Does smoking impact alcohol abuse treatment?

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

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

Alcohol consumption and the risk of sexual victimization

Drinking alcohol is perceived more as a sharing activity across many cultures all over the world and it has been found through numerous studies that it indeed is linked to violent crimes and even death. As per a study conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), in most cases of all violent crimes, either alcohol has been consumed by the perpetrator, the victim, or they both were under the influence of alcohol. 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

Consequences of underage drinking: Long-term health problems

Underage drinking may be a passing phase for some, but for others it can turn into a lifelong problem. People who start drinking before the age of 15 are seven times more likely to develop a drinking problem than those who wait until they are 21. A lifetime of hard drinking can do serious damage to a person’s life and well-being. Adolescents should be aware that picking up a drink may set them up for a lifetime of difficulties.

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Study reveals how alcoholism causes muscle weakness

Chronic drinking can have terrible effects on a person’s health. Many consequences of alcoholism are well known, such as liver and cardiovascular damage. However, one recent study by the National Institute of Health (NIH) has discovered that excessive alcohol consumption can reduce the body’s ability to repair its own muscles, causing muscle weakness and degeneration over time. These findings shed new light on the harm that alcoholism can inflict as well as provide information for the development of new treatments.

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