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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 consumption linked to 7 types of cancer, says study

Alcohol consumption linked to 7 types of cancer, says study

For centuries, alcoholic beverages have been an indispensable part of many cultures. However, given its health implications, continued alcohol abuse has been responsible for a significant economic and social burden. Even moderate drinking is associated with serious health consequences, like cirrhosis and cancers. Heavy drinking is responsible for psychological damage, leading to conditions such as paranoia, depression and psychosis. (more…)

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

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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Study offers scope for personalized alcohol addiction treatment

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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Family dinners may help prevent teen substance abuse

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

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

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

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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