Scientists discover new remedies to suppress urge for drinking

Many people end up returning home in a drunken state, despite making plans to limit their drinking to just a few pegs. Interestingly, catching up with old friends always makes one forget the count of drinks he or she had, prompting a person to cross all limits of drinking. Alcohol is an integral part of the American society, which is why a majority of the population had had their first alcoholic drink during their teenage. Surprisingly, most of the people caught in the drunken state do not suffer from alcohol addiction but are involved in binge drinking or consuming excessive amount of alcohol in a relatively short period. Read more

Telephone-based intervention helps soldiers fight alcohol abuse

Alcohol abuse in the U.S. armed forces has become a cause of concern, pushing many into the burrows of addiction. Military personnel frequently use alcohol to combat their stress, discomfort, boredom, loneliness, as well as to compensate for the lack of recreational activities. In reality, alcohol use has become so prevalent among military members that its availability within the military campus or otherwise has never been a challenge. Additionally, ritualized drinking opportunities, along with inconsistent policies, contribute to a work culture that further encourages heavy and binge drinking among the personnel. Read more

Celebrities infamous for alcoholism – Part 3

Drinking is popular among Americans despite its adverse effects. Long-term drinking habit, which can be difficult to control due to the addictive properties of alcohol, can add to the rising addiction problem. The severity alcohol addiction is evident from the increasing number of people queuing up outside rehabilitation centers to seek necessary treatment. The scourge of alcoholism is noticed not only among the general public, but also among celebrities who often have to seek treatment to attain freedom from their addiction. 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

Proposed law to pull down wall meant to check alcohol sale unites Florida retailers

The retailers in Florida, backed strongly by lawmakers, are up in arms against a bill that proposes to repeal an old law that necessitates a wall at a retail outlet to keep the businesses of grocery and alcohol separate. As per the law, which has been in place since 1935, Florida grocery stores are prohibited from selling beer, wine and food along with hard liquor and need to have a dividing wall separating each section. Retail giants, such as Walgreens, Target and Walmart, want the wall be brought down by putting an end to the law. 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

Love smoking? It may be harder to give up alcohol addiction: Study

“Alcohol and tobacco are among the top causes of preventable deaths in the United States… People who are dependent on alcohol are three times more likely than those in the general population to be smokers, and people who are dependent on tobacco are four times more likely than the general population to be dependent on alcohol,” writes the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). While seeking treatment for one, it becomes imperative to simultaneously treat the other problem for long-lasting positive effects. 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 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