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Friday, December 5, 2014

NCADD's Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update Week ending December 5, 2014

Nearly one in five adult Americans experienced mental illness in 2013
9.3 million Americans had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year.
A new report finds that 43.8 million adults (age 18 or older) experienced a diagnosable mental illness in 2013. The report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) also finds that 10 million adults experienced a serious mental illness and 15.7 million adults experienced a major depressive episode in 2013. These results are consistent with 2012 findings.

Vice Wars: Tobacco, Alcohol and the Rise of Big Marijuana
Drug reformers always dreamed of a world where users were safe and dealers were free. Then that world arrived, at least in the states where marijuana is legal. Now they see a new nightmare on the horizon: Big Pot.  Please click here to continue reading. 

Small Alcohol Consumption in Pregnancy Won't Hurt Baby
We should be clear: researchers are in no way saying that it's okay to regularly drink during pregnancy. However if an expecting mother very occasionally drinks a wine cooler or takes part in a Champagne toast during her child's nine months, she won't be dooming her child to a heightened risk of an adverse birth outcome. Please click here to continue reading. 

Why heroin has made a comeback in America
 HEROIN was a scourge of America's cities in the 1960s and 70s. But then it seemed to go out of fashion. By the 1990s it was less widely used than crack cocaine. In Europe its use has continued to decline, with the number of addicts falling by about one-third in the past decade. In America, by contrast, it is resurgent. Last year nearly 700,000 Americans took the drug, twice as many as a decade ago. It is now more popular than crack, by some measures. What explains heroin's return? Click here to continue reading.

'Drink responsibly' message not effective, says study on alcohol advertising
The "drink responsibly" or "enjoy in moderation" messages tucked into liquor and beer ads don't impress Jennifer Romo. "Nobody actually takes that seriously," said the 21-year-old political science major at UCLA.  Click here to read more.

Call To Ban Intravenous Drips As Hangover Cure
Supporters say there is nothing wrong with IV therapy being used across the US to help people recover from the night before. Click here to continue reading.

Ability to consume alcohol may have shaped primate evolution
Craving a stiff drink after the holiday weekend? Your desire to consume alcohol, as well as your body's ability to break down the ethanol that makes you tipsy, dates back about 10 million years, researchers have discovered. The new finding not only helps shed light on the behavior of our primate ancestors, but also might explain why alcoholism-or even the craving for a single drink-exists in the first place. Click here to read more.

The great American relapse
 PICTURE a heroin addict. "A bum sitting under a bridge with a needle in his arm, robbing houses to feed his addiction," is what many people might imagine, believes Cynthia Scudo. That image may have been halfway accurate when heroin first ravaged America's inner cities in the 1960s and 1970s. But Ms Scudo, a smartly dressed young grandmother from a middle-class Denver suburb, knows that these days it is not always like that. Until not so long ago, she was a heroin addict herself. Click here to continue reading.

Why Colleges Haven't Stopped Binge Drinking
 Despite decades of research, hundreds of campus task forces, and millions invested in bold experiments, college drinking remains as much of a problem as ever. Click here to read the rest of this story.

Stopping the flow of alcohol on campus – Editorial
ON NOV. 22, the University of Virginia hosted its last home football game of the season or, as it has come to be known, "the fourth-year fifth." It is a reference to the long-standing practice of seniors consuming a fifth of liquor by the game's kickoff. The game was played on the same weekend that an explosive article about an alleged rape roiled the Charlottesville campus - a fitting coincidence that underscored the troubling nexus between alcohol abuse and sexual assault. Please click here for the rest of this story.

Nearly 1 in 12 Americans Struggles with Depression
Almost 8 percent of Americans aged 12 and older were moderately to severely depressed during 2009 to 2012, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday. Click here to read the rest of this story.

The great beer abandonment: America's young drinkers are drinking wine and hard alcohol instead
America's young adults aren't that into beer anymore. The percentage of twenty-somethings who prefer beer to other alcohol has fallen drastically over the past two decades, according to a new study published by Goldman Sachs Investment Research. Just twenty years ago, nearly three-quarters of youths aged 18 to 29 said they liked beer best. Today, after years of steady decline, the percentage of young beer lovers is down to just 40 percent. Please click here to read the rest of the story.

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