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Binge Drinking Changes the Brain

10/10/2017

By Tim Newman Medical News Today Earlier studies showed that alcoholic people have measurable changes in their resting brain activity. And now, for the first time, researchers find similar changes in the brains of non-alcoholic students who binge drink. Alcoholic beverages …

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Social Rejection Can Lead to Drinking

04/24/2017

The need to belong and experience social connections is a fundamental human characteristic. Prior research has shown that social rejection is linked to increases in negative emotions, distress, and hostility. This study examined the impact of social rejection on alcohol …

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Opioids are driving increase in cocaine overdose deaths

04/17/2017

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, an examination of national trend data shows that heroin and synthetic opioids are driving a recent increase in cocaine-related overdose deaths. The assessment was conducted by scientists at the National Institute on …

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Alcohol and Marijuana Use Associated with Lower GPA in College

04/10/2017

College students who consume medium-to-high levels of alcohol and marijuana have a consistently lower GPA, according to a study published March 8, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Shashwath Meda from Hartford Hospital/Institute of Living, USA, and colleagues. …

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For Young People: Opioid Overdose Down, but Suicides Increase

04/03/2017

The good news: fewer kids are accidentally overdosing on prescription painkillers each year. But unfortunately, more suicidal teens are turning to the opioids, according to the newly published study, Prescription Opioid Exposures Among Children and Adolescents in the United States …

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