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Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs News From Medical News Today

Substance addiction is a complex disorder characterized by compulsive drug use. While addiction is difficult to understand, all abused substances share one thing in common - repeated use could change the way the brain looks and functions. Some people can use recreational or prescription drugs without ever experiencing negative consequences or addiction. For others, substance use can cause problems at school, work and home, and in relationships.
  1. E-cigarettes leak toxic metals, study finds
    E-cigarettes are seen as the 'more healthful' siblings of conventional ones. But a new study suggests that these devices may be a hidden source of harm.
  2. Skip the guilt: Red wine could protect your oral health
    If you're scared that your nightly glass of red wine will eventually cause your teeth to rot, that's a worry that you can dispel right now. A new study from Spain suggests that red wine compounds may actually do your oral health a world of good.
  3. Marijuana: Good or bad?
    More and more, marijuana is being legalized for medicinal or recreational purposes, but what are the health benefits and risks of the drug? We investigate.
  4. Alcohol use disorder is a 'major risk factor' for dementia
    In a large-scale study, links between alcohol use disorder and dementia are fleshed out. The relationship is stronger than previously thought.
  5. Brain activity explains drunken aggression
    A new study examines what goes on inside the brains of intoxicated young men. The findings may help to reduce alcohol-related crime.
  6. Alcohol 'more damaging to brain health than marijuana'
    Drinking is more harmful for the brain than using marijuana, say researchers, after finding that the former changes the structure of gray and white matter.
  7. Drinking hot tea can contribute to cancer risk
    Drinking tea at high temperatures could tip the health balance in favor of esophageal cancer for those who already indulge in other guilty pleasures.
  8. Drinking alcohol can clear brain waste, study finds
    Researchers suggest that low levels of alcohol can help to improve the function of the glymphatic system, which is the brain's waste-clearing process.
  9. E-cigarette flavors found to be toxic
    Vaping is not as safe as we would want to think, according to a new study, as the flavors used are found to be toxic and can damage white blood cells.
  10. The pros and cons of e-cigarettes revealed
    These are the conclusions of one of the largest reports to have ever been conducted on the health risks of electronic cigarettes.