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Substance Abuse in the Workplace

Places of employment should be safe and healthy environments in which to work. Employers manage safety teams for security, hazardous waste, and other possible problems that might endanger their workers. But some employees are bringing their personal hazards to work. The American Council For Drug Education reports that employees who suffer from substance abuse are causing workplace accidents, higher medical expenses, and are negatively impacting employee morale and productivity at work. Full Story

Increased Risk of Complications Following Surgery When Patient Drinks Heavily

There are many adverse consequences associated with heavy alcohol consumption. One result of heavy drinking is increased public health costs to treat injuries and other health problems stemming from alcohol use. Some health problems, such as injury and diseases from risky sexual behaviors have relatively immediate effects. Full Story

Substance Abuse Among Teens Continues to Rise

The number of young adults dabbling in marijuana, prescription drugs and alcohol is on the rise. Before they graduate high school, more than half a million American teens will try illegal drugs at least once. A recent news article highlights the many reasons behind drug use and alcohol abuse among teens today. Full Story

Binge Drinking Among Young Adults And Older People

According to Psychology Today, binge drinking is defined as consuming five or more drinks in a short amount of time. For men, it equates to five or more drinks and for women, it equates to four or more drinks in a short time frame. Full Story

UK Students Underestimate Alcohol Consumption

When students leave for college, they often have the impression that partying is a central part of campus life. They may expect that their weekends will be spent drinking and enjoying a busy social scene. Full Story

Studies Show That Giving B-12 Supplements During Detox Helps Recovering Alcoholics

There are numerous side affects to alcoholism, according to an article on the Live Strong website. A deficiency of important nutrients the body needs is just one of them. B-12 is one of the most common deficiencies and giving this vitamin during the detox phase can help prevent relapse as well as other health problems including withdrawal symptoms. Full Story

Marijuana the Teen Drug of Choice Overtaking Alcohol – What Parents Can Do

Teen alcohol use is declining while marijuana use is on the rise. Read Part One on Marijuana the Teen Drug of Choice Overtaking Alcohol.

Faced with the alarming increase in marijuana use by teens, it might seem that there’s not a lot that parents can do to reverse the trend. The fact is, however, that there is a lot that parents can do to help their teens come to grips with the reality of just how dangerous marijuana use is as well as discuss the dangers of alcohol and other types of drug use. Full Story

Marijuana the Teen Drug of Choice Overtaking Alcohol

Savvy parents have known for some time that their teen offspring need direction and guidance so they won’t fall prey to peer pressure to drink and do drugs. Some parents do it right and still their teenage son or daughter may wind up experimenting with either alcohol or drugs. Full Story

Drinking and Driving Rises During the Holidays

With the advent of the holiday season, opportunities to get together with friends and family abound. After-work socials, company parties and friendly gatherings seem to fill the calendar. Unfortunately, highway traffic statistics tell us that during the season of good cheer, the number of people who consume alcohol and then get behind the wheel of their car also goes up. Full Story

Does Facebook Lead to Drinking, Smoking and Drugs?

Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) recently revealed that young people who use Facebook, and other types of social media, are 5 times more likely to smoke, 3 times more likely to drink and 2 times more likely to use marijuana as those who do not. CASA then goes on to claim that these findings show that social media leads to these behaviors. Full Story