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The Intersection of Sex, Drugs and Impulsivity


Humans are determined reward-seekers. It’s a built-in motivation that keeps us on the hunt for food, water, sex and nurturing — things that keep us alive and thriving.

We also universally prefer those rewards to come sooner rather than later. In some people, however, that preference is more pronounced than in others. And we have a word for it: impulsivity.

In large part, impulsivity is a reward deficiency — a tendency to value immediate gratification over future rewards,...
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Alcohol Abuse

The Not-So-Funny Side of YouTube Drinking Videos

If a person knew nothing about alcohol and turned to YouTube for enlightenment, this is what they’d likely come away with: Drinking is something young and attractive people do, it has little long-term downside beyond a hangover, and it’s hilarious.

That’s the conclusion of a University of Pittsburgh study that examined how alcohol is portrayed on the 70 most popular YouTube videos that depict intoxication. These...
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Alcohol Abuse

DUI: A Sign of Addiction?

If you have ever been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), or in some jurisdictions driving while intoxicated (DWI), you quickly learned the legal and financial consequences of driving while impaired, but you may have been left wondering what the DUI means for your personal well-being. Did you make a one-time mistake, or could a DUI be a sign of a bigger problem?

The question, to a degree, will be decided...
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Alcohol Abuse

5 Simple Ways to Moderate Your Drinking

Most people who have consumed alcohol for a few years or more have at least one embarrassing story: the time they humiliated themselves at an office party, the hangover that ruined their weekend plans, the time they drove when they really shouldn’t have. The next day, they inevitably tell themselves, “I should really cut down on my drinking.”

Not everyone is willing to cut alcohol out of their lives, nor...
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Alcohol Abuse

5 Signs Drinking Is Making Your Holiday Less Merry

With the holidays come family traditions, decadent treats and, of course, holiday parties. And where there are holiday parties, there is usually a steady flow of alcohol. During this time of year, drinking becomes a socially acceptable, if not expected, part of the celebrations. Not surprisingly, both alcohol sales and drunk driving accidents skyrocket.

In these next few weeks, a lot of people will drink who would ordinarily abstain, and more serious problems...
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Alcohol Abuse

Borderline Boozers: The Heavy Drinker Risks A Lot

Alcoholics aren’t the only ones who need to be concerned about their drinking habits. We all know someone who drinks more than they should, but justifies their habit by arguing, “At least I’m not an alcoholic” or “It’s just wine – wine is good for you!”

Even though they are not necessarily alcoholics, heavy drinkers risk a lot. Excessive alcohol consumption has been associated with...
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