Combination of moderate alcohol consumption and moderate sleep restriction lead to greater drowsiness

Combination of moderate alcohol consumption and moderate sleep restriction lead to greater drowsiness

The indulgence in alcohol and lack of sleep are the main causes of motor vehicle accidents that result in grave injuries or fatalities to both the person on the steering wheel and people on the road. Since driving involves complex behaviors, such as motor control, cognitive processing and visual attention, even moderate alcohol consumption (within the legal limits of driving) can prove disastrous when combined with moderate sleep restriction that triggers drowsiness. Read more

Warning signs indicating alcoholism in partner

Warning signs indicating alcoholism in partner

Alcohol is a legal substance in nearly all countries and is a socially accepted beverage on almost all occasions. Therefore, it becomes almost near to impossible to avoid drinking and developing alcohol-related problems. It is quite challenging to identify the signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction in a partner as drinking is legal and getting drunk is largely acceptable and even condoned in many societies and cultures.

In the United States, alcohol has gained a strong foothold in nearly every social event, such as New Year’s Eve parties, sporting events, college get-togethers, birthday bashes, etc. Under these circumstances, it is easy to overlook the red flags of alcohol addiction. In the entire spirit of celebrations, one steadily becomes dependent on alcohol. Read more

Getting to understand alcohol myopia

Getting to understand alcohol myopia

“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.”

­F. Scott Fitzgerald

The American novelist and short story writer, probably, knew how alcohol provides a temporary relief from loneliness and painful memories, but, eventually, puts reputation, reasoning and life at considerable risk. Besides causing a host of health problems, excessive consumption leads to a condition called alcohol myopia or shortsightedness. Drinking narrows the focus of a person in a way that one is able to process only some part of an information excluding important consequences or stimuli. Alcohol myopia is characterized by a person’s ability to only process clues in the immediate environment. Read more

Subtle signs of alcoholism that are easy to miss

Subtle signs of alcoholism that are easy to miss

As alcoholism is experienced in myriad ways, it has a different face for different people. Moreover, people avoid admitting the demonic side of drinking due to the underestimation of their challenges and problems. Read more

Is alcohol addiction a problem of willpower?

Is alcohol addiction a problem of willpower?

Those addicted to alcohol are believed to lack willpower. It is said that they can cure their addiction if they have a stronger willpower. On the contrary, it can cause more problems. There is a strong resemblance between the way the brain of a person who is highly attuned to his or her goals and a person who is compulsively addicted to alcohol functions. Both of them accord high priority to their objectives. If a person craves for a drink late at night, he or she will most likely brave the weather and time to crawl into some alley that is open all night and has a bootlegger selling alcohol. Such is the strength of strong determination. Read more

Manipulation of pathways and changes in communication signals reinforce alcohol consumption

Manipulation of pathways and changes in communication signals reinforce alcohol consumption

Since ages scientists have been trying to decipher the profound effects of alcohol on a person’s thought, mood and behavior, as well as the changes that take place in the brain that leads to dependence and addiction in certain people. The advancements in the field of neuroscience have enabled scientists and researchers to decipher these changes due to alcohol that leads to intoxication, dependence and eventually an addiction. Read more

Weight loss surgery may increase risk of alcohol problems, finds study

Weight loss surgery may increase risk of alcohol problems, finds study

Alcohol addiction is one of the most common forms of substance use disorders prevalent in the United States today. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimated that in 2015, nearly one in two individuals were current binge drinkers in the past month. Alcohol use may be triggered by social and environmental circumstances, family history, traumatic brain injuries and peer pressure among other significant factors. Read more

Prophylactic approaches to manage alcohol and teenage pregnancies

Prophylactic approaches to manage alcohol and teenage pregnancies

Kylie, a 15-year-old chubby teen had a perfect life – caring parents, comfortable lifestyle, steady relationship and excellent grades. Kylie shared an intimate equation with her boyfriend and her joy knew no bounds when she discovered that she was three-months pregnant. Unfortunately, the news of her pregnancy was not well received by her partner and he insisted that they discard this pregnancy for it was too early to think about having a baby. After much pestering, he convinced Kylie to gulp some tablets, which would help her get rid of the pregnancy smoothly. Read more

Brain change drives alcohol dependence, finds study

Brain change drives alcohol dependence, finds study

Moderate drinking and binge drinking both are known to have side effects on the mind and body. The effect of alcohol on the brain and best possible ways to reverse the effect have been the epicenter of many researches. A recent mouse-based research carried out by the scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) suggested some personalized treatment modalities that can be effective in dealing with alcoholism and alcohol use disorder. The findings have been published online in The Journal of Neuroscience in April 2017. Read more

How to identify a high-functioning alcohol user?

Can an addition to alcohol be camouflaged? For some, masquerading alcoholism is a piece of cake, as they show no signs of being addicted to the substance. Generally, people picture an alcohol user as an individual who is mostly drunk, disoriented, in debt, homeless and probably without a job. However, there exists another class of alcohol users who appear normal to the outside world, in spite of their addiction. Commonly known as “high-functioning alcoholics,” this class of individuals with alcohol use disorders (AUDs) believe they can control how much they drink, and hence, lead seemingly happy lives. Read more