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

Red Ribbon Campaign Promotes Drug Prevention
The annual Red Ribbon Campaign, inspired by the brutal death of a DEA agent, raises awareness of the destructive influence of drugs in America.

The Danger of Sedative Overdose
Accidental overdoses of sedatives -- barbiturates and benzodiazepines --usually occur when sedatives are mixed with either alcohol or opiates.

Take Teens to Church to Prevent Underage Drinking
If you have children about to become teens, there is one thing that you can do that will greatly reduce their chances of drinking underage.

Binge Drinking Affects Brain, Memory
Young people who binge drink could be risking serious damage to their brains now and increased memory loss later in adulthood.

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.

Is Screening and Brief Intervention Enough?
Although primary healthcare providers have been encouraged to implement screening and brief intervention, recent studies have found it ineffective.

Lowering Drunk Driving Level to .05 BAC Saves Lives
New laws in British Columbia setting penalties for driving with a blood-alcohol content of .05 saw a reduction in fatal alcohol-related auto crashes.

Are You Addicted?
There are many different levels of substance abuse and all of them can be harmful whether you are actually addicted to the drug or not.

Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy
Some say moderate drinking during pregnancy is okay, but others believe taking even one drink is like playing Russian Roulette with your baby's health.

Clinical Depression Symptom Test
October 9, 2014, is National Depression Screening Day. Do you have symptoms of depression? Take this quiz to see how your symptoms compare.

Drinking Alcohol and Breastfeeding
Mothers who breastfeed are receiving conflicting advice, on and off the Internet, about whether it's safe for them to consume alcohol without affecting their babies.

Images of Brain Damage
Innovations in imaging technology have helped alcohol researchers study how alcohol damages internal organs, such as the brain and the liver.

What Is Substance Abuse?
Substance abuse can simply be defined as a pattern of harmful use of any substance for mood-altering purposes, but in today's society is not that simple.

Domestic Abuse and Alcohol
Statistics seem to show a connection between alcohol and drug abuse and domestic violence, but others question a direct cause-and-effect relationship.

Dealing With Addiction Denial
For the family, friends, employers and co-workers of alcoholics and addicts one of the most frustrating aspects to deal with is their denial.

Cocaine Screening Quiz
Some people can occasionally use cocaine without any problem, but for others it can quickly become a very costly addiction.

How Long Does Marijuana Stay in the Body?
The effects of smoking marijuana fade very quickly, but THC metabolites can be detected in the body for a much longer time.

Addiction Changes Brain's Reward System
Pursuing rewards is a normal, healthy activity. For addicts, the pursuit of rewards can become pathological due to changes in the brain's chemistry.

What Is It Like to Be Addicted to Heroin?
What is it like to be addicted to heroin? What is life like for a heroin addict?

Basic Facts About Inhalants
Inhalants are breathable chemical vapors that produce psychoactive, mind-altering effects. Younger children tend to abuse inhalants in part because they are readily available and inexpensive.

Alcohol and drug abuse

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Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (AADAC)

National Institute on Drug Abuse

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