ADDICTION

  • 6 per cent people worldwide addicted to Internet December 19, 2014

    Washington: As many as 6 per cent people in the world are addicted to the internet which may be adversely affecting their lives, including their health and interpersonal relationships, according to a new global study which included data from India. Internet addiction is an impulse-control problem marked by an inability to...
  • Reese Witherspoon faced difficulties in playing a drug addict in 'Wild' December 2, 2014

    London: Actress Reese Witherspoon found it hard and confusing to play a drug addict who embarks on a life altering journey in 'Wild'. The actress, who has never used drugs, said she took on the role because she knew it was going to be special, reported UK's Harper's Bazaar magazine. The...
  • First virtual school for internet-addicted teens in Japan November 30, 2014

    London: Japan is to open the world's first virtual school to cater to the country's growing population of internet-addicted teens who cannot function in the real world. The Cybernation School on the outskirts of Tokyo whose motto is 'Your smartphone is your classroom!' will allow dropouts to complete their secondary...
  • Parkash Singh Badal seeks Centre's support to check drug inflow into state November 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday sought support of the Central government for checking the flow of drugs in the state. Addressing a gathering, Badal said the curse of drugs was one of the biggest problems being faced by the country in general and Punjab in particular....
  • A new app that helps people addicted to smartphones limit their phone usage November 2, 2014

    London: Getting distracted by your smartphone? An app called Offtime helps you get rid of apps and notifications at a time when you need to focus on important work. The app also prevents people from contacting you unless in an emergency. Offtime was developed by a Berlin-based psychologist Alexander Steinhart, who recently...
  • Man using Google Glass 18 hours a day treated for Internet addiction October 16, 2014

    Paris: A 31-year-old American was treated for addiction after wearing Google Glass for up to 18 hours a day and even experienced dreams as if looking through the device, doctors said. It is the first known case of Internet addiction involving Google Glass, a fledgling technology which provides online access via...
  • One in five college students addicted to smartphones September 15, 2014

    Washington: One in five college students in the US rate themselves as totally dependent on their smartphones, with more than half admitting they use their device as a way of escaping from problems or relieving a bad mood, a new study has found. Researchers, including those from the Alabama State University,...
  • Mizoram may retire alcoholic, drug addict policemen September 10, 2014

    Aizawl: The Mizoram government may ask policemen who are chronic alcoholics or drug addicts to leave the job, an official said. "The state government is considering a proposal to refer the alcoholic or drug addict policemen to a medical board. If the medical board finds them chronic alcoholic or drug addict...
  • Massachusetts jail offers $1,000ashot drug to fight addiction, recidivism September 6, 2014

    Massachusetts: When William Luz's father died behind bars last month at 62 of liver failure and other illnesses tied to a lifetime of illegal drug use, his son, a former addict himself, could have dulled the pain with heroin. But Luz, who had been released from jail a few weeks before...
  • Ecigarettes may open addiction to marijuana, cocaine September 4, 2014

    New York: Assumed by many as a safe alternative to cigarette smoking, electronic cigarettes or ecigarettes as they are popularly called may, in fact, promote use and addiction to illicit drugs, says a study. Ecigarettes may function as a "gateway drug" a drug that lowers the threshold for addiction to...
  • People spend more time on mobile devices and TV than sleeping August 8, 2014

    London: Britons now spend more time using smartphones and tablets, watching television and listening to the radio than they do sleeping, thanks to the availability of broadband in the home and on the move, regulator Ofcom said on Thursday. Consuming media and communicating takes 11 hours and 7 minutes out of...
  • Shocking video of Angelina Jolie from 'dark' heroin addiction days resurfaces; the actress to sue a tabloid July 14, 2014

    If reports are anything to go by Angelina Jolie has taken legal action against The Daily Mail for publishing a video which was taken about 15 years back. The man who shot the footage, a former drug dealer named Franklin Meyer, alleges Jolie was one of his clients and the...
  • Porn addiction akin to drug addiction: Study July 13, 2014

    London: Porn addiction triggers the same brain activity in people as triggered in drug addicts, according to a new Cambridge study. Pornography triggers brain activity in people with compulsive sexual behaviour known commonly as sex addiction similar to that triggered by drugs in the brains of drug addicts, researchers...
  • In the brain, sex addiction looks the same as drug addiction July 12, 2014

    Pornography triggers brain activity in sex addicts similar to the effect drugs have on the brains of drug addicts, researchers said on Friday but that doesn't necessarily mean porn is addictive. Although there are no precise figures, experts in the field believe as many as one in 25 adults is...
  • A smartphone app to help you cure your smartphone addiction July 1, 2014

    London: Can't put your iPhone away for long? Here comes an app that can help you deaddict from your smartphone, freeing up more time for you to spend with your family and friends. Called Moment, the app can track how much you use your phone, and where you use it ...
  • Chinese pet dog is a smoking addict July 1, 2014

    Beijing: A twoyearold dog owned by a smoker in China has picked up his master's habit and become so addicted to smoking that it must have a cigarette before going to sleep. The husky in Anda, Heilongjiang province began smoking last year, when it was adopted, according to its owner,...
  • Over 70,000 report to deaddiction centres in Punjab June 29, 2014

    Chandigarh: Over 70,000 drug addicts have reported at government drug deaddiction centres across Punjab, following the recent crackdown on the drugs supply chain in the state, police said on Sunday. A police spokesman said that the crackdown has led to the drug supply network being broken. He claimed that the availability...
  • Need to make drug addicts productive members of society: President June 26, 2014

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday expressed concern over the growing alcoholism and drug abuseand advocated a comprehensive programme with focus on making the addicts productive members of society after getting them off alcohol and drugs. "The aim of the comprehensive treatment programme should not merely be to get the...
  • Feelgood hormones may cause UV addiction June 20, 2014

    Washington: Chronic exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation causes the release of feelgood hormones which can lead to physical dependence and addictionlike behaviour, a new study has found. Researchers found that chronic exposure to UV radiation causes the release of feelgood hormones called endorphins, which act through the same pathway as heroin...
  • Drug availability very little in Punjab now: Sukhbir Singh Badal June 18, 2014

    Chandigarh: The availability of drugs in Punjab has become "very little" due to several "proactive" measures taken by the state government, including arrest of 145 kingpins of the trade and action against 24 policemen, Deputy Chief Minister Skhbir Singh Badal said on Wednesday. Talking to reporters, Badal gave a clean chit...
  • India's first Internet deaddiction clinic offers counselling to web addicts June 18, 2014

    Bangalore: How addicted are you to the Internet and online games? Are you constantly on Facebook without any reason? India's first Internet deaddiction clinic is trying to solve these and other problems that the virtual world has taken over lives with. During a slow summer vacation, four friends have got together...
  • Badal to take up drug smuggling issue with Vasundhara Raje June 5, 2014

    Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal on Wednesday said he would take up the issue of drug smuggling from neighbouring Rajasthan into the state with his counterpart Vasundhra Raje. "Drugs like poppy husk are being openly sold in Rajasthan due to which it is difficult for the Punjab government to check...
  • Arrest drug peddlers rather than addicts: Amarinder Singh to Punjab government May 30, 2014

    Patiala: Congress senior leader Amarinder Singh on Friday said that mere arrest of drug addicts will not help curbing the menace in Punjab as drug supply is the real concern to fight with. "The indiscriminate arrest of drug addicts across Punjab without providing them deaddiction treatment will serve no purpose unless...
  • What if your clothes could cure your smartphone addiction? May 13, 2014

    Washington: Addicted to your smartphone? Try these signal deflecting clothes! A Japanese designer has come up with a radical new way to combat smartphone addiction a new clothing line crafted from fibres that deflect electromagnetic waves and render your phone completely unusable. The clothing line developed by designer...
  • Russell Brand opens up on Winfrey's show about drug addiction March 7, 2014

    Los Angeles: Russell Brand sat down with Oprah Winfrey for a candid conversation about drug addiction on the latter's talk show. Brand will be seen sharing information about his former struggles with heroin and how life slowly recovered, in the premiere episode of Oprah Prime, airing Sunday, reports entertainment weekly. Lindsay Lohan...
  • Woman drinks 10 litres of Diet Coke every day and has spent 150,000 pounds on the fizzy drink over 28 years February 22, 2014

    A Diet Coke addict has spent nearly 150,000 pounds on the fizzy drink over 28 years. Mother of five Jakki Ballan, 42, drinks up to 10 litres of Diet Coke every day. Ballan has been hooked to the soft drink since she was 14 years old. Her 30year dependence on the...
  • Hoffman's personal diaries reveal his struggle with addiction February 12, 2014

    New York: Oscarwinning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's two personal diaries that were found during investigation reportedly reveal his struggle to overcome his addiction. Cops investigating the 46yearold actor's death on February 2 due to an apparent drug overdose, discovered two of his private journals in his New York City apartment,...
  • Did Oscar winning Philip Seymore Hoffman have a 'hardcore' drug addiction? February 11, 2014

    New York: Robert Vineberg, who was arrested on suspicion of providing drug to late Philip Seymore Hoffman, has revealed the 'Capote' star was a "hardcore addict" while denying his role in Hoffman's death. Vineberg, a jazz musician and an addict himself, called Hoffman a friend in a jailhouse interview to...
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman among thousands of addiction victims February 4, 2014

    Los Angeles: Philip Seymour Hoffman suffered from a chronic medical condition that required ongoing treatment. An admitted drug addict who first sought professional help more than two decades ago, Hoffman apparently succumbed to his illness with an overdose despite a return to rehab last March. A father of three with...