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SBIRT – Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment for Substance Use

The prevalence of addiction in the United States, from tobacco use to alcoholism, and the opioid epidemic to other illicit drug abuse, takes a costly toll on the nation’s physical, emotional and financial wellbeing. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimates the price of substance abuse-related issues, such as lost work productivity, crime and […]


Utah Lowers Blood Alcohol Content Level (BAC) for Drivers to 0.05 – Will Other States Follow Their Lead?

With some of the nation’s strictest alcohol laws already on the books, Utah doubles down by lowering the threshold for motorists that can be charged with driving while under the influence. On December 30, 2018, HB155 went into effect, decreasing the legal blood alcohol level (BAC) for drivers from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. What […]


How Does Alcohol Affect Aging? A Quick Guide to the Damage Caused by Excessive Drinking

Americans are drinking less alcohol than before, according to a 2018 survey. However, the sale of spirits – beer, wine, and liquor – increased by just over 5 percent during the same period. The industry report also notes that consumers 60 years and older are at least partially responsible for the increase in alcohol sales. […]


Marijuana Beer? Breweries are Betting Big on CBD & THC-Infused Beverages

The sale and use of recreational marijuana in the United States, as of 2018, is legal in 10 states and the District of Columbia (DC). In total, 33 states allow for legal consumption – medicinal or recreational marijuana – in some regulated form or fashion. Despite the federal government’s Schedule I classification of the leafy […]


Alcohol and Antibiotics: A Problem Combination?

One of the most serious public health challenges in the world is the over-prescribing of antibiotics. Data suggests that general practitioners are the biggest culprits, writing 90 percent of the prescriptions for respiratory tract infections and unwittingly creating a population that’s resistant to even some of the strongest, most effective antibiotics. As a result, the […]


Beer Before Liquor, Never Been Sicker [and 12 Other Myths and Facts About Alcohol]

Most adults have probably heard this saying. Call it a bit of “collegiate wisdom,” the myth that drinking “liquor before beer, you’re in the clear, but beer before liquor, you’ve never been sicker.” Maybe the slightest whiff of truth in this urban legend is that most people drink beer slower than they do liquor. As […]


Alcohol Use and Dementia: New Study Links Heavy Drinking to Early-Onset Dementia

A five year study published in March, concluded that heavy drinking and alcohol use disorder are the main contributors to brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia and early-onset dementia. Releasing their data in The Lancet Public Health journal, researchers conducted the study from 2008 to 2013 and report that alcohol abuse is the most […]


Hangover Free Hooch? Alcosynth Offers the Buzz of Alcohol Without the Negative Side Effects

It’s not the first time some high-minded, lab-coat wearing alchemists donned goggles, skittered between beakers of boiling liquids and tried to make gold out of lead, metaphorically speaking anyway. In this case, it’s a British neuropharmacologist and his team’s attempt to develop a consequence-free type of synthetic alcohol called Alcosynth that comes with all the […]


Driving Under the Influence Just Got a Lot Weirder

In all 50 states, the legal blood alcohol limit (BAC) for anyone operating a motor vehicle is .08, though advocates continue pressuring legislators to bring it down to a .05 BAC. Public awareness campaigns, new laws and stricter penalties regarding DUI violators were launched in the mid 1970s. The original campaigns highlighted the gruesome realities […]


Say No to the Nightcap. Why Drinking Alcohol Before Bed Makes Us Tired the Next Day

It’s not uncommon for some people, especially on the weekends and around the holidays, to party a bit more and hit the bed after a night of drinking alcohol. When this happens, most people find they’re dragging the next day, both physically and mentally. They tire easily, have shorter attention spans and often find it […]


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