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Cancers alcohol may cause – Part 2: Liver

Cancers alcohol may cause – Part 2: Liver

Excessive alcohol is often associated with liver diseases. Since liver is responsible for metabolizing alcohol, it is more prone to alcohol-related injury. Regular and excessive consumption of alcohol causes chronic and fatal conditions, such as fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis. Long-term alcohol use has also been linked with increased risk of liver cancer. (more…)

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Alcohol causes more harm to society than heroin: Study

Alcohol causes more harm to society than heroin: Study

The rise in heroin use in the United States has raised several concerns. With factors such as cheap supply and wide availability, heroin addiction has reached a 20-year high in the country touching the epidemic levels. As per the United Nation’s World Drug Report 2016, there were nearly one million heroin users in the U.S. in 2014 and the heroin-related deaths increased fivefold since 2000 in the country. (more…)

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Excessive alcohol consumption affects breathing, says study

Excessive alcohol consumption affects breathing, says study

Excessive alcohol consumption carries drastic consequences for both the drinkers and their families. It led to approximately 88,000 deaths each year in the United States during 2006-2010. Adding to the adverse effects of drinking highlighted so far, a recent study, titled “Exhaled Nitric Oxide Levels Among Adults With Excessive Alcohol Consumption,” has revealed that alcohol can affect breathing also. (more…)

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Adolescent drinking inhibits future verbal learning and memory performance: Study

Adolescent drinking inhibits future verbal learning and memory performance: Study

Alcohol consumption can take a serious toll on a person’s health. And if the person consuming it is an adolescent, the consequences can be even more serious. Prolonged heavy drinking or binge drinking can cause unimaginable damage, not only to the health and relationships of the person, but also to the society in terms of crime, accidents, and violence. (more…)

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Industry initiatives to prevent drunk driving lack evidence of effectiveness

Industry initiatives to prevent drunk driving lack evidence of effectiveness

Alcohol affects the part of the brain that controls judgment, coordination and control, impacting a person’s cognitive and psychomotor skills. Binge drinking and continued alcohol use in large amounts, especially before driving, increases the chance of alcohol-related traffic deaths. However, a recent study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has suggested that the steps taken by the alcohol industry to keep a check on drinking and driving either lack evidence of effectiveness or haven’t been studied at all. (more…)

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Marijuana increases likelihood of alcohol use disorders: Study

Marijuana increases likelihood of alcohol use disorders: Study

Contradicting opinions are voiced when people have to make a choice between alcohol and marijuana. Washington D.C. and 23 American states have already legalized the use of marijuana for curative purposes, while four – Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon –allow sale of recreational marijuana to adults aged 21 and older. (more…)

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