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2013-06-14 13:47:33

-An early age at first drink (AFD) is associated with a greater risk for subsequent alcohol use disorders. -A new study looks at the influences of genetics versus the environment on AFD and problem drinking among African American (AA) and European American (EA) women. -Findings indicate that environmental factors play a larger role in the development of alcohol-related problems in EA than AA women. An early age at first drink (AFD) is associated with a greater risk for subsequent alcohol...

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2009-12-19 09:30:00

The use and misuse of alcohol and marijuana can be traced to a common set of genes Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. Roughly eight to 12 percent of marijuana users are considered "dependent" and, just like alcohol, the severity of symptoms increases with heavier use. A new study has found that use and misuse of alcohol and marijuana are influenced by a common set of genes. Results will be published in the March 2010 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical &...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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