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

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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Alcoholism in the family - Part 4: Tips to help a parent with alcohol addiction

Alcoholism in the family – Part 4: Tips to help a parent with alcohol addiction

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), 15.1 million American adults in the age group of 18 and above had alcohol use disorder (AUD) in 2015, including 9.8 million men and 5.3 million women. Though commonly considered as a behavioral problem, alcoholism is more of a preventable disorder that needs adequate care and treatment to ensure recovery. (more…)

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Tostitos to launch party safe bags for Super Bowl

Tostitos to launch party safe bags for Super Bowl

Like New Year’s eve, Super Bowl is also associated with a lot of drinking games and excessive partying. A record number of Americans are Super Bowl fans and for a lot of them, Super Bowl celebrations and alcohol go hand-in-hand. As a consequence, drunk driving takes place during and after the game. In an attempt to keep a check on drunk driving and prevent the number of casualties, Tostitos has come up with an interesting solution. (more…)

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Statistics on some key driving under the influence issues afflicting the US

Statistics on some key driving under the influence issues afflicting the US

Fatal accidents due to impaired driving, including drunk driving, drugged driving and distracted driving, are common not just in the U.S., but also in other countries. However, when it comes to the U.S., there are some very noticeable and eye-opening statistics related to drunk driving. With alcohol-impaired driving crashes accounting approximately 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S., drunk driving is a serious problem that needs urgent reformative measures. (more…)

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Heavy drinking in LGBT community - attribute or false perception?

Heavy drinking in LGBT community – attribute or false perception?

Alcoholism is usually regarded as an illness that needs urgent medical attention and treatment. But this might not be the case for the LGBT community. In fact, it is said that the opposite is true for them. For instance, gay men consider heavy drinking as their pride. In a society, where both heavy drinking and homosexuality is considered a taboo, gay men take pride in alcoholism. As per a survey, “more than two in five (42 percent) gay and bisexual men drink alcohol on three or more days a week compared to 35 percent of men in general.” (more…)

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Is there any truth to the term "beer goggles"?

Is there any truth to the term “beer goggles”?

Many sitcoms and romantic comedies begin with two strangers meeting at a bar and getting cozy after a few drinks. Some series also show the two to be at loggerheads but end up falling for each other after spending some time together while drinking. This entire phenomenon of finding people attractive after a few drinks, who were not appealing initially, is termed as “beer goggles.” (more…)

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Facts about delirium tremens

Facts about delirium tremens

Withdrawal symptoms are common when patients are undergoing rehabilitation for any kind of  addiction. While some withdrawals are manageable, others are more uncomfortable. In the case of alcohol withdrawal, delirium tremens (DT) is an unpleasant side effect of withdrawal. The risk of experiencing DT increases for heavy drinkers. Despite the reduction in mortality rate due to DT from 35 percent in the past to a current ten percent, DT is still treated as a medical emergency. (more…)

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Cancers alcohol may cause – Part 4: Breast

Cancers alcohol may cause – Part 4: Breast

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. Studies report that it is the second leading cause of death after lung cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, the United States had the highest annual incidence of breast cancer in the world nearly a decade ago in 2007. Although further studies reported a decline in the incidence and death rates due to breast cancer in the country, it continues to be the most feared disease among women.
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Drive Safely Work Week: Promoting sober driving among employees

Drive Safely Work Week: Promoting sober driving among employees

Drunken driving killed nearly 9,967 people in the United States in 2014, reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This accounted for nearly 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the country that year. Unfortunately, added CDC, nearly 19 percent of all traffic-related deaths were among children aged 0 to 14 years, due to alcohol-impaired driving. Further, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that traffic fatalities increased 7.2 percent in 2015 as compared to the previous year, the highest percentage increase in 50 years. (more…)

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