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Vitamins that help in alcohol withdrawal

Vitamins that help in alcohol withdrawal

Alcoholism is a chronic condition characterized by extreme alcohol cravings causing a physiological and psychological addiction, which requires treatment. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), about 16.3 million American adults aged 18 and older, including 10.6 million men and 5.7 million women, suffered from alcohol use disorder in 2014. (more…)

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Celebrities arrested for drunk driving in 2016

Celebrities arrested for drunk driving in 2016

“Don’t drink and drive!” a warning that appears on the billboards and hoardings by the roadside, is meant to encourage people to drive safely. Driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) in is a criminal offense in all jurisdictions within the United States. A person driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs has impaired motor senses, which affect his or her skill to drive a vehicle. (more…)

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Alcoholism in the family – Part 2: Alcohol and its effect on an unborn child

Alcoholism in the family – Part 2: Alcohol and its effect on an unborn child

Alcohol is one of the most dangerous addictive substances that can affect a developing fetus. According to the Institute of Medical Report to Congress, alcohol produces the most serious neurobehavioral effects in the fetus, as compared to other substances such as marijuana, heroin or cocaine. Whether a glass of wine, a bottle of beer or a shot of vodka, the fluids consumed by the mother can get transferred to the embryo through the placenta. (more…)

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Targeting specific neurons can help get rid of alcohol dependence: Study

Targeting specific neurons can help get rid of alcohol dependence: Study

Drinking on a frequent basis can cause alcohol addiction. Prior studies have indicated how recurrent alcohol use can result in activation of certain groups of neurons. Excessive drinking increases activation in the neuronal “circuit” which then aggravates drinking habits and addiction. Researchers had suggested the possibility of the creation of a special path in the brain, between alcohol and reward. (more…)

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Alcoholism in the family- Part 1: Living with parents addicted to alcohol

Alcoholism in the family- Part 1: Living with parents addicted to alcohol

According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than 10 percent of the children in the United States live with parents addicted to alcohol. Alcohol, being the second most addictive substance, contributes to about 3 million deaths per year, destroying families and causing severe disorders in infants. Often referred to as COAs viz. children of alcoholics, they live under constant fear of stress, financial instability, emotional hardships, distress, and physical and mental violence. They often find it extremely difficult to cope with feelings of embarrassment, frustration, rage, insecurity and shame. (more…)

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Alcohol and pregnancy: How it affects an unborn child

Alcohol and pregnancy: How it affects an unborn child

Alcohol is one of the most dangerous addictive substances that can affect a developing fetus.  According to the Institute of Medical Report to Congress, alcohol produces the most serious neurobehavioral effects in the fetus, as compared to other substances of abuse, such as marijuana, heroin or cocaine. Whether a glass of wine, a bottle of beer or a shot of vodka, the fluids consumed by the mother can get transferred to the embryo through the placenta. (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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Stop drinking if diagnosed with liver cancer

Stop drinking if diagnosed with liver cancer

A recent study has revealed that alcohol consumption increases the risk of seven types of cancer in the body, including liver cancer. Liver is a vital organ that detoxifies the body from chemicals and metabolizes the drugs entering into the body. As a result, any harm to the liver leads to disruption of several other body functions. Often, liver cancer has the risk of spreading to other parts of the body as well. (more…)

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Understanding the association between alcohol and on-campus crimes

Understanding the association between alcohol and on-campus crimes

One of the major concerns that has been bothering the education system in the U.S. is the increasing number of crimes that are committed on a college campus. From alcohol to drugs, college students seem to be allured by anything that brings fun to mundane college days. As per a recent report released by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), about 1,825 college students in the age group of 18-24 die every year due to the alcohol-related injuries. Moreover, about 97,000 college students are sexually assaulted or raped every year under the influence of alcohol. (more…)

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Cancers alcohol may cause – Part 3: Colon, rectum

Cancers alcohol may cause – Part 3: Colon, rectum

Bowel cancer is one of the most common types of cancer worldwide and is the second leading cause of deaths involving cancer in the United States. Also called colorectal cancer, it includes cancer of the colon or the large intestine and the rectum or the back passage. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), colorectal is the third most common cancer diagnosed in Americans. Further, the U.S. has recorded nearly 95,270 and 39,220 new cases of colon cancer and rectal cancer respectively for 2016, as estimated by the American Cancer Society. (more…)

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