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Vermont House gives nod to marijuana bill, awaits Governor’s decision

The Vermont House of Representatives recently approved the marijuana legalization bill by a majority of 81 to 63. In addition, lawmakers who were arguing in its favor rejected some last minute amendments that would have tampered with the essence of the bill H.511. It permits individuals aged 21 and...

Dry January: Is going sober for a month worth it?

After indulging in excessive drinking over the festive period, millions of people across Britain decide to take up the Dry January challenge. However, experts feel that the decision to go alcohol-free for an entire month might actually harm one’s health. A lecturer in mental health at the Department of...

Study finds alcohol intoxication behind 90% of hate crimes

People under the influence of alcohol are more likely to carry out hate crimes, with intoxication acting as an “ignitor” to venting prejudice, suggests a recent study. Researchers from the Cardiff University surveyed 124 individuals who experienced accidents and violence-related injuries across three UK cities: Blackburn, Cardiff and Leicester....

Puerto Ricans in US have highest rate of alcohol use disorders, says study

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a chronic and relapsing disease of the brain characterized by loss of control over the intake, compulsive use and a negative emotional state when not abusing the substance. As per statistics, in 2016, about one in 18 Americans (aged 12 or older) or 15.1...

Exposure to alcohol increases risk of cancer, study

Drinking, whether in moderation or in excessive quantity, is known to cause a range of negative health consequences and threat to a person’s life. While earlier studies establishing the link between alcohol exposure and genetic damage were done in cell cultures, a recent study published in the Journal Nature...

Don’t let holiday heart syndrome derail year-end festivities

The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve is typically one of celebration, festivities and merrymaking, all of which involve overindulgent eating and drinking. The holiday season, as it is called, is characterized by food containing high levels of salt, sugar, fats and calories, and excessive consumption of alcohol,...

Air inside fraternity house in Maryland tests positive for alcohol, say police

Alcohol was in the air, and to an extent that a breathalyzer detected it. The ambient air inside a house in Bethesda, Maryland, where a fraternity party was held recently, registered .01 on a breathalyzer. Around 70 people, mainly American University students, were partying when three patrol officers raided...

Census reports 25% increase in overdosing accidents at workplace

In television series “Mad Men,” character Don Draper went to work and kept a bottle of alcohol in case he needed a swig. Booze fueled his creativity and he could deliver a winning pitch. Many of his colleagues also drank and smoked weed with swag. This is the way...

Country’s cultural values predict its alcohol consumption pattern, says study

The reasons behind excessive alcohol consumption are important in shaping any country’s public health policy. Research in the past have tried to understand the reasons for excessive drinking at an individual level. However, not much has been studied at a broader societal or cultural level. In a first-of-its-kind study,...

Medical marijuana legalization reduces alcohol consumption, suggests study

The substitutability or complementarity of alcohol and marijuana has been the subject of ongoing debates for several years. Results of various studies have been mixed, with some supporting substitutability, others supporting complementarity, and a few supporting neither or both. Findings have varied, based on alcohol and marijuana use among...

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