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Brain injury in kids may lead to alcohol abuse

Being one of the legitimately accessible substances around, the abuse of alcohol has become widespread across all age groups. It is responsible for the increasing level of morbidity and mortality by inflicting a number of problems on the users, society and economy. Moreover, the problem of drinking, especially among teenagers, has turned into a public […]

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Atrial fibrillation: Link between binge drinking and fatal heart condition

A flutter in the heart is often associated with love. Another condition that causes a feeling of lightness in the heart and is responsible for palpitations is atrial fibrillation (AF). As this condition arises after a bout of heavy drinking during holidays, it is nicknamed as the holiday heart syndrome (HHS). In the United States, […]

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Substance abuse common among incarcerated juveniles: Study

Researches have shown a relationship between substance abuse and criminal behavior among the youth, which has transcended into a big problem in the United States. It has been found that adolescent offenders are more into substance abuse as compared to non-offending youth. Critics believe that the justice system does not have sufficient measures in place […]

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Halloween sees increased drug and alcohol use among youngsters

Holidays are not just about social gatherings, but also about feelings of loneliness, stress and depression. People suffering from loneliness and depression during holidays are more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs. An increase in social activities during holidays can also cause social anxiety and peer pressure that can aggravate the problem of drug and […]

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Alarming facts about teen drug and alcohol abuse

The teen years are a time of experimentation and unfortunately, drugs and alcohol are often tried for the first time during those impressionable years. Teens fall prey to the temptations of alcohol and drugs for many reasons, such as peer pressure, academic expectations and a wish to be popular and fit in among their friends. […]

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Kids exposed to parental substance use at a higher risk of medical, behavioral problems: Study

A life with one or both the parents being dependent on substances can be agonizing. Parents’ addictive habits often affect the mental health of their children, usually depriving them of normal childhood. The misguided understanding of substance abuse adds to the risk of development of psychological problems in children. A recent study, titled “Families Affected […]

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Drinking during adolescence triggers chronic stress later: Study

Drinking during adolescence has its own share of vices. Brain is still developing during adolescence and the presence of alcohol at this time may result in cognitive impairment. Alcohol, in fact, is the most widely misused substance by the youth, who do not understand the probable adversities attached with its consumption. A recent research by […]

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US Navy bans drinking for all sailors stationed in Japan

The United States Navy has banned alcohol for nearly 18,600 sailors stationed in Japan and told them to remain on base after a U.S. sailor was arrested recently for drunk driving. According to a joint announcement by the 7th Fleet and the Commander Naval Forces Japan, the order covers sailors of all ranks and prohibits […]

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Teen pregnancy and substance abuse: a ‘winnable’ battle

Teen substance misuse is a major problem in the United States resulting in the rise of pregnancies in teenage girls. Underage drinking and substance use plays a pertinent role in engaging in unprotected and unintended sexual activity, often resulting in untimely pregnancies.

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Factors that increase risk of dependency and addiction

While many people drink alcohol, try tobacco and engage in other substances every day, not everyone becomes dependent or addicted. Although it can be difficult to predict who is likely to develop an addiction to any one substance, there are certain risk factors that may make someone more likely to develop a dependency or an […]

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