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  1. Drunken Flies Buzzed by Alcohol Gene

    Aug. 10, 2005 -- Fruit flies in a recent study got a double shot of alcohol's effects, courtesy of genetics and ethanol fumes, offering new clues about alcohol tolerance. First, the drunken flies got hyperactive. Then, they got woozy and conked out until their alcohol buzz wore off. It was all in th

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  2. Meth 101

    Use of methamphetamine, a powerful and addictive stimulant, is rampant and spreading across the United States, reaching levels that have been called "epidemic." In places where it hasn't been a problem in the past, it may seem to have come out of nowhere, but methamphetamine has been a fixture of th

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  3. Are You a Risky Drinker?

    July 21, 2005 - Alcoholism is only a small part of America's alcohol problem. Risky drinking affects far more people than alcoholism -- or alcohol dependency, as it's more accurately described. And making things worse is our current way of dealing with alcohol abuse. That's the consensus of an exper

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  4. Sharp Rise in Americans Treated for Meth Abuse

    July 18, 2005 -- The number of Americans admitted to hospitals and clinics for treatment of methamphetamine and prescription painkiller addictions rose sharply in 2003, federal health officials said Monday. Nearly 117,000 Americans entered hospitals and clinics for treatment of methamphetamine addic

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  5. 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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  6. Counties Want Federal Help to Fight 'Meth'

    July 5, 2005 -- An organization representing local officials said Tuesday that the White House is not paying enough attention to a growing methamphetamine epidemic. The localities say they need more help from the federal government to combat methamphetamine, a powerful and highly addictive stimulant

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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