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Too Many Children Being Prescribed Melatonin to Aid Sleep, Experts Warn

Some specialists concerned use of hormone has become a ‘fashionable treatment’ for parents who want ‘perfect children’ The hormone melatonin is being handed out too readily to children who are struggling to sleep, despite the fact little is known about the long-term risks of taking it, experts have warned. Melatonin, a hormone the body produces [...]

Four Personality Traits that Predict Teen Drug and Alcohol Problems

Higher than average levels of impulsiveness, sensitivity to anxiety, sensation seeking and hopelessness. These four personality traits have been shown by researchers to predict those teenagers at high risk of becoming binge drinkers with 90 per cent accuracy. In the first Australian trial, a program targeting 438 year 8 students with one of these traits [...]

By | 2017-07-17T14:33:01+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol, Society & Culture|Tags: , |0 Comments

Teenage Binge Drinking: Why Parents Should Delay the Age Kids Have Their First Drink

YOU’RE sitting around the barbie at home and you hand your 16-year-old son a beer. As a responsible parent, you think introducing moderate drinking practices early on is a sensible solution to under-age binge-drinking. You may not be breaking any laws in NSW — parents and legal guardians can supply their underage child with alcohol [...]

By | 2017-07-17T14:15:43+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol, Society & Culture|Tags: |0 Comments

Why Does Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Increase the Likelihood of Addiction?

One of the many negative consequences when fetuses are exposed to alcohol in the womb is an increased risk for drug addiction later in life. Neuroscientists in the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions are discovering why. Through a research grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) of the National [...]

By | 2017-07-10T15:44:43+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Paramedics Treating More Young Women Than Men For Alcohol Intoxication

More young people are needing emergency assistance for alcohol intoxication than in previous years, new data from Western Australia show. The state-wide ambulance figures show ambulance call-out rates are on the rise in the state, with young women requiring more urgent medical assistance for alcohol intoxication than young men. The figures were released this week [...]

4 Personality Traits That Predict Teen Drug And Alcohol Problems

Higher than average levels of impulsiveness, sensitivity to anxiety, sensation seeking and hopelessness. These four personality traits have been shown by researchers to predict those teenagers at high risk of becoming binge drinkers with 90 per cent accuracy. In the first Australian trial, a program targeting 438 year 8 students with one of these traits [...]

Strong Link Between Childhood Trauma And Addiction

For years the addiction field has said that addictions were caused by genetics. If your father is an addict then you have the gene for it and you will become an addict. We now know that the gene is passed on, but it can be turned off if the child has a good and supportive, [...]

Alcohol Industry Subverting Science To Prevent Greater Regulation

The alcohol industry makes claims to governments that contradict and obfuscate science in an attempt to influence marketing regulations and prevent more stringent controls on products, an Australian study has found. An author of the paper, Prof Kypros Kypri, said the findings showed that alcohol industry lobbying of politicians and involvement in discussions about policy [...]

What Finland’s Plan To Be Tobacco-free Can Teach The World

The Finnish government has set an ambitious goal for residents in a bid to benefit their health -- and their bank balances. Officials plan to make the country tobacco-free by 2040, meaning they want less than 2% of their adults to consume tobacco -- in any form -- by that deadline. So that's more than [...]

10 Reasons Some of Us Should Cut Back on Alcohol

At this time of year, alcohol promotions, sales and consumption are prominent. Many of us enjoy celebrating a year ended, work and family gatherings, a holiday and a time to kick back and relax. But it can also be a time when we experience adverse consequences of our own or someone else’s drinking. Many of [...]