A new government study finds almost 10 percent of full-time workers in the United States report having had a recent substance abuse problem. Nearly 9 percent of workers reported heavy drinking in the past month.
Teens who drink are more likely than nondrinkers to use e-cigarettes, a new study finds. Those most likely to use e-cigarettes are teens who drink frequently, binge drink, drink to get drunk, drink strong alcohol products, and show signs of unsupervised alcohol consumption, HealthDay reports.
Doctors and nurses should undergo random drug testing, argues a leading medical ethicist. “I am sorry to say that addiction and the abuse of drugs are not really a part of the discussion about making medicine safer,” says Arthur L. Caplan, PhD.
Almost 60 percent of pregnant teens say they have used one or more substances in the past year, nearly double the rate of non-pregnant teens, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have found.
Drugs to treat alcoholism would not have to lead to sobriety in order to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration, under a proposal by the agency. Instead, drug companies could gain approval for treatments if they prove patients using them no longer drink heavily.
Moderate consumption of alcohol confers little to no health benefit for most people, a new analysis of almost 53,000 adults finds. The researchers said previous studies that found light alcohol consumption could benefit health were flawed.