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Copy of Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 31

Copy of Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 31

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Booze around the world

The world may be getting warmer, but it is not getting much wetter. It quaffed 249 billion litres of alcoholic drinks in 2014, a modest increase of 1 billion over the preceding year
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Wealthy And Educated Americans Drink Alcohol The Most

In the United States, drinking alcohol depends heavily on socio-economic status.

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Palcohol – a New Issue in Alcohol?

There always seems to be something new when it comes to the world of substance abuse, and the most recent news happens to be related to a new product called Palcohol – also referred to as “powdered alcohol” (hence the name that they decided to use for it)..

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What does a Certified Addiction Counselor do?

Many people in addiction recovery are aware the importance of the role of the counselor. A kindness. A phrase. An opening. Many of us can even remember the exact moment when a counselor helped us make a break through.

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In Defense of the Disease Model of Addiction

Addiction was once dismissed as moral weakness or indulgence. Today, thanks to decades of research, we know that addiction is a chronic brain disease that “compels a person to become singularly obsessed with obtaining and abusing drugs despite their many adverse health and life consequences,” as the National Institute of Drug Abuse explains.

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Campus Suicide and the Pressure of Perfection

Kathryn DeWitt conquered high school like a gold-medal decathlete.

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My mother was a drug addict. When I tell people, they act like I am too.

Every morning when I look into the mirror I see pieces of my mother — glimpses of her features in my eyes, my hair, my cheekbones. People have been saying since I was a child how much I looked like her.

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Israeli Researcher Says He Can ‘Erase’ Memory Of Addiction

One Israeli researcher hopes he can combat this rate of relapse by overhauling the way we do drug rehabilitation.

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Instead of curbing drinking, college kids try to curb consequences

A new study of college students finds that some of their “protective strategies” when they plan on drinking are actually tied to greater alcohol use.

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Strict Alcohol Laws Keep Men From Drinking Too Much — Unless They’re Naturally Prone To Sensation-Seeking Behavior

Young men are at high risk for alcohol consumption, so it's a good thing drinking regulations are doing what they’re supposed to, acting as a preventative measure —at least most of the time.

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In rise of U.S. vape shops, owners eye new marijuana market

When Matt and Jen Osmun opened their vape shop in Bethel, Connecticut, last December, they didn't expect to get a boost from the local medical marijuana outlet.

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NIDA and NIAAA commentary strongly supports brain disease model of addiction

The brain disease model of addiction is strongly supported by scientific evidence, according to a commentary published today in The Lancet Psychiatry by NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow and NIAAA Director Dr. George Koob.

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U.S. Medical Groups Join to Fight Prescription Painkiller Abuse

Led by the American Medical Association, a group of 27 major U.S. medical organizations are banding together to tackle the continuing epidemic of narcotic painkiller abuse.

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