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Young smokers at increased risk of developing psychiatric disorders: Study

Young smokers at increased risk of developing psychiatric disorders: Study

June 30th, 2016

It is known that smoking tobacco is associated with the risk of developing numerous ailments because of the harmful effects of nicotine in it. Smoking habit is disdained, considering the innumerable disorders and addiction tendencies linked to it. A recent study, published online in the journal Molecular Psychiatry in January 2016, has pinpointed that the […]

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Alcohol intervention programs fail to curb drinking habits of fraternity members

Alcohol intervention programs fail to curb drinking habits of fraternity members

June 20th, 2016

Alcohol is America’s one of the biggest problems, which is evident from high mortality rates due to alcoholism in the country. Many intervention programs designed and implemented to curb alcohol use among the American population have not yielded the desired results mainly due to the ambivalent attitude of Americans towards its intoxicating properties. In fact, […]

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Social media can help track alcohol problem in students: Study

Social media can help track alcohol problem in students: Study

June 10th, 2016

Alcoholism among college students in the United States is a matter of grave concern. But drinking during college days needs to be reined in due to negative consequences associated with excessive drinking during early years. As per a December 2015 report by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), nearly 599,000 students face unintentional injuries under […]

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Heavy cannabis use may cause DNA changes, serious illness in future generations

Heavy cannabis use may cause DNA changes, serious illness in future generations

May 31st, 2016

The debate on marijuana legalization has created a furor among Americans with a growing number of people showing their support for legalization of marijuana for recreational and medical purposes. Results of a survey by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research released in March 2016 showed a whopping 61 percent Americans supporting marijuana legalization […]

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Changes in brain structure responsible for substance abuse and impulsivity: Study

Changes in brain structure responsible for substance abuse and impulsivity: Study

May 20th, 2016

Substance abuse, a major cause of concern in the United States today, affects people irrespective of their age, ethnicity, gender, IQ, and economic background. Anyone can become addicted to a substance, but some people are more prone to addiction as compared to others. One may consider disjointed family ties, family history of drug abuse, mental […]

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Legalization ups fatal vehicle crashes involving marijuana users in Washington

Legalization ups fatal vehicle crashes involving marijuana users in Washington

May 17th, 2016

Marijuana use, sale, and possession are illegal in America according to the federal law, but 24 states and Washington, D.C. have legalized its medicinal use, with four of them even decriminalizing the use of cannabis for recreational purposes.

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Ecstasy users may suffer from cognitive impairment

Ecstasy users may suffer from cognitive impairment

April 28th, 2016

Adolescents abusing ecstasy pills for recreational purposes is a common phenomenon. Ecstasy is the designer version of 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine or MDMA available in tablet form.

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Following drinking guidelines can help check heavy drinking

Following drinking guidelines can help check heavy drinking

April 19th, 2016

The drastic effects of excessive alcohol consumption are known to all. But the biggest question is – “how much is too much”. No one knows where to draw the line when it comes to heavy drinking. A 2016 study published in the journal Addiction tries to look for an answer to this age-old question. It […]

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