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Beer, Gatorade and Dopamine: How the alcoholic brain works

A friend sent me an article this weekend about a study done by the Indiana Alcohol Research Center at Indiana University: "Taste of beer, without effect of alcohol, triggers dopamine release in the brain."

"Using positron emission tomography, or PET, the researchers tested 49 men with two scans, one in which they tasted beer and the second in which they tasted Gatorade. They were looking for evidence of increased levels of dopamine, a brain neurotransmitter....
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Sen. Mitch McConnell side-steps aides’ swipe at Ashley Judd’s depression

I lost faith in politicians in the late 1980's.

I was a cub reporter and my editors decided to send me to Tallahassee to cover the legislative session. I looked a little different then. Actually, I looked a lot different: thin, long blonde hair and great legs. I was shocked at how the lawmakers looked at me and invited me out for cocktails.

It felt like a bunch of middle-aged white guys had been dropped off at summer...
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Thinking through gun laws aimed at mentally ill

Seems like every state has some kind of bill pending that would limit or prohibit ownership of a firearm by a person who has a mental illness.

I looked at Florida's bill last night and did a Homer Simpson "D'oh" after reading it. You know legislation is messed up when it contains phrases like, "as provided in sub-sub-subparagraph b.(II)." What?

The Florida Senate Criminal Justice Committee unanimously approved the NRA-backed measure on Monday. I expect it will move...
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Teachers: The underpaid, overworked missing link in spotting mentally ill kids

I started drinking and drugging when I was 14-years-old. I eased into it. I didn't drink or use drugs everyday and it would take decades before I was. But it definitely started when I was 14. I was a freshman and I did it more to impress the 16-year-old junior I had a crush on that because I wanted to get high.

But as the years went by, I realized that despite the horrific hangovers and drama...
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