Both early alcohol use and early intoxication can herald trouble for college students

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Both early alcohol use and early intoxication can herald trouble for college students
Research shows that the earlier one drinks, the greater the chances of later alcohol-related problems. Researchers examined age at first drink (AFD) as well as drinking to intoxication among college students. Findings showed that both an early AFD and a quick progression to drinking to intoxication can lead to heavy drinking and problems during the years from high school through to college.

Exploring the two-way linkages between binge drinking and unemployment

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Exploring the two-way linkages between binge drinking and unemployment
Many studies have found that problem drinking is related to subsequent unemployment; However, the reverse association is unclear. Some studies have found that unemployment can increase total drinking, alcohol disorders, and/or problem drinking while others have found that unemployment can decrease drinking or have no effect at all. An analysis of binge drinking as either a predictor or outcome of unemployment has found that binge drinking among women seems to have a significant association with long-term unemployment.

How stress and depression can shrink the brain

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How stress and depression can shrink the brain
Major depression or chronic stress can cause the loss of brain volume, a condition that contributes to both emotional and cognitive impairment. Now scientists have discovered one reason why this occurs — a single genetic switch that triggers loss of brain connections in humans and depression in animal models.