Know what lies beyond hangovers: Effect on liver

Liver dysfunction and failure is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. According to a survey, nearly 2 million people in the country are living with alcohol-induced liver diseases. The number is growing and there are reasons to believe that it will become the next epidemic of the 21st century. Read more

Know what lies beyond hangovers: Effect on pancreas

In the previous article of this series, we discussed the ill effects of heavy drinking on the brain. However, excessive drinking damages other organs as well, including pancreas. Read more

What lies beyond hangovers: Effect on brain

Some people find drinking alcohol fashionable, while there are others who disapprove of it. While drinking in small amounts can arguably be good for the human body, consuming it in a large volume at a night out, or consistently over time, is injurious to health. Yet, unaware of what alcohol does to their bodies, some people go on to consume excessive alcohol and end up getting habituated to it. Read more

6 ways to beat alcoholism

“It is strange how 8 glasses of water a day seems impossible but 8 beers is so damn easy.” Though meant to be funny, the above line has a strong message for those who find alcohol more delectable than anything else. Many admit that alcohol is more luring than they can resist, but they usually lack an awareness of the innumerable lives lost due to severe alcoholism. Read more

Drinking in moderation good for heart health: Study

Long-term drinking has been associated with the risk of developing heart problems and other health problems. A new drinking guideline by the United Kingdom earlier this year seems to reinforce this fact when the U.K.’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sarah Jarvis said that even minimal amount of alcohol is unhealthy and can increase the risk of cancer. Read more

Oklahoma gears up to curb alcohol abuse

America is drinking alcohol to death which is evident from the alarming statistics revealed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2015. The CDC said that every day almost 30 people die in the country in motor vehicle accidents caused by drunk driving. Read more

Is fetal alcohol spectrum disorder a hidden epidemic?

Drinking and smoking are considered a no-no for a woman in the family way. Not just during the pregnancy, but even when she is planning to conceive, she must refrain from consuming alcohol. It must be noted that there is no safe alcohol limit for a pregnant woman, neither there is a safe time to indulge in drinking. Read more

Addiction affects brain in three phases: Study

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

One stands a heightened chance of taking to the vice of alcoholism if his or her parents, grandparents or any other close relative were ever hooked on drinking, a study conducted in 2015 has found. However, just because alcoholism tends to run in the family it does not mean that a child will automatically inherit the drinking habit too, it notes. Read more

Beware, alcohol is playing havoc with your skin

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