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  1. Energy Drink Cocktails Boost Desire to Drink More?

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Mixing caffeinated energy drinks with alcohol appears to boost the desire to keep on drinking, new research reveals. The finding from a small study of young adults suggests that the energy drink-booze combination could fuel

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  2. Are You a High-Functioning Alcoholic?

    The classic picture of an alcoholic is someone who always drinks too much too often and whose life is falling apart because of it. But not all problem drinking fits that mold. Some people seem to be just fine while they abuse alcohol. Experts call these people “functional alcoholics” or “high-functi

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  3. Ecstasy Use Tied to Rare Blood Vessel Problem

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A teen who took the street drug called "ecstasy" suffered a potentially deadly bulge in his spinal cord artery, doctors said. This condition -- called a posterior spinal artery aneurysm -- occurs when the artery wall weak

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  4. 1 in 10 Deaths Among Adults Tied to Alcohol: CDC

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- One in 10 deaths among U.S. adults is linked to excessive alcohol consumption, federal officials reported Thursday. While people often link drinking with deaths from motor vehicle accidents and chronic liver disease, m

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  5. Today's Heroin Abusers Often Middle-Class: Study

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Today's typical heroin user is a middle-class suburban dweller who started off with prescription painkillers, a new study reports. Once mainly a problem of teens living in impoverished neighborhoods in large cities, heroin

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  6. Sharp Rise in ER Visits Tied to Abuse of Sedative

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There's been a steep increase in the number of Americans being treated at emergency departments for abuse of the sedative alprazolam, best known as Xanax, federal officials reported Thursday. The number of emergency depar

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  7. Prescription Drug Use Continues to Climb in U.S.

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Prescription drugs are playing an increasingly larger role in U.S. life, with nearly half of all Americans taking one or more medications. Among adults, the most common prescription drugs are for cardiovascular disease

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  8. Several Medications Can Help People Quit Drinking: Study

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new review finds that several drugs can help curb the desire to drink alcohol, but the researchers note that these medications are rarely prescribed. Acamprosate (Campral) and naltrexone (Revia), along with support fro

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  9. Legal Medical Marijuana May Not Raise Teen Pot Use

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- American teens' use of marijuana doesn't increase when states approve the drug for medical use, a new study finds. "Any time a state considers legalizing medical marijuana, there are concerns from the public about an incr

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  10. FDA OKs Quick-Acting Antidote for Prescription Painkiller Overdose

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People suffering a potentially fatal narcotic overdose now can receive lifesaving treatment from folks around them, using a new device just approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Evzio is a hand-held auto i

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