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

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

Celebrating Valentine’s Day the sober way

Valentine’s Day is commemorated as the day dedicated to love. Some spend it with their beloved while a few others prefer to be with their close friends, family or even pets. Occasions such as New Year Eve or Valentine’s Day are invariably associated with alcohol, but this may not necessarily be true. Read more

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

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 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

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

6 tips for alcohol-free New Year’s Eve

Drinking alcohol moderately is not harmful but indulging in excessive quantities every day can cause addiction, leading to severe physical and mental health problems, socio-economic and legal issues. Many people who are addicted to alcohol commit crimes in their drunken state and many die due to alcohol poisoning. According to a recent report by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), every year, approximately 88,000 people, which include nearly 62,000 men and 26,000 women, succumb to alcohol-related causes, thereby making alcohol the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Read more

5 dangerous cocktails to be avoided this New Year

Alcohol has become an integral part of any social event whether it be one involving youngsters or adults. Though drinking one or two pegs occasionally may not cause much harm, overindulgence, or drinking too much alcohol in one go, can pose a significant risk to one’s physical and mental health. But when it comes to parties and other festivities, especially around the New Year, it can be difficult for someone to refrain completely from drinking due to increased pressures from the near and dear ones. In fact, numerous people have to deal with the adverse effects of irresponsible drinking at this time of the year. Read more