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Several glasses of alcohol

Alco-Pops: A Refreshment to Rethink

Sara Bellum
June 22, 2010

Alcohol companies have tapped into a growing market to introduce underage drinkers to their products, on the basis that kids who acquire a taste for alcoholic drinks early are more likely to get hooked. Read More »

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Real Teens Ask: What Types of Drugs are High School Students Using?

Sara Bellum
September 03, 2009

ots of teens have questions about drugs. That’s why each year, NIDA scientists spend a day chatting online with high school students and answering their questions. At NIDA’s last Drug Facts Chat Day, ham223 asked this question: Read More »

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Anna in NYC getting ready to eat a full meal.

Life is Complicated Enough: Why Add Prescription Drugs to the Mix?

Anna
September 02, 2009

As a public health analyst at NIDA, one of my jobs is to look at data and help get information out to the public. When I heard that about 1 in 10 high school seniors had used the pain medicine Vicodin last year without a prescription, I knew there was a problem. Read More »

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Teen boy in his car

Four Tips to Avoid Drinking, Drugs, and Driving

Sara Bellum
August 25, 2009

Okay, say you’re at a party. The friends you came with have been drinking, but you haven’t. When it’s time to head home, you’re nervous—you’ve heard all about drunk driving and how dangerous it is. Read More »

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Series of MRI Scans of the Brain

Binge Drinking Matters--To Your Brain

Sara Bellum
July 08, 2009

I'm sure you've heard that abusing alcohol hurts your health. But how many years of drinking do you think it takes to visibly affect your brain? Ten years? Twenty? Read More »

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