Higher number of alcohol outlets may lead to more violence, suggests study

A study published by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) in January 2017 has found that the neighborhoods where alcohol is readily available are highly susceptible to violence. The study design was triggered when Governor Tom Wolf signed a new legislation in Pennsylvania, facilitating the sale of beer and wine in grocery stores across the state, allowing liquor stores to remain open on Sundays. 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

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

5 tips to adopt safe and non-addictive drinking habits

It is often heard and said that drinking alcohol in moderate quantity is not a bad idea as it can help a person in staying healthy. However, it has been largely observed that an increased number of people steadily develop an addiction to alcohol. As a result, the number of people who drink alcohol in a healthy way is comparatively small than those with a severe addiction to alcohol. 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

R.C. Sproul Jr. arrested for felony DUI

“Would you please, so as not to cause me to stumble, stop suggesting that it is wrong to drink alcohol in moderation, or that drinking alcohol in moderation somehow is a failure to love my brothers?” – Dr. Robert Craig Sproul Jr., blog post, 2005. Read more

How planning can help get rid of alcohol addiction

Conquering addiction can be a difficult task for anybody. Getting rid of any addiction is a tedious and demanding process. Although difficult, success can be achieved with determination. Read more

5 worst consequences of alcohol abuse

Alcohol abuse is a serious issue and according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), about 88,000 deaths occur annually in the United States due to alcohol abuse issues. In 2014, nearly 9,967 fatal accidents took place in the U.S. all due to alcohol-impaired driving. Alcohol abuse is the fourth largest cause of preventable deaths in the U.S. Read more

Role of brain’s emotional adaptation in fueling addiction

The behavior of a person reflects his or her emotions and feelings. When some people lie, it shows the problems and struggles they may be going through. Sometimes it just becomes a habit, where the brain is made to believe certain things that are not in tandem with goodness or honesty. For example, drinking alcohol can be a daily affair if the brain is made to believe that having a little of it does not harm the body. The tendency to lie, then becomes a mental condition or a regular affair of a person. Read more