Tag Archives: binge drinking

Sleep Drug, Sometimes Used as Study Aid, Might Be Addictive

New research suggests that the sleep-disorder drug Modafinil may carry a higher risk of abuse or addiction than scientists previously believed, USA Today reported March 17. Researchers examined PET scans of 10 healthy men who were given either 200 milligrams …

Study: Older Drinkers May Get Drunk Faster

New research out of the University of Kentucky suggests that older social drinkers become intoxicated faster than younger social drinkers and that older drinkers may not realize they are drunk. HealthDay News reported March 5 that even small amounts of …

North Dakota House Rejects Smoking Bans

The North Dakota House of Representatives voted 59-33 to reject a proposed public smoking ban, the Bismarck Tribune reported Jan. 20. The ban would have applied to bars and hotels. Opponents cited their objections to limits on personal freedom and …

Plan Columbia Expected to Continue

Officials in Colombia expect President Barack Obama to continue to send billions of dollars south to battle cocaine trafficking, contending that the alternative is more drugs on U.S. streets, Reuters reported Feb. 21. The Bush administration directed more than $5 …

Phelps Won’t Face Marijuana Charges

A county sheriff in South Carolina has decided not to pursue marijuana-related charges against Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, who was photographed smoking from a bong at a University of South Carolina party last fall. The Associated Press reported Feb. 16 …

Appalachian Regional Commission Awards Prevention Grants

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a total of $296,800 to nine nonprofit groups in Appalachia for alcohol and other drug prevention projects. Grantees came from Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, New York, and Tennessee. ARC is better known as …

Congressional Stimulus Package: Wake-Up Call? Yes. Apocalypse? No.

In March of 2008, I had the privilege of sitting a few feet away from the President of the United States as he signed offender reentry legislation — also known as the Second Chance Act — into law. This bill, …

Study Sees Link Between Marijuana Use, Testicular Cancer

Researchers say that young men who smoke marijuana weekly, or who have smoked from their teen years on, face twice the risk of developing nonseminona, an aggressive form of testicular cancer, the Guardian reported Feb. 9. Researchers said the elevated …

Alcohol Units to Appear on U.K. Guinness Glasses

Guinness UK has announced that it will start displaying on glasses the number of standard units of alcohol contained in a pint of the company’s dense brew — 2.3 units per pint — the Guardian reported Feb. 7. A half …

Va. Treatment Programs Get OxyContin Settlement Money

Virginia officials recently awarded $650,000 in grants to addiction treatment and prevention programs, distributing money from a settlement with the makers of the powerful painkiller OxyContin, the Bluefield Daily Telegraph reported Jan. 30. Among the recipients of funding from the …