Elderly alcoholism: Overlapping of symptoms and neglect accelerate health risk

Alcoholism among elderly is an alarmingly growing phenomenon in the United States. Most of the times, elderly alcoholism is under recognized for various reasons due to the similarity and overlapping with the symptoms of aging. Considering the above situation, it is extremely necessary to keep an eye on one’s parents or elderly relatives to avoid total dependence on alcohol. Read more

Drinkers are more eager to offer help in presence of others

Being of assistance or adopting a helpful disposition is rare in today’s society. In a world where people are connected with each other via social networking sites as opposed to forging relationships through tête-à-tête or face-to-face interaction, it is difficult to find someone willing to help. The fear of being drawn into the argument and being victimized prevents people from offering assistance in times of distress. Read more

How alcohol affects one’s physique

The hazards of alcohol are widely known. However, most of the studies regarding the harmful effects of alcohol revolve around its detrimental impact on various organs of the body. Many studies in the past have also dealt with the impact of alcohol on the brain chemistry, the consequent development of various mental disorders, the economic burden imposed by alcoholism and its cumulative effect on the economic growth of a country. Read more

Teenagers with body image issues rely on alcohol as coping mechanism, says study

Drinking alcohol is prevalent across communities in all countries. In the United States, drinking is a part of the popular culture where any occasion is celebrated with a peg or two. Unfortunately, alcohol is one of the most addictive substances, killing 88,000 lives people every year in the U.S., as highlighted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). In fact, alcohol has become the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the country.   Read more

Traumatic experiences linked to alcohol disorders among women, finds study

Traumatic experiences can be very difficult to deal with and often lead to unforeseen circumstances like developing mental illnesses such as depression or getting addicted to substances like alcohol. Many people suffering from alcohol use disorders (AUDs) or seeking treatment for compulsive drinking habits attribute their alcohol inclination to disturbing experiences or to get relief from pain of physical injuries. A group of researchers attempted to find out racial differences in alcohol involvement and evaluated the risk factor posed by exposure to trauma and mental health disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for different phases of alcohol drinking among European American and African American women. Read more

Rise in binge drinking among women leading to their early deaths

The trend of binge drinking is growing at an alarming rate among women in the United States. But the biggest concern is that binge drinking is driving more women to emergency rooms and towards an early death. In men, binge drinking is defined as consumption of five or more drinks in a session and in women, binge drinking is defined as four or more drinks in a session.

As per a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of binge drinking has increased among the American states. Excessive drinking among both men and women is more prevalent among population with an income of $75,000 or more. According to the CDC report, there are 14 U.S. states where 19-25 percent population is considered binge drinkers. As of 2010, excessive alcohol consumption costs an average of $3.5 billion to American states and $249 billion to the nation. Read more

Variant of β-Kloth gene identified in regulating alcohol preference and consumption

Drinking has become a common phenomenon in parties, events and family gatherings. With increased consumption all over the world, people are at the risk of adverse health consequences owing to alcohol’s addictive properties. A group of researchers from King’s College London, Imperial College London and UT Southwestern Medical Center have suggested how the effect of a liver hormone identified as FGF21 along with β-Klotho may control the tendency to drink alcohol by acting directly on a receptor in the brain.
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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

Moderate alcohol consumption may raise risk of atrial fibrillation

Moderate drinking having health benefits is a myth that has lost its value with current studies indicating that drinking even in moderation can affect the heart in unforeseen ways. This is evident from a research carried out by a group of scientists from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) that reveals how average alcohol consumption may alter the heart’s structure, thus, increasing the potential risk of atrial fibrillation (AF).

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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