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Alcoholism & Addiction

The Damage Alcohol Abuse is Doing to Twenty-Somethings

Alcohol abuse costs young people in terms of health, relationships and quality of life, but it also has an impact on the broader culture. New research has managed to quantify some of those negative costs to the individual as well as society at large. Called the Christchurch Health and Development Study, the research took a broad look at how heavy drinking by New Zealand’s young adults affects several aspects of a...

Teens Chugging Hand Sanitizers — Which Can Became 120-Proof Shot of Liquor

A few teenagers have shown up in California emergency rooms after consuming hand sanitizers in an effort to get drunk. What concerns officials is that it may be the beginning of a trend. There were zero cases like this last year, and there have been six so far just in the San Fernando Valley in the first four months of 2012. "There is no question that it is dangerous," said Cyrus Rangan, director of the...

Alcohol-Related Deaths on the Rise Globally

One in 25 deaths across the globe can be directly attributed to alcohol consumption, according to new research from the Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. "These numbers are high," says Dr. Jurgen Rehm, one of the authors of the study published in this week’s edition of the Lancet. "And they’re only getting higher as more people drink in higher volumes and more frequent...

Hundreds of Students Suspended from School due to Alcohol Abuse in Ireland

Over a five-year period, 360 students were suspended from secondary schools in Northern Ireland because of alcohol abuse. The BBC reports that the figures were released in response to an assembly question which was asked by the SDLP MLA Thomas Burns. Burns said he was "shocked" by the number of suspensions, which he described as "totally unacceptable." He added, "The last thing anyone wants...

Cheap Drinks at College Bars Pose Serious Threats to Public Health and Safety

A new study has examined the impact of discounted drinks at college bars, finding that low alcohol prices at drinking establishments pose genuine threats to public health and safety, Science Daily reports. "It may seem intuitive that cheaper alcohol can lead to higher intoxication levels and related consequences—such as fighting, drunk driving, sexual victimization, injury, even death—especially...

One in Ten Binge Drinkers Drive Drunk

A new study has found that one in ten binge drinkers got behind the wheel the last time they drank heavily. Half of those drivers left from a bar, restaurant, or nightclub after having five or more drinks. The study is being called the first to try to measure the likelihood someone will drive after binge drinking. It suggests a need for stepped-up efforts to prevent bars and restaurants from serving people after...

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