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  1. Booze Tube: TV Alcohol Ups Real Drinking

    March 3, 2009 -- Watching alcohol use portrayed in movies and in alcohol ads makes young men drink more beer and wine, Dutch researchers find. It's the first time a study has found that watching alcohol ads or alcohol use portrayed in movies immediately affects how much people drink. "For young adul

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  2. The Language of Intoxication, Straight Up

    Dec. 17, 2008 -- If you've been drinking and think of yourself as "tipsy," chances are you're drunk as a skunk -- and female. If you're a man and just as inebriated, odds are you'll describe yourself as "hammered" or "wasted." Researchers are finding that the language drinkers use to describe alcoho

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  3. Illicit Drugs Detected in Wastewater

    Dec. 16, 2008 – Methamphetamine is the most concentrated illicit drug found in U.S. wastewater, report scientists who've found a way to measure drug use on a citywide basis. The drugs get into the wastewater because they are excreted in the urine. Meth was detected in five of seven municipalities in

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  4. Resveratrol May Help Treat Fatty Liver

    Oct. 15, 2008 -- Scientists looking for ways to help treat fatty livers have discovered that an ingredient in red wine can help protect from -- and possibly even be used to treat -- fat buildup in the liver that goes hand-in-hand with chronic alcohol use. This study zoned in on resveratrol. You've l

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  5. Drug Overdose Deaths on the Rise

    Sept. 22, 2008 (Anaheim, Calif.) -- Deaths from accidental drug overdoses have increased dramatically in recent years, and prescription painkillers account for much of the problem, according to research presented today at the National Safety Council meeting. As deaths from workplace injuries and mot

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  6. Growing Teen Abuse of Snurf Pills

    Sept. 9, 2008 -- Snurf pills and other "herbal" euphoria-enhancing drugs are part of a surge in abuse of over-the-counter drugs by young teens, experts tell WebMD. Today's reports of four Pennsylvania 10th-graders hospitalized after taking pink pills sold over the Internet as Snurf have parents scra

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  7. Who Uses and Abuses Drugs and Alcohol?

    Sept. 4, 2008 -- Are fewer Americans using illicit drugs? How many people are binge or heavy drinkers? To answer those questions and more, a new federal government study takes a look at trends in drug, alcohol, and tobacco use across the nation. The 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Natio

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  8. Underage, Drunken Fans Buy Stadium Alcohol

    Aug. 20, 2008 -- Underage or drunken fans are often able to buy alcohol at sports stadiums, especially if it's purchased from a vendor in the stands, according to a study. The study, by University of Minnesota researchers, shows that underage fans are able to purchase a drink 18% of the time and int

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  9. Study: Americans Drinking Less Alcohol

    Aug. 6, 2008 -- Americans may be drinking less alcohol, on average, than in the past -- and they're cutting back on beer and sipping more wine as they get older. That finding comes from 50 years of drinking data reported by 8,600 white adults in Framingham, Mass., the home of a long-term health stud

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  10. Drug-Test Cheats Try New Tricks on Labs

    July 28, 2008 -- Vinegar. Lemon juice. Drain-cleaning products. At least one of these items is probably in your kitchen. And any of them can be used to beat a drug test. For about 20 years, people have been using a long list of very ordinary household items to confuse prospective employers and drug

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