cases of patients (n = 425) hospitalized in the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences after a suicide attempt. Participants completed a self-administered questionnaire that included questions on sociodemographic characteristics, the nature of the suicide attempt, the question of alcohol consumption prior to the suicide attempt and a CAGE questionnaire screening for problem drinking (CAGE ≥ 2).ResultsTwo-thirds (70.9%) of male and 43.2% of female suicide attempters were problem drinkers. Problem drinking versus non-problem drinking increased the risk of suicide attempt especially according to gender (3.2 times for male), age (1.08 times for younger age), marital status (among married or in a partnership—1.58 times), education level (among < 12 years—2.04 times) and acute alcohol intoxication prior a suicide attempt (8.15 times—among intoxicated).ConclusionsOur results highlight that being a problem drinker as well as the use of alcohol at the time of the event is an important issue in suicide attempt,.
      PubDate: Sat, 17 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agy080
      Issue No: Vol. 54, No. 1 (2018)
  • Research Protocol to Evaluate the Effects of Alcohol Policy Changes in
    • Authors: Rehm J; Štelemėkas M, Badaras R.
      Pages: 112 - 118
      Abstract: AimsTo point out the importance for public health to evaluate the past policy changes (2016–2018) in Lithuania. To present a research protocol to conduct this evaluation.Short summaryThe staggered implementation of key alcohol policies in Lithuania over the past two years offers the possibility to evaluate ‘best buys’ for alcohol policies for this country. Lithuania is the only country where all ‘best buys’ were implemented over a short period of time, so this evaluation will be unique.MethodsQuasi-experimental design based on interrupted time-series analysis of monthly routine statistics of morbidity and mortality indicators as well as key variables on the pathway between alcohol exposure and health outcomes.ConclusionsFor the public health community, results of the evaluation of these policy changes will be of critical importance.
      PubDate: Thu, 27 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agy068
      Issue No: Vol. 54, No. 1 (2018)
  • Effects of a Comprehensive Pro-alcohol Policy in Washington State
    • Authors: Braillon A.
      Pages: 119 - 121
      PubDate: Tue, 30 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agy076
      Issue No: Vol. 54, No. 1 (2018)
  • Reply to: Effects of a Comprehensive Pro-alcohol Policy in Washington
    • Authors: Kerr W; Williams E, Ye Y, et al.
      Pages: 120 - 121
      PubDate: Tue, 30 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agy077
      Issue No: Vol. 54, No. 1 (2018)
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