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Does alcohol cause acne? Let’s explore

Does alcohol cause acne? Let’s explore

Alcohol consumption is frequently associated with early signs of aging, damaged hair health, disturbed sleep patterns, and weight gain among others. Apart from the effects mentioned above, it is also known to adversely affect beauty and skin care. In the same context, a new concern of whether alcohol can lead to acne also has recently surfaced. (more…)

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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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10 practical steps to cut back on alcohol consumption

10 practical steps to cut back on alcohol consumption

Although millions of people across the globe either resolve to quit drinking alcohol or at least cut back on their consumption, every year, only a handful of them succeed. A recent study published in the journal Addiction stated that simply making a resolution to quit alcohol might not be enough. The researchers examined 3000 high-risk drinkers and found that nearly 20 percent of them had resolved to cut back on the quantity of alcohol they consumed. Still, six months later, every one lacked the motivation to stick to the resolution. Though all the participants were drinking lesser, on the contrary, those who wanted to cut back did not show any concrete changes in their drinking patterns. (more…)

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Excessive alcohol consumption may damage skin, women at a greater risk

Excessive alcohol consumption may damage skin, women at a greater risk

We all know consuming alcohol is harmful, as it may lead to liver damage, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, impairment of cognitive skills, development of mental disorders, etc. However, very few of us are aware of its effect on skin. Experts have now found that being a depressant alcohol worsens the pre-existing skin conditions and increases vulnerability to more skin-related problems, especially among women. (more…)

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Alcohol cardiomyopathy

Alcohol cardiomyopathy

Alcohol cardiomyopathy is a disorder caused by chronic consumption of alcohol. Long-term drinking leads to weakening of the heart muscles affecting its efficiency to pump blood to different organs of the body. As a result, the heart starts expanding to accommodate the extra blood and gets thin. Over a period, due to the excessive strain, the blood vessels and heart muscles get damaged causing dysregulated circulation. This can lead to heart failure or other life-threatening disorders. (more…)

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Activated charcoal: A lucky charm against hangover

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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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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Busting age-old liquor myths

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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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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