What's New - February 1, 1998

National Children of Alcoholics Week

February 8-14, 1998 is National Children of Alcoholics (COA) Week. Read how you can get involved on the NCADI page.

1996 Household Survey

Preliminary results from the 1996 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse are available on the web.
In 1996, an estimated 13.0 million Americans were current illicit drug users. Following a significant increase from 1992 to 1995, between 1995 and 1996 there was a decrease in the rate of past month illicit drug use among youths age 12-17. For those age 18-25 years, the rate of past month illicit drug use increased from 13.3 percent in 1994 to 15.6 percent in 1996. The overall number of current cocaine users did not change significantly between 1995 and 1996. There were an estimated 141,000 new heroin users in 1995, and there has been an increasing trend in new heroin use since 1992. A large proportion of these recent new users were smoking, snorting, or sniffing heroin, and most were under age 26.
In 1996, approximately 109 million persons age 12 and over were currentalcohol users, which was about 51 percent of the total population age 12and older. About 32 million persons (15.5 percent) engaged in bingedrinking, and about 11 million Americans (5.4 percent of the population)were heavy drinkers.Alcohol usage rates for all ages 12 years and older did not changesignificantly between 1995 and 1996. This was true for all threemeasures of drinking.The level of alcohol use was strongly associated with illicit drug usein 1996, as in prior years. Of the 11.2 million heavy drinkers, 31percent (3.4 million people) were current illicit drug users. Amongbinge (but not heavy) drinkers, 16 percent (3.3 million) were illicitdrug users. Other drinkers (i.e., past month but not binge) had a rateof 5.3 percent (3.7 million) for illicit drug use, while only 1.9percent (2.0 million) of nondrinkers were illicit drug users

Drug Abuse Treatment Outcome Study (DATOS)

Major findings from the NIDA funded DATOS project are summarized on NIDA's Media Advisory page.

Ninth Special Report to the U.S. Congress on Alcohol and Health

The Ninth Special Report to the U.S. Congress on Alcohol and Health is the authoritative review of current research on alcohol abuse, alcoholism, and the associated consequences.It is now available from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, for $11.00 which includes shipping and handling, within the continental U.S. You can get ordering information online.

Nicotine Addiction

Scientists have recently discovered a link between nicotine use and dopamine extending the link between dopamine and all addictive drugs. read the Media Alert on NIDA's web site.

Acupuncture in Addiction

Acupuncture In Recovery is an index for all web sites with the subject of acupuncture in addiction.

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