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Exercise may fight addiction

New approaches for treating and preventing drug addiction range from low-tech – regular exercise – to high-tech such as experimental vaccines aimed at helping to prevent former drug users from relapsing. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is just as excited about both options. Of the two, though, exercise will probably….

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French try to put cork in teen drinking binges

Opinion Alcohol and teens are a heady mix, writes Cherie Sivignon in this week’s L’expat. Before I moved to France I was under the impression that French citizens had a better attitude to the consumption of booze than my New Zealand peers. And that is true. My husband Franck, born and raised in France, had….

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Why is booze so bad for your liver?

Usually When bar staff refuse to serve a customer it’s not that newsworthy. But when 19-year-old Gareth entered a bar in Belfast and ordered an alcoholic drink it set the headlines chattering. Why? Because he had just come from a hospital across the road where had been diagnosed with liver failure, reportedly following a weekend….

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Botellones, or binge-drinking parties, persist in Spain

The right of Spanish youths to party in the streets is in question. The “botellon” phenomenon, literally “big bottle,” attracts gatherings of youths to drink in parks and squares. People bring their own drinks: soda to mix with gin, vodka or whisky, and wine to make “calimocho,” a blend of coke and wine. Some botellones….

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