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Activated charcoal: A lucky charm against hangover

Alcohol is a widely accepted celebration drink in almost every culture. In fact, numerous archaeological records have highlighted the use of alcohol in feasts, celebrations and rituals during ancient times. In such circumstances, it becomes almost impossible for anyone to escape from drinking. This propels people to try finding out effective solutions that can prove to be their lucky charm against drinking. While some end up as nothing more than mere deceptive methods, some turn out to be effective long-lasting remedies. (more…)

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3 debilitating effects of alcohol on female hormones

The lead female protagonist of the series “Sex and the City,” Carrie Bradshaw, took the American fashion statement to an altogether different height in the 90s through her obsession with Monolas Blahnik heels and Fendi handbags. Immaculately draped in Chanel dresses, she resonated with many American single women, with oodles of confidence and style. Carrie, however, was also seen sipping Cosmopolitan, a pink colored cocktail through all the seasons which tempted woman fans to raise a toast every time they met a friend, or during a PMS, or a breakup/hook up. Cosmopolitan was a permanent fixture of this series and as a result, every other girl started feeling a part of the glamor world by ordering a Cosmo. (more…)

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Children becoming victims of drivers under alcohol and marijuana influence

It is unfortunate that every day 28 Americans lose their lives to motor vehicle crashes (amounting to one death every 51 minutes) involving an alcohol-impaired driver, as estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Moreover, 16 percent of the total traffic deaths among children up to the age of 14 in 2015 involved an alcohol-impaired driver. In the same year, there were 111 million self-reported cases of driving under the influence of alcohol. (more…)

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Why web-based programs are better choices for alcohol addiction treatment for students

Americans are drinking more than they used to, it emerged recently in a study published in the JAMA Psychiatry. However, despite the disturbing trend, the good news is that adolescents are binge drinking less than they used to, says a comparatively older study published in the journal Pediatrics. But if the drinking continues in any age group, it is bound to be followed by the younger ones across the communities. (more…)

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Adverse effects of alcopops on young adults

Alcopops are sweet carbonated alcoholic drinks that are primarily meant for adolescents. Also known as flavored alcoholic beverage, flavored malt beverage, or premium packaged spirits, alcopops are beverages containing alcohol along with certain flavorings like fruit extracts or other alcoholic beverages. Apparently, as most teens and women did not like the bland taste of alcohol and beer, popular alcohol brands marketed them as readily available and tasty alcoholic drinks, under the guise of fizz and sweetness. (more…)

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Switching from conventional treatment to naltrexone can reduce alcoholism

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a prevalent condition in the United States. With over 15.1 million American adults that make up 6.2 percent of the adult population were reported to have AUD back in 2015, it is surprising to note that only 8.3 percent of adults with AUD received treatment in the same year. In fact, alcohol-impaired driving that resulted in accidental deaths had increased by 3.2 percent from 9,943 in 2014 to 10,265 in 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). (more…)

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Study offers scope for personalized alcohol addiction treatment

A study led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) can go a long way in helping researchers explore personalized treatment alternatives for people with alcoholism and alcohol use disorder (AUD). It can help improve the lives of around 138.3 million current alcohol users, 66.7 million binge drinkers and 17.3 million heavy alcohol users aged 12 or older in the United States, according to the data from 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). (more…)

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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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