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  1. Older People Are Binge Drinkers, Too

    Aug. 17, 2009 -- Older people as well as aging baby boomers may be turning to booze and binge drinking, a new study shows. The study raises significant concerns, researchers say, because doctors often overlook drinking habits, which can be harmful to individual health and public safety. Duke Univers

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  2. Study: Alcohol Tied to Nearly 1 in 25 Deaths

    June 25, 2009 -- Approximately 4% of global deaths may be linked to alcohol, according to a new study. The study, published in The Lancet, estimates the percentage of alcohol-related deaths based on accidents, alcohol abuse, and various health conditions -- including certain cancers, high blood pres

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  3. Alcohol's Effects: Old vs. Young People

    March 6, 2009 -- Social drinking seems to impair older people more than their younger drinking buddies. Also, older people are less likely to realize how the alcohol is affecting them, according to a new study. The study, published in The Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, is based on a resear

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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