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Opioids: Physical Dependence vs. Addiction

The terms "addiction" and "physical dependence" are not interchangeable, even though they're often used that way. Learn the difference.

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Gaming Addiction: Understanding This Modern Diagnosis

Gaming addiction is real and troubling. So why isn’t it included in the DSM-V? Learn more about the disorder: its history, symptoms, and treatment options.

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How much do you know about alcohol and your health?

Are you at risk for misusing alcohol? Take this health quiz to find out!

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Think Twice Before You Drink

You may have heard that moderate alcohol consumption can improve heart health. But there’s a fine line between healthy and hazardous drinking. Here’s what you need to know before you raise a glass.

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Retirees and Alcohol: Who's at Risk

The stress of adapting to a major life transition like retirement may trigger people to drink more. Here’s what you can do about it.

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Is Drinking Alcohol Bad for Your Bones?

Here’s what you need to know about alcohol consumption and osteoporosis.

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Alcohol Abuse Tied to Heart Risks

Even low-to-moderate alcohol consumption can increase the risk for atrial fibrillation and other heart-related problems. Here’s what to know.

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How Alcohol Addiction Can Sneak Up On You

Alcohol affects us differently as we get older. It takes longer for alcohol to metabolize, so it remains in the body longer.