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Alcohol Use And Misuse: Study Says Americans Are Drinking More

In the span of 10 years, from 2003 to 2013, alcohol consumption among adults in the U.S. rose by a staggering 50 percent, according to a study published in the Journal of American Medical Association, JAMA Psychiatry. Researchers couldn’t offer a clear reason for the spike in alcohol use. They claim, however, the increase represents […]




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Naltrexone and Alcoholism – Treating a Disease with Medicine

Alcoholism is one of the most pervasive diseases in the United States and the statistics are staggering. More than 15 million adults over the age of 18 suffer from alcohol use disorder, reports the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and that number falls short because these are just the diagnosed cases. Despite […]




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Cocaine-Related Overdose Deaths Have a Dangerous National Spike

Cocaine is making a comeback and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fatal overdose deaths linked to the drug have surged. Derived from the coca plant, use of the addictive stimulant had seen a steady decrease in the past decade. The crisis of opioid addiction though, is fueling an increase in […]




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49 Dead as a Result of Drinking Bath Lotion in Russian State of Emergency

While the Russian government continues to dominate headlines in the United States, a quiet tragedy occurred late in 2016 to a community in the Siberian city of Irkutsk. Novo-Lenino, a neighborhood of Russia’s sixth largest city, is coming to grips with the deaths of 49 people that drank Hawthorn Lotion, a bathing liquid made with […]




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Driving Under the Influence – New and Improved Roadside Tests

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Traffic fatalities as a result of drug and alcohol use have unfortunately increased according to the presidential proclamation. “Last year, preventable alcohol-related driving fatalities accounted for nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities,” says the president’s report. With the holiday season upon us, and festive gatherings filling out everyone’s […]




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Alcohol Poisoning Versus a Hangover – Is There a Difference?

Most adults that imbibe socially, people who have the occasional drink with family and friends, or sometimes throw a few back with coworkers at the office party, are familiar with the morning-after hangover. Individuals struggling with alcohol dependence or alcoholism know the condition all too well. Alcohol poisoning, however, is a much more serious issue […]




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The Public Health Crisis of Addiction: Surgeon General’s Historic Step Forward

For the past 65 years, the American court and prison system is where the majority of people struggling with substance abuse and addiction end up. Of the nation’s 2.3 million prison inmates, more than half – 65 percent or 1.5 million – meet the medical criteria for substance use disorder and addiction, reports the National […]




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The 27 Club – A Tragic Tour of Famous People That Died Too Young

It’s an eerie coincidence that so many talented musicians and artists lost their lives at the age of 27, a phenomenon dubbed The 27 Club. Set aside the various conspiracy theories about the unenviable club’s membership and the unfortunate realities, in some of the cases, are the treatable diseases of addiction and mental health conditions. […]




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Are Wet Houses for Alcoholics a Smart Approach to Alcoholism?

Wet Houses are residential housing facilities for homeless people suffering from chronic alcoholism. Unlike other shelters that require residents to attend addiction treatment, stay sober and adhere to strict curfews, tenants at these harm reduction shelters can drink as much alcohol as they want. In some cases, residents even receive a small monthly stipend – […]




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Drunk Driving Simulator – DUI Prevention in the Age of Technology

Astronauts and would-be pilots use flight simulators to develop and hone their skills for the real thing. Neurologists have the ability to digitally map a person’s brain and perform a simulated surgery in an effort to predict likely outcomes. Now, thanks to Ford’s Driving Skills For Life Program (DSFL), newly minted teenage drivers can get […]




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