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Alcoholism and Obesity Share Same Risk Factors

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Addiction researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis say alcoholism puts people at risk for obesity, also noting the association between the two has become more pronounced in recent years.

The report that appears in the Archives of General Psychiatry was conducted by Richard A. Grucza, MD and colleagues who say individuals with a family history of alcoholism have an elevated obesity risk. In addition, that risk seems to be growing. The association is especially strong for women.


Food and Alcohol Addiction Occur in Same Area of the Brain
Grucza says it might be that food and alcohol addiction occur in the same area of the brain stimulated by foods that weren’t always available.

He explains “Much of what we eat nowadays contains more calories than the food we ate in the 1970s and 1980s, but it also contains the sorts of calories — particularly a combination of sugar, salt and fat — that appeal to what are commonly called the reward centers in the brain.”

Data f…

Drunk and Drugged Drivers tops 20 Percent in some States

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New data shows, in the last year, the number of drunk or drugged drivers topped 20 percent in some states. The findings, from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), revealed 4.3 percent of individuals over age 16 drove under the influence of non-prescribed drugs in the past year and 13.2 percent drove under the influence of alcohol.

Number of Impaired Drivers Varies by State
Some states  fared worse than others when it came to the number of impaired drivers on the road. Wisconsin and North Dakota had the highest number of drunk drivers - 23.7 and 22.4 percent respectively. The highest number of drugged drivers were found in Rhode Island (7.8%) and Vermont (6.6%).

Utah and Mississippi had the fewest number of drunk drivers and Iowa and New Jersey had lower numbers of drivers under the influence of illicit drugs.

The 16 to 25 age group were most inclined to drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Started at age 26 the rates were much lower.

Even though…