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Health News - Alcohol/Addiction/Illegal Drugs

Alcohol advertising and sponsorship in formula one: A dangerous cocktail
Formula One alcohol sponsorship exposes audience to alcohol brands every five seconds. (Medical News Today)

Smoking and drug abuse could more than triple annual ER visits
UB researcher finds myth of ER overuse untrue but, overall, medical visits are highSmokers are four times more likely than non-smokers to become frequent visitors of emergency rooms. (Medical News Today)

Chronic gambling and depression often occur together, researchers find
A new study finds young men who are chronic gamblers are also likely to be suffering from depression, and impulsive boys are more likely to become gambling adults. (Medical News Today)

Raising a glass to the holidays
Asking people about what they drink on holidays and other special occasions shows we drink around the equivalent of 12 million more bottles of wine a week than we previously thought in... (Medical News Today)

UCLA researchers identify a potentially effective treatment for methamphetamine addiction
A new study by UCLA researchers has found that Naltrexone, a drug used to treat alcoholism, may also be a promising treatment for addiction to methamphetamine. (Medical News Today)

The dark side of the 'love hormone'; similarities with the effects of alcohol
Researchers at the University of Birmingham have highlighted significant similarities between the behavioural effects of oxytocin and alcohol. (Medical News Today)

'Love hormone' has similar properties to alcohol
It is labeled the 'love hormone,' but a new study claims there is a darker side to oxytocin - it influences our actions in a similar way to alcohol. (Medical News Today)

Treating infants of mothers with opioid dependence -- rising rates, rising costs
As more infants are born to mothers with dependence on prescription pain medications, the costs of treatment for babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) have increased dramatically, suggests a... (Medical News Today)

Report recommends new approach to college drinking
Social media messaging, screening and interventions offer new tools to help colleges prevent and reduce excessive drinking, according to a report authored by a Boston University School of Public... (Medical News Today)

Earlier puberty and stunted growth in boys linked to marijuana use
Boys who smoke marijuana may be at increased risk of earlier puberty and stunted growth, according to new research. This may be down to stress responses triggered by the drug. (Medical News Today)

Substance abuse risk not greater in those using medical marijuana with prescribed opioids
Among people who use medical cannabis for chronic pain, those who also take prescription pain medications are not at increased risk for serious alcohol and other drug involvement, according to a... (Medical News Today)

Recreational drug use on weekends often morphs into daily use, BU study finds
More than half of patients who report "weekend-only" drug use end up expanding their drug use to weekdays, too -- suggesting that primary care clinicians should monitor patients who acknowledge... (Medical News Today)

'Extreme' exposure to secondhand cannabis smoke causes mild intoxication
Nonsmokers sharing an unvented area with heavy marijuana smokers in some cases may not have passed a drug screenSecondhand exposure to cannabis smoke under "extreme conditions," such as an... (Medical News Today)

Will cash incentives help employees to quit smoking?
Offers of cash to employees trying to give up smoking have been put to the scientific test to see if money makes a difference to quit rates compared with usual cessation programs. (Medical News Today)

Alcohol use in first 3-4 weeks of pregnancy may lead to permanent brain changes in offspring
Drinking alcohol in the first 3-4 weeks of pregnancy - a time when many women are unaware they are pregnant - may alter gene functioning in the brains of offspring, research shows. (Medical News Today)

New test detects drug use from a single fingerprint
Research published in the journal Analyst has demonstrated a new, noninvasive test that can detect cocaine use through a simple fingerprint. (Medical News Today)

Study: Medical marijuana pill may not be effective in treating behavioral symptoms of dementia
A new study suggests that medical marijuana pills may not help treat behavioral symptoms of dementia, such as aggression, pacing and wandering. (Medical News Today)

Smaller volumes in certain regions of the brain could lead to increased likelihood of drug addiction
An article published online in Brain: A Journal of Neurology has found that individual differences in brain structure could help to determine the risk for future drug addiction. (Medical News Today)

European Commission-backed project set to help stamp out doping on the amateur sport and fitness circuit
A consortium of global experts has joined forces to develop an online tool to educate young fitness and sports enthusiasts about the dangers of doping and ways to avoid falling victim to the perils... (Medical News Today)

What's the forecast? Cutting off the supply of psychoactive substances
The use of novel psychoactive substances - synthetic compounds with stimulant or hallucinogenic effects - is on the rise. (Medical News Today)

Frequent trips to ER are powerful predictor of death from prescription drug overdoses
With rates of prescription drug overdose at an all-time high, researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found that among individuals who visited the emergency department... (Medical News Today)

Alcohol treatment programs prove effective in cutting reoffending, study shows
Offenders enrolled in alcohol treatment programmes as part of their sentence are significantly less likely to be charged or reconvicted in the 12 months following their programme, a study led by... (Medical News Today)

TSRI scientists link brain protein to binge-drinking behavior
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered that a brain protein has a key role in controlling binge drinking in animal models. (Medical News Today)

A sobering thought: One billion smokers and 240 million people with alcohol use disorder worldwide
A new study published in the journal Addiction has compiled the best, most up-to-date evidence on addictive disorders globally. (Medical News Today)

World first: Launch of Quebec registry for users of medical cannabis
The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids (CCIC) have launched a registry for users of medical... (Medical News Today)

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