Senate Committee Recognizes Addiction as a Disease

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) recently passed legislation to recognize addiction as a disease and change the names of two national institutes. Senate Bill 1011, the Recognizing Addiction as a Disease Act of 2007, was introduced by Senator Biden (D-DE) with original co-sponsors Senator Kennedy (D-MA) and Senator Enzi (R-WY).…

Five Subtypes of Alcoholism

Researchers have identified 5 distinct subtypes of alcohol dependence, according to a new study by scientists at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). “Our findings should help dispel the popular notion of the ‘typical alcoholic,’” notes first author Howard B. Moss, M.D., NIAAA Associate…