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Dr. Ramo on Being Adept’s Youtube Channel


Dr. Danielle Ramo, a member of the Being Adept Team, is featured in Being Adept’s latest video from the Being Adept Youtube Channel: In the video, Dr. Ramo explores the effects of alcohol on the still developing frontal lobes of the adolescent brain. She explains how alcohol abuse during the teen years can ultimately lead to cognitive deficiencies in “higher order thinking”, the ability to prioritize and make complex decisions.

Being Adept’s video channel is owned and sponsored by Being Adept, a Bay Area drug and and alcohol program designed to inform adolescents before they start being exposed to drugs and alcohol.

What Role Does Alcohol Play in College Culture?

According to the British newspaper, The Guardian, college culture is now inextricably tied to alcohol, a point summed up by their headline “College culture? An alcohol-fueled frenzy of sexual harassment.”

Its a theme all to familiar now, that alcohol has become the gateway to “hook-up” culture, which has created disturbing sexual harassment trends. One statistic now cites that 1 in 4 college women will be raped or escape an attempted rape.

It is a culture that has been explored by the New York Times as well, in their article “Sex on Campus”.

Dancing like that felt good but dirty, and like a number of girls, Haley said she had to be drunk in order to enjoy it. Women said universally that hookups could not exist without alcohol, because they were for the most part too uncomfortable to pair off with men they did not know well without being drunk. One girl, explaining why her encounters freshman and sophomore year often ended with fellatio, said that usually by the time she got back to a guy’s room, she was starting to sober up and didn’t want to be there anymore, and giving the guy oral sex was an easy way to wrap things up and leave…

via Sex on Campus – She Can Play That Game, Too –

Being Adept, a California based Drug and Alcohol Curriculum, encourages teens and college students be mindful of their consumption of alcohol and its effects on the frontal lobes-portions of our brains that are responsible for judgement and decision making. Alcohol can also have severe effects on brain development in adolescents and teens, remember our brain’s don’t stop developing until our mid-20’s!

Support from Middle School Teachers May Reduce Early Use of Alcohol, Study Suggests

By Join Together Staff

Emotional support from middle school teachers may reduce the risk their students will engage in early use of alcohol and other illicit substances, a new study suggests.

The study included 521 middle school students in Seattle. Students who felt more emotional support from teachers reported a delay in starting to use alcohol and other illicit substances, PsychCentralreports. The students defined teacher support as feeling close to a teacher, or being able to talk about their problems with a teacher.

Middle school students who had higher levels of separation anxiety from their parents were also less likely to start using alcohol early, the study found.

“Our results were surprising,” lead researcher Dr. Carolyn McCarty, of Seattle Children’s Research Institute, said in a news release. “We have known that middle school teachers are important in the lives of young people, but this is the first data-driven study which shows that teacher support is associated with lower levels of early alcohol use.”

Dr. McCarty said students who have separation anxiety may be less susceptible to negative influences from their peers, including experimenting with drugs and alcohol.

The study also found students who started drinking or using drugs before sixth grade had significantly higher levels of depressive symptoms. Students who had experienced recent stressful life events in sixth grade were significantly more likely to start using an illicit substance by eighth grade, the researchers found.

“We need to be aware of and monitor early adolescent stress levels, and parents, teachers and adults need to tune into kids’ mental health,” Dr. McCarty said. “We know that youth who initiate substance abuse before age 14 are at a high risk of long-term substance abuse problems and myriad health complications.”

The study appears in Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Rat Study Finds Adolescent Brain More Prone to Depression, Addiction

By TRACI PEDERSEN Associate News Editor
From a study of rats, University of Pittsburgh researchers conclude that teens face a greater risk of suffering from depression and addiction than adults.
The researchers compared the brain activity of adolescent and adult rats as they worked on a task in which they anticipated a reward.  Brain cell activity increased in the adolescent rats’ brains in an unusual area: the dorsal striatum (DS) — a region generally associated with habit formation, decision-making, and motivated learning. On the other hand, the adult rats’ DS areas were not triggered by an anticipated reward.
“The brain region traditionally associated with reward and motivation, called the nucleus accumbens, was activated similarly in adults and adolescents,” said study leader Bita Moghaddam, Ph.D., co-author of the paper and a professor of neuroscience in Pitt’s Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.
“But the unique sensitivity of adolescent DS to reward anticipation indicates that, in this age group, reward can tap directly into a brain region that is critical for learning and habit formation.”
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Children Ages 10 to 12 Ambivalent About Smoking and Drinking, Suggests Study

Children ages 10 to 12 feel ambivalent about smoking and drinking, suggests a new study. They have both positive and negative associations with alcohol and cigarettes at this age, according to PsychCentral.
Lead researcher Dr. Roisin O’Connor of Concordia University in Canada says the results indicate the “tween” years are an important time to prevent substance abuse. “We need to be concerned when kids are ambivalent because this is when they may be more easily swayed by social influences,” she said in a news release.
The study included about 400 children, who participated in a computer-based test that required them to place pictures of cigarettes and alcohol with positive or negative words. Dr. O’Connor found that while children initially thought cigarettes and alcohol were bad, they were easily able to start thinking of them as good when they were asked to place them with positive words.
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High Rates of Childhood Trauma Found in Adult Alcoholics

A new study finds a high rate of childhood trauma in adult alcoholic inpatients. The researchers suggest childhood trauma should be considered when developing prevention and treatment strategies for adults with alcoholism.
While a history of physical, sexual or emotional abuse in childhood is a known risk factor for alcohol dependence, the new study shows how strong the association can be, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The study, conducted by researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, included 196 men and women who were treated as inpatients for alcohol dependence. Overall, 55 percent had a history of childhood trauma. The prevalence of emotional abuse was 21 percent; physical abuse, 31 percent; sexual abuse, 24 percent; emotional neglect, 20 percent; and physical neglect, 20 percent.
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Commentary: Getting Smart on Juvenile Offending and Substance Use Issues – The Role of the Prosecutor

While experimenting with drugs and alcohol was once considered a rite of passage into early adulthood, the average age of onset of alcohol or other substance use of adolescents entering addiction treatment is now below the age of 13i. Of equal concern is a 2011 report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) which revealed that 31.5 percent of adolescent admissions first used their primary substance at age 11 or younger and that among these admissions, the principal source of referral was the justice systemii.
The reality is that kids are starting to use drugs and alcohol younger and while their brains are still developing. This dramatically increases the likelihood of addiction and/or involvement in the juvenile justice system. While using substances at any age can lead to addiction, the earlier a person begins to use, the greater the potential for addictioniii. Research has confirmed that substance use has been shown to maintain offending behavior with what has been described as a “drug-crime cyclevi.”
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Spring break is the biggest peak for students’ alcohol abuse

By SUSAN HEMMINGWAY — Herald Health Correspondent

According to research at the Alcohol and Substance Use Research Institute at the University of South Florida, alcohol use by college students follows seasonal patterns.
Consumption peaks during holidays, such as Thanksgiving and New Year’s, with the biggest peak of all being spring break week.
“Spring break is a holiday defined by drinking,” said Richard Reich, a researcher at the institute and assistant professor of psychology at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Alcohol in Movies May Influence Teens’ Drinking Habits, Study Suggests

The amount of drinking children and teens see in movies may influence their own drinking habits, suggests a new study conducted in six European nations.
Researchers gave surveys to more than 16,000 students, ages 10 to 19, in Germany, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Scotland. They were asked to check off which of 50 movies that were popular in their country they had seen. For each movie, the researchers counted how many times characters were shown drinking alcohol, according to Reuters. At least 86 percent of the movies had at least one drinking scene.
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Should Alcohol Product Placement Be Banned in Hollywood?


A new study shows that children and teens may be more influenced by what they see in movies than by what they’re taught by parents, a new study shows. The study, conducted by researchers at Dartmouth Medical School, was published on the British Medical Journal’s BMJ Open site this week. The study may warrant considering placing restrictions on alcohol placement in movies.
The study found that children who watch movies with drinking scenes are more than twice as likely to try alcohol, and the rate actually tripled for teens who moved on to binge drinking, as compared to children who watch relatively few movies.
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