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Category: Addiction Studies

Alcohol Abuse Now A Crisis In UK

Alcohol Abuse Now A Crisis In UK

The United Kingdom now has the highest rates of alcohol abuse in the Europe. A new report by the Centre for Social Justice (the CSJ) found that the UK leads Europe with alcohol abuse costing its tax payers 21 billion pounds, which in total is 32 billion USD. Due to...

Genetics May Determine Your Risk Of Alcohol Abuse

Genetics May Determine Your Risk Of Alcohol Abuse

Genetics including age and tolerance are strong factors that determine if someone will become an alcoholic later in life. “Over 50% of the likelihood that a person is going to end up with addiction has to do with their genetic history,” said Seppala, Chief Medical Officer at the Hazelden Foundation....

Drinking Before First Pregnancy Can Lead To Breast Cancer And Disease

Drinking Before First Pregnancy Can Lead To Breast Cancer And Disease

Drinking alcohol before first pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of benign breast disease (BBD) and breast cancer, according to a new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The research study authors write, “The general consistency in the patterns of association between alcohol and risk...

Alcoholism May Be Linked To Eating Disorders, Study Says

Alcoholism May Be Linked To Eating Disorders, Study Says

A new research study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, found that alcoholics may be more vulnerable to certain types of eating disorders. Study author Melissa Munn-Chernoff, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, said, “ Prior studies have shown that among people who...

Abusing Prescription Drugs Increases Likelihood Of Heroin Use

Abusing Prescription Drugs Increases Likelihood Of Heroin Use

Those that abuse prescription painkillers are far more likely to fall victim to a heroin addiction. A government report stated that those 12 to 49 who had used prescription pain killers illegally were 19 times more likely to have begin taking heroin within the past year than other people in...

Study: Drinking Alcohol For Depression May Cause An Addiction

Study: Drinking Alcohol For Depression May Cause An Addiction

A research study has found that drinking alcohol to soothe depression may cause a long term addiction to alcohol. The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry. Rosa Crum of the The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health reviewed the data pertaining to individuals...

Rising Heroin Use In Vermont Creating Need For More Abuse Centers

Rising Heroin Use In Vermont Creating Need For More Abuse Centers

Heroin and opiate abuse is increasing rapidly in the cities and small towns of Vermont. “It is in every town, every hamlet and every back road in Vermont,” Burlington Police Chief Michael Schirling told the gathering. “The dealers that we’re arresting in Chittenden County on an ongoing basis are the...

Blocking Memory May Help Alcoholics Stay Sober

Blocking Memory May Help Alcoholics Stay Sober

According to a new study, blocking a certain brain pathway may help alcoholics avoid relapse. During the study, which was conducted with rats, scientists found that there are certain neural pathways leading to the brain that may hold the key to preventing relapse among those suffering from alcohol abuse. Led...

Walking Drunk Can Be As Dangerous As Driving Drunk

Walking Drunk Can Be As Dangerous As Driving Drunk

According to a report released by the Department of Transportation, more than one-third of the 4,432 pedestrians killed in car accidents in 2011 had alcohol in their bodies. Many of these victims had blood alcohol levels higher than the legal driving limit. It was also found that while the number...

More Woman Dying From Prescription Drug Overdoses Than Cancer

More Woman Dying From Prescription Drug Overdoses Than Cancer

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that since 1999, the rate of prescription drug overdose deaths of women has quintupled. More women are now dying of prescription painkiller pills like OxyContin and Vicodin than from cervical cancer or homicide. Women are gaining on men in the number...