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Enzyme treatment reduces alcohol-induced liver damage, finds study

Fatty liver is a reversible condition caused by the accumulation of fat on the cells of the liver. While there could be multiple reasons for the occurrence of such a condition, the most common reason is alcohol consumption. The liver is one of the largest organs of the body and is responsible of metabolism of the food consumed. It is also responsible for filtering the waste products from the blood. The liver has the capacity to regrow, however, a continuous buildup of fatty cells causes scarring on its surface, which eventually results in a life-threatening condition called liver cirrhosis. (more…)

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Can ketamine treat alcoholism? British university tries to find out

Ketamine is a medication used to induce anesthesia in humans and animals. The drug’s psychedelic qualities have made it popular as a recreational narcotic prone to abuse. Ketamine’s common street names include K, Special K and Lady K. Higher doses of the drug are associated with hallucinatory or near-death experiences. Ketamine is a popular drug on the club circuit, frequently used by teenagers and young adults at rave parties. (more…)

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Family dinners may help prevent teen substance abuse

In this fast-paced world, spending quality time with family members can be a far-fetched dream for many. However, one must understand that spending quality time together helps a person to form strong bonds with his or her partner and children. The best way to keep in touch with the family member is to eat together on a regular basis. In fact, family dinners help in easing communication between different family members, apart from helping to get along with others. (more…)

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Establishing link between type of personality and drinking habit

Many people believe that there is no commonality between drinking behavior and the type of personality. There is a common misconception that a “degenerated” personality is generally associated with alcoholism and other vices. However, a number of studies have shown that it is other way round, proving that lack of morale, or a predisposition to laziness, promiscuity and antisocial behaviors, is a consequence of the drinking habit. Precisely, prior researches had shown that long and persistent abuse of alcohol dulls certain receptors of the brain associated with memory and intelligence. (more…)

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Bariatric surgery associated with increased risk of alcohol abuse, finds study

In recent times, weight loss surgeries have become the most common method of losing weight in people struggling with obesity. Also known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, or bariatric surgery, the procedure also helps extremely obese people to manage comorbid conditions like diabetes or hypertension. But going under the knife may not be the best option for those who are vulnerable to substance abuse. Apparently, the risk of alcohol abuse is higher for patients who undergo bariatric surgery. (more…)

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Is excessive drinking the new (and dangerous) normal for women?

Consuming alcohol is now a widely prevalent and accepted activity in the American culture, irrespective of age, gender or race. When regular alcohol consumption turns into binge drinking, women face significantly greater risks than men. Over the last few years there is evidence of a disturbing trend where women are consuming alcohol excessively and more frequently than previous generations. Excessive drinking is leading to acute health disorders and high mortality rates among women. (more…)

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Hangover memories commonplace in individuals with family history of drinking problems, finds study

When strong symptoms of hangover, including headache, nausea and vomiting bother individuals the next morning, some may curse their drinking sprees while others may easily get over it. Like the severity of hangovers that is different for different individuals, the lessons learned from them are also different for different people. It is already a known fact that family history of alcoholism increases one’s risk of developing a drinking problem. Going a step further, a recent survey explored how a family history of drinking may influence one’s approach to look at the past episodes of hangovers.  (more…)

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The bitter truth about millennials and alcohol abuse

The term “millennials” typically refers to individuals who have come of age in the 21st century. There is a divergence among various schools of thought regarding the earliest and latest years during which millennials can be considered to have been born. Demographers Neil Howe and William Strauss define millennials to include those individuals who were born between 1982 and 2004. This is important in the context of various social, economic and cultural influences which have shaped millennials. (more…)

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Early liver transplant necessary for people with alcoholic hepatitis, says study

Alcoholic hepatitis is an extremely serious condition causing serious liver inflammation in people who are involved in heavy drinking. While the primary function of the liver is to eliminate wastes, repeated onslaught of alcohol causes scarring, which deprives the organ to flush toxins out of the body. As a result, there is a buildup of toxins within the body, causing jaundice-like symptoms. Unaccounted and sudden loss of weight and yellowing of skin and whites of eyes are some of the signs of an inflamed liver. (more…)

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