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    1. Even Small Amounts of Alcohol May Impair Driving

      June 21 2011 -- Driving with a buzz can be as dangerous as driving when you are fully intoxicated, a new study suggests. The blood-alcohol content (BAC) limit in the U.S. is set at 0.08%, but levels well below this legal limit are associated with car accidents that cause incapacitating injury and de

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    2. Admission to Substance Abuse Rehab on the Rise

      June 23, 2011 -- Admissions to treatment programs among people ages 12 and over for alcohol, marijuana, and opiate problems have risen significantly in recent years, according to a new federal report. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) says one of the most notable

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    3. Study: Alcohol, Energy Drinks Are Risky Combo

      April 15, 2011 -- Drinking alcohol and energy drinks together has become trendy, but it can also be risky, a study suggests. The combination makes drinkers feel more stimulated than alcohol alone. However, it has no effect on the impulsivity and lack of inhibitions that come with drinking, says stud

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    4. Few Alcoholics Realize They Need Help

      April 8, 2011 -- Most Americans with alcohol dependency don’t realize they need treatment and don’t believe that treatment would help, a federal report finds. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration says that of the nation’s 7.4 million adults aged 21 and 64 who have an untreat

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    5. Long-Term Ecstasy Use May Damage the Brain

      April 7, 2011 -- Long-term users of the street drug ecstasy may be at increased risk of structural brain damage, new research suggests. Researchers in the Netherlands enlisted 10 men in their mid-20s and seven in their early 20s for the study. The 10 in the mid-20s were long-term users of ecstasy. T

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    6. Charlie Sheen Substance Abuse: FAQ

      March 1, 2011 -- After actor Charlie Sheen trashed his suite at New York's Plaza Hotel, called Chuck Lorre, the creator of the TV show "Two and a Half Men," a "turd," and rambled incoherently in a television interview about being a "high priest Vatican assassin warlock," people started to wonder whe

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    7. Teen Drinking Brews Adult Trouble

      Feb. 8, 2011 -- Older teenagers who are heavy drinkers are more likely than those who aren’t to develop drinking problems as adults, including alcoholism, new research indicates. The researchers who analyzed the results of 54 studies, half of them done in the U.S., say more work is needed to determi

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    8. Many Sports Fans Exit Stadium Drunk

      Jan. 21, 2011 -- Upwards of 40% of people who attend professional baseball or football games leave the stadium with a positive blood alcohol level and 8% leave legally drunk, a new study suggests. Researchers who gave breath tests to 362 attendees of 13 pro baseball and three football games say 60%

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    9. 30 Million Americans Admit They Drive Drunk

      Dec. 10, 2010 -- About 30 million Americans a year admit to driving while drunk, and 10 million more say they get behind the wheel when under the influence of illicit drugs, according to new federal research. On average, 13.2% of all people aged 16 and older drove under the influence of alcohol in t

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    10. Some Drinkers Likely to Ignore Caffeinated Alcohol’s Risks

      Nov. 30, 2010 -- Scientists warn that young adults are likely to keep mixing caffeine and alcohol even though a number of caffeinated alcoholic beverages have been withdrawn from the marketplace under federal pressure. The researchers also say a lot of study still needs to be done on the risks of mi

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