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  1. U.S. Leads the World in Illegal Drug Use

    June 30, 2008 -- Despite tough anti-drug laws, a new survey shows the U.S. has the highest level of illegal drug use in the world. The World Health Organization's survey of legal and illegal drug use in 17 countries, including the Netherlands and other countries with less stringent drug laws, shows

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  2. Adults Supplying Alcohol to Underage Drinkers

    June 26, 2008 -- Millions of underage drinkers are getting their alcohol for free from adults, many of whom are their parents, according to a federal study released Thursday. The study shows that about 40% of the estimated 11 million regular drinkers under age 21 got their alcohol for free from some

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  3. Pot Potency at Record High

    June 12, 2008 -- Marijuana potency reached a record high in 2007, making it more dangerous, government officials report. University of Mississippi researchers tracked the potency of nearly 62,800 marijuana samples seized in the U.S. by government officials since 1975. They found that in 2007, seized

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  4. When Technology Addiction Takes Over Your Life

    Jenn Hoffman, Phoenix-based CEO of The J Brand Group, should have been enjoying a relaxing vacation on the Cote d'Azur. Sipping champagne and nibbling on cheese at the posh Louis XV restaurant, she was eagerly awaiting her entree, a poached Breton lobster. But then, poised next to the breadbasket, h

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  5. Do Celebrity Rehabs Work?

    Amy Winehouse may diss addiction recovery centers (she sings “no, no, no!” in her hit song “Rehab,” after all). But the beehive-tressed crooner did check in to one just two weeks before the tune helped her win four Grammys this past February. She surely saw other VIPs there. Boldfacers have been sli

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  6. Risky Ritual: 21 Drinks at Age 21

    May 20, 2008 -- How did you celebrate turning age 21? A study shows that most students at one Midwestern university drank, with some celebrating with a risky ritual of consuming 21 drinks. Researchers at the University of Missouri found that when they asked 2,518 students at an unnamed university in

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  7. White House Warns of Pot-Depression Link

    May 9, 2008 -- White House officials issued a report Friday citing growing evidence of a connection between marijuana use and depression in teens. The White House reports that 25% of adolescents who have been depressed at some point in the past year have used marijuana, compared with 12% of non-depr

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  8. Withdrawal Symptoms From Smoking Pot?

    May 8, 2008 (Washington) -- Heavy pot users who quit cold turkey may find themselves lighting up again to quell withdrawal symptoms, researchers say. In a study of nearly 500 marijuana smokers who tried to kick the habit, about one-third resumed use to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms such as ir

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  9. More Women Drinking More

    May 6, 2008 -- Hard-fought gains in women's rights come with an unwanted gain: rising rates of alcoholism in women born after 1953. Women's pay rates haven't yet caught up with men's -- and neither have their alcoholism rates. But in the alcohol category, women are gaining fast, find Richard A. Gruc

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  10. Teens’ Drinking Habits Tough to Swallow

    March 24, 2008 -- Federal data released Monday suggest that millions of American teens are drinking frequently and heavily. The report concludes that about 11 million adolescents and young adults between ages 12 and 20 are "current drinkers," having consumed alcohol within the past month, according

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