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Entries for May 2010

Like many other studies, new research from France concludes that moderate alcohol drinkers have a lower risk of heart disease than abstainers. However, researchers said that moderate drinkers also tend to have a higher social status, get more exercise, had better levels of "good" cholesterol, are less depressed and are generally healthier -- factors that may have more to do with their coronary health than how much they drink.
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Price controls and marketing regulations are among 10 policy options outlined in a resolution aimed at cutting excessive alcohol use, which was endorsed this week by the 193 member states of the World Health Organization (WHO).
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Local officials and school administrators in Colorado are struggling to reconcile the state's medical-marijuana laws with school drug policies.
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Adolescents are being bombarded with alcohol marketing online as firms exploit new-media tools and lax regulation to put their brand images and information in front of young drinkers, according to a new report.
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Addiction and mental-health parity may be the law of the land, but it doesn't seem to be preventing insurers from limiting access to such services in states like Massachusetts.
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A premium vodka sold in a bottle shaped like a crystal skull has been banned from sale in Ontario, Canada, where officials are concerned that the packaging could appeal to children.
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Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has signed into a law a series of reforms to the state DWI code, including broader sanctions and a few opportunities for new and repeat offenders.
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Alcohol consumption prompts the brain to release the pleasure chemical dopamine, but genes may influence the degree to which the brain responds to drinking and -- by extension -- how effective medications like naltrexone are in treating alcoholism.
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The alcohol-related death of a young attendee at a viral public-drinking party has left France to confront its growing problem with binge drinking.
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Saying that "guns and alcohol don't mix," Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen has vetoed a measure that would have allowed individuals with concealed-carry permits to bring their weapons into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.
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