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Category : Addiction

More Sports Gambling Could Put More People at Risk of Gambling Problems

Gambling, while entertainment for many, can become problematic with devastating consequences for some. The increasing availability of sports gambling raises the specter of gambling addiction.

College Students and Binge Drinking: Facts and Tips

College is an exciting and rewarding experience for many students. For many, alcohol can seem like a fundamental part of the college experience, as it may accompany game-day tailgates, parties or social activities. Since drinking alcohol lowers inhibitions, it can act as an icebreaker during situations that may otherwise feel uncomfortable; however, it is important to recognize the potential dangers of consuming large amounts of alcohol, especially over a short period of time.

Can Computer Delivered Treatment Bring Help to More People with Substance Use Disorders?

Nearly 20 million people in the U.S. had a substance use disorder in the past year, according to a recent national survey from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. By age group, this includes about 4 percent of adolescents (12 to 17 years old), 15 percent of young adults (18 to 25) and 6 percent of adults (26 and older). Substance use disorders involve recurrent use of alcohol or other drugs (or both) causing significant impairment and potentially leading to health problems, disability, and problems at work, school or home.

Mental Health Support on Campus: Student-Run Groups Stepping Up

Student-run mental health groups are having a positive impact on college campuses, including reducing stigma and creating a better climate related to mental health care. That’s the conclusion of a new study looking at the peer-run Active Minds program on 12 college campuses in California

Quitting Smoking: Tips from a Psychiatrist

Tobacco kills some 480,000 people each year in the U.S., more people than alcohol and all other drugs combined. Almost 10 percent of the deaths are related to secondhand smoke. Smita Das, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., answers common questions about quitting.