Effective hangover cures

Hangovers are a result of reckless drinking which leads to poor quality of sleep, acute dehydration, inflammation of the stomach and intestine, and production of toxic substances causing headaches, nausea, vomiting, sweating and palpitations. Hangovers are terrible as they affect one’s ability to concentrate and remember things that happened last night. It is, however, possible to treat a hangover.

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Wake Forest Baptist receives $8 million grant for innovative alcohol addiction research center

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has taken another important step against the rapidly growing issue of alcohol addiction. In its latest endeavor, the organization has awarded approximately $8 million for five years to the nationally recognized American medical center Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The grant has been issued to establish a new research center for alcohol addiction to be named as the Wake Forest Translational Alcohol Research Center (WF-TARC). Read more

SantaCon brings alcohol ban on LIRR trains during weekends

Christmas is around the corner and people are busy preparing to make the festival joyous. In the run-up to the Christmas, many enjoy SantaCon — the annual pub-crawl thronged by thousands of Santa Claus lookalikes who come together ahead of the festival. Thousands of ‘Santas’ have been parading across the cities since the event started on December 9.

To ensure the safety of the participants and to maintain orderly travel, the U.S. Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) imposed a temporary alcohol ban on all Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) trains during the event over the weekends. The 24-hour ban prohibited any Santa traveling to Manhattan for the event from consuming or carrying alcohol during their transit. Read more

Combination of moderate drinking and sleep restriction leads to greater drowsiness

The indulgence in alcohol and lack of sleep are the main causes of motor vehicle accidents that result in grave injuries or fatalities to both the person on the steering wheel and people on the road. Since driving involves complex behaviors, such as motor control, cognitive processing and visual attention, even moderate alcohol consumption (within the legal limits of driving) can prove disastrous when combined with moderate sleep restriction that triggers drowsiness. Read more

Foods that help reduce alcohol cravings

Hitting a bar after long hours of work seems tempting to most of the people but for someone trying to quit alcohol, this might be very challenging. Accompanying friends to the bar when one is trying to stay sober may result in acute withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Controlling the urge necessitates not only a strong will-power but also adopting life practices that are beneficial in the long run.

Keeping oneself engaged in meaningful pursuits, indulging in a hobby or joining a support group, practicing group therapies etc. are some of the ways by which one can improve during the recovery period. Along with these, food also plays a major role in helping a person keep his or her cravings under check and continue on the path to sobriety. Read more

Getting to organize a teen party sans alcohol

Alcohol is the most widely abused substance among the youth in the United States, making them susceptible to a host of safety and health hazards. Underage drinking, a big problem in the U.S., can contribute to driving under the influence (DUI) offenses, crashes, serious injuries, violence, property damage and even death. Keeping these points in mind, parents of teenagers are in a fix whether to serve alcohol or not when they are hosting a teen party. Read more

Subtle signs of alcoholism that are easy to miss

As alcoholism is experienced in myriad ways, it has a different face for different people. Moreover, people avoid admitting the demonic side of drinking due to the underestimation of their challenges and problems. Read more

Is alcohol addiction a problem of willpower?

Those addicted to alcohol are believed to lack willpower. It is said that they can cure their addiction if they have a stronger willpower. On the contrary, it can cause more problems. There is a strong resemblance between the way the brain of a person who is highly attuned to his or her goals and a person who is compulsively addicted to alcohol functions. Both of them accord high priority to their objectives. If a person craves for a drink late at night, he or she will most likely brave the weather and time to crawl into some alley that is open all night and has a bootlegger selling alcohol. Such is the strength of strong determination. Read more

Weight loss surgery may increase risk of alcohol problems, finds study

Alcohol addiction is one of the most common forms of substance use disorders prevalent in the United States today. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimated that in 2015, nearly one in two individuals were current binge drinkers in the past month. Alcohol use may be triggered by social and environmental circumstances, family history, traumatic brain injuries and peer pressure among other significant factors. Read more

Prophylactic approaches to manage alcohol and teenage pregnancies

Kylie, a 15-year-old chubby teen had a perfect life – caring parents, comfortable lifestyle, steady relationship and excellent grades. Kylie shared an intimate equation with her boyfriend and her joy knew no bounds when she discovered that she was three-months pregnant. Unfortunately, the news of her pregnancy was not well received by her partner and he insisted that they discard this pregnancy for it was too early to think about having a baby. After much pestering, he convinced Kylie to gulp some tablets, which would help her get rid of the pregnancy smoothly. Read more