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How to effectively remove alcohol from your social life

How to effectively remove alcohol from your social life

Many who drink alcohol excessively often find that their social life significantly revolves around it. Unsurprisingly, heavy drinkers often associate with others who have similar habits, as it is a shared interest and it can also make one feel less guilty about overconsumption. Alcohol in itself can become something of an escape to better ignore the very problems it tends to create in responsible adulthood. Those looking to get sober and move forward in their lives will often need to restructure their thoughts as well as behaviors, so that the substance no longer dominates their lives. (more…)

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Romantic jealousy poses risk for alcohol dependence

Romantic jealousy poses risk for alcohol dependence

Some individuals’ self-esteem is significantly dependant on their relationships. Such people are more inclined to resort to alcohol in order to deal with their sorrows if they fear their partner’s unfaithfulness. Jealous people in low quality relationships are at higher risk of alcohol problems, suggests a new study.

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Binge drinking influenced by brain protein

Binge drinking influenced by brain protein

A recent study conducted by The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) demonstrated how binge drinking behaviors in animals can be controlled by eliminating a certain brain protein. In this analysis, mice were deprived of said protein, diminishing reward property signals that the brain receives during increased alcohol consumption.

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The health ramifications of alcohol part 3: The link between alcohol abuse and nutrition

The health ramifications of alcohol part 3: The link between alcohol abuse and nutrition

The alcohol consumption and nutritional status of an individual are deeply yet inversely connected. Many alcoholics are malnourished due to a lack of essential nutrients or prevention of nutritional absorption due to alcohol metabolism.

Excessive alcohol use is a major cause of nutritional deficiency, as it manifests itself through malnutrition and metabolism. (more…)

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Compulsive drinking linked to gene variant

Compulsive drinking linked to gene variant

There is a lot of debate over the existence of an “alcoholism gene.” Last month, a study in association with the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism revealed a gene variant influencing the release of a particular brain protein that may increase the susceptibility of developing of an alcohol abuse disorder. Given that 16.6 million adults aged 18 and older had an alcohol problem in 2013, this discovery could prove to be a milestone in the fight against addiction. (more…)

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