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Date archive: December 2011

Drunk Driving Decreasing

It’s almost New Year’s Eve, the time of year that people get caught up with drinking to celebrate and welcome in a new year, then try to drive themselves home. This holiday is known for drinking, and authorities are working harder than ever this year to keep people from driving while intoxicated. ‚ÄúSafety is our…

Pros and Cons of Legalizing Marijuana

What if marijuana was legal? The marijuana debate has many people wondering the answer to that question. People are very polarized on the topic, and both sides think they can predict what would happen if marijuana were legalized. States like California that allow marijuana to be used and grown for medical purposes are a good…

Saving Africa from Alcohol

Many areas of Africa are going through some changes right now in their views of alcohol. Some countries are proposing to more strictly regulate the sale of alcohol, while others plan to put stiff regulations on alcohol advertising. Analysis of World Health Organization South Africa is concerned about violence that is directly caused by excessive…

Avoiding the Temptation to Drink During the Holidays

As we head into the holidays, we need to recognize the challenge that alcoholics and recovering alcoholics face during this time. As we attend holiday parties (often focused on alcohol), endure stressful family gatherings, rush to finish up holiday shopping, eat too much, and sleep too little, there can be an overwhelming temptation to fill…

Unemployment and Mental Health

Consumers spend more money in the month of December than at any other time of the year. For someone struggling with unemployment or financial strains, this time of year can be depressing. Being unemployed or financially unstable for any reason takes a toll on a person’s mental health. Especially at a time of year when…

Drug Testing Horse Racing

Several pro-sports athletes have been in the news lately for failing drug tests. We know there are problems with performance enhancing drugs in certain human sports, but perhaps the sport that has the worst reputation when it comes to drugging is horseracing. However, this perception may not be accurate. There are a variety of drugs…

Failed Fast and Furious

What can we do about the Mexican drug cartels? They only seem to growing in power despite everyone’s best tactics. According to the newest drama out of Washington, the U.S. has been using a flawed strategy to combat these violent men. Handing Over Our Guns The operation, based in Phoenix, was called Fast and Furious…

Managing an Eating Addiction

Some new lawsuits are aiming to prove that food can be addicting, and that some people are overweight because they lose control when eating certain foods – in particular, junk foods. Lawsuits against fast food giants and makers of junk food are plentiful, all claiming that the companies purposely make food to be more addicting…

An App for Recovery

People are always looking for ways to help them in their recovery process and to keep them from relapsing. For savvy iPhone users, there are even apps that help in the process of recovering from drug or alcohol addiction. We know that working in groups during recovery is a good way to prevent relapse. That’s…

Prescription Drug Drop Off Boxes

Prescription drug abuse is still a growing problem in our country. Our society needs to have a greater awareness of the dangers of prescription drugs, and how to prevent their abuse. An estimated 70% of people who abuse prescription drugs get them from friends or family. (1) This is because it’s easy. Walking into a…

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