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Entries for November 2010

A resident’s risk of binge drinking and alcohol-related harms increases with each alcohol-selling outlet located within convenient walking distance of home, a New Zealand study finds.
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A number of colleges across the country are urging students to avoid what they consider a dangerous combination of alcohol and caffeine in the increasingly popular alcoholic energy drink Four Loko, with some schools banning the drink’s consumption altogether.
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The much-watched California ballot initiative that would have legalized recreational use of marijuana and allowed local governments to regulate sales of the drug went down to defeat on Election Day, punctuating a day that also saw rejection of marijuana-related ballot items in a handful of other states.
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Citing numerous cases of alcohol poisoning in states across the country, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has formally asked the state’s 17,000 licensed beer distributors to stop selling high-alcohol energy drinks that are popular among college students.
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As of Oct. 31, first-time drunk-driving offenders in Michigan who register blood alcohol levels of at least 0.17 percent will face penalties similar to what second-time offenders have traditionally received in the state.
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The state of New York plans to give some state prisoners the opiate-treatment drug Suboxone to help them stay off heroin upon release.
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A group of British scientific experts has concluded that when combining its effects on the individual and on society, alcohol far outpaces other substances as the most harmful drug.
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A small study found adolescents who abused marijuana and alcohol scored lower on a battery of intellectual aptitude tests than their drug-free peers.
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