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Iowa Gov. Chet Culver has signed legislation that will require bar owners to report underage drinking or other illegal activity that occurs on property they own adjacent to their establishments. The new law, taking effect July 1, also clarifies age classifications for the state’s public drinking and open container laws.
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Moderate alcohol consumption among young adults appears to have similar protective benefits for heart health as those seen in older adults, although it has been difficult to study the effects of moderate drinking on heart disease in younger populations.
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Budget crises are leading prisons nationwide to eliminate addiction treatment programs, according to the head of the Association of State Correctional Administrators.
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Young people will make smarter choices about using and dealing drugs if they have better alternative opportunities, first lady Michelle Obama said during her visit to Mexico last week.
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A study of 71 Eastern European children adopted by Swedish families between 1993 and 1997 found that 52 percent had a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
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Legislation that would have required first-time drunk driving offenders in Maryland to use an ignition interlock Breathalyzer in their vehicles has died after an influential House committee chairman suggested applying the mandate only to drivers registering a blood alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit.
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Respected addiction researcher Tom McLellan has announced that he will resign as deputy director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) this summer.
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The Obama administration's drug czar went to Capitol Hill this week promising a new approach to reducing drug use and its consequences, but the chairman of a House oversight committee and other panelists sharply challenged the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) chief to match the words with deeds.
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A number of studies have found that light or moderate drinking may promote coronary health, but any such benefits are wiped out by smoking.
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Risk of developing benign breast disease increases five-fold among women who drank alcohol six or seven days a week during their teens and early 20s, according to research from the National Cancer Institute.
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