We've got better at managing the health risks of traditional drugs of abuse, but novel psychoactive substances, or 'legal highs', are a dangerous unknown.
Young adults at a tailgate. Young adults are more likely than older adults to binge drink and are at greater risk when they do.
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A Sept. 14 report on drug use suggested that opioid use has declined. But troubling trends in drinking among teens and young adults stood out. An addiction specialist explains the unique dangers.
‘Someone likes me.’
Many of us complain about the stress of being 'always on' – here's what life could be like, if you actually disconnected.
Lines of cocaine.
In a completely new approach to treating addiction, researchers use genetically engineered skin cells to inactivate cocaine and block cravings and addiction in mice.
Many people aren't just taking one drug but a combination of drugs.
The bulk of the alcohol industry's revenue comes from heavy drinkers.
The US opioid epidemic killed more than 40,000 people in 2016 – now, other countries are at risk.
Trusting our instincts is vital for better mental health.
People intuitively know what is best for their mental health. A new approach suggests enforcing this belief like regular exercise.
The longer they keep you plugged in to a game, the better it is for the house.
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When you engage in recreational gambling, you're not simply playing against the odds – you're battling an enemy trained in the art of deceit and subterfuge who uses human nature against you.
Glues, paints, spray deodorants and fuels are all abused for their psychoactive effects.
Large proportions of regular internet gamblers use offshore sites.
For online gamblers, there are many attractions to offshore sights, so governments must focus on arming consumers with better knowledge about its risk.
Are these people suffering from a disorder – or just having fun?
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Just because people enjoy a recreational activity doesn't mean they're addicted to it, even if they spend lots of time doing it.
Now that gaming addiction is officially recognised, we need to develop strategies to counteract it.
Scientists have taken atomic resolution snapshots of an opioid receptor interacting with a drug. Now they are using these images to design "biased" opioids that block pain without the dangerous side effects.
Pain of the sick: ‘Anatomy of Expression,’ by Sir Charles Bell, 1806.
In today's opioid crisis, why are some people with addictions treated with empathy and others with disdain? The answer to that question has roots in the 19th century.
Fortnite is a web based multi player survival game developed by Epic Games.
If your child is keeping their grades up and maintaining friends and hobbies, then their gaming activity is likely not a disorder or addiction.
Alcohol is a dangerous drug. Drinking in excess can kill you, but so can trying to quit.
Cannabis users seeking treatment in the UK is rising, especially among women and older smokers. But treatment services are sorely lacking.
Psychedelic drugs have inspired great songs and works of art. But they may also have potential for treating disease like depression and PTSD by helping to regrow damaged regions of the brain.
There are a number of reasons why you can’t get away from your screen.
There is a reason why you can't put your phone down: digital addiction. And technology is designed to keep you hooked.