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

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

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

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 4

Celebrities infamous for alcoholism – Part 4

The drinking culture prevalent in the United States cuts across gender and economic status. Any social occasion is incomplete without alcohol. However, in many cases, these occasional drinks may transform into binge drinking that can lead to various other health problems. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), excessive alcohol use led to approximately 88,000 deaths each year in the U.S. during 2006-2010. The problem of alcoholism is also observed in the rich and the famous. Read more

The connected dots: Liver, brain and alcohol

The connected dots: Liver, brain and alcohol

It is said that the atmosphere around one’s self affects the person that they grow up to become. For instance, an adolescent who has a stable environment at home, a good circle of friends, and gets good education is likely to have a stable career and a successful life. Although, it sometimes never turns out that way. In contrast, many children grow up amongst hardships. These include witnessing domestic violence, seeing parents indulge in substance abuse, unemployment, bullying and so on. This too can have an adverse effect in the growing years. Probably that is why the United States has more than a million people who take to alcohol abuse in the initial phases of their lives. Read more

Kentucky counties decide through ballot whether to allow alcohol sale

Kentucky counties decide through ballot whether to allow alcohol sale

For several decades, legalization of alcohol has been a debatable subject in several counties of Kentucky, largely a dry state. The supporters of legalization of alcohol believe that liquor sale will provide a major boost to the job sector, tourism, and the overall growth of the county. The opponents, on the other hand, are concerned about a string of problems that might arise following the legalization of alcohol sale such as, binge drinking and intoxication, underage driving, drunk driving, criminal activities, family problems, and the likes. Read more

Understanding the fine line between alcoholism and alcohol abuse

Understanding the fine line between alcoholism and alcohol abuse

Calling somebody an alcoholic if he or she overindulges in alcohol is quite common. The term “alcoholic” is generally used to refer to anybody dependent and addicted to alcohol. However, in the absence of awareness of the criteria to demarcate people based on the amount of alcohol consumed, people often get confused between alcoholism and alcohol abuse. In fact, most of them are not even aware of the existing difference. Read more