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A drunk man dozes off on bar.

22 Dec The Alcohol Industry Depends on Risk

Over 30 million American adults have admitted to struggling with alcohol abuse during their lifetime. Overall, alcohol is the most used and abused substance on the entire planet, with more people addicted to alcohol than any other illicit substance in existence. Behind this global issue is an alcohol industry that reaps in over a trillion dollars in revenue, globally, every single year. Over $400 billion of that money is generated in the United States, alone. This is not to say that the alcohol industry is the perpetrator of all social ills brought upon by alcohol use, as there are many more millions of Americans who drink responsibly, as well. However, a simple glance at the profits of the alcohol industry show that it is an industry that nonetheless benefits from addiction...
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A creative assortment of psychedelic colors.

15 Dec Are Creatives More Likely to Be Addicts?

The spread of addiction has been prevalent in all parts of American society. It has reached into every demographic, rich and poor, young and old, without discrimination. However, there is one group of people who seem to struggle with addiction far more than others: those who are creatively predisposed. For some reason, creative individuals tend to head down a road of addiction at a much higher rate than those who are less creative. This brings up an interesting question. Why is this the case? The truth, as always, is complicated and messy. However, a few distinct factors are prevalent...
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Three men drink in a pub.

08 Dec Alcohol Sales and the 2022 World Cup

Last month, Qatar’s secretary general of the Supreme Committee for Legacy and Delivery, Hasan Al Thawadi, announced that he favored banning alcohol for the 2022 World Cup. As it stands, this is the current plan for the event, although things might change. This would be a highly controversial decision, as one of the major sponsors of the Federation Internationale de Football (or FIFA, as it is commonly known) is Budweiser. To not be able to sell their product at the World Cup would be a major departure from previous norms, although it might not actually be the worst thing. Here is some context on this current standoff...
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A lady with a headache holds up drugs.

01 Dec How Addiction Creeps up on You

When many people view addiction, they find it easy to separate themselves from an addict. An addict is a theoretical “other” that is distant from our own lives. However, this is a dangerous mindset, as it ignores the reality of how addiction actually takes over our lives. Addiction is a plague that reaches into every demographic of American society. Trying to only view it from a distance is equal to pretending that it doesn’t exist, at all. The odds are that you probably know someone who is struggling with substance abuse, right now! The truth, though, is that nobody plans on being an addict; absolutely nobody. Yet, the rates of substance abuse continue to grow. Here is how addiction can creep up on you, regardless of whether you intend it to...
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A teenager lights up a joint.

22 Nov The Teen Drug Scene Part 4

‘The Teen Drug Scene’ is a 4 part series of articles that examines the particular dangers that teenagers face in the postmodern world, as it pertains to drug abuse and social pressures. Using facts and sociological examination, this series will focus on the different factors of the digital age that are adding to teenage drug abuse, such as social media, family life, and simply the pains of growing up. As well as the bad, though, this series will explore the ways that we can help guide young adults through growing up in the digital age in healthy and substantive ways.
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A heroin syringe with cocaine.

15 Nov The Teen Drug Scene Part 3

‘The Teen Drug Scene’ is a 4 part series of articles that examines the particular dangers that teenagers face in the postmodern world, as it pertains to drug abuse and social pressures. Using facts and sociological examination, this series will focus on the different factors of the digital age that are adding to teenage drug abuse, such as social media, family life, and simply the pains of growing up. As well as the bad, though, this series will explore the ways that we can help guide young adults through growing up in the digital age in healthy and substantive ways.
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A young woman stares at drugs.

08 Nov The Teen Drug Scene Part 2

‘The Teen Drug Scene’ is a 4 part series of articles that examines the particular dangers that teenagers face in the postmodern world, as it pertains to drug abuse and social pressures. Using facts and sociological examination, this series will focus on the different factors of the digital age that are adding to teenage drug abuse, such as social media, family life, and simply the pains of growing up. As well as the bad, though, this series will explore the ways that we can help guide young adults through growing up in the digital age in healthy and substantive ways.
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A doctor in front of the Philippine flag

22 Oct The Drug War of the Philippines

There was recently a bit of drama between U.S. President Barack Obama and the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that ended with a meeting between the two world leaders being struck from Obama’s scheduled visits to Asia. What caused this international spat? Obama criticized the Philippines for its martial drug war that has led to the death of thousands, and Duterte called Obama a “son of a whore.” However, Duterte deserves to be criticized for his conduct, and the nation of the Philippines’ drug war is a major human rights violation of our time. Let’s take a look at this disgrace of law and justice...
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Drugs cover a map of North America.

15 Oct How Cartels Affect Life in Mexico Part 3

PART 3 This article is a continuation in a series about the effects that cartels have to the lives of the Mexican people, and how the violence of these criminal institutions creates an unstable environment throughout the entire country. This series looks at the lasting effects that the drug trade has made possible by fueling the rise of organizations that are responsible for billions of dollars in drugs being funneled into the United States, as well as the deaths and disappearances of thousands of people in North America. High rates of missing people As we’ve stated in this series before, there are thousands of people who vanish in Mexico, every single year, due to activity from the cartels. As of 2014, many analysts put the number of people who have gone missing in the Mexican cartels’ drug war at 26,000. This doesn’t include thousands of others who have already been pronounced dead, even in the absence of a body, nor does it include the 60,000 who have been killed in retaliation for government action. Perhaps most shockingly of all, 40% of these missing person cases have never even been opened for investigation. These numbers create a sharp tone of distrust and unease in a country that is often known for being incredibly hospitable.
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