The Dangers of Cannabis

Of all illegal drugs, cannabis seems supply the majority of contraversy. Regardless of one's opinions on the drug, it is obvious that many people struggle every day with addiction to marijuana and that there are significant health risks involved in it's use.Cannabis is one of the most controversial drugs in the world. It's legal in some countries; banned in others. It's considered recreational by some, and yet highly dangerous by others. The classification of cannabis in this country is constantly up for debate - some believe it should be regulated, and some that it should be prescribed. If there's one thing to say about cannabis, it's that no one can agree on its merits or dangers. It might just be the most divisive drug in the world.

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Drunkorexia

drunkorexia Experts have begun to recognise a new dangerous trend of eating disorder. It combines not eating sufficient food with binge drinking and has been termed drunkorexia by the media. It appears that both genders engage in this behavior, but for different reasons.Eating disorders and alcohol addiction both pose a significant risk to your health, but researchers are now alarmed to have discovered that people are using one to aid the other. Labelled ‘drunkorexia’ by the media (as there is no definitive term for the condition as yet), this phenomenon is clearly a growing problem.

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The True Cost of Gambling Addictions

gambling addictionGambling advertisements are everywhere and with the rise of online gambling it is easier than ever to place a bet. Internet gambling has led to a massive increase in the amount of women who struggle with a gambling problem. Yet it appears that men and women gamble for very different reasons.Unfortunately, women who are addicted to gambling are rarely understood. Female gamblers are now more common than ever, yet online gambling websites are still advertised on television every day. One victim of online gambling sites was Caroline Shopland-Saich, a marketing executive who's been hitting the headlines this week. Caroline became addicted to online gambling two years ago, and recently used her company credit card to pay off £22,620 to Foxy Bingo. The credit card was given to Caroline by her employer Applegate Media, so she could buy vouchers as a reward for her most successful sales reps. 

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Why Alcohol is Addictive

A new study has increased our knowledge of what causes alcohol addiction and highlights potential new ways alcoholism can be treated. Researchers found that when alcohol is consumed the bain releases endorphins. While this has long been predicted, these new results reinforce what many experts suspected.A study at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Centre, San Francisco, has revealed why alcohol is addictive.

Drinking alcohol leads to the release of endorphins, in the area that produces feelings of pleasure and reward. This is the first time that endorphin release - in the nucleus accumbens and orbitofrontal cortex - has been observed in humans consuming alcohol. Jennifer Mitchell, clinical project director, said 'This is something that we're speculated about for 30 years, based on animal studies, but haven't observed in humans until now.' She continued, 'It provides the first direct evidence of how alcohol makes people feel good.'

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Internet Addiction - Does It Exist?

Many people are dubious about whether a person can actually become addicted to the internet. A new study may just dispel some of these doubts. Research has found that people who claim to be addicted to the internet have similar brain patterns to those found in people struggling with alcoholism and drug addiction.A recent study in China has shown that Internet addiction affects the brain in the same way as any other addiction. It can cause changes to the brain that only occur when alcoholism or cocaine addiction is present. The study involved 17 Chinese teenagers who were given MRI scans. Some of the teenagers were self-described Internet addicts, who claimed they felt depressed, irritable and restless when they attempted to cut down on their Internet use. The brain scans revealed that the Internet addicts had abnormal amounts of white matter surrounding neuron paths in the brain.

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Child Addicts

Young addicts, some of the most vulnerable people in the UK, do not receive the treatment that they desperately need. The government currently sends these youths to secure units where they do not receive the therapy and support they require. The outcome is the continuation of their addiction and a much higher chance of reoffending when they are released.There are thousands of support networks for addicts, and specialised groups in which to beat a specific addiction. Yet one group of addicts are often without support. They're one of the most vulnerable and most likely to relapse, so why is there no help for child addicts?

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Children and Alcohol

A new batch of statistics released by BBC Wales indicate that despite the best efforts of the UK government more young people are being admitted to hospital for alcohol rated accidents and diseases. The study highlighted the necessary role of a child's family and advised that a new approach must be taken to increase awareness surrounding the dangers of alcohol abuse.After lengthy research into accident and emergency wards, BBC Wales has published some shocking statistics. Every year, the research shows that 1,200 children attend casualty for alcohol and drug consumption. Even more worrying was the news that the youngest of these children was just four years old.

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UK Govt to Confront Eating disorder issues

Awareness surrounding eating disorders has grown in the past decade and thankfully it looks as though the UK government is finally beginning to address the issue as well. An inquiry shall investigate the causes of eating disorders with special attention paid to dieting companies.It seems the government is finally making inroads to questioning how the messages from the media are exploiting young people in their eating habits and encouraging the rise of compulsive eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia. Jo Swinson, a Liberal Democrat MP, is leading a group of politicians from all the political parties in an inquiry into body image, obesity and self-harm in the UK.

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Rates of Men with Eating Disorders Increasing

More light is being shed on the actual rates of men who suffer from eating disorders. The news is not good. A new study claims that the amount of men struggling with an eating disorder is currently rising.Recent results from a national study of eating disorders conducted by Harvard have shown that when viewing a population of 3,000 adults twenty-five percent suffered from an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia and forty percent suffered from binge eating. Some may be surprised to learn that these figures are for men. The numbers for male eating disorders were previously thought to be much lower than the results generated from this study. It was thought that the percentage of men suffering from anorexia or bulimia was as low as ten percent.

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Huge Rise in Alcohol Illness and Hospital Admissions

Recently released statistics indicate that while total alcohol consumption has decreased in the UK hospital admissions and illnesses related to alcohol are at an all time high. What explains these seemingly contradictory figures?Recently released statistics concerning alcohol related hospital admissions and the number of young people with liver problems are at an all time high. The figures seem to have soared. According to research by the North West Public Health Observatory, more than a million alcohol related cases were admitted to hospital this past year - an increase of 11% on the previous year’s figures.

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Warning Signs of Addiction Relapse

Recovering from any addiction is very difficult and the potential for relapse is always a danger. There are a number of warning signals to keep in mind when caring for a recovering addict.Recovery from addiction is a long process. It is one journey the addict is not advised to take alone. There are great resources in the community such as alcohol and addiction charities, peer meetings, addiction counselling, online forums, dry bars, and substitute medication that make that process a lot easier lessen the possibility of relapse. When an individual is ready to leave a drug or alcohol rehabilitation centre, professional therapists will have prepared the addict for an environment where support is not available 24/7 and there will constantly be a possibility of relapse.

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Should there be zero tolerance for drinking and driving?

Currently the UK has a higher limit for drink driving than the rest of Europe. Should this limit be lowered or perhaps even taken down to zero?A top UK Policewoman has asked a very poignant question about the laws on UK roads this week in terms of alcohol. At first it seems Deputy Chief Constable Suzette Davenport’s demands for no drinking while driving (that’s no drinking and driving at all) sounds despotic and tyrannical but when you look at the statistics for fatalities, and accidents caused by people driving under the influence of alcohol you suddenly start to wonder why laws are not a great deal stricter.

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Cocaine, Heroin and Salt?

That a connection may exist between salt, cocaine and heroin sounds very strange. After all, we eat salt everyday and need it to survive while illegal drugs are highly addictive and destructive. New research suggests a link that is surprising.A new study has shown that the addictive powers of cocaine and heroin may be due in part to our appetite for salt. During an extensive study of mice, researchers found that patterns of gene regulation stimulated by drug addiction were the same as those for salt cravings. It all sounds a little complicated and it’s hard to see the connection, but our need for salt - experts say - is millions of years old. Indeed, the root of the desire lies in the salty seas where life on earth started.

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Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drugs are incredibly helpful, for those who need them. There is a growing trend in society of abusing prescription drugs when they serve no useful purpose to the user. The side effects to such behavior are many and severe.Prescription drugs help people to live more productive lives, and alleviate symptoms manifested in the form of depression or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. When they're prescribed correctly to treat a specific condition, prescription drugs are invaluable. However, if taken recreationally by an individual who doesn’t suffer from the condition that requires medication, prescription drugs are dangerous.

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Love Addiction - Still Misunderstood

Love addiction lacks a high profile in society, but this does not mean that it is any less damaging to its sufferers. Only now is awareness beginning to grow about this crippling behavioral affliction. Hopefully this new awareness will help those suffering in silence to come forward to seek help.It was only last year that major newspapers and radio programmes started to address love addiction. Before that, many people were skeptical about whether you could be ‘addicted’ to love. The skeptics suggested that we simply struggle differently both in and out of relationships. Indeed, it’s good to know that we all have different coping methods and means of healing ourselves, but some of us need a little help. The large numbers of people seeking this help is clear, and evidence that love addiction is very much a real problem.

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Gambling Addiction and Women

Gambling addiction can be tough to identify as suffers sometimes display no outward signs of their problem. New research suggests that there are differences between how and why men and women gamble to excess. Furthermore, femaile problem gambling is on the rise in the UK.Gambling addicts suffer no less than those addicted to substances, but they are most certainly more difficult to identify. There may be as many as over half a million problem gamblers in the UK, but the internet is making it ever easier to gamble from home.

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Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Dependency

The government recommends that we only drink one or two alcoholic beverages per day at most. This does not mean if you do not drink during the week that binging on the weekend is acceptable. Far from it, this is damaging behavior that places a heavy burden on the body.Every year, the government tries harder to help us improve our lifestyle. They proffer recommendations as to what we should - and should not - be doing but it can become confusing at times. One of the most difficult things we’ve had to come to grips with in recent years is our alcohol consumption.

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Marijuana Addiction

While not as addictive as other legal and illegal drugs, there is a debate within medical circles about the nature of Marijuana addiction, or if it such a condition exists at all. Certainly users can display the common signs of addiction while they are using and mild withdrawal symptoms when they try to quit the drug.Marijuana, or cannabis, addiction is still a highly contested condition. The drug is not as addictive as alcohol, nicotine or caffeine - yet to say that it is not addictive is wrong. Over 70% of users find it difficult to control their use, and around 9% of users become fully addicted.

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Sex Addiction: A chronic brain disorder?

Medical professionals are beginning to expand the definition of addiction in order to bring many addictive and damaging behaviors into the public consciousness. Sex addiction definitely falls into this group. The rationale behind expanding the definition of addiction is mostly down to how the brain reacts, and becomes addicted to, certains certain risky or pleasurable behaviors.Almost everyone can understand addiction in principle. But they generally think in terms of drug and alcohol addiction; behavioural addictions like eating disorders, sex addiction or love addiction, gambling addiction and codependency are not so commonly understood. The easiest way to define sex addiction is this:

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Binge Eating Affects Men the Same as Women

Much like depression, eating disorders appear to affect women more so than men. This viewpoint has been challeneged recently as experts have published more studies. Men tend to suffer from eating disorders as much as women, but do not admit their problems to others as readily.The well-known eating disorders anorexia and bulimia are more common in women than men. Compulsive eating disorder is different, affecting a similar percentage of both sexes, yet men often suffer in silence rather than seek professional eating disorder treatment. It has also been suggested that society is more accepting of overeating and obesity in men, viewing large fatty meals and weight gain as relatively “normal” for adult males. Men suffering from a compulsive eating disorder are therefore less likely than women to be the subject of an intervention by doctors, friends, or relatives.

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