Alcohol

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Is Marijuana Safe? It's More Complicated Than You Think
Marijuana plant
February 26th, 2015
There are at least 10 drugs that are more deadly than marijuana, including some that are legal, such as alcohol and nicotine, a new study by researchers in Germany and Canada finds.
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Drunk on YouTube: Funny Videos Don't Tell the Whole Story
February 20th, 2015
Many YouTube videos that depict drunkenness involve humor, but they often do not show the negative consequences of drinking too much alcohol, a new study suggests.
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Half of Teen, Young Adult Car Crash Deaths Involve Pot or Alcohol
A set of car keys and a drink
January 13th, 2015
Half of young drivers who die within an hour of a car crash are under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or both.
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'Love' Hormone Sobers Up Drunken Rats
wild rat
February 25th, 2015
A little injection of the so-called 'love' hormone, oxytocin, can sober up drunken rats, reversing their clumsy alcohol-induced behaviors, scientists report.
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Alcohol May Help Elderly Women, But Not Men, Live Longer
An older couple drinks wine together at a restaurant.
February 10th, 2015
Older men may want to put down that glass of wine, reports a new study, which found that only women ages 65 or older may benefit from drinking alcohol, and even that is subject to debate.
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Wine Grapes Get New Genes to Fight Blight
Genetically modified wine grapes
January 7th, 2015
Growing winegrapes may be the most backward form of horticulture that exists.
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Energy Drinks Plus Alcohol May Encourage Drunk Driving
Martini glasses filled with drinks
December 16th, 2014
People who mix energy drinks with alcohol may be more likely to drive drunk than those who consume only alcohol, according to a new study.
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How to Recreate a Sloppy Ancient Greek Drinking Game
Ancient painting of kottobas
January 14th, 2015
How hard was it to play kottabos? An art historian enlisted her students to find out. The results were messy.
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Drinking Declines with Age, UK Study Finds
An older couple drinks wine together at a restaurant.
January 6th, 2015
People tend to drink less as they get older, but how much a person's alcohol intake declines over time depends on both their overall health and whether they have a partner, a new report from the U.K. finds.
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