Tag Archives: binge drinking

Alcohol Caloric Content a Mystery to Many Drinkers

New survey results from the U.K. Department of Health suggest that many people aren’t aware of how many calories they consume while drinking alcohol, Medical News Today reported April 17. The survey of 2,000 adults in the U.K. found that …

New York Considers Statewide Cigarette Sales Ban for Pharmacies

Newly proposed legislation could make New York  the first U.S. state to prohibit the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies, supermarkets and department stores that include pharmacy counters, the Associated Press reported April 20. San Francisco and Boston passed similar …

Obama Targets Mexican Drug Cartel Assets

Three of the most violent Mexican drug cartels have been added to the list of banned foreign “drug kingpins” by President Obama, in a move that allows the federal government to seize their assets, the Washington Post reported April 16. Obama’s …

Former Prosecutor Named U.S. ’Border Czar’

Alan Bersin, who served as a federal prosecutor in the Clinton administration, has been named the Obama administration’s ’border czar,’ the Associated Press reported April 15. Bersin’s primary responsibility will be to stop the flow of drugs and illegal immigrants …

’Truth’ Campaign Can Save Half a Million Lives, Billions of Dollars

The truth youth anti-smoking campaign has the power to save hundreds of thousands of lives and billions of dollars in smoking related health care costs and productivity losses, according to the Citizens’ Commission to Protect the Truth, a group composed …

Author of Book on Addiction Struggles with Relapse

Nic Sheff has written a highly regarded book on addiction but is still waging a very public battle with relapse, CNN reported April 16. Sheff’s book, “Tweak,” details the personal costs incurred by the author’s addiction to crack, heroin, methamphetamine, …

Perfect Storm for Marijuana Legalization?

The economic downturn, efforts to redirect law-enforcement and court and prison resources, and a need to grapple with the drug-related violence perpetrated by Mexico’s drug cartels are all fueling an examination of the merits of legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana, …

Family Income, Kids’ Secondhand Smoke Related

Children in poor families are more likely to live with multiple adult smokers and therefore are at greater risk of exposure to indoor tobacco smoke, according to a new study. HealthDay News reported April 3 that researcher Michael Weitzman of …

Increase in Federal Cigarette Tax Leaves Smokers Feeling Targeted

The largest-ever federal cigarette tax increase, which adds 61.6 cents to the price of a pack this week, has left smokers feeling “picked on” by the federal government, CNN reported April 1. President Barack Obama approved the tax increase in …

DEA Agents Heading to Afghanistan

President Obama’s new plan to win the war in Afghanistan will include sending scores of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents to coordinate attacks on the country’s lucrative opium trade, which provides a large chunk of the Taliban’s financing. The Associated …