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What to know about alcohol intoxication

Alcohol intoxication refers to a temporary condition that occurs when a person drinks an excess of alcohol at one time. Alcohol intoxication causes physical and behavioral symptoms that range from mild to severe. Severe alcohol intoxication — or alcohol poisoning — is a dangerous condition that requires immediate medical attention. Although people can safely consume […]

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One ketamine shot could help heavy drinkers cut down

New research finds that the combination of a single shot of ketamine and a memory retrieval technique can significantly reduce alcohol cravings and harmful drinking behavior among people who drink heavily. Share on PinterestNew research shows that ketamine can help heavy beer drinkers significantly reduce their consumption. Approximately 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes each […]

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Weed: Can it kill you?

While marijuana may have both short and long term adverse side effects, there is limited research as to whether using it can cause death. Smoking weed can, however, impair judgment and motor skills, so smoking cannabis before driving or doing other dangerous activities may increase the risk of an accident. However, most experts consider the […]

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How a hallucinogenic brew makes the brain live in a dream

Ayahuasca is a psychoactive brew that people from the Amazonian regions traditionally use as a spiritual medicine. This brew reportedly induces strong hallucinations, but what, exactly, does it do to the brain? Share on PinterestHow does the main active ingredient of ayahuasca impact what happens in the brain? A new study investigates. Researchers have discovered […]

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Specialists call for ‘aggressive’ measures against e-cigarettes

After uncovering a key mechanism that could explain how e-cigarettes harm the lungs, brain, and cardiovascular system, a team of researchers now calls for much stricter regulation of these electronic devices. Share on PinterestMore researchers are pressing for even tighter regulation of e-cigarettes, citing dangers to health. Electronic cigarettes — e-cigarettes, for short — were […]

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Alcohol intake and reduced brain volume: What explains the link?

Does drinking more alcohol shrink the brain, or does a smaller brain volume actually predispose individuals to drink more alcohol? Share on PinterestA new study confirms the link between alcohol use and lower brain volume and proposes a shared underlying cause. Excessive alcohol consumption carries many risks, including heart and liver problems, a higher risk […]