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    1. Abuse of Alcohol, Pot Linked to Same Genes

      Dec. 18, 2009 -- Marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug in the U.S., but little is known about the genes that influence its use. Now new research suggests that many of the same genetic factors that lead people to drink alcohol also lead them to smoke marijuana. Researchers interviewed 2,761

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    2. When You Don't Drink But Your Friends Do

      There's no graceful way out: Your best friend's getting married. Your boss says the holiday party is mandatory. Your mom expects you to play Santa on Christmas, like always. But now that you're sober, you're nervous about social functions where everyone will be drinking and expecting you to follow s

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    3. Drunk? Coffee Won't Get You Sober

      Dec. 10, 2009 -- Gulping down coffee won’t sober you up if you’re drunk, but it may make you awake enough to be dangerous, new research suggests. Researchers draw that conclusion from laboratory experiments on mice, in which caffeine made drunken rodents more alert but didn’t reverse learning proble

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    4. Internet Addiction: Is Your Teen at Risk?

      Oct. 6, 2009 -- Kids with ADHD, hostility, social phobia, or depression may be more likely to become addicted to the Internet, according to a new study. Researchers in Taiwan examined the relationship between psychiatric symptoms and Internet addiction in 2,162 junior high students over a period of

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    5. Vaccine May Treat Cocaine Addiction

      Oct. 5, 2009 -- A new vaccine may one day help people who are addicted to cocaine to curb their drug use and overcome their dependency. The experimental cocaine vaccine works by raising levels of cocaine antibodies to hamper the drug's ability to affect the brain. Researchers found that treated drug

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    6. Alcoholism May Alter Sleep Long-Term

      Oct. 1, 2009 -- Even if they quit drinking, alcoholics still have differences in their sleep when compared with other people, a new study shows. The study, published in the Oct. 1 edition of the journal Sleep , included 42 alcoholics who had quit drinking and 42 people with no history of alcoholism.

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    7. Teen Drinking Tied to Bad Choices as Adult

      Sept. 21, 2009 -- Abuse alcohol when you're young and you'll make unwise decisions later on in life, a new study suggests. It is well known that too much alcohol can slow down a person's ability to think, react, and make decisions at the current moment. But scientists from the University of Washingt

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    8. Older People Are Binge Drinkers, Too

      Aug. 17, 2009 -- Older people as well as aging baby boomers may be turning to booze and binge drinking, a new study shows. The study raises significant concerns, researchers say, because doctors often overlook drinking habits, which can be harmful to individual health and public safety. Duke Univers

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    9. Study: Alcohol Tied to Nearly 1 in 25 Deaths

      June 25, 2009 -- Approximately 4% of global deaths may be linked to alcohol, according to a new study. The study, published in The Lancet, estimates the percentage of alcohol-related deaths based on accidents, alcohol abuse, and various health conditions -- including certain cancers, high blood pres

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    10. When Too Much Shopping Becomes a Problem

      Shopaholics are often born innocently enough. For Lynn Braz, for instance, shopping was a bona fide hobby until a pair of family tragedies pushed her over the edge. "When my sister died, the shopping went out of control," says the 47-year-old San Francisco writer. "The next thing I bought was going

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