More Negative Effects from Drinking Alcohol

It is well-established that long-term alcohol abuse can cause serious health problems, including brain damage and various forms of cancer. It also destroys relationships, finances, careers and emotional well-being. A series of recent studies show that alcohol abuse does even more damage than was previously known. Technological advances in neuroimaging allow scientists to observe alcohol’s…

When Drinking and Gambling Addictions Mix

One addiction is bad enough. When problem gambling and alcohol addiction come together, your (or your loved one) may find that it hard to recognize the source of their problem. And, make no mistake about it, there is interaction between drinking and gambling. Before we look at some of the specifics of the interaction, it’s…

The Biological Effects of Alcoholism

Much is written about alcoholism (alcohol addiction) and how it affects a person’s mental status, job performance, personal relationships, and mood. We also hear many stories about what happens to a person’s behavior when he becomes intoxicated, from driving under the influence to being involved in rowdy bar fights. However, it would be dangerous to…

Women and Alcoholism

No longer affecting men only, alcoholism today is an equal opportunity disease. But women and alcoholism are, in many ways, much different than their male counterparts. Researchers across the spectrum of alcohol prevention, treatment, education and outreach continue to study alcohol’s effects on women, whether different treatment protocols should be utilized, the effects of genetics…

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The Dangers of an Alcoholic Mother

When you hear the words “alcoholic mother,” you already have a mental image that’s disconcerting and confusing. It’s actually a dichotomy. Mothers are supposed to be nurturing, caring individuals, not falling-down drunks. How can the two possibly go together? The sad reality is that alcoholism knows no gender boundaries, nor does it pay heed to…

When Your Dad (or Mom) Drinks

When you are a child, you look up to your parents. They are supposed to be there to protect you, to keep you from harm, to look out for you at all times. But when one of your parents, let’s say your Daddy, drinks alcohol, sometimes things just don’t go right at all at home.…