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    1. 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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    2. 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adults are likely to keep mixing caffeine and alcohol even though a number of caffeinated alcoholic beverages have been withdrawn from the marketplace under federal pressure.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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    3. ‘Legal Highs’ K2 and Spice Will Be Banned

      Nov. 24, 2010 -- Legal highs soon will be illegal across the U.S., the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said today. The DEA is using its emergency powers to make K2, Spice, and other "legal high" herbal products Schedule I controlled substances -- that is, illegal drugs with no permitted medica

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    4. Binge Drinking Increases Heart Disease Risk

      Nov. 23, 2010 -- Heavy drinking or binge drinking a couple of days a week may be worse for the heart than drinking a moderate amount of alcohol throughout the week, new research indicates. Researchers in France and in Belfast, Northern Ireland, say that middle-aged men in both places drink about the

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    5. Energy Drinks May Raise Risk for Alcohol Problems

      Nov. 16, 2010 -- Drinking energy drinks daily or even on a weekly basis may increase your risk of developing alcohol problems. The new findings, which appear online in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, are especially concerning given the trend of mixing alcohol with high-caffeine energy

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    6. 20 Questions for Carrie Fisher

      Carrie Fisher burst onto the big screen in 1975, when she starred opposite the magnetic Warren Beatty in the hit Shampoo. Playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars trilogy -- the first film was released in 1977 -- sealed her claim to fame, but since then she has starred in a wide range of films (includ

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    7. Experts: Alcohol More Harmful Than Crack or Heroin

      Nov. 1, 2010 -- Alcohol abuse is more harmful than crack or heroin abuse, according to a new study by a former British government drug advisor and other experts. Neuropharmacologist David Nutt, MD, of Imperial College London, and colleagues rated 20 different drugs on a scale that takes into account

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    8. Teens Lie About Drug Abuse

      Oct. 25, 2010 -- Teens substantially underreport their use of cocaine and other illicit drugs, even when they know a drug test looms, a new study finds. The findings, which appear in the November issue of Pediatrics, call attention to the need for more reliable methods than self-report when it comes

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    9. Teen Binge Drinking Linked to Attention Problems

      Oct. 19, 2010 -- Teens who binge drink may be more likely to experience problems with attention as well as making decisions and carrying them out (executive function), a study shows. The study, published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, also shows that teens who smoke marijuana tend

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    10. FDA OKs Drug to Treat Opioid Addiction

      Oct. 14, 2010 -- The FDA has approved a drug already used to treat alcohol dependence to help treat patients with addiction to heroin, morphine, and other opioids, including prescription painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin. Vivitrol, a long-acting formulation of naltrexone given by injection o

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