6 secondhand health hazards that may surprise you

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One-quarter of people who share a bed with a snorer lose 49 minutes of sleep per night.

Unhealthy behaviors can spread.  And by now you know to avoid a roommate who smokes, lest her carcinogenic cloud take you down. But did you know you should avoid shacking up with a snorer. Recent research shows that a slew of health problems and their side effects can be transferred from one person to another, according to the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity–meaning that friends’ or relatives’ medical issues, or their disregard for their own well-being, can rub off on you!

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‘Stay sober’ pill – drink as much as you want without getting tipsy

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“Stay-sober” pill will let you drink as much as you want.

Scientists are developing a “stay sober” pill.   The pill will allow people to drink as much as they want while limiting the effects of alcohol on their brains.  In tests for the drug, mice given the drug did not even display signs of getting tipsy, despite being fed enough alcohol to make them stumble and fall over.

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Can you blame your bad decisions on booze? Maybe not

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Can you blame it on the booze?

Have you made a rash or regrettable decision after a few cold Coors Lights. You can blame it on the booze, right?  The University of Missouri College of Arts and Sciences sheds light on how the brain processes mistakes in the presence of alcohol in a new study.

 

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Does Facebook promote drug and alcohol abuse in teens?

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Social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook and others, which displayed images of teens abusing alcohol and drugs, “constitutes electronic child abuse”.

 According to a  new study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University suggests that teens who use social media are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol.

 

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Binge Drinking Destroys Long Term Memory Even in Young Adults

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Heavy alcohol consumption makes it more difficult to build new memories.

Binge drinking not only makes you forget what you did the night before but also the day before that – and the day before that, a study suggests.  Researchers have found that a big night out destroys long term memory even in young adults.

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Teaching Responsible Drinking By Allowing Teens to Drink Under Supervision Backfires

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Allowing teens to drink backfires.

Parents begin to worry as prom night approaches.  They are worried about what might happen during after hour parties.  Some parents might be tempted to try to teach their high schoolers to drink responsibly – by allowing them to consume alcohol under supervision.

 

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