alcoholism Articles
Jack London and his Alcoholic Memoirs
Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
Meet John Barleycorn.In the early years of the 20th Century, writer Jack London was the equivalent of a rock star. A ruggedly good-looking sportswriter, globetrotting war correspondent, successful novelist and short story writer, London came up the hard way on the Oakland docks i... Read more
Alcohol Industry Turns Moderation Into a Sales Message
Monday, May 4th, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
A warning or an advertisementYou almost have to admire the tenacity shown by the liquor industry in its passive aggressive method of turning a warning label into additional advertising. Perhaps it was foolish to suppose that forcing the liquor industry to brand all bottles and ad... Read more
Moderate Drinking Doesn’t Help Your Heart
Monday, April 20th, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
Mendelian meta-analysis and the alcohol flush allele.Less than a year after the massive Mendelian randomization meta-analysis published in the British Medical Journal, a group of researchers recently wrote an editorial in the journal Addiction, which would seem to put a lid on th... Read more
Alcohol and Refugee Populations
Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
How displaced peoples are harmed and helped by alcohol.Although it is impossible to know with certainty, 50 million is the current U.N. estimate of the number of human beings around the world categorized as refugees or displaced persons due to war and other violence. These "... Read more
The Blunt Facts About Blunts
Friday, February 27th, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
Mixing tobacco with marijuana.People who smoke a combination of tobacco and marijuana, a common practice overseas for years, and increasingly popular here in the form of blunts, may be reacting to some unidentified mechanism that links the two drugs. Researchers believe such smok... Read more
Troubling Link Between Shoplifting and Suicide
Monday, February 16th, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
Compulsive theft can lead to tragic results. In the fall of 2011, 71-year old Julia Grodinsky of London was convicted of shoplifting ornamental crystals and sentenced to 18 months of probation. What made the case unusual was that Grodinsky had been convicted of shoplifting 63 tim... Read more
Update on Synthetic Drug Surprises
Thursday, February 5th, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
Spicier than ever.Four drug deaths last month in Britain have been blamed on so-called Superman pills being sold as Ecstasy, but actually containing PMMA, a synthetic stimulant drug with some MDMA-like effects that has been implicated in a number of deaths and hospitalizations in... Read more
Smoking and Sadness
Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
The chemistry of sorrow during nicotine withdrawal. When you smoke a cigarette, nicotine pops into acetylcholine receptors in the brain, the adrenal glands, and the skeletal muscles, and you get a nicotine rush. Just like alcohol, a cigarette alters the transmission of several im... Read more
The Losing Battle For Perpetual Reward
Friday, January 23rd, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
Or why you can't stay high forever. The amphetamine high, like the cocaine high, is a marvel of biochemical efficiency. Stimulants work primarily by blocking the reuptake of dopamine molecules in the synaptic gap between nerve cells. Dopamine remains stalled in the gap, stimulati... Read more
Rotting from the Inside
Thursday, January 8th, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
Smoking and the decline of the body.We all know smoking is bad for your health. It causes lung cancer and emphysema and contributes to heart disease. But thats not the end of the list. Recently, Public Health England, a government organization, collected and analyzed research on ... Read more
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