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Alcohol and drug abuse

About Alcoholism
Get the latest headlines from the About.com Alcoholism Site.

Do You Have an Alcohol or Drug Problem?
If you or someone you know has an alcohol or drug problem, these quizzes can help you determine if it is time to reach out for help and support.

Can Tapering Off Reduce Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms?
If you want to quit drinking, you might want to consider tapering off first to try to reduce the severity of possible alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

The Dangers of Impaired Driving
If you have only had a couple of drinks and are far from being legally intoxicated, it still probably at good idea not to be driving a vehicle.

Smoking More Harmful for Recovering Alcoholics
Research shows that alcoholics, even recovering alcoholics, are at greater risk for the negative health effects of smoking compared to other smokers.

Safety Tips for College Drinkers
College students who drink alcohol may get themselves into trouble, not because of how much they drink, but because of their risk-taking attitudes.

Ignition Locks Effective For First-Time DUI Offenders
Laws that require first-offender drunk drivers to install ignition interlock devices on their vehicles can save lives and reduce repeat offenses.

Smoking Can Make Hangovers More Intense
Alcohol drinkers who smoke heavily on the same day they drink heavily are more likely to experience a hangover the next day than those who do not drink.

College Drinking, Drug Use Grows More Extreme
Since 1993, the number of college students who binge drink has remained about the same, but the intensity of excessive drinking has jumped sharply.

'Extreme Drinking' Dangerous for College Students
Although 40 percent of college freshmen say they binge drink, a new study has found than one in five male students go far beyond that threshold.

Online Recovery a Safe First Step for Some
Online meetings provide a level of anonymity that going to a live, face-to-face meeting cannot necessarily guarantee.

The Health Effects of Commonly Used Drugs
Contrary to what many believe, the abuse or nonmedical use of any drug, legal or illegal, can have long-lasting effects on your health.

Why Do Domestic Violence Victims Recant?
Victims of domestic violence so often recant that some states have passed laws requiring mandatory arrest and prosecution of all reported incidents.

Avoid Substituting Addictions to Maintain Abstinence
It is easy for alcoholics and addicts new to recovery to substitute one addiction for another, becoming obsessive or compulsive about other behaviors.

Teen Girls More Vulnerable to Substance Abuse
Parents of adolescent girls may think their daughters are less likely to use drugs and alcohol than boys, but the research doesn't support that notion.

The Legacy of Alcoholism in the Family
Growing up with two alcoholics is tumultuous to say the least and a nightmare to say the worst.

Binge Drinking Increases Risky Sexual Behavior Particularly for Women
Binge drinking is linked to risky sexual behavior for everyone, but that behavior is particularly dangerous for women, according to a study by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Symptoms of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) include fetal alcohol syndrome and other conditions in which children have some of the symptoms of fetal alcohol syndrome.

Secular, Non-Religious Alcohol and Drug Rehab Programs
If you are not religious or spiritual, what alcohol and drug rehab and recovery programs are available to you? You have a wide variety of options.

Coping With Having a Family Member in Alcohol or Drug Rehab
A family member in rehab may leave you with a lot of concerns, questions and maybe some misconceptions about how professional treatment works.

Older Drinkers More Impaired by Moderate Alcohol Consumption
If you are over age 50 and you have a couple of drinks when you go out to eat, you may want to take some extra time before driving home.

Alcohol and drug abuse

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Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (AADAC)

National Institute on Drug Abuse

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