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A Billion Smokers, 240 Million Alcohol Abusers Worldwide: Study

May 19, 2015

TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Tobacco and alcohol take a big toll on the health of people around the world, a new global survey shows.
The research suggests that about a billion people — more than 20 percent of the world’s adult population — smoke, and 240 million, or almost 5 percent, suffer […]

Brain Differences Seen in Teenage Heavy Drinkers

May 18, 2015

MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Teens who drink heavily appear to have significant abnormalities in brain development, a new study finds.
Heavy drinking by teens may also be associated with a gene mutation linked to impulsiveness, according to another new study.
The studies, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, were scheduled for presentation Monday […]

Learn to Recognize the Signs of an Alcohol Problem

May 5, 2015

TUESDAY, May 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More than 17 million Americans suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence. But not everyone can tell when heavy drinking crosses the line to alcoholism.
To help people identify when drinking becomes a problem, Dr. William Jacobs, chief of addiction medicine at Georgia Regents University’s Medical College of Georgia, […]

Substance Abuse Reported by About 1 in 10 American Workers

April 16, 2015

THURSDAY, April 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Nearly one in 10 full-time workers in the United States has had a recent substance abuse problem, a new government study reveals.
Analysis of data gathered between 2008 and 2012 from more than 111,500 adults with full-time jobs revealed that 9.5 percent of them had an alcohol or illicit-drug […]

Pot Plus Booze Doubles Odds for Drunk Driving, Study Says

April 14, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, April 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Drinkers who smoke marijuana as they imbibe are twice as likely to drive drunk compared with people who stick to alcohol alone, a new study reports.
These “simultaneous” users are also three times more likely to face social troubles as a result of drinking and marijuana […]

Boozing in Movies May Boost Teen Drinking

April 13, 2015

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, April 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Seeing actors drink alcohol in movies seems to increase the likelihood that teens will drink and have alcohol-related problems, a new study suggests.
The findings fit with a growing consensus of evidence that teens are more likely to engage in various risky behaviors that occur in […]

Alcoholics Face Greater Death Risk When Hospitalized

April 7, 2015

TUESDAY, April 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Hospital patients who are alcoholics have an increased risk of dying in the hospital, a new study finds.
Researchers looked at about 12 years of data from more than 23,000 hospital patients with alcoholism and a “control group” of more than 233,000 hospital patients without the disorder.
All of the […]

Higher Alcohol Taxes May Lead to Fewer Drunk-Driving Deaths: Study

April 6, 2015

MONDAY, April 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Higher alcohol taxes in Illinois are associated with a decrease in alcohol-related car crash deaths, a new study finds.
“Similar alcohol tax increases implemented across the country could prevent thousands of deaths from car crashes each year,” Alexander Wagenaar, a professor in the department of health outcomes and […]

Could In-Car Breathalyzers Slash Rate of Booze-Linked Crashes?

March 19, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — In-car breathalyzers automatically prevent ignition when they detect blood-alcohol levels that exceed legal limits. Now, new research suggests that if the devices were installed in every new U.S. car, deaths linked to drunk driving would plummet by 85 percent over a 15-year period.
Installation of the […]

Cancer Patients Who Smoke, Drink May Face Longer Feeding Tube Use

March 19, 2015

THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Smoking and heavy drinking seem to increase the risk that patients with head and neck cancer will need a feeding tube for an extended time after treatment, new research suggests.
The study included 104 patients with squamous cell cancer of the head and neck. The patients had treatment with […]


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