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Alcoholism - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 09:43

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Each Korean Drinks 366 Cans of Beer a Year

Alcoholism - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 04:51

Koreans' alcohol consumption has increased, with per-capita consumption now exceeding 9 liters a year. Per-capita consumption of alcohol by people over 15 stood at 9.14 liters as of 2015, according to a joint study by researchers at St. Mary's Hospital in Uijeongbu and Inje University.

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Some opioid addiction drugs harder to start than others, study finds

Alcoholism - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 00:20

The first large head-to-head comparison of two opioid addiction medications found that, although they were equally effective in getting people off of high levels of opioids, users had a significantly more difficult time starting a regimen of naltrexone, compared with buprenorphine. The study, published Tuesday in the Lancet , looked at 570 patients with opioid addiction at eight inpatient treatment centers across the country for 24 weeks.

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Medications to kick opioid addiction are equally effective, study finds

Alcoholism - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 22:03

A long-acting medication designed to help wean substance abusers off opioids is as effective as short-term therapies such as buprenorphine and methadone that patients must take every day, researchers reported Tuesday. The first major head-to-head comparison of medically assisted treatment approaches confirms that users now have two research-based options, according to the team of scientists led by Joshua D. Lee and John Rotrosen of New York University Medical School.

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Although Their Introductions as Treatment Are Different, Two Top...

Alcoholism - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 22:03

With opioid addiction officially declared a public health emergency in the U.S., medical intervention to treat the illness is increasingly important in responding to the epidemic. Now, a new study concludes that two of the top medications available for outpatient, office-based treatment, once initiated, are equally safe and effective in curtailing opioid use, relapse, treatment drop-out and overdose.

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Psychedelic Amazonian Drug Might Ease Symptoms of Depression, Alcoholism

Alcoholism - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 16:56

A powerful psychedelic drug out of South America might help battle both depression and alcoholism, a new British survey suggests. Ayahuasca is a brew made from a combination of Amazonian plants, including the Psychotria viridis bush and the Banisteriopsis caapi vine, said study author Will Lawn.

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Some food holidays just aren't worth the hype.

Alcoholism - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 14:36

Just conduct your own quick Google search, and you'll find a list of multiple food holidays for almost every day of the year. Everything from pickles to cereal, oreos to cheese doodles, you name it! And although we can get behind the fun and benefit for retailers in promoting and celebrating some of these food days, there are some we think should just be ignored completely.

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Shona Robison: Minimum pricing will help in the battle against alcohol abuse

Alcoholism - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:12

Tomorrow the UK Supreme Court will deliver its final judgment on minimum unit pricing - marking the end of a long journey, since the proposal was backed by the Scottish Parliament back in 2012. It's no secret that Scotland has a difficult relationship with alcohol.

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Alcoholism - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 07:26

The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services will offer to establish or expand services in St. Lawrence County, and around the state, for youth and young adults in recovery from addiction. Up to $180,000 is being made available through a series of mini-grants, which will be administered by the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene and OASAS.

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Will get help for booze issues

Alcoholism - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 03:09

Iain Doyle , 25E Thirlestone, Bo'ness, shouted religiously offensive remarks during a drunken rant in Charlotte Dundas Court, Grangemouth, on July 23. At Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday he was told to undergo an assessment for drug and alcohol treatment before being sentenced. Adjourning until November 30, Sheriff John Mundy said: "Alcohol seems to be at the root of your problems."

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Study: Lowering blood alcohol limit would save over 1,700 lives a year

Alcoholism - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 22:52

A new study suggests lowering the blood alcohol level from .08 to .05 would save over 1,700 lives each year across the nation. Researchers at the nonpartisan organization NORC at the University of Chicago estimated fatal alcohol-related crashes would drop 11.1 percent at the lower blood alcohol content level, the Deseret News reports .

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Tufts finds more than half of campus Greek groups violated hazing,...

Alcoholism - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 20:26

More than half of the 17 fraternities and sororities at Tufts University hazed students and violated the school's policy on alcohol abuse and sexual harassment, college officials found after an extensive investigation that concluded Monday. Two fraternities have closed, Tufts has banned another from the university for a decade, and several other Greek organizations are on probation or have been suspended recently, according to university officials.

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Army to allow recruits with prior mental health, addiction issues

Alcoholism - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 18:06

More people who've had depression and other mental health issues may now be able to join the Army due to an unannounced policy enacted in August. Those with a history of drug and alcohol abuse, self-mutilation, bipolar disorder and depression can seek waivers to join the Army, according to documents obtained by USA Today .

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Founder of sex rehab center defends program

Alcoholism - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 13:19

A little more than an hour north of Phoenix is the 35-acre sex addiction treatment center Gentle Path at the Meadows . The voluntary 45-day treatment costs $58,000.

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Wilmington residents weigh proposed detox site

Alcoholism - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 08:41

Dozens of drug and alcohol treatment facilities have sprung up across the commonwealth in an attempt to battle the opioid epidemic that is destroying lives, changing family dynamics and hurting communities. A number of residents say they have concerns with the proposed location at 362 Middlesex Ave. being in a residential area, while others support the site, saying time is of the essence to save lives.

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What Rabbis Don't Get About Opioids. And The Consequences Are Deadly.

Alcoholism - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 06:29

A congregant, let's call him Joe, walks into a rabbi's office and bravely discloses that he is addicted to illicit opioids. After a lengthy discussion the rabbi sends Joe away with a twofold prescription: 1. Start attending 12 Step meetings; 2. Start attending regular worship and study sessions at the synagogue.

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Sunnyvale pastor's 'Racists Anonymous' group celebrates two years

Alcoholism - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 15:06

Pastor Ron Buford started holding Alcoholics Anonymous-inspired meetings back in December 2015 to help facilitate discussion about racism. He says 'the goal of Racists Anonymous is not for us-it's for three generations from now.'

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Overeaters Anonymous groups look to expand reach to unhealthy eaters

Alcoholism - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 23:30

The organization, which hosts meetings in southeastern Connecticut every day of the week and twice on Mondays, does provide a place where people who overeat can find support and spiritual guidance. But it's also a blanket 12-step program for anyone with unhealthy or disordered eating, says Eileen, a woman involved in organizing local OA meetings.

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Psychedelic Drug Tied to Improved Sense of Well-Being

Alcoholism - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 14:46

A psychedelic drug traditionally used in South America - and finding a foothold in some parts of the U.S. - improves people's general sense of well-being and may offer a treatment for alcoholism and depression , according to a new study. Ayahuasca, a psychedelic brew often used in the Amazon region, contains dimethyltryptamine , an illegal drug in the U.K. and the U.S. A blend of the Psychotria vridis bush and the stems of the Banisteriopsis caapi vine, ayahuasca is used by indigenous tribes and religious groups in the Amazon region, as well as many visitors.

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How fraternities at WMU, GVSU are tackling hazing head-on

Alcoholism - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 10:19

While reports of wild parties, alcohol abuse and sexual assaults have given fraternities on other campuses like U of M a bad name, WMU Interfraternity Council President Evan Kohler says things are different at his school. "All of the fraternities on campus right now are on good standing with the interfraternity council and the university," he said.

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