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Lisa Marie Presley recalls her dark days of drug and alcohol abuse

Lisa Marie Presley recalls her dark days of drug and alcohol abuse

Lately, more and more celebrities are opening up about their skirmishes with addiction. One of the latest to join the bandwagon is American singer-songwriter Lisa Marie Presley, 50. Not so long ago, she was in the headlines with details about her struggle with alcohol and drugs. The news was stirred up by Radar Online which obtained the legal documents that she had deposed during her divorce petition against producer and guitarist Michael Lockwood. In the documents, the star acknowledged her drug addiction, cocaine abuse and multiple rehab stays. (more…)

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California bill extending alcohol sale hours to 4 am clears initial hurdles

California bill extending alcohol sale hours to 4 am clears initial hurdles

It is a fact that excessive alcohol consumption can cause a number of physical and mental problems. However, it seems that California legislators are least bothered about the harmful effects of drinking. Now, the California State Senate Governmental Organization Committee has passed a bill that would allow bars to remain open as late as 4 a.m. The bill — SB 905 — which was introduced by Senator Scott Wiener of San Francisco has been forwarded to the California Senate’s Appropriations Committee. (more…)

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Is beer the new Gatorade?

Is beer the new Gatorade?

In the recently concluded 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, Germany came second in the medals tally with an equal number of gold medals as that of Norway, the country that topped the chart. This corroborates the fact that the German athletes are undoubtedly among the best athletes in the world. However, talent and sheer hard work are not the only factors that led to their success. It seems non-alcoholic athletic recovery beers were another reason for their stellar performance in the games, which might lead to many raising eyebrows. (more…)

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Alcohol does more harm to the brain than marijuana, says study

Alcohol does more harm to the brain than marijuana, says study

There are no two opinions about the repercussions of alcohol and marijuana on an individual’s brain health. While many believe that marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol, there has been a keen interest among researchers to compare it with other substances due to the legalization of marijuana in several states. A research, conducted by the researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder, found that the consumption of alcohol causes more deleterious effects than marijuana. The study results were recently published in the journal Addiction. (more…)

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10 practical steps to cut back on alcohol consumption

10 practical steps to cut back on alcohol consumption

Although millions of people across the globe either resolve to quit drinking alcohol or at least cut back on their consumption, every year, only a handful of them succeed. A recent study published in the journal Addiction stated that simply making a resolution to quit alcohol might not be enough. The researchers examined 3000 high-risk drinkers and found that nearly 20 percent of them had resolved to cut back on the quantity of alcohol they consumed. Still, six months later, every one lacked the motivation to stick to the resolution. Though all the participants were drinking lesser, on the contrary, those who wanted to cut back did not show any concrete changes in their drinking patterns. (more…)

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Excessive alcohol consumption may damage skin, women at a greater risk

Excessive alcohol consumption may damage skin, women at a greater risk

We all know consuming alcohol is harmful, as it may lead to liver damage, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, impairment of cognitive skills, development of mental disorders, etc. However, very few of us are aware of its effect on skin. Experts have now found that being a depressant alcohol worsens the pre-existing skin conditions and increases vulnerability to more skin-related problems, especially among women. (more…)

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Early exposure to alcohol prevalent among white children of well-educated parents

Early exposure to alcohol prevalent among white children of well-educated parents

It is a well-known fact that alcoholism is a severe illness that damages an individual’s physical and mental health. However, due to easy accessibility and low costs, many people around the world have already become severely addicted to this substance. According to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 136.7 million Americans aged 12 or older were the current alcohol users in 2016. The menace of alcoholism has spread across populations of every age in the U.S., including youngsters. In 2016, about one in five adolescents aged 12 to 20 consumed alcohol. (more…)

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Alcohol cardiomyopathy

Alcohol cardiomyopathy

Alcohol cardiomyopathy is a disorder caused by chronic consumption of alcohol. Long-term drinking leads to weakening of the heart muscles affecting its efficiency to pump blood to different organs of the body. As a result, the heart starts expanding to accommodate the extra blood and gets thin. Over a period, due to the excessive strain, the blood vessels and heart muscles get damaged causing dysregulated circulation. This can lead to heart failure or other life-threatening disorders. (more…)

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Even moderate drinking can be bad for the brain

Even moderate drinking can be bad for the brain

Classified as a sedative substance, alcohol is known to depress the central nervous system (CNS) at higher doses and induce the feeling of euphoria at lower doses. Despite the severe consequences, alcohol is one of the most celebrated and popular substance of choice for all age groups. Regular drinking can lead to a range of paralyzing health issues, such as drowsiness, respiratory depression, memory loss, blackouts, hypertension, heart attack, stroke and even death in life-threatening situations. (more…)

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