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Thoughts on addiction, immoderation, and Christmas. The Season to be Jolly Careful [Paula Goodyer, Sydney Morning Herald] “More parties, more time with family and less time at work help make Christmas special, but these ingredients can also make it harder for anyone trying to rein in their eating, drinking or drug use….”Addiction During the Holidays: Recovered or Not, It’s Important to be Prepared [Adi Jaffe, Psychology Today]“The holidays are a […]
Evidence From a 4-Decade Study.Pediatricians have often remarked upon it: Give one adolescent his first cigarette, and he will cough and choke and swear never to try another one. Give a cigarette to a different young person, and she is off to the races, becoming a heavily dependent smoker, often for the rest of her life. We have strong evidence that this difference in reaction to nicotine is, at least in part, a genetic phenomenon.But so what? Is there any practical use to which such knowledge […]
For sound neurological reasons, that's why. (Originally published May 2, 2012, by The Dana Foundation)For mental health workers, it is well known that an overwhelming majority of psychiatric patients diagnosed with schizophrenia are heavy cigarette smokers. Surveys have shown that at least 60 percent of patients exhibiting symptoms of schizophrenia are smokers, compared with a national average that hovers just above 20 percent. Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, researcher Judith […]
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