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Alcohol and Drugs Don't Mix

Sara Bellum
April 08, 2011

A recent episode of the hit TV show “Glee” focused on the problem of underage drinking. Called “Blame It on the Alcohol,” the episode depicted glee club members narrowly avoiding school suspension for drinking on school grounds—never a smart idea! Read More »

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Product Placement – Sneaking Messages To Your Brain

Sara Bellum
March 09, 2011

So you’re watching American Idol and you notice that the judges are all drinking from Coke cups. It’s pretty obvious that Coca Cola paid for that not-so-subtle endorsement. Well, that is called “product placement,” and it’s everywhere---it’s also nothing new… Read More »

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Truth in Advertising? Super Bowl Alcohol Commercials

Sara Bellum
February 16, 2011

Everyone knows that many of the fans of football’s biggest game are there for the commercials. Companies selling all types of goods—from cars to snack foods to insurance—pay top dollar (more than $2 million for 30 seconds in 2011) to spread the word about their products. Read More »

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Real Teens Ask: Will Drugs Hurt an Unborn Baby?

Sara Bellum
August 24, 2010

Lots of teens have questions about drugs. Each year, NIDA scientists spend a whole day chatting online with high school students and answering their questions. Read More »

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Real Life: These Teens Have the Right I.D.E.A.

Sara Bellum
August 05, 2010

Have you ever felt like you couldn’t make good decisions because none of your friends agreed? Well, you’re definitely not alone. Read More »

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