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  1. Vaccine May Treat Cocaine Addiction

    Oct. 5, 2009 -- A new vaccine may one day help people who are addicted to cocaine to curb their drug use and overcome their dependency. The experimental cocaine vaccine works by raising levels of cocaine antibodies to hamper the drug's ability to affect the brain. Researchers found that treated drug

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  2. Alcoholism May Alter Sleep Long-Term

    Oct. 1, 2009 -- Even if they quit drinking, alcoholics still have differences in their sleep when compared with other people, a new study shows. The study, published in the Oct. 1 edition of the journal Sleep, included 42 alcoholics who had quit drinking and 42 people with no history of alcoholism.

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  3. Teen Drinking Tied to Bad Choices as Adult

    Sept. 21, 2009 -- Abuse alcohol when you're young and you'll make unwise decisions later on in life, a new study suggests. It is well known that too much alcohol can slow down a person's ability to think, react, and make decisions at the current moment. But scientists from the University of Washingt

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  4. Older People Are Binge Drinkers, Too

    Aug. 17, 2009 -- Older people as well as aging baby boomers may be turning to booze and binge drinking, a new study shows. The study raises significant concerns, researchers say, because doctors often overlook drinking habits, which can be harmful to individual health and public safety. Duke Univers

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  5. Study: Alcohol Tied to Nearly 1 in 25 Deaths

    June 25, 2009 -- Approximately 4% of global deaths may be linked to alcohol, according to a new study. The study, published in The Lancet, estimates the percentage of alcohol-related deaths based on accidents, alcohol abuse, and various health conditions -- including certain cancers, high blood pres

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  6. When Too Much Shopping Becomes a Problem

    Shopaholics are often born innocently enough. For Lynn Braz, for instance, shopping was a bona fide hobby until a pair of family tragedies pushed her over the edge. "When my sister died, the shopping went out of control," says the 47-year-old San Francisco writer. "The next thing I bought was going

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  7. Alcohol's Effects: Old vs. Young People

    March 6, 2009 -- Social drinking seems to impair older people more than their younger drinking buddies. Also, older people are less likely to realize how the alcohol is affecting them, according to a new study. The study, published in The Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, is based on a resear

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  8. Booze Tube: TV Alcohol Ups Real Drinking

    March 3, 2009 -- Watching alcohol use portrayed in movies and in alcohol ads makes young men drink more beer and wine, Dutch researchers find. It's the first time a study has found that watching alcohol ads or alcohol use portrayed in movies immediately affects how much people drink. "For young adul

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  9. The New Addictions

    Behavioral addictions - to shopping, sex, even e-mail - trigger the same rush of feel-good dopamine to the brain as drugs and alcohol. Since these "fixes" aren't formally recognized by the medical establishment, insurance won't pony up for treatment. But that doesn't mean they can't undo your life.

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  10. The Language of Intoxication, Straight Up

    Dec. 17, 2008 -- If you've been drinking and think of yourself as "tipsy," chances are you're drunk as a skunk -- and female. If you're a man and just as inebriated, odds are you'll describe yourself as "hammered" or "wasted." Researchers are finding that the language drinkers use to describe alcoho

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