Brain change drives alcohol dependence, finds study

Moderate drinking and binge drinking both are known to have side effects on the mind and body. The effect of alcohol on the brain and best possible ways to reverse the effect have been the epicenter of many researches. A recent mouse-based research carried out by the scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) suggested some personalized treatment modalities that can be effective in dealing with alcoholism and alcohol use disorder. The findings have been published online in The Journal of Neuroscience in April 2017. Read more

How to identify a high-functioning alcohol user?

Can an addition to alcohol be camouflaged? For some, masquerading alcoholism is a piece of cake, as they show no signs of being addicted to the substance. Generally, people picture an alcohol user as an individual who is mostly drunk, disoriented, in debt, homeless and probably without a job. However, there exists another class of alcohol users who appear normal to the outside world, in spite of their addiction. Commonly known as “high-functioning alcoholics,” this class of individuals with alcohol use disorders (AUDs) believe they can control how much they drink, and hence, lead seemingly happy lives. Read more

Establishing link between alcohol-related blackouts and memory loss

Memory impairments are a common phenomenon in people who are battling with alcoholism. Of the three kinds of memories, such as long-term, short-term and working memory, alcohol tends to alter the brain’s ability to form new long-term memories. After a binge drinking episode, while a person remembers things from the past, also known as long-established memories, he or she tends to suffer an amnesia when it comes to recalling incidents of the previous night. Also called as a blackout, this temporary amnesia does not essentially mean that the person is unconscious. Apparently, the affected person could continue to have a conversation with others, drive back home and indulge in risky activities and yet have no memories of those activities on the following day.  Read more

Avoid drinking to evade developing liver fever

The liver, which is the largest internal organ in the human body and tasked with over 500 functions, plays a pivotal role in keeping the body grooving and jiving to the circadian rhythm. It also regulates the level of chemicals in the blood and excretes bile that is essential for absorption and digestion. Read more

Tips to prevent alcohol poisoning in children

A majority of Americans drink alcohol. Not only men but women and teens cannot give in to the temptations of consuming alcohol on a regular basis. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 86.4 percent of people aged 18 years or older had admitted to consuming alcohol at some point in their lifetime. Read more

Dangers of alcohol poisoning

Alcohol poisoning is a common occurrence among binge drinkers, most of whom are unfortunately teenagers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around six people die every day on an average in the United States. About 76 percent of those deaths occur among people aged 35 to 64. Read more

Novel web-based interventions effective in preventing alcohol abuse

With the increased acceptance of drinking during celebrations and social occasions, alcohol abuse has become a global issue that afflicts millions of people. The 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has highlighted that nearly 86.4 percent of people in the age group 18 and above admitted to drinking alcohol at some point in their lifetime. Read more

Alcohol abuse in older women

Lately, alcoholism has become a critical problem among elderly women in America. A habit that was previously considered a male disorder has now taken even elderly women into its clutches. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of the elderly women who have a chronic drinking problem seek treatment for their addiction, thus giving rise to a “hidden epidemic.” Read more

Dangers of alcohol use in teens

Alcohol consumption has become a deliberate affair for many American adolescents. While all contemporary societies condemn underage drinking, alcohol still plays a central role in the life of numerous teens in the United States. However, alcoholism is a serious public health problem, especially among the youth who are at an enormous health and safety risk. Drinking is a major form of substance abuse that has assumed endemic proportions in the U.S. 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