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Binge drinking may be encouraged by cycle of stress and reward
Two areas of the brain that are involved in stress response and reward are linked in a loop when people binge drink, increasing the likelihood that they will continue to drink. (Medical News Today)

Analyzing the psyche of risky drivers
Study of repeat drunk drivers, speeding offenders finds distinct behavioral profiles. (Medical News Today)

Chronic heavy alcohol consumption may make it harder to quit smoking
International research team links heavy drinking to increased rate of nicotine metabolism. (Medical News Today)

Hormone and neurotransmitter systems disturbed in alcoholics' brains
The brain tissue of persons with alcohol dependence shows a variety of changes compared to non-alcoholic control persons. (Medical News Today)

One-fifth of young drinkers report consuming 'jello shots,' BU study finds
About one in five underage youths reported consuming alcoholic jello shots in the past 30 days, and those youths were more likely to binge drink, consume more alcohol, and to have been involved in... (Medical News Today)

HIV PrEP currently too pricey to justify use in people who inject drugs
HIV preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has individual and population health benefits, but the intervention is currently too expensive to implement in people who inject drugs. (Medical News Today)

Synthetic cannabinoids versus natural marijuana: a comparison of expectations
An article entitled "Comparison of Outcome Expectancies for Synthetic Cannabinoids and Botanical Marijuana," from The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, studied the expected outcomes of... (Medical News Today)

Who gets hooked on drugs? Rat study finds genetic markers that influence addiction
Differences in vulnerability to cocaine addiction and relapse linked to both inherited traits and epigenetics, U-M researchers find. (Medical News Today)

Drug-overdose deaths average 6.7 percent increase per year, hold steady in some high drug trafficking areas
Areas in the U.S. with the highest drug-overdose death rates are not always places with high drug trafficking, according to a new University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health analysis... (Medical News Today)

Drug-overdose deaths hold steady in some high drug trafficking areas
Areas in the U.S. with the highest drug-overdose death rates are not always places with high drug trafficking, according to a new University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health analysis... (Medical News Today)

Brits 'are not a nation of binge drinkers,' says study
Contrary to stereotype, a new study finds that almost half of British adults drink moderately at home, though heavy drinking is still common. (Medical News Today)

Emergency service leaders call for lower drink drive limit
Representatives from the Police, Paramedic and Fire Services have today written to the Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, calling on him to lower the legal drink drive limit. (Medical News Today)

UBC develops marijuana breathalyzer
The smell of your breath is the science behind a new device that will determine if you're too stoned to be behind the wheel. (Medical News Today)

Methamphetamine: Facts, Effects and Health Risks
Learn about methamphetamine, a highly addictive and illegal drug that is known for its euphoric effects. Methamphetamine is the second highest illicit drug used worldwide. (Medical News Today)

Study points to how low-income, resource-poor communities can reduce substance abuse
UC Riverside-led research focused on African Americans in the Arkansas Mississippi Delta Cocaine use has increased substantially among African Americans in some of the most underserved areas of the... (Medical News Today)

What causes the excess rate of death associated with alcohol use disorders?
To what degree does the excess rate of death in individuals with alcohol use disorder (AUD) happen because of a predisposition in the person who develops AUD compared with the direct effect of the... (Medical News Today)

Taking the fight against risky pain pill use to the ER: Study shows promise
Long-lasting effect of motivational interviews in reducing risky opioid use. (Medical News Today)

Mapping neurons to improve the treatment of Parkinson's
Caltech researchers have mapped out a circuit of neurons that is responsible for motor impairment--such as difficulty walking--in patients with Parkinson's disease. (Medical News Today)

UNAIDS urges countries to adopt a people, rights and health-centred approach to reverse the HIV epidemic among people who inject drugs
Ahead of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem, which will take place from 19 to 21 April in New York, United States of America, UNAIDS has released a new... (Medical News Today)

Synergistic therapies may prevent drug relapse
Silencing specific brain circuits unleashes the robust and sustained anti-relapse potential of environmental enrichment, a study suggests. (Medical News Today)

Smoking and schizophrenia: understanding and breaking the cycle of addiction
Smoking addiction in schizophrenia can be explained by significantly increased activation of the ventro-medial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC), a region involved in the brain reward system. (Medical News Today)

Standardizing care improves outcomes for infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome
Standardizing hospital care policies across institutions for infants diagnosed with drug withdrawal symptoms at birth reduces their length of treatment and hospitalization, according to new... (Medical News Today)

Marijuana use may reduce dopamine in the brain
Dopamine is an important neurotransmitter, but a new study finds that heavy marijuana use could lower its release, causing negative effects on learning and behavior. (Medical News Today)

San Francisco's homeless youth at 10 times higher risk of death
Street-based study shows suicide, substance abuse main cause of mortality among homeless youth. (Medical News Today)

Most online liquid nicotine vendors fail to prevent sales to minors
UCI-led study shows that self-regulation of e-cigarette industry isn't working. (Medical News Today)

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