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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Illegal Drug Use on the Rise in U.S.

    Sept. 8, 2011 -- The use of illicit drugs and the nonmedical use of prescription medications is increasing, and this is largely driven by an increased rate of marijuana use, a survey shows. The survey on drug use was released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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  4. 'Bath Salts' Used to Get High Are Now Illegal

    Sept. 8, 2011 - Bath salts -- dangerous drugs sold with a wink to people seeking a "legal high" -- will soon be illegal to possess or sell in the U.S. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has invoked its emergency authority "necessary to protect the public from the imminent hazard posed by

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  5. Genes Play Role in How Alcohol Affects Men and Women

    Aug. 15, 2011 -- New genetic research may help explain some of the different ways that alcoholism affects men and women. Gender differences in alcoholism have previously been attributed to differences in size and body composition. But the new study suggests that genes may also play a role in the way

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  6. Even Small Amounts of Alcohol May Impair Driving

    June 21 2011 -- Driving with a buzz can be as dangerous as driving when you are fully intoxicated, a new study suggests. The blood-alcohol content (BAC) limit in the U.S. is set at 0.08%, but levels well below this legal limit are associated with car accidents that cause incapacitating injury and de

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  7. Admission to Substance Abuse Rehab on the Rise

    June 23, 2011 -- Admissions to treatment programs among people ages 12 and over for alcohol, marijuana, and opiate problems have risen significantly in recent years, according to a new federal report. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) says one of the most notable

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  8. Study: Alcohol, Energy Drinks Are Risky Combo

    April 15, 2011 -- Drinking alcohol and energy drinks together has become trendy, but it can also be risky, a study suggests. The combination makes drinkers feel more stimulated than alcohol alone. However, it has no effect on the impulsivity and lack of inhibitions that come with drinking, says stud

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  9. Few Alcoholics Realize They Need Help

    April 8, 2011 -- Most Americans with alcohol dependency don’t realize they need treatment and don’t believe that treatment would help, a federal report finds. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration says that of the nation’s 7.4 million adults aged 21 and 64 who have an untreat

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  10. Long-Term Ecstasy Use May Damage the Brain

    April 7, 2011 -- Long-term users of the street drug ecstasy may be at increased risk of structural brain damage, new research suggests. Researchers in the Netherlands enlisted 10 men in their mid-20s and seven in their early 20s for the study. The 10 in the mid-20s were long-term users of ecstasy. T

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