What Are The Dangers Of Online Poker?

What Are The Dangers Of Online Poker?

It wasn’t so long ago that those who enjoyed gambling had to travel to a casino or gaming facility, or host a party at their home, in order to play poker. But thanks to the Internet and the convenience of smartphones and tablets, gamblers are able to play online poker anytime and anyplace. Unfortunately, such […]

Can Ecstasy Come-Down Symptoms Mimic Dependence?

Can Ecstasy Come-Down Symptoms Mimic Dependence?

MDMA (popularly known by the street names Ecstasy and Molly) is a stimulant/hallucinogenic drug with a verified potential to cause a number of significant problems in both short- and long-term users. However, researchers have not reached a firm consensus on whether repeated users of the drug can develop the lasting brain changes associated with physical […]

How Does Stigma Affect Addicts And Those Stigmatizing?

How Does Stigma Affect Addicts And Those Stigmatizing?

People are stigmatized when others view them in a generally negative light on the basis of certain narrowly perceived characteristics or attributes. Another term, negative stereotyping, refers to the same phenomenon. Many individuals affected by drug or alcohol addiction experience significant stigma as a result of their substance-related problems. In a study published in July […]

Drug Testing And Racial Profiling

Drug Testing And Racial Profiling

Lyndon Johnson spoke boldly in 1964 when he signed the Civil Rights Act into law: “We believe that all men are entitled to the blessings of liberty. But millions are being deprived of those blessings, not because of their own failures, but because of the color of their skin…” These words, and his condemnation of […]

Alcohol, Nicotine Addiction Linked In Brain

Alcohol, Nicotine Addiction Linked In Brain

People affected by substance addiction are known to undergo brain changes that make them susceptible to internal and external cues that increase their chances of involuntarily consuming more of a given substance. In the past, researchers have tentatively linked the origin of these cues to a specific brain area called the precuneus. In a study […]

Odds Are, Pathological Gambling Runs In Families

Odds Are, Pathological Gambling Runs In Families

A recent study of gamblers in Iowa found that pathological gambling tends to run in families. According to the study, compulsive gamblers frequently come from families with other members who also gamble pathologically. In addition, pathological gambling appears to be linked to several serious mental health disorders. The Family Problem Gambling Study The University of […]

Potent Cocktails Are A Recipe For Disaster

Potent Cocktails Are A Recipe For Disaster

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is actively trying to educate drinkers about the potential dangers of mixed cocktails. Health officials are concerned that the large amount of alcohol in certain types of cocktails has the potential to cause serious harm, and drinkers often have no way of knowing how much alcohol they’re consuming. Researchers […]

Are There Distinct Types Of Problem Gamblers?

Are There Distinct Types Of Problem Gamblers?

Problem gamblers are people affected by gambling disorder, a form of non-substance-based behavioral addiction officially recognized by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Some researchers believe that there are three subtypes of problem gamblers, each with their own characteristic set of risk factors for the disorder. In a study scheduled for publication in July 2014 in […]