Alcohol Abuse

NIAAA launches tool to diagnose alcohol addiction
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In the light of the growing number of cases of alcohol abuse and addiction, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), one of the establishments under the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has taken an innovative step to fight the crisis. The NIAAA has launched a website to help people assess their dependence […]


Florida State University indefinitely suspends fraternities and sororities after alcohol death
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The tragic death of a 20-year-old student at an off-campus fraternity pledge party has led the Florida State University (FSU) to indefinitely suspend all 55 fraternities and sororities. In the news release posted on the University website, FSU president John Thrasher announced that the ban was needed to “review and reflect on the loss of […]


National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month: What keeps Americans with addiction from seeking recovery
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The number of Americans abusing drugs and alcohol has been increasing steadily. This is evident from the World Drug Report 2017, compiled by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), indicating that roughly 27 percent of the global drug overdose deaths take place in the United States alone. Paradoxically, America being one of […]


Alcohol Awareness Month: Anxiety better predictor of alcohol addiction than stress, says study
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April is being observed as the Alcohol Awareness Month (AAM) across the United States. Sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), the month is commemorated every year to raise public awareness about pitfalls of excessive alcohol consumption and to reduce the stigma associated with alcoholism. AAM aims at providing an opportunity […]


Drug and alcohol abuse linked to increased suicide risk among veterans, says study
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Although illicit drug use is lower among members of the armed forces in the United States, alcohol and prescription drug abuse is much more prevalent and on the rise. In addition to substance abuse, another problem plaguing the U.S. military is the increase in suicide among veterans. As per the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) […]


Mixing wine and marijuana: What could go wrong?

As marijuana legalization gradually spreads across the United States, an interesting thing has started happening to cannabis culture: It’s gotten fancier. Although pot use was once associated with greasy foods like pizza and hamburgers, marijuana enthusiasts are now calculating the best steaks, chocolates and gourmet cheeses to go with their habit. Cultivating Spirits, cannabis touring […]


Can drug abuse contribute to Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) robs people of their long-term memory, causes people to become confused even among familiar surroundings and inhibits their ability to even recognize their loved ones. It is a progressive disease and the only one among the top ten causes of death in the U.S. that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. […]


Recognizing substance abuse in people over 50
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When the subject of drug or alcohol abuse is discussed, most people visualize the culprits as people in their teens, 20s or even 30s. The fact is that substance abuse, particularly of alcohol and prescription drugs, amongst people 60 and older is a rapidly growing problem. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, even […]


Drinking and driving awareness month
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On December 3, 2015, President Barack Obama signed a proclamation declaring December National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each day almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver, equal to one person dying every 51 minutes. The annual cost […]


5 Movies that get alcoholism
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The best movies about alcoholism don’t sugarcoat the disease. “Arthur” is a delightful romp but has nothing to do with the reality of drinking. “Leaving Las Vegas” is a Greek tragedy about hubris. “28 Days” has its moments but is actually a romcom masquerading as a film about recovery. “Clean and Sober” still holds up […]


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