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Powdered alcohol’s unwelcome debut throughout the U.S.

Powdered alcohol’s unwelcome debut throughout the U.S.

Powdered alcohol hasn’t hit the market yet, but 25 states have already moved to ban the product, including South Carolina, Louisiana and Vermont, whereas other states are considering legislation. Some critics are concerned people may try to snort the powder or mix it with alcohol to make it even stronger or spike a drink. (more…)

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How childhood trauma can lead to alcohol abuse

How childhood trauma can lead to alcohol abuse

Early-childhood trauma holds a strong association with the development of mental health problems, especially alcohol dependence, later in life.

Significantly accumulated evidence shows that childhood trauma affects neural structure and function, making an individual susceptible to future cognitive deficits and psychiatric illnesses that include schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse. (more…)

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The health ramifications of alcohol part 5: Alcohol and the immune system

The health ramifications of alcohol part 5: Alcohol and the immune system

The most overshadowed health consequence of alcohol abuse is its effect on the immune system. Chronic alcohol consumption can weaken the immune system, making an individual more susceptible to the threat of infections.

Ever since the 1920s, clinicians have been confirming the association between excessive alcohol consumption and the production and function of white blood cells (WBCs). Even though WBCs only account for 1 percent of the blood, their impact is significant. Also known as leukocytes, they are vital for the maintenance of good health and protection against diseases and illnesses. (more…)

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