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She Was a Heavy Drinker Until She Got 2 Doses of Psilocybin
She Was a Heavy Drinker.
Then She Ingested Psilocybin
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She Was a Heavy Drinker. Then She Ingested Psilocybin

Small study suggests the 'magic mushrooms' psychedelic may help heavy drinkers quit

(Newser) - The compound in psychedelic mushrooms helped heavy drinkers cut back or quit entirely in the most rigorous test of psilocybin for alcoholism. More research is needed to see if the effect lasts and whether it works in a larger study. The AP notes many who took a dummy drug instead...

Young People Who Drink Solo, Take Heed of This Study

Study finds young solitary drinkers at increased risk for alcoholism in mid-30s

(Newser) - The manner in which you drink alcohol as a young person might be more important than how much you drink in determining future alcoholism risk, according to new research that warns against drinking alone in early life, especially if you're a young female. Researchers analyzed data from 4,500...

'Years of Hard Drinking' Led to Friday Star's Death

'Chronic ethanol use' is official wording used by coroner's office regarding Anthony Johnson

(Newser) - Update: The autopsy report is in on Friday star Anthony "AJ" Johnson, who was found lifeless in a Los Angeles store in September. Although the coroner's office deemed the manner of death natural, the cause was attributed to "chronic ethanol use"—meaning Johnson died "from...

Survey: US Is World's 4th-Drunkest Country

Australia came top in global survey

(Newser) - Australians are either the drunkest people in the world or the people most likely to be honest about how often they get drunk, according to the latest Global Drug Survey . The survey of 32,000 people in 22 countries found that while Australians drank alcohol around twice a week on...

Jessica Simpson Shares 'Unrecognizable' Photo

Photo taken on what singer says was her worst day

(Newser) - Jessica Simpson has opened up in the past about her demons, including substance abuse in adulthood she says was triggered by being sexually abused as a young child. In her 2020 memoir , Simpson also recalled the day that she realized she'd hit rock bottom: Halloween 2017 . On that day...

You Probably Should Stop Drinking Alone
You Probably
Should Stop
Drinking Alone
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You Probably Should Stop Drinking Alone

Kate Julian does a deep dive into the pros and cons of American drinking in the 'Atlantic'

(Newser) - To get a big-picture perspective on the pros and cons of drinking, settle in with Kate Julian's piece in the Atlantic , headlined, "America Has a Drinking Problem." And we mean big picture: The story goes back to the earliest days of civilization, diving into humans' unique ability...

Mulaney Isn't Only One Who Relied on Booze in Pandemic

One survey found 9 out of 10 people telecommuters have been drinking while working

(Newser) - Like many people, John Mulaney suddenly had a lot of downtime once the pandemic began. For someone who's struggled with cocaine and alcohol use, that wasn't a good thing. The comedian is now undergoing a rehab program in Pennsylvania. "It was a relief to his wife and...

Jessica Simpson: I Was Sexually Abused as a Child

Singer, actress is out with a memoir

(Newser) - Jessica Simpson bares all in a new memoir out next month , revealing substance abuse that nearly killed her, as well as sexual abuse as a child that she's never before talked about publicly. The abuse at the hands of a family friend's daughter started at age 6, she...

Americans Are Drinking More, and Here's Why

Seems there's a cultural change, and no 'policy response to match it'

(Newser) - Americans are drinking more now than when Prohibition was enacted. What's more, it's been rising for two decades, and it's not clear when it will fall again. That’s the picture painted by federal health statistics, which show a rise in per-person consumption and increases in emergency...

Day After a Sobriety Stumble, Another Affleck Sighting

This time actor was spotted outside ex Jennifer Garner's home, determined to pick himself back up

(Newser) - Ben Affleck has long struggled with sobriety, and a Saturday night incident in Los Angeles suggested he was having troubles again. The 47-year-old actor was seen leaving a West Hollywood hotel dressed up for a Halloween bash, stumbling in the street and having to use a nearby SUV to keep...

Looks Like Movie Star Fell Off the Wagon

Ben Affleck loses his balance after leaving LA event

(Newser) - Seems Ben Affleck knocked back a few at a Halloween party in Los Angeles after staying sober for more than a year, Us Weekly reports. The Triple Frontier star—or what looks like him, behind a skull mask—was caught by TMZ leaving a Unicef ball in West Hollywood on...

In This State, a 'Mind-Boggling' Stat on Death Rates

WVa.'s drug OD rate has seen huge growth; US seeing record rates in 'deaths of despair' overall

(Newser) - Mortality rates in the US from drug overdoses, alcohol, and suicides have reached an all-time high, per a new report, and one region of the country is especially hard-hit. NBC News cites the survey from the Commonwealth Fund health advocacy group that takes a close look at 2017 data from...

Pledge Died After a Frat Party. Now Come the Jail Sentences

Dad of late Timothy Piazza: Men were 'individual players in a larger cast, but they knew the script'

(Newser) - Sentencing day has come and gone for four ex-fraternity brothers at Penn State tied to the death of a 19-year-old pledge. Per the Centre Daily Times , Michael Bonatucci, Luke Visser, and Joshua Kurczewski were sentenced Tuesday by Centre County Judge Brian Marshall to minimums behind bars ranging from 30 days...

Suicide, Overdose Deaths Hit Record High in US

Experts say a lack of social connection could be partially to blame

(Newser) - An awful milestone: In 2017, the US saw a record number of deaths from alcohol, drugs, and suicide. The national rate for such deaths hit an all-time high of 46.6 deaths per 100,000 people, a 6% increase over the year prior and the highest level since the Centers...

Zinke Didn't Like an Op-Ed on Him. Things Got Personal

Interior secretary accuses Rep. Raul Grijalva of alcohol abuse, using tax dollars as 'hush money'

(Newser) - A scathing opinion piece on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, penned by a Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee and published Friday by USA Today , has caught Zinke's attention—and he's offering some eyebrow-raising "thoughts" of his own online. The op-ed by Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva asked...

Lawyer: Ryan Lochte Finally Getting Help for Longtime Issue

Olympic swimmer will seek treatment for 'destructive' alcohol addiction

(Newser) - A hotel altercation this week has forced an Olympic champion to seek treatment for a longtime problem. TMZ Sports reports swimmer Ryan Lochte found himself in trouble Thursday after he tried to bust through his own hotel room door in the middle of the night in Newport Beach, Calif. He...

Study: There Is No 'Safe' Level of Alcohol Consumption
Study Has Sobering News
for Moderate Drinkers
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Study Has Sobering News for Moderate Drinkers

There's no safe level of consumption, researchers say

(Newser) - People who think drinking moderate amounts of alcohol delivers health benefits should think again, according to a massive study published in the Lancet . Some 512 researchers analyzed more than 1,000 studies and concluded that the safest level of alcohol consumption is zero, the Washington Post reports. They found that...

Pic of Affleck Was 'Tipping Point' for Ex's Intervention

Report says Jennifer Garner drove him to 3rd stint in rehab Wednesday after photo of him with booze

(Newser) - The "tipping point" that led Jennifer Garner to stage an intervention and get estranged husband Ben Affleck into rehab came from a photo. That's what sources tell TMZ , which reports the 46-year-old actor left his home in Pacific Palisades, Calif., on Wednesday with Garner and an unidentified woman...

Lovato Is Giving Us a Rare Glimpse of Realness
Lovato Is
Giving Us a
Rare Glimpse
of Realness


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Lovato Is Giving Us a Rare Glimpse of Realness

She's providing a realistic view of mental illness and addiction: Jean Hannah Edelstein

(Newser) - Demi Lovato's openness about her struggles is more than just celebrity fodder—it's a "gift to many people who have experienced similar illnesses," writes Jean Hannah Edelstein at the Guardian . The singer, hospitalized this week after an apparent overdose, has shared her list of diagnoses since...

Study Says Alcohol Should Be Limited to 1 Drink a Day
Want Long Life? No More
Than 1 Drink a Day
NEW STUDY

Want Long Life? No More Than 1 Drink a Day

More than that risks heart problems, researchers say

(Newser) - Here's some sobering news: A large international study says adults should average no more than one alcoholic drink per day, meaning drinking guidelines in many countries may be far too loose. The study found that people who down more than seven drinks a week can expect to die sooner...

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