The consequences of underage drinking: Sexual assault

Drinking during teenage years can cause a variety of short- and long-term health problems, but significantly darker consequences can also result. Studies have shown that alcohol consumption both by perpetrators and victims increases the likelihood of sexual assault (National Institute on Drug Abuse). As many as one in ten girls in high school and one in five women in college have reported being raped (Massachusetts Bar Association, “Underage drinking and sexual assaults”). In order to protect themselves from the worst kind of abuse, teens must be aware of the very grave risks of binge drinking. Read more

Consequences of underage drinking: Suicide

Suicide is the second most common cause of death for people aged 14 to 25 and alcohol only makes the problem worse (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Alcohol is widely known to be a contributing factor in suicide for people of all ages. Alcoholics are up to 120 times as likely to commit suicide as those without a drinking problem and alcohol contributes to about one in every four suicides (National Center for Biotechnology Information). Because teens are particularly at risk of suicide, underage drinking can be extremely hazardous to their physical and mental health. It’s important to understand the dangers that alcohol can pose to teens in order to curb the epidemic of teen suicide. Read more

Consequences of underage drinking: Drunk driving

Underage drinking is a national health concern and can have a wide range of consequences for teens that could affect the rest of their lives. Unquestionably the most dangerous risk involved in teen drinking is drunk driving. Car crashes are the number-one killer of teens in the United States and teens are more than three times more likely to die in an alcohol-related car crash than older adults (Only the Strong Survive, “Teen Driving Crash and Fatality Stats”). Read more

Alcoholism is on the rise in America

Alcoholism is one of the most common substance disorders in the United States, with nearly one-third of the population experiencing a drinking disorder at some point in their lives. A new study by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has found that the number of people with drinking problems has risen dramatically over a period of ten years. These findings reveal troubling new insights into the epidemic of alcohol abuse throughout the nation. Read more

A single episode of binge drinking can cause health defects

Binge drinking is a session of heavy alcohol consumption with the intention of getting drunk. The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) defines it as consuming enough alcohol over the course of two hours to raise the drinker’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above 0.08g/dL. The health problems caused by chronic binge drinking have long been known to doctors, but a recent study conducted by the NIAAA has shown that even a single instance of binge drinking can damage a person’s health. This research sheds new light onto the dangers of alcohol consumption. Read more

Advances in alcohol treatment: then and now

Alcoholism is a major concern in modern-day America. According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 17 million citizens are estimated to abuse alcohol. While those numbers sound bleak, it is important to realize that the science behind understanding and treating alcoholism has progressed remarkably over the last few decades. With the advances made in the last thirty years, there has never been a better time than now to get effective treatment for alcohol abuse.

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How excessive drinking causes heart problems

Alcohol can provide both benefits and risks to the cardiovascular system. According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a moderate intake of alcohol can lower the likelihood of coronary artery disease. This amount of drinking is limited to no more than two drinks per day for men and one drink for women. Drinking beyond moderation, however, can have the reverse effect, causing stress on the heart and ultimately leading to permanent damage to the cardiovascular system.

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New medications being studied for alcoholism

The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has begun clinical trials on gabapentin enacarbil, a medication it believes will help curb moderate to severe alcoholism. Gabapentin is already approved by the government to treat restless leg syndrome as well as pain associated with shingles. It is hoped that the drug’s uses can be expanded to provide an additional avenue of recovery for people suffering from alcohol use disorder. Read more

Alcohol-based mouthwash poses risks to addicts

Maintaining good oral hygiene is important in fighting cavities and preventing other oral problems. Mouthwash companies advertise the effectiveness of their products to rinse away plaque, kill germs and provide minty fresh breath. What many people do not realize is that most big brands of mouthwash contain a significant amount of alcohol. Consumer mouthwash has become a popular way for alcoholics to bypass restrictions on alcoholic beverages and get drunk publically. Before purchasing a brand of mouthwash, it’s important to get the facts and understand the risks.

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