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

Moderate alcohol consumption may raise risk of atrial fibrillation

Moderate drinking having health benefits is a myth that has lost its value with current studies indicating that drinking even in moderation can affect the heart in unforeseen ways. This is evident from a research carried out by a group of scientists from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) that reveals how average alcohol consumption may alter the heart’s structure, thus, increasing the potential risk of atrial fibrillation (AF).

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Telephone-based intervention helps soldiers fight alcohol abuse

Alcohol abuse in the U.S. armed forces has become a cause of concern, pushing many into the burrows of addiction. Military personnel frequently use alcohol to combat their stress, discomfort, boredom, loneliness, as well as to compensate for the lack of recreational activities. In reality, alcohol use has become so prevalent among military members that its availability within the military campus or otherwise has never been a challenge. Additionally, ritualized drinking opportunities, along with inconsistent policies, contribute to a work culture that further encourages heavy and binge drinking among the personnel. Read more

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

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

Celebrities infamous for alcoholism – Part 3

Drinking is popular among Americans despite its adverse effects. Long-term drinking habit, which can be difficult to control due to the addictive properties of alcohol, can add to the rising addiction problem. The severity alcohol addiction is evident from the increasing number of people queuing up outside rehabilitation centers to seek necessary treatment. The scourge of alcoholism is noticed not only among the general public, but also among celebrities who often have to seek treatment to attain freedom from their addiction. Read more

Tybee alcohol ban fails to gain impetus and falls apart

On Feb. 9, 2017, Tybee Island officials adjourned an ongoing debate regarding the ban of alcohol on public beaches for the 2017 spring break. The council members voted 4-2, terminating the proposal after the majority of Tybee citizens including owners of property and businesses as well as island residents vouched in favor of consuming or carrying alcohol or alcoholic beverages on any Tybee beach. Read more