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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+10:00July 17th, 2017|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol, Society & Culture|Tags: , |0 Comments

The 4 Traits That Put Kids At Risk Of Addiction

Pixabay Images Drug education is the only part of the middle school curriculum I remember — perhaps because it backfired so spectacularly. Before reaching today’s legal drinking age, I was shooting cocaine and heroin. A new antidrug program tested in Europe, Australia and Canada is showing promise. Called Preventure, the program, developed by [...]

What Is Spice And Why Is The Drug So Dangerous?

Flickr Images Synthetic cannabis, of which Spice is an example, is linked to serious health issues ranging from difficulties breathing to psychotic episodes. But, despite well-known issues, these drugs are still in demand and homeless people, particularly, are at risk of mental health issues from their use. So what exactly are these drugs [...]

The Illicit Drug Use Going Unnoticed

Encounter Youth Images   When bringing up the subject of drug use in Australia, people’s minds often go to ‘the usual suspects’: alcohol, cannabis and ecstasy. These three drugs usually get the most attention, and because of heightened media exposure (currently), methamphetamine (including ice) often gets a mention too. However, Australian’s use of [...]

‘Flying High’: Australia’s Love Affair With Stimulants

iStock Images According to the 2014 World Drug Report published by the United Nations Office of Drug Control (UNODC), Australia has some of the highest rates of stimulant use in the world. It should be noted that it is problematic to compare one country to another when it comes to illicit drug use as data is collected in different ways and community attitudes [...]

By |2016-04-21T21:45:04+10:00April 21st, 2016|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

Long-term Brain Changes Persist Years after Drug Abuse and Recovery

www.wkymedical.com It's known that brain changes are present in drug addicts even when they have been abstinent for a short period of time. Now new research shows that alterations persist in long-term abstinent heroin-depended individuals as well. - Wiley Source: Long-term brain changes persist years after drug abuse and recovery

By |2015-08-24T14:53:42+10:00August 24th, 2015|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Pornography addiction leads to same brain activity as alcoholism or drug abuse

People who are addicted to pornography show similar brain activity to alcoholics or drug addicts, a study has revealed. MRI scans of test subjects who admitted to compulsive pornography use showed that the reward centres of the brain reacted to seeing explicit material in the same way as an alcoholic’s might on seeing a drinks [...]

Bhutan’s youth struggle in kingdom of happiness

It is known as "the last Shangri-La" -- a remote Himalayan nation, rich in natural beauty and Buddhist culture, where national happiness is prioritised over economic growth. But urban youngsters in the kingdom of Bhutan are quick to challenge its rosy reputation. "We can see the people are not happy," said Jigme Wangchuk, a social [...]

Just a taste of beer might hook you, study says

The study found that a beer's flavor alone, without any effect from alcohol, can lead the brain to release dopamine, a chemical associated with pleasure and reward. It is also associated with drinking and drug abuse. Previous research suggests that sensory cues (smells and tastes) associated with drug intoxication can provoke dopamine transmission. Researchers from [...]

U.S. mental health experts urge focus on early detection and treatment

The U.S. mental health system has huge gaps that prevent millions of people with psychological problems, including children and teens, from receiving effective treatment that could prevent tragic consequences, experts told U.S. lawmakers on Thursday. Just over a month after the shooting rampage in Newtown, Connecticut, experts told a Senate hearing that three-quarters of mental [...]

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