Tag Archives: Underage

Genes Help Determine Brain Response to Alcohol, Medication, NIAAA Says

Alcohol consumption prompts the brain to release the pleasure chemical dopamine, but genes may influence the degree to which the brain responds to drinking and — by extension — how effective medications like naltrexone are in treating alcoholism. Researchers at …

All Kids Should Be Screened for Alcohol, Pediatricians Say

The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) has recommended that doctors screen all of their young patients for alcohol use starting in middle school, the Wausau Daily Herald reported May 15. The AAP Committee on Substance Abuse released a revised policy …

Head of Addiction Treatment Providers’ Group Fired

Ronald J. Hunsicker, the longtime president and CEO of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP), has been fired by the group’s board of directors, Addiction Professional reported May 13. The board named Dennis Gilhousen, former CEO of the …

Drinking a Big Problem for British Troops in Afghanistan and Iraq

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has plagued many U.S. veterans of the Afghan and Iraq wars, but for British troops alcohol abuse seems to be the bigger problem, Reuters reported May 13.  Researchers from King’s College London found that PTSD rates …

Minorities More Likely to Be Searched by NYPD

New York cops are nine times more likely to stop and search blacks and Latinos than whites, often citing nebulous “furtive movements” to justify pat-downs, the New York Times reported May 13. The arrest rate among individuals subjected to “stop …

New Feature: Obama Drug Strategy Stresses Evidence-Based Prevention

President Obama said he is "committed to restoring balance in our efforts to combat the drug problems that plague our communities" in unveiling his 2010 National Drug Control Strategy. …

Risk to Pets Another Reason to Quit Smoking, Say Advocates

Veterinarians, anti-smoking groups, and animal advocacy organizations are teaming up to get people to stop smoking for the sake of their pets, USA Today reported May 10.  Studies have shown an increased risk of lung and nasal cancer in dogs …

Law Allows Reimbursement for Restaurant Smoking Rooms

A measure signed into law in Oklahoma would allow restaurant owners to recoup up to half of the cost of building special ventilated smoking rooms, Business Week reported May 9. The Clean Air in Restaurants Act is intended to provide …

Rare Childhood Leukemia Tied to Drinking During Pregnancy

Children born to mothers who drank while pregnant were 56 percent more likely to develop a rare form of leukemia called AML, according to French researchers. Reuters reported May 6 that researcher Paule Latino-Martel and colleagues drew their conclusions from …

Laura Bush’s Drinking Ultimatum to George a Myth, Book Says

Former first lady Laura Bush never challenged husband George W. Bush to choose between “Jim Beam or me,” but her new book does offer new details on the ex-president’s drinking problems and his decision to stop using alcohol after a …