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  1. Gamblers and Substance Abusers Share Traits

    July 5, 2005 -- People with gambling and substance abuse problems may share similar personalities, a new study shows. Researchers found that problem gamblers display many similar personality traits, such as rebelliousness, anger, and being a risk taker, with people who abuse alcohol, marijuana, and

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  2. Kudzu Extract May Help People Drink Less

    May 16, 2005 -- One week's treatment with an extract of the kudzu vine reduces alcohol consumption by heavy drinkers, according to a study in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. "Kudzu treatment resulted in significant reduction in the number of beers consumed," Scott E. Luka

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  3. More Older Adults Enter Drug Rehab Centers

    May 6, 2005 - The face of substance abuse may be growing older. A new report shows the number of adults over age 55 entering treatment centers for drug and alcohol abuse rose by nearly a third from 1995 to 2002. While most people entering rehab clinics are still younger adults, researchers say alcoh

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  4. Federal Report: Marijuana Causes Mental Illness

    May 3, 2005 -- Children who use marijuana before age 12 are twice as likely to later develop serious mental illness as those who don't try the drug until they're 18, according to a federal report released Tuesday. Bush administration officials pointed to the study as growing evidence that smoking ma

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  5. College Alcohol 101: How Big Is 1 Drink?

    College students tend not to know the standard size of a drink of alcohol, and their misunderstanding could be dangerous, says a new study. In the study of 133 undergraduates, the students overpoured alcohol and underestimated their drinking, says Aaron M. White, PhD. White worked on the study, whic

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  6. Treating Alcoholism With a Monthly Shot

    April 5, 2005 -- A monthly shot of the prescription drug naltrexone -- plus counseling -- could help reduce heavy drinking in people with alcoholism. That's according to a new study in the April 6 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association. The study was funded by Alkermes Inc., which

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  7. Parental Substance Abuse Widespread

    March 30, 2005 -- Tens of millions of American children are growing up in the shadow of substance abuse and tobacco use, a new study shows. For many, the problem starts at home, with a parent who drinks too much or uses illegal drugs. Tobacco -- while legal for adults -- is another health hazard tha

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  8. Alter Brain Activity to Fight Cocaine Addiction

    March 28, 2005 -- Manipulating brain activity in a certain area may allow people to tap into healthier rewards to cure cocaine addiction, a new study shows. Researchers found that inactivating an area of the brain known as the subthalamic nucleus (STN) reduced rats' motivation for cocaine but increa

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  9. Alcohol Problems Up in College Students

    March 18, 2005 -- Alcohol problems among college students seem to have taken a turn for the worse. Alcohol-related deaths among college students were up in 2001, according to a new study. So was driving under the influence. The number of college students hurt or assaulted when alcohol was present al

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  10. Newer Generations Slower to Curb Alcohol Use

    Feb. 22, 2005 -- As people get older, they tend to drink less alcohol. However, more recent generations are slower to cut back when compared with their grandparents, new research shows. The study appears in the current issue of American Journal of Public Health. Drinking has substantial positive and

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