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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Antidepressant May Ease Meth Addiction

    Nov. 23, 2005 -- The depression drug bupropion (Wellbutrin, Zyban, Amfebutamone) may help treat addiction to the stimulant methamphetamine, also called "crank," "meth," and "speed." The finding comes from a small, brief study of meth users. It's too early to know if bupropion will become the first d

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  9. Home Drinking: More Alcohol per Drink?

    Nov. 14, 2005 -- Pouring yourself a drink at home may give you more alcohol than you bargained for. A new study shows alcoholic drinks poured at home -- particularly wines and spirits -- vary greatly in size and often contain considerably more than the "standard" amount of alcohol. "Clearly there is

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  10. Twofold Approach Best Fights Alcoholism

    Oct. 13, 2005 -- Alcoholics Anonymous and alcoholism treatment may work best together, a new study suggests. In the study, people who got professional treatment and participated in Alcoholics Anonymous were more likely to stay sober than those who only tapped one of those resources. The study appear

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