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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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Study offers scope for personalized alcohol addiction treatment

Study offers scope for personalized alcohol addiction treatment

A study led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) can go a long way in helping researchers explore personalized treatment alternatives for people with alcoholism and alcohol use disorder (AUD). It can help improve the lives of around 138.3 million current alcohol users, 66.7 million binge drinkers and 17.3 million heavy alcohol users aged 12 or older in the United States, according to the data from 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). (more…)

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Enzyme treatment reduces alcohol-induced liver damage, finds study

Enzyme treatment reduces alcohol-induced liver damage, finds study

Fatty liver is a reversible condition caused by the accumulation of fat on the cells of the liver. While there could be multiple reasons for the occurrence of such a condition, the most common reason is alcohol consumption. The liver is one of the largest organs of the body and is responsible of metabolism of the food consumed. It is also responsible for filtering the waste products from the blood. The liver has the capacity to regrow, however, a continuous buildup of fatty cells causes scarring on its surface, which eventually results in a life-threatening condition called liver cirrhosis. (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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Family dinners may help prevent teen substance abuse

Family dinners may help prevent teen substance abuse

In this fast-paced world, spending quality time with family members can be a far-fetched dream for many. However, one must understand that spending quality time together helps a person to form strong bonds with his or her partner and children. The best way to keep in touch with the family member is to eat together on a regular basis. In fact, family dinners help in easing communication between different family members, apart from helping to get along with others. (more…)

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Establishing link between type of personality and drinking habit

Establishing link between type of personality and drinking habit

Many people believe that there is no commonality between drinking behavior and the type of personality. There is a common misconception that a “degenerated” personality is generally associated with alcoholism and other vices. However, a number of studies have shown that it is other way round, proving that lack of morale, or a predisposition to laziness, promiscuity and antisocial behaviors, is a consequence of the drinking habit. Precisely, prior researches had shown that long and persistent abuse of alcohol dulls certain receptors of the brain associated with memory and intelligence. (more…)

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Bariatric surgery associated with increased risk of alcohol abuse, finds study

Bariatric surgery associated with increased risk of alcohol abuse, finds study

In recent times, weight loss surgeries have become the most common method of losing weight in people struggling with obesity. Also known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, or bariatric surgery, the procedure also helps extremely obese people to manage comorbid conditions like diabetes or hypertension. But going under the knife may not be the best option for those who are vulnerable to substance abuse. Apparently, the risk of alcohol abuse is higher for patients who undergo bariatric surgery. (more…)

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Is excessive drinking the new (and dangerous) normal for women?

Is excessive drinking the new (and dangerous) normal for women?

Consuming alcohol is now a widely prevalent and accepted activity in the American culture, irrespective of age, gender or race. When regular alcohol consumption turns into binge drinking, women face significantly greater risks than men. Over the last few years there is evidence of a disturbing trend where women are consuming alcohol excessively and more frequently than previous generations. Excessive drinking is leading to acute health disorders and high mortality rates among women. (more…)

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Hangover memories commonplace in individuals with family history of drinking problems, finds study

Hangover memories commonplace in individuals with family history of drinking problems, finds study

When strong symptoms of hangover, including headache, nausea and vomiting bother individuals the next morning, some may curse their drinking sprees while others may easily get over it. Like the severity of hangovers that is different for different individuals, the lessons learned from them are also different for different people. It is already a known fact that family history of alcoholism increases one’s risk of developing a drinking problem. Going a step further, a recent survey explored how a family history of drinking may influence one’s approach to look at the past episodes of hangovers.  (more…)

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