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Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs News From Medical News Today

Substance addiction is a complex disorder characterized by compulsive drug use. While addiction is difficult to understand, all abused substances share one thing in common - repeated use could change the way the brain looks and functions. Some people can use recreational or prescription drugs without ever experiencing negative consequences or addiction. For others, substance use can cause problems at school, work and home, and in relationships.
  1. Getting drunk in early teens raises premature death risk
    Researchers have found that people who had their first drunken episode before the age of 15 may be at greater risk of early death.
  2. Youth tobacco product use, including e-cigarettes, drops during 2015-2016
    But 3.9 million youth were still using tobacco products in 2016. The number of middle and high school students who say they are...
  3. Study provides further support for genetic factors underlying addictions
    Impairment of a particular gene raises increases susceptibility to opioid addiction liability as well as vulnerability to binge eating according to a new study.
  4. Binge drinking in teens may raise women's blood glucose in later life
    A new study finds that women who regularly consume a lot of alcohol and binge drink from their mid-teens are most likely to develop high blood sugar.
  5. Anti-heroin vaccine found effective in non-human primates
    This is the first vaccine against an opioid to pass this stage of preclinical testing.
  6. Just a little alcohol during pregnancy may alter baby's facial features
    Think the odd drink during pregnancy is safe? New research finds that prenatal exposure to even low levels of alcohol may influence facial development.
  7. Moderate alcohol consumption linked to brain decline
    A study of 550 people over 30 years finds that even moderate alcohol consumption is tied to raised risk of hippocampus degeneration and mental decline.
  8. Cannabinoids and chemotherapy in combination kill cancer cells
    Certain chemicals in cannabis have a potent leukemia-fighting prowess. New research shows that the key to killing cancer is the combination and order.
  9. Anticipation helps pathological gamblers hold out for larger-but-later rewards
    Triggering pathological gamblers to envision a future personal experience reduces their preference for an immediate reward over a larger, delayed award, according to a study published in eNeuro.
  10. Research suggests strokes may cause increased preference for alcohol
    Brain changes after stroke may lead to increase in alcohol-seeking behavior, at least in animal models, according to research published in the journal Scientific Reports.