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Study Explains Why It's So Hard To Stop Drinking

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Alcoholism isn't an easy thing to overcome and, recently, science has figured out why.

In a study involving heavy drinkers and light drinkers, researchers discovered that those who drink heavier on a regular basis get more enjoyment from alcohol.

Boozing is known to trigger the release of naturally occurring opioids in the brain's reward centers, but heavy drinkers' brains release more of this chemical in the orbital frontal cortex and the nucleus accumbens after just a single drink.

Since people experience the release of opioids differently, some perceive alcohol to be more pleasurable than others and yearn to feel that rush of pleasure again.

In effect, heavy drinkers may subconsciously crave alcohol more than others do, which makes it harder for them to stop drinking.

This is exactly why it's so important to get help if you think you have a drinking problem! Your brain is wired to continue the cycle, so you'll need another brain to help you discover the determination to stop it!

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The Doctors' Ultimate Hangover Breakfast

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Most of our readers who have reached the legal drinking age are going to be facing a pretty nasty hangover this Sunday, but The Doctors are here to help!

Since alcohol can dehydrate the body and cause deficiency in important vitamins and nutrients, the daytime television doctors have devised the Ultimate Hangover Breakfast.

By using simple healthy ingredients like bananas and eggs to replace the nutrients your body lost, The Doctors promise it is a natural cure to any hangover!

Check out the recipe below and try it out on January 1st (or earlier) for yourself!

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Male ER Visits Due To Underage Drinking DOUBLE On 4th Of July!

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Oh no! Such a sad side effect of a day meant to celebrate our nation's independence!

According to the the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), intoxicated underage boys are TWICE as likely to visit an emergency room over the 4th of July weekend than any other time of the year.

To come to this conclusion, researchers looked at underage drinking-related ER visits between July 3 and 5 in 2009 and saw that two-thirds of the visits were from boys.

Girls on the other hand know how to behave during a time of celebration. There was no spike seen for drunk underage females making a 4th of July holiday appearance at the ER.

New Year's Eve has the MOST underage kids (both boys and girls) stopping into the hospital to get their stomach pumped. As of 2009, about 2000 kids (who shouldn't be partying at all) partied too hard and made a trip to the emergency room to kick off the new year.

The annual number of underage drinkers ending up in emergency rooms across the country has not changed since 2004 with 200,000, so maybe it's time to step up our country's alcohol awareness education for the youngsters!

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Snooki Is Hawking Cookies Now

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Well it looks like all that alcohol has finally caught up to Snooki!

The Jersey Shore star has packed on the pounds and is turning to Dr. Siegal's cookie diet to help her slim down.

Watch the clip (above) and see Snooks talk about how she used to be a "ripped" cheerleader, weighing 90 lbs. on her small 4'9" foot frame, but after going out and boozing each and every night, she's gained about 20 lbs. She says:

"I used to be fit. Now I look at myself, and I'm like, What the hell happened? If I go out I am going to have a drink, but I am not going to have 10 drinks like I usually would"

LOL!

That's okay, honey, just continue to cash in those endorsement deals!

P.S. If you quit boozining so much, you'll lose weight faster!!

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Lara Stone Admits To Hard pAArtying Past

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Supermodel Lara Stone learned real fast that she didn't want to turn into the hot mess that is Cokate Moss!

Lara recently confessed to Interview magazine that she nipped her nasty habits in the bum before letting herself spiral too far out of control.

Says the newly engaged model:

"The drinking was getting way out of control. I just didn't recognise myself any more. I didn't know what I was doing or where I was. I always had to have some drinks with me in my bag. Just waking up shaking and then having Bloody Marys on your own, first thing in the morning - I started to feel really pathetic about it. So I was like, 'I can't live like this.' It was just this really awful feeling of becoming a totally different person and not being able to control it at all. Then I tried to not drink, but that didn't work. So I figured I should just go to rehab."

And she did!

Even though Lara can proudly say she's been sober for 10 months, she recalls how violent she got while pAArtying it up:

"I used to love slapping people in the face when I was drunk. I thought it was really funny, so I did pick fights with doormen and bouncers. Ex boyfriends. But nobody ever punched me back."

Lets leave the punching and fighting to Naomi Campbell, 'k?

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