alcoholism Articles
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
The Greeks and the Romans on Alcohol
Sunday, January 4th, 2015 by Dirk Hanson
Wine and Beer in Antiquity"When men drink, then they are rich and successful and win lawsuits and are happy and help their friends. Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever." Aristophanes"I like best the wine drunk at t... Read more
Be Wise and Beware: It's the Holiday Season
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
Thoughts on addiction, immoderation, and Christmas.The Season to be Jolly CarefulPaula Goodyer, Sydney Morning Herald More parties, more time with family and less time at work help make Christmas special, but these ingredients can also make it harder for anyone trying to rein in ... Read more
Cigarettes and Genetic Risk
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 by Dirk Hanson
Evidence From a 4-Decade Study.Pediatricians have often remarked upon it Give one adolescent his first cigarette, and he will cough and choke and swear never to try another one. Give a cigarette to a different young person, and she is off to the races, becoming a heavily dependen... Read more
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