Drugs and Alcohol

Find information on alcohol and illegal drugs, caffeine and nicotine, and information on addiction.

American Women, Seniors Drinking More Than Ever

A new study gives alarming evidence that more Americans than ever meet the diagnostic criteria for alcoholism.

The Opioid Crisis Is Hitting Some States Especially Hard

The U.S. is experiencing a widespread opioid epidemic, but some states are seeing especially high numbers of overdoses.

Drinking Transforms Your Personality Less Than You Think

How much does your personality change when you're drunk? You might be surprised by the findings of a study from the University of Missouri.

Some People Are Smoking Scorpions to Get High

Isn't that just one long and toxic cocktail of intense pain?

Here's Some New Teen Lingo for You: Dripping

There's a new risky behavior gaining popularity among teens, and it involves e-cigarettes.

What's the Protocol of Inviting a Recovering Alcoholic to an Event With Drinks?

We talk with addiction specialists and recovering alcoholics to find out whether the host should hold off on the booze, give a heads-up, or do nothing.

Is It Legal to Give Your Pet Medical Marijuana?

Many Americans who've benefited from using medical marijuana are wondering whether they can get a prescription for their pets, too.

All Hyped Up? Weirdly, the Best Thing for You Might Be a Stimulant

With the right diagnosis and in the right doses, the right stimulant can do what it sounds like it shouldn’t: Keep the overstimulated calm and cool.

Scientists Get Serious About Measuring E-cig Puffs

Vaping's a pretty new phenomenon, so we're still in the dark as to what an average e-cigarette or vaping user inhales and discharges. That could change soon though.

You're Only Ever as Drunk as You Think Your Friends Aren't

Drinkers tend to judge their own inebriation by turning a bleary eye to compare themselves to those around them, according to a new study.