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Thinking of Drinking and Driving? What if Your Car Won’t Let You?

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If every new car had a built-in blood alcohol level tester that prevented impaired drivers from driving the vehicle, the U.S. could avoid 85 percent of crash deaths attributable to alcohol-involved motor vehicle crashes. In just 15 years, that would mean preventing more than 59,000 deaths.

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Booze’s Impact on Society Discussed at March Beer with a Scientist Event

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Gavin Arteel, Ph.D., will address the societal and biological effects of alcohol on March 18.

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Harder-to-Abuse OxyContin Doesn’t Stop Illicit Use

A reformulation of OxyContin that makes it less likely to be abused than the older formulation has curtailed the drug’s illicit use. But researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that a significant percentage still abuse the drug despite package labeling that emphasizes its abuse-deterrent properties.

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MSU-Led National Research Team Links Alcohol, Insomnia to Suicide

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Insomnia symptoms affect the risk of suicide among people who drink alcohol, according to a groundbreaking study led by the director of Mississippi State University’s Sleep, Suicide and Aging Laboratory.

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Protein in the Brain Can 'Put the Brakes' on Binge Drinking

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A new study identifies both where in the brain and how a protein in the brain, called Neuropeptide Y or NPY, can act to suppress binge alcohol drinking. These findings suggest that restoring NPY may be useful for treating alcohol use disorders and may also protect some individuals from becoming alcohol dependent.

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Spouses of Alcoholics Can Benefit From Online Help, Study Finds

Researchers at the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) have found that women with alcoholic partners who face barriers to seeking help may benefit from an Internet-based, interactive support program.

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Marijuana: The Allergen You Never Knew Existed

As marijuana’s legal status throughout the country continues to change, people should know it can cause allergic reactions.

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Educating College Students on Drinking Risks Can Help Lessen Drinking Behaviors, but Only Temporarily, Study Finds

Briefly counseling college students on the dangers of binge drinking is effective in lowering heavy drinking levels among many students, but only temporarily. Three out of four will be right back where they started a year later, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.