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Moderate alcohol use linked to heart chamber damage, says study

It is time to move on from the old school of thought, which has been singing praises for the cardiovascular benefits of so-called “moderate drinking.” Recently, researchers came up with some strict recommendations pertaining to alcohol use, condemning its consumption in any quantity. According to a study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) in September 2016, alcohol consumption may be associated with the enlargement of left atria and subsequent atrial fibrillation, a condition characterized by a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), which may lead to heart failure, blood clots, stroke and other heart-related complications. (more…)

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Alcoholic pancreatitis detrimental to health

Prolonged hazardous drinking can lead to irreversible and progressive damage to various parts of the body. When someone drinks alcohol, it gets readily absorbed into the bloodstream, resulting in adverse long-term impacts on the physical and mental health. Its effect on the critical organs like liver and pancreas result in the production of toxic substances that hamper the proper functioning of the body. (more…)

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Adverse effects of binge drinking on human body

Continued alcohol use in large amounts is associated with innumerable health problems. While the impact of drinking on various organs of the body is gradual, its effect on the immune system is almost immediate and long lasting. Studies have shown that high doses of alcohol can suppress the immune response, thereby, making the body a host to a number of infectious diseases. (more…)

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People under influence of alcohol are quicker to help in other’s presence, says study

Alcohol consumption is usually associated with anti-social behavior, such as vandalism and violence. However, now there is a twist in the tale. A new research has found that people under the influence of alcohol are quick to offer help. Thanks to the alcohol that makes people think less, respond proactively, and help the needy without bothering about bystanders. (more…)

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Understanding differences and similarities between alcohol addiction and alcoholism

Though both alcohol addiction and alcoholism share some common factors and symptoms, there is a fine line between both the problems. Overall, both the problems differ from each other in the severity level. While alcoholism refers to drinking alcohol in excess, quite often and in different situations, it is not essential that people indulging in excessive drinking on different occasions will develop alcohol addiction. (more…)

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Busting age-old liquor myths

Alcohol consumption has increased manifold all over the world and that has fueled myths and anecdotes surrounding responsible drinking. While a lot has been said about drinking habits or ways to limit calorie intake, most of them are generally myths with no logical reasoning. Due to its social and cultural acceptance, many people believe that they can pass the entire night drinking sans any side effects but even one episode of drinking can prove to be fatal.
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Can availability of alcohol at regular places of visit trigger addiction?

A large number of grocery stores, barbershops, fast-food restaurants, libraries and other traditional alcohol-free places in California plan to start offering alcohol to the patrons in an effort to boost sales and synchronously cater to the public’s growing demand for alcohol. This development comes after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that empowered nail salons and barbershops to serve complimentary drinks to customers — 12 ounces of beer or six ounces of wine — without a special license or permit. (more…)

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Commonly mixed drugs with alcohol – Part 3: Ecstasy

As the name suggests, ecstasy lets the users feel ecstatic for some time. However, the drug shows unavoidable side effects when its effects wear off. Though the drug was initially popular in the nightclubs and raves, it now affects a larger number of people.

Besides being chemically similar to both stimulants and hallucinogens, the drug is dangerously dehydrating and mixing with alcohol (also a diuretic) makes it even more lethal. In fact, there is an increased risk of death due to overheating and extreme dehydration when a person mixes these two substances. (more…)

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