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Impulsivity May Be Linked to Alcoholism Risk

By January 10, 2007

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A lack of impulse control could be a sign of increase risk for developing alcohol abuse disorders, according to a new study conducted at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. Researchers found that impulsivity is also linked to reduced frontal lobe activity in the brains of alcoholics and their offspring, even those who have never had a drink.

"Altered impulsivity is a prominent manifestation in many disinhibitory psychiatric disorders, such as alcohol- or substance-related disorders, conduct disorder, attention-deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), antisocial personality disorder (ASP), bipolar disorder, impulse control disorders, and so on," said Bernice Porjesz, in a news release. "Individuals suffering with these disorders may frequently and unpredictably act without planning in advance or without regard to the negative consequences of their behaviors, which in turn can result in serious aftermath. In severe cases, it may lead to danger to the patient or to others." Awareness of this increased vulnerability can aid in better prevention strategies, the authors of the study said.

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January 12, 2007 at 5:00 pm
(1) Valeria R. says:

For your information:
Iowa District meetings are located at http://val2.home.mchsi.com/AA/

That is in SE corner of Iowa.

January 12, 2007 at 5:30 pm
(2) alcoholism says:

Yes, if someone clicks on the “Find a Meeting” link to the left side of the page and they go to the Iowa AA Meetings page, they will find that same link under “Southeast Iowa”:
http://alcoholism.about.com/od/aaia/

If you know of any meeting lists on Web sites that we don’t have listed under “Find a Meeting” please let us know!

Thanks,
BuddyT

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