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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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Women more at risk when consuming alcohol

Women more at risk when consuming alcohol

A study, first of its kind, examined excess mortality and its predictors among alcohol dependent individuals in the general population over a 14-year period. The findings concluded that annual death rates were higher for alcohol dependent females than for alcohol dependent males when compared to the general population.

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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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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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