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California bill extending alcohol sale hours to 4 am clears initial hurdles

California bill extending alcohol sale hours to 4 am clears initial hurdles

It is a fact that excessive alcohol consumption can cause a number of physical and mental problems. However, it seems that California legislators are least bothered about the harmful effects of drinking. Now, the California State Senate Governmental Organization Committee has passed a bill that would allow bars to remain open as late as 4 a.m. The bill — SB 905 — which was introduced by Senator Scott Wiener of San Francisco has been forwarded to the California Senate’s Appropriations Committee. (more…)

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Even moderate drinking can be bad for the brain

Even moderate drinking can be bad for the brain

Classified as a sedative substance, alcohol is known to depress the central nervous system (CNS) at higher doses and induce the feeling of euphoria at lower doses. Despite the severe consequences, alcohol is one of the most celebrated and popular substance of choice for all age groups. Regular drinking can lead to a range of paralyzing health issues, such as drowsiness, respiratory depression, memory loss, blackouts, hypertension, heart attack, stroke and even death in life-threatening situations. (more…)

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Repercussions of excessive drinking at workplace

Repercussions of excessive drinking at workplace

Considered as a major stress-buster, alcohol has become a chill pill for many people. The imbalance between the myriad responsibilities at the workplace and the daily tasks of household responsibilities often take a toll on a person’s mental health. Under such circumstances, alcohol acts as an elixir that calms a person’s agitated mind and triggers feelings of gratification. (more…)

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Adverse effects of alcopops on young adults

Adverse effects of alcopops on young adults

Alcopops are sweet carbonated alcoholic drinks that are primarily meant for adolescents. Also known as flavored alcoholic beverage, flavored malt beverage, or premium packaged spirits, alcopops are beverages containing alcohol along with certain flavorings like fruit extracts or other alcoholic beverages. Apparently, as most teens and women did not like the bland taste of alcohol and beer, popular alcohol brands marketed them as readily available and tasty alcoholic drinks, under the guise of fizz and sweetness. (more…)

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Switching from conventional treatment to naltrexone can reduce alcoholism

Switching from conventional treatment to naltrexone can reduce alcoholism

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a prevalent condition in the United States. With over 15.1 million American adults that make up 6.2 percent of the adult population were reported to have AUD back in 2015, it is surprising to note that only 8.3 percent of adults with AUD received treatment in the same year. In fact, alcohol-impaired driving that resulted in accidental deaths had increased by 3.2 percent from 9,943 in 2014 to 10,265 in 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). (more…)

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Can ketamine treat alcoholism? British university tries to find out

Can ketamine treat alcoholism? British university tries to find out

Ketamine is a medication used to induce anesthesia in humans and animals. The drug’s psychedelic qualities have made it popular as a recreational narcotic prone to abuse. Ketamine’s common street names include K, Special K and Lady K. Higher doses of the drug are associated with hallucinatory or near-death experiences. Ketamine is a popular drug on the club circuit, frequently used by teenagers and young adults at rave parties. (more…)

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The bitter truth about millennials and alcohol abuse

The bitter truth about millennials and alcohol abuse

The term “millennials” typically refers to individuals who have come of age in the 21st century. There is a divergence among various schools of thought regarding the earliest and latest years during which millennials can be considered to have been born. Demographers Neil Howe and William Strauss define millennials to include those individuals who were born between 1982 and 2004. This is important in the context of various social, economic and cultural influences which have shaped millennials. (more…)

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Understanding differences and similarities between alcohol addiction and alcoholism

Understanding differences and similarities between alcohol addiction and alcoholism

Though both alcohol addiction and alcoholism share some common factors and symptoms, there is a fine line between both the problems. Overall, both the problems differ from each other in the severity level. While alcoholism refers to drinking alcohol in excess, quite often and in different situations, it is not essential that people indulging in excessive drinking on different occasions will develop alcohol addiction. (more…)

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9 interesting mocktail recipes for sober people

9 interesting mocktail recipes for sober people

People who do not drink or have given up drinking for health reasons often find themselves out of place in a party where booze flows. Some of them might feel tempted to drink just for the sake of giving company and end up fuddling themselves in the process. Healthy mocktail drinks can be a good option to avoid such a situation. (more…)

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