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

Foods that help reduce alcohol cravings

Foods that help reduce alcohol cravings

Hitting a bar after long hours of work seems tempting to most of the people but for someone trying to quit alcohol, this might be very challenging. Accompanying friends to the bar when one is trying to stay sober may result in acute withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Controlling the urge necessitates not only a strong will-power but also adopting life practices that are beneficial in the long run.

Keeping oneself engaged in meaningful pursuits, indulging in a hobby or joining a support group, practicing group therapies etc. are some of the ways by which one can improve during the recovery period. Along with these, food also plays a major role in helping a person keep his or her cravings under check and continue on the path to sobriety. Read more

Getting to organize a teen party sans alcohol

Getting to organize a teen party sans alcohol

Alcohol is the most widely abused substance among the youth in the United States, making them susceptible to a host of safety and health hazards. Underage drinking, a big problem in the U.S., can contribute to driving under the influence (DUI) offenses, crashes, serious injuries, violence, property damage and even death. Keeping these points in mind, parents of teenagers are in a fix whether to serve alcohol or not when they are hosting a teen party. 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

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

Establishing link between alcohol-related blackouts and memory loss

Memory impairments are a common phenomenon in people who are battling with alcoholism. Of the three kinds of memories, such as long-term, short-term and working memory, alcohol tends to alter the brain’s ability to form new long-term memories. After a binge drinking episode, while a person remembers things from the past, also known as long-established memories, he or she tends to suffer an amnesia when it comes to recalling incidents of the previous night. Also called as a blackout, this temporary amnesia does not essentially mean that the person is unconscious. Apparently, the affected person could continue to have a conversation with others, drive back home and indulge in risky activities and yet have no memories of those activities on the following day.  Read more