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Alcoholism in the family – Part 3: Long-term impact on health and relationships

Alcoholism in the family – Part 3: Long-term impact on health and relationships

Alcohol is the most widely used addictive substance in the United States, affecting all age groups. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than 86 percent of people aged 18 or older accepted drinking alcohol at some point in their lifetime. The NSDUH data also revealed that over 15 million American adults had an ‘alcohol use disorder’ (AUD) in the survey year.   (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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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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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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Low alcohol taxation increases alcohol-related deaths: Study

Low alcohol taxation increases alcohol-related deaths: Study

Having various policies and guidelines to ensure the sensible use of drugs and alcohol in the United States is not helping much in fighting the problem of alcoholism. It has been found that binge drinking is a popular trend  in countries where people have a high socio-economic status. In fact, the condition remains grim in most of the developed nations owing to the influence of various substances on their people.

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BP medicine pindolol can help treat alcoholism: Study

BP medicine pindolol can help treat alcoholism: Study

One of the biggest challenges that the United States faces today is addiction to various substances and prescription drugs. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), nearly 6.3 million people aged 18 years or older experienced alcohol use disorder (AUD) in 2014. Finding a treatment for this problem, be it in the form of medication or psychotherapy, is important keeping in mind the deadly effects of drinking.

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Immediate risk of heart attack and stroke goes up after alcohol session: Study

Immediate risk of heart attack and stroke goes up after alcohol session: Study

Binge or heavy drinking over longer periods of time can have serious consequences. It can increase the risk of cancer, heart problems, injuries and accidents. The previously held belief that a small quantity of alcohol is actually good for the heart does not hold true anymore, with the scientists now reviewing the claim. (more…)

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Binge drinking drains America’s $249 billion in a year

Binge drinking drains America’s $249 billion in a year

Excessive alcohol use cost the U.S. economy a staggering $249 billion in 2010, according to a study released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in October, 2015. And the way it has been, this cost must have shot up rapidly over years. As per the CDC estimate, this economic burden translates to roughly $2.05 per drink, up from $1.90 per drink in 2006. (more…)

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