Social media is not a drug. Yes it can have negative effects, but it has positive effects too.
Drug deaths are rising faster than ever. How did we get here and what to do about it?
Amazon.com and others are eager to fill the skies with drones delivering packages at all hours. Convenient, yes, but it could transform – and not in a good way – our ability to make informed choices.
No wonder we're addicted to junk food. Neuroscience shows food packaging affects our enjoyment of these foods, and plays on the same brain processes as hard drug addiction.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently echoed the 1980s philosophy to 'just say no' to drugs. It's important to remember, however, that the policy was ineffective.
Have you ever checked your phone thinking you had felt it vibrate or heard it ring, only to see that no one tried to reach you? One researcher decided to study this phenomenon.
Doctors aren't trained to deal with problem gamblers despite the heavy toll on health this addiction takes.
If you’ve ever tried to cut back on sugar, you may have realised how incredibly difficult it is. This leads to the question: can you be addicted to sugar?
Drug use is down – but that's a long way from the whole story.
A fundraising initiative in Scotland has made headlines, but good intentions are not enough when it comes to helping vulnerable people.
Alcohol contributes to close to 90,000 deaths a year. Because repeated binge drinking damages the brain, it's hard to know when we've developed a problem. Here are some things to consider.
Regardless of how they are consumed, alcohol and other drugs eventually make their way into the brain via the bloodstream. Once there, they affect how messages are sent through the brain.
The current scheduling of cannabis is not only out of step with the available evidence but is restricting its potential use as a medicine.
Thousands of Australians go to residential drug and alcohol rehab programs every year. But is there evidence rehabs, as well as the group therapy they often rely on, actually work?
Physician Health Programs are intended to help doctors with substance abuse disorders and mental health problems. But that's not always what happens.
Gabapentin is the new Valium.
More Americans died from drug overdose in 2014 than any year on record and six in 10 of those involved opioids. How did we get here and what to do about it?
There is no doubt that virtual reality is the next big thing. But for families with young children, it may be wiser to wait a little before leaping headlong into this new reality.
Are you impulsive and easily bored? You may be a thrill seeker.
Some think labelling it a disease is a helpful way to think about addiction; others think this makes the addict helpless in their fight against addiction. Two academics debate both sides of the coin.