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Congressman Says Job Insulated Him from Dealing with Addiction

U.S. Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla.), who returned to Washington this week after a stint in the Betty Ford Center, said his drinking never affected his job performance and that being a functioning alcoholic made it harder for him to seek …

Higher Alcohol Intake Associated with More Hospitalizations

A study of 6,000 men ages 35 to 64 found that the more alcohol the men drank, the more time they spent in the hospital, Forbes reported July 1. The Scottish study, which began in the early 1970s, divided the …

Smokers Struggle to Pay Bills

With the economic downturn continuing to wear on and the largest federal tax increase on cigarettes taking effect in April, smokers are torn between paying bills and buying cigarettes, MSNBC reported June 30. Leonard Perry, 55, who smokes a pack …

College Students of Both Genders Binge Drinking More

Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine found that a decline in binge drinking among males 12- to 20-years-old did not extend to females of the same age, and that both male and female college students are bingeing more. …

Site for Alcohol’s Impact on the Brain Visualized

A new animal study suggests that alcohol affects the brain by binding with a specific location in the brain’s communication system, according to researchers from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Researchers found an alcohol-binding location within the brain’s ion …

N.H. Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Bill

The New Hampshire House of Representatives passed legislation that would allow medical use of marijuana, leaving the final word to Gov. John Lynch, the Nashua Telegraph reported June 25.  Lynch said his biggest concern was whether or not the bill …

Illinois Considers Upping Penalties for High-Potency Marijuana

Legislators in Illinois are considering a bill that would increase penalties for marijuana containing high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the Chicago Sun Times reported June 13. The bill would increase penalties for sale or distribution of marijuana that contains more than …

S.F. Considers Alcohol Fee to Mitigate Related Harms

Alcohol-related problems cost the city of San Francisco an estimated $175 million annually, and officials are now considering charging an alcohol-impact fee, according to the Marin Institute. “The impact of alcohol consumption in San Francisco costs millions of dollars to …

College Program Aims to Curb Alcohol-Related Deaths

Red Watch Band, a volunteer program started at Stony Brook University in New York, aims to teach students what to do when someone passes out from binge drinking, USA Today reported June 15. The program was founded after the son of a …

States Seek $150 Million More for Block Grant

The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) is calling on House and Senate appropriators to increase funding of the federal addictions (SAPT) block grant by $150 million in FY2010. “The current economy poses even more challenges …