With the government softening its stance against marijuana and recent state legislation to ease access, there is renewed interest in what the long-term impact of increased marijuana use might have on cigarette smoking. Even while many Americans express a greater openness to use of marijuana, the nation’s tolerance for tobacco use has been declining. Yet, a new National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) study shows that making marijuana more available is likely to increase the number of cigarette smokers.
There is good news and there is bad news: alcoholism is an equal opportunity disease—it does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, nationality, income level, education or age. Anyone can be an alcoholic and alcoholism can strike at any point in a person’s life. It isn’t hard to see the “bad news” aspect of this truth. But how is this supposed to be good news?
Parents are often confused about their role in helping teens navigate decisions related to alcohol and drugs. For some, the right path is an adherence to strict rules for any type of substance use. For other parents, there’s a benefit in allowing alcohol to be consumed in moderation under a watchful parental eye. Experts say that the correct strategy may involve the best elements of each approach.
Millennials, or Generation Y (also called the Net Generation, Trophy Generation, Echo Boomers, or even “GenMe”), refer to the generation of individuals born in the latter 1970s or early 1980s through the early 2000s. Plenty has been examined about the Millennials, and much has yet to be understood. In their lifetime, this generation of people has witnessed the fall of the Soviet Union and of the Berlin Wall; the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle; the Gulf War; the tragedy of 9/11; and the long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The biggest question surrounding drug and alcohol use has been who or what is to blame for the disease of addiction. Were the drugs themselves responsible, possessing qualities that made it impossible for people to resist them? Or were certain individuals simply weak, engaging in self-destructive behavior because they enjoyed it and didn’t really want to stop?
If you think back to this past summer’s reporting on the crowds who waited in pre-dawn blackness to be the first to buy the new iPhone, then you won’t be surprised by a group of studies which reveal just how addicted young people are to their mobile internet devices. The studies focused on college students and examined how and why they depend so heavily upon digital devices.
Caffeine is an active ingredient in many of the world’s most popular beverages – including coffee, tea and a wide range energy drinks and sodas-as well as in chocolate and certain other foods. Much of this substance’s popularity stems from its ability to stimulate the central nervous system, which includes your brain and spinal cord. While most people don’t often think of their favorite foods and drinks in chemical terms, caffeine’s ability to alter normal nervous system function technically qualifies it as a type of drug. As with other drugs, excessive use of caffeine can potentially harm your health in a number of ways.
Many students don’t even remember life before Facebook, Twitter, cell phones or the Internet. What used to be a privilege has now become a given. However, there are repercussions to being in constant social networking modes and many are unaware of the significant health problems that can occur such as FTAD or Facebook/Twitter Addiction Disorder.
In what many experts believe is a precursor to smoking, thousands of teens are puffing in flavored smoke at hookah bars across the U.S., an Arab tradition that is becoming a new American adolescent trend. Smoking hookah is feared to be a gateway activity to nicotine addiction, and carries serious health risks due to the amount of smoke inhaled in a session and the harmful substances found in the smoke.