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Prenatal alcohol dependency


Prenatal alcohol linked to slower cognitive skills

A new study links moderate to heavy prenatal alcohol exposure to slower cognitive processing speeds and lower cognitive processing efficiency in children compared with unexposed children.

Dr. Matthew Burden (PhD), a postdoctoral research fellow at Wayne State University school of medicine here led a study of 337 children from the Detroit Prenatal Alcohol Longitudinal Cohort. Maternal alcohol use data had been collected for this cohort during prenatal visits.

Effects persist

AA : Alcoholics Anonymous


Gamblers, alcoholics can get help on road

""Irving S." is a one-time compulsive gambler who credits a self-help group called Gamblers Anonymous with keeping him away from the gaming tables here and anyplace else that legalized gambling is a way of life.

"I've lost enough money to buy the Empire State Building," he says. When he travels, he makes a point of seeking out a local chapter of Gamblers Anonymous wherever he goes. "I'll tell my wife, 'Tonight's a meeting night,' and that's it."



Alcoholism a weakness, not a disease

Alcoholism is not a disease, alcohol is not an addictive drug and alcoholics should be taught to drink in moderation, a British writer says in a provocative new book.

Alcoholics Anonymous-style programs, which require total abstinence, are more about brainwashing than medical treatment and lead to binge drinking for the majority who cannot stay the course, writes Andrew Barr in the controversial Drink, a Social History of America.

"The disease concept of alcoholism is destroyed by its own internal contradiction," Mr. Barr writes.

Homeless people addicted to alcohol


Shelter-based managed alcohol administration to chronically homeless people addicted to alcohol


Alcohol remains a popular poison


Booze Is Montreal's most lethal drug. Province's committee to fight addiction releases a portrait of drug consumption

The Quebec government's permanent committee to fight drug addiction is about to tell a room full of reporters just how many drugs - legal and otherwise - Montrealers have been taking orally, intravenously or through the delivery system of rolling paper and a book of matches since 1999.

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