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

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

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

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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Can availability of alcohol at regular places of visit trigger addiction?

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 1: Cannabis

Commonly mixed drugs with alcohol – Part 1: Cannabis

Consuming alcohol with other substances is not a new trend as smoking along with drinking has been a common practice for long. However, combining alcohol with other drugs can prove quite dangerous to the users. Several studies also suggest that smoking marijuana during or after alcohol consumption can increase the concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in one’s blood to dangerous levels. It can cause serious physical and psychological effects, ranging from dizziness to paranoia, which may even turn fatal, directly or indirectly. (more…)

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Spike in alcohol abuse in older people proves to be a double whammy

Spike in alcohol abuse in older people proves to be a double whammy

A large number of elderly people as a consequence of aging and loneliness witnessed in the absence of children may turn to alcohol. As a result, alcohol abuse is one of the significant issues among the elderly people in the United States (U.S.). In fact, it has become so serious that it is now getting a lot of attention by experts and health care providers in the country. (more…)

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National Liver Cancer Awareness Month: No "fine line" exists while drinking alcohol

National Liver Cancer Awareness Month: No “fine line” exists while drinking alcohol

Unlike the addiction to illicit drugs or opioids, or any other addictive substance, people generally don’t consider alcoholism as a problem. Alcohol being an intrinsic part of the American culture, its consumption is accepted widely. Even the taboo attached to women drinking alcohol no longer exists. Legally available alcohol further strengthens the myth of it being safe as compared to other abusive drugs.

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UCSD develops device that measures blood alcohol levels accurately

UCSD develops device that measures blood alcohol levels accurately

Persistent and excessive consumption of alcohol is a chronic disease that can severely disrupt the lives of abusers and their families. Constantly indulging in alcohol may result in a level of dependency that could prove life-threatening. Eventually, an addict is unable to stop drinking despite developing serious illnesses such as a depressed respiratory system. (more…)

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Low alcohol taxation increases alcohol-related deaths: Study

Low alcohol taxation increases alcohol-related deaths: Study

Having various policies and guidelines to ensure the sensible use of drugs and alcohol in the United States is not helping much in fighting the problem of alcoholism. It has been found that binge drinking is a popular trend  in countries where people have a high socio-economic status. In fact, the condition remains grim in most of the developed nations owing to the influence of various substances on their people.

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