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  1. CDC: 1 in 6 U.S. Adults Is a Binge Drinker

    Jan. 10, 2012 -- About 1 in 6 U.S. adults binge drinks, according to a new CDC report. That's 38 million people who overindulge. They do so an average of about four times a month, sometimes downing eight drinks at a sitting. "Binge drinking is defined as consuming four or more drinks on one occasion

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  2. Worldwide Illegal Drug Use Estimated at 200 Million People a Year

    Jan. 5, 2012 -- Between 149 million and 271 million people worldwide used an illicit drug at least once in 2009, according to a new review of studies attempting to estimate the extent of the problem. That translates to 1 in 20 people aged 15 to 64 taking an illegal drug. But this global figure is li

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  3. Is 27 a Deadly Age for Rock Stars?

    Dec. 20, 2011 -- Rock stars pay a steep price for admission to music's so-called "27 Club" -- death at an early age. But a new study suggests that fame and a rock-'n'-roll lifestyle are the more likely cause of dying young rather than turning 27. For the study, researchers set out to determine wheth

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  4. Deaths From Drug Poisoning Jump Sixfold

    Dec. 20, 2011 -- The number of deaths from drug poisonings in the U.S. has increased sixfold since 1980. In 2008, more than 41,000 people in the U.S. died from intentional and accidental poisonings. Nine out of 10 poisoning deaths were due to drugs. In 2008, these deaths exceeded the number of death

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  5. Energy Drinks Send Thousands to the ER Each Year

    Nov. 22, 2011 -- There's been a big spike in the number of people who need emergency medical attention after they guzzle popular caffeinated energy drinks, according to a new government report. The report shows a more than a tenfold increase in the number of emergency room visits tied to the use of

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  6. Heart Attacks in 3 Teens Linked to K2

    Nov. 4, 2011 -- Three previously healthy Texas teens had heart attacks after smoking the "legal high" products sold under names such as K2 and Spice. All three of the 16-year-old boys survived, report Colin Kane, MD, and colleagues at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Kane's team

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  7. 40 U.S. Deaths a Day From Prescription Painkillers

    Nov. 1, 2011 -- Every day, 40 Americans die from prescription painkiller abuse, the CDC says. Overdoses of opioid prescription drugs now kill more people in the U.S. than do overdoses from heroin and cocaine combined. Twelve million Americans say they abused prescription drugs in the last year. It's

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  8. As Economy Goes Down, Drinking Goes Up

    Oct. 13, 2011 -- When the going gets tough, it seems that a lot of us may go drinking. Along with higher unemployment and bankruptcy, an economic recession brings increased drinking of alcohol, a study suggests. The increased use of alcohol includes binge drinking, problem drinking, and driving unde

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  9. 4 Million in U.S. Admit Drunk Driving

    Oct. 4, 2011 -- Four million Americans admit driving when they've had too much to drink, a CDC survey finds. Just counting those who admit drunken driving -- certainly an underestimate of the true number -- alcohol-impaired drivers were on the road an estimated 112 million times last year. That's do

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  10. Drinking on the Rise Among U.S. Women

    Sept. 15, 2011 -- Problem drinking among women in the U.S. is on the rise, a new study shows. Women are catching up to men when it comes to how much and how often they drink alcohol. As a result, they are increasingly at risk for developing alcohol problems. What's more, men and women who were born

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