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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Illicit Drugs Detected in Wastewater

    Dec. 16, 2008 – Methamphetamine is the most concentrated illicit drug found in U.S. wastewater, report scientists who've found a way to measure drug use on a citywide basis. The drugs get into the wastewater because they are excreted in the urine. Meth was detected in five of seven municipalities in

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  9. Prescription Drug Abuse: Who Gets Addicted and Why?

    No one decides to get addicted to prescription pain pills. Alienating family and friends, failing at work, and launching a small-time criminal career aren't what anyone plans on when they swallow their first Vicodin. One in five Americans report misusing a prescription drug at least once in their li

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  10. Drug Overdose Deaths on the Rise

    Sept. 22, 2008 (Anaheim, Calif.) -- Deaths from accidental drug overdoses have increased dramatically in recent years, and prescription painkillers account for much of the problem, according to research presented today at the National Safety Council meeting. As deaths from workplace injuries and mot

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