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  1. Rx Drug Abuse: Common and Dangerous

    In the 1970s, parents worried that their longhaired, bell-bottomed teenagers were getting drunk or smoking marijuana. Today, dangers also come in the form of prescription medicines -- from opioid pain relievers such as OxyContin to ADHD drugs such as Ritalin. Prescription drug abuse appears to be on

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  2. Older Drug Helps Alcoholics Abstain

    May 2, 2006 -- A widely ignored drug was found to help alcoholics stop drinking, while a newer medication did not seem to be effective in a large, widely anticipated study of treatments for alcohol dependence. Results from the trial are published in the May 3 issue of the Journal of the American Med

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  3. New Clues on Alcoholism in Families

    April 24, 2006 -- Researchers have identified several traits that may increase the risk of alcoholism for people who have a family history of alcoholism. The finding comes from a study of 175 young adults without alcoholism. Half of the participants had a family history of alcoholism. Participants t

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  4. FDA OKs New Alcoholism Treatment

    April 14, 2006 -- The FDA has approved a new drug called Vivitrol to help treat alcoholism. The announcement was made in a news release by the pharmaceutical companies Alkermes, which makes Vivitrol, and Cephalon, which markets the drug. Vivitrol is the first and only injectable drug given once per

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  5. Smoking May Hinder Alcoholism Recovery

    March 17, 2006 - People who smoke after they sober up may have a harder time recovering from alcoholism than those who don't smoke. A new study suggests that smoking may interfere with the brain's ability to recover from the effects of chronic alcohol abuse. Researchers found that after one month of

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  6. Drunk at Work: How Common Is It?

    Jan. 12, 2006 -- Call it WUI -- working under the influence of alcohol. An estimated 15% of the U.S. workforce -- just over 19 million people -- have drunk alcohol before or during work, or come to work with a hangover, a new study shows. Judging by the study, some managers may not be too keen to cr

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  7. Sober Surprise From Alcoholism Study

    Jan. 4, 2006 -- Psychology plays a role in the success of drugs that treat severe alcoholism, a new German study shows. "We found an [alcohol] abstinence rate of more than 50% among the patients studied," researcher Hannelore Ehrenreich, MD, DVM, says in a news release. She and her colleagues report

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  8. No Hangover Cure

    Dec. 22, 2005 -- If you are reading this with one bleary eye, with pain in your head, and a vulture-like taste in your desert-dry mouth, this won't be good news. Science has never found a hangover cure that works. Sure, everyone has a pet hangover remedy. And the Internet hums with hope of hangover

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  9. Risky Drinking Goes Beyond College

    Dec. 14, 2005 -- When it comes to alcohol, dangerous drinking is notorious on college campuses. But college students aren't the only ones at risk. New research shows that risky alcohol habits are common among young adults, regardless of college attendance. That's not to say that all youths binge dri

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  10. Marijuana Raises Risk of Fatal Car Crash

    Dec. 1, 2005 - People who drive after using marijuana are nearly twice as likely to be involved in a fatal car crash. French researchers studied all drivers involved in fatal car crashes over a two-year period and found 7% tested positive for marijuana, including nearly 3% who tested positive for a

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