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  1. 14 Million Workers Abuse Drugs, Alcohol

    July 17, 2007 -- The ranks of America's full-time workforce include at least 14 million workers who abuse drugs or alcohol, according to a federal study released Monday. The report concludes that nearly 11 million American workers abuse or are dependent on alcohol, while another 3 million abuse ille

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  2. Quit-Smoking Drug May Curb Alcoholism

    July 10, 2007 -- The quit-smoking drug Chantix may help treat alcoholism, a new study shows. The Chantix study was conducted on alcoholic rats. But the results were promising, so the researchers plan to start testing Chantix on alcoholism in people this year. "Eighty-five percent of alcoholics smoke

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  3. Alcohol Abuse, Alcoholism Common

    July 2, 2007 -- Thirty percent of U.S. adults have experienced alcohol abuse or alcoholism, and fewer are getting treatment for alcohol use disorders than in the past. That’s according to a new study on alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence, which is commonly called alcoholism. The study, published i

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  4. 5 Types of Alcoholics Identified

    June 29, 2007 -- New alcoholism research identifies five types of alcoholics and shows that young adults account for more than half of U.S. alcoholics. The high percentage of young adults among alcoholics was unexpected, notes researcher Howard Moss, MD, who is the associate director for clinical an

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  5. Quitting Smoking May Help Kick Alcoholism

    June 25, 2007 -- For people in alcoholism recovery, not smoking may be a boon to the brain. A new study of recovering alcoholics shows bigger strides in mental test scores in nonsmokers than smokers. The study, published in July's edition of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

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  6. Crystal Meth Youth Use Tops Estimates

    June 15, 2007 -- Crystal methamphetamine (crystal meth) appears to be more widely used by young adults in the U.S. than previously thought. A study released today shows that nearly 3% of U.S. young adults say they have used crystal meth in the previous year; the study was conducted in 2001-2002. Tha

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  7. Drug Abuse Strikes 1 in 10 Americans

    May 7, 2007 -- Ten percent of U.S. adults have abused drugs or become physically dependent on drugs, a new study shows. The study, published in May's edition of the Archives of General Psychiatry, focuses on drugs other than nicotine or alcohol. "Drug use disorders continue to be a widespread and su

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  8. Warning Signs of Inhalant Abuse

    May 7, 2007 -- Parents and pediatricians should learn the warning signs of inhalant abuse, the potentially deadly inhalation of household products to get high. Here are facts on inhalant abuse, published in the May edition of Pediatrics: About 11% of U.S. 12th-grade students have tried inhalant abus

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  9. Nudging the Brain Toward Addiction

    April 25, 2007 -- A single dose of morphine may affect a brain region involved in addiction, making addiction more likely, scientists report in Nature. They studied rats, not people, to see how one dose of morphine affects the brain's ventral tegmental area (VTA). The VTA is a brain region involved

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  10. Women, Alcohol, and Brain Damage

    April 23, 2007 -- Women who are alcohol-dependent develop serious and potentially irreversible brain damage more quickly than men, new research shows. Despite having a shorter history of alcohol dependence and drinking less overall, female alcoholics in the study showed more evidence of mental impai

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