Love smoking? It may be harder to give up alcohol addiction: Study

“Alcohol and tobacco are among the top causes of preventable deaths in the United States… People who are dependent on alcohol are three times more likely than those in the general population to be smokers, and people who are dependent on tobacco are four times more likely than the general population to be dependent on alcohol,” writes the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). While seeking treatment for one, it becomes imperative to simultaneously treat the other problem for long-lasting positive effects. Read more

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

Alcohol promises but never delivers

Living a euphoric life without any attachments or obligations is such an appealing thought. May be those who get addicted to alcohol can relate to this thought the most. While one may live life with as much reckless abandon as one desires, it is also important to be socially and morally responsible to oneself and to others. In fact, people with alcohol addiction should meet those who have recovered, hear their stories and then introspect. It’s one way to let them know just how damaging alcohol abuse can be. Read more

Alcohol and substance abuse proliferating in the US-Mexico border

The United States of America shares its southern border with Mexico, which spans across 2,000 miles and is inhabited by more than 7 million Mexican-American ethnic population. This particular belt has been of great interest to numerous researchers because this is the region where multiple risk factors, pertaining to alcoholism and related problems exist. Interestingly, the population on both sides of the border is young because of the high fertility rates and continuous migration of people (individuals migrating from Mexico to the US are mostly young and healthy).   Read more

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

Celebrities infamous for alcoholism – Part 2

Unlike most social problems that seem to emerge from, or affect, the most neglected part of society, alcohol dependence is common even among celebrities. Read more

Celebrities infamous for alcoholism – Part I

Alcoholism is a disease that affects a person both physiologically and psychologically, just like any other disorder. Considering the popular drinking culture in the United States, alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a common problem cutting across economic and social backgrounds. Read more