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

Establishing link between binge drinking and holiday heart syndrome

Excessive alcohol consumption is associated with numerous health risks, including a range of cancers. There is no safe drinking level, thus, even though a person may not witness the effects of alcohol in a short term, he or she can develop deadly illnesses after 10-20 years of regular drinking. Read more

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

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

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

Most dangerous drinks in the world

A search on the net for the most potent drinks in the world throws up interesting results. A range of blogs and articles enlist various concoctions of alcohol that can literally kill. Read more

Women face greater risk of alcohol’s damaging effects

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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College drinking dangers: Sexual assault

Women go to college to receive a higher education and make a better future for themselves, but the campus drinking culture in America can sometimes turn their dreams into tragedy. There is currently an epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses that has its roots in excessive alcohol consumption. According to the Massachusetts Bar Association’s article “Underage drinking and sexual assaults,” between 20 and 25 percent of college women will experience an attempted or completed rape. Alcohol abuse leads to more than 100,000 sexual assaults on college women each year.

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College drinking dangers: Drinking and drugging

College is the first opportunity for many students to indulge themselves while being away from parental supervision, but the choices that many adolescents make with this freedom can have serious consequences. A report by the The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University entitled “Wasting the best and the brightest: Substance abuse at America’s colleges and universities” reveals a shocking amount of alcohol and substance abuse taking place on college campuses. This culture of excess has created a public health crisis at our nation’s highest academic institutions.  

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College drinking dangers: The 21st birthday binge

A college student’s 21st birthday is a major milestone representing a step further into adulthood, but for many students this day can turn into a disaster. When people turn 21, they gain the legal right to purchase alcohol in the United States and many students take advantage of this right by going on an alcohol binge. A growing trend on campus life is the drinking game “21 for 21,” in which the birthday celebrant attempts to drink 21 alcoholic beverages in one sitting. Binge drinking on this scale can be extremely hazardous for a person’s health, especially those with little to no experience drinking alcohol. Before young people go out drinking on their 21st birthday, they should be aware of the risks. Read more