Some habits more common than others for AA members.
Article Type: Report
Subject: Coffee habit (Research)
Alcoholism (Research)
Smoking (Research)
Pub Date: 09/22/2008
Publication: Name: Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association Publisher: American Psychotherapy Association Audience: Academic; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Psychology and mental health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 American Psychotherapy Association ISSN: 1535-4075
Issue: Date: Fall, 2008 Source Volume: 11 Source Issue: 3
Topic: Event Code: 310 Science & research
Accession Number: 187049611

A recent study suggests that recovering alcoholics may rely more heavily on other habits than non-alcoholics. Researchers found that among their sample group, nearly 89 percent regularly downed a cup of coffee, with 33 percent of the coffee drinkers having 5 or more cups daily. 57 percent of the study participants also admitted to smoking.

Peter Martin, a professor at Vanderbilt University, reported that drinking coffee may actually help alcoholics on their journey to recovery. He added that smoking can act as an obstacle.

"Coffee and tobacco both affect the brain, but while nicotine and alcohol act on the same 'reward pathways' in the brain, caffeine operates differently," said Martin.

This new research has noted that the percentage of smokers among the AA members has gone down, while coffee drinking has held steady. This data suggests that smokers in AA are likely to cut down on cigarettes while in the recovery program.

Researchers are unsure of how these changing habits affect the AA members' chances of recovery, and further research and analysis are being performed. The findings of this recent study can be found published online by the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

Norton, A. (2008, July 22). Coffee drinking, smoking common in AA members. Reuters Health. Retrieved July 28, 2008, from archive/2008/07/22/eline/links/20080722elin003.html
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