Alcohol, one of the most widely consumed substances, is often considered less harmful than drugs and other addictive substances. This might be a result of the popular myth that moderate drinking has significant positive effects. Read more
Those aged 12–20 years drink 11 percent of the overall alcohol consumed in the United States, and over 90 percent of this alcohol intake is in the form of binge drinks, according to a 2015 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“Love your enemies,” the Bible tells the believers, and America, it seems, strongly believes in this line, at least as far as it is alcohol – probably a human being’s biggest enemy. For, drinking is so deep-rooted in the American culture that people go to the extent of drowning themselves in alcohol. Read more
Alcohol is still the leading cause of damaging behavior during holiday celebrations throughout the United States, with people having to deal with the increased pressure and stress. Reports say that even non-alcoholics over-imbibe at these events and experience profound repercussions such as improper conduct, road accidents and health issues. Read more
Alcoholism is a long-term (chronic) disease, which causes serious problems to physical health, emotional stability, finances, career and relationships. Excessive alcohol is dangerous as it disrupts the brain circuits that control impulsiveness and stimulate the nervous system. Read more
People who smoke are less likely to continue with alcohol treatment programs than non-smokers, according to findings by the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions (RIA). The findings of the RIA study, published in journal Substance Use and Misuse, showed that non-smokers gained better treatment outcomes than smokers who were also addicted to alcohol. Read more
Acne is the most common skin disease in the United States affecting 85% of teenagers and 40-50 million people in the United States, according to American Academy of Dermatology. While there is very little evidence to directly link alcohol with acne, some studies say that the effects of alcohol on hormone levels may be a major factor in acne development. Alcohol dehydrates the skin both internally and externally, thus accelerating the ageing process. The depletion of anti-oxidants makes the skin prone to darkening (hyperpigmentation), dark circles, coarse texture, and development of wrinkles. A prolonged use of alcohol causes detrimental effects on the skin which are far graver and chronic. Read more
Women are more susceptible to the damaging health effects of alcohol when compared to men. This is due to the fact that women are generally smaller in stature and have less body water than men.
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