Is fetal alcohol spectrum disorder a hidden epidemic?

Drinking and smoking are considered a no-no for a woman in the family way. Not just during the pregnancy, but even when she is planning to conceive, she must refrain from consuming alcohol. It must be noted that there is no safe alcohol limit for a pregnant woman, neither there is a safe time to indulge in drinking. Read more

Addiction affects brain in three phases: Study

Alcoholism is a long-term (chronic) disease, which causes serious problems to physical health, emotional stability, finances, career and relationships. Excessive alcohol is dangerous as it disrupts the brain circuits that control impulsiveness and stimulate the nervous system. Read more

Does smoking impact alcohol abuse treatment?

People who smoke are less likely to continue with alcohol treatment programs than non-smokers, according to findings by the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions (RIA). The findings of the RIA study, published in journal Substance Use and Misuse, showed that non-smokers gained better treatment outcomes than smokers who were also addicted to alcohol. Read more