How to identify a high-functioning alcohol user?

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

Avoid drinking to evade developing liver fever

Avoid drinking to evade developing liver fever

The liver, which is the largest internal organ in the human body and tasked with over 500 functions, plays a pivotal role in keeping the body grooving and jiving to the circadian rhythm. It also regulates the level of chemicals in the blood and excretes bile that is essential for absorption and digestion. Read more

Novel web-based interventions effective in preventing alcohol abuse

Novel web-based interventions effective in preventing alcohol abuse

With the increased acceptance of drinking during celebrations and social occasions, alcohol abuse has become a global issue that afflicts millions of people. The 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has highlighted that nearly 86.4 percent of people in the age group 18 and above admitted to drinking alcohol at some point in their lifetime. Read more

Alcohol abuse in older women

Alcohol abuse in older women

Lately, alcoholism has become a critical problem among elderly women in America. A habit that was previously considered a male disorder has now taken even elderly women into its clutches. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of the elderly women who have a chronic drinking problem seek treatment for their addiction, thus giving rise to a “hidden epidemic.” Read more

Elderly alcoholism: Overlapping of symptoms and neglect accelerate health risk

Elderly alcoholism: Overlapping of symptoms and neglect accelerate health risk

Alcoholism among elderly is an alarmingly growing phenomenon in the United States. Most of the times, elderly alcoholism is under recognized for various reasons due to the similarity and overlapping with the symptoms of aging. Considering the above situation, it is extremely necessary to keep an eye on one’s parents or elderly relatives to avoid total dependence on alcohol. Read more

Teenagers with body image issues rely on alcohol as coping mechanism, says study

Teenagers with body image issues rely on alcohol as coping mechanism, says study

Drinking alcohol is prevalent across communities in all countries. In the United States, drinking is a part of the popular culture where any occasion is celebrated with a peg or two. Unfortunately, alcohol is one of the most addictive substances, killing 88,000 lives people every year in the U.S., as highlighted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). In fact, alcohol has become the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the country.   Read more

Scientists discover new remedies to suppress urge for drinking

Scientists discover new remedies to suppress urge for drinking

Many people end up returning home in a drunken state, despite making plans to limit their drinking to just a few pegs. Interestingly, catching up with old friends always makes one forget the count of drinks he or she had, prompting a person to cross all limits of drinking. Alcohol is an integral part of the American society, which is why a majority of the population had had their first alcoholic drink during their teenage. Surprisingly, most of the people caught in the drunken state do not suffer from alcohol addiction but are involved in binge drinking or consuming excessive amount of alcohol in a relatively short period. Read more

Telephone-based intervention helps soldiers fight alcohol abuse

Telephone-based intervention helps soldiers fight alcohol abuse

Alcohol abuse in the U.S. armed forces has become a cause of concern, pushing many into the burrows of addiction. Military personnel frequently use alcohol to combat their stress, discomfort, boredom, loneliness, as well as to compensate for the lack of recreational activities. In reality, alcohol use has become so prevalent among military members that its availability within the military campus or otherwise has never been a challenge. Additionally, ritualized drinking opportunities, along with inconsistent policies, contribute to a work culture that further encourages heavy and binge drinking among the personnel. Read more

Different facets of excessive alcohol consumption

Different facets of excessive alcohol consumption

For most adults, relaxing with a glass of alcohol is a great way to unwind after a stressful day. Many people enjoy drinking occasionally while socializing with family and friends. However, since drinking is so common and widely accepted in society, it is not always simple to define when someone crosses from moderate drinking into the area of problem drinking. Read more

Celebrities infamous for alcoholism – Part 3

Celebrities infamous for alcoholism – Part 3

Drinking is popular among Americans despite its adverse effects. Long-term drinking habit, which can be difficult to control due to the addictive properties of alcohol, can add to the rising addiction problem. The severity alcohol addiction is evident from the increasing number of people queuing up outside rehabilitation centers to seek necessary treatment. The scourge of alcoholism is noticed not only among the general public, but also among celebrities who often have to seek treatment to attain freedom from their addiction. Read more