Alcohol Abuse

Central Nervous System Disorders: Fibromyalgia & Alcohol Abuse

Posted on February 25th, 2017

Fibromyalgia is a long-term health condition that leads to chronic, widespread physical pain. Researchers have found that alcohol consumption can help reduce symptoms of the condition and bring significant pain relief. For this reason, people affected by fibromyalgia may be tempted to increase their alcohol intake in order to keep the disorder under control. However, anyone who chooses this route of self-medication can inadvertently develop a diagnosable case of alcohol abuse or alcoholism.

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Anxiety Medication and Alcohol

Posted on February 24th, 2017

If you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and are about to begin treatment, you should know that anxiety medication and alcohol do not mix. Ignore this warning and you’ll be putting your health and possibly even your life at risk.

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Dutch Courage: Why Alcohol Makes You Feel Invincible

Posted on January 28th, 2017

“Dutch courage” is an old-fashioned term sometimes used to describe the feeling of invulnerability that some people get after consuming alcohol. While this feeling may provide a boost of confidence, it can also greatly increase your chances of taking part in reckless or dangerous activities that could harm your health or the health of others. A brief explanation may help clarify exactly why alcohol consumption can make you feel invincible.

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Campus Sexual Violence & the Role Alcohol Plays

Posted on January 26th, 2017

One of the most disquieting safety concerns college students face today is the risk of sexual assault. It is a problem on campuses across America. In fact, sexual violence is considered to be more prevalent on college campuses than any other crime. Not all incidents of sexual violence have been linked with alcohol consumption, but a large number have, which is why we must consider the connection between the social effects of alcohol and sexual assault.

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Alcohol Poisoning: Symptoms, Treatment and Duration

Posted on January 20th, 2017

Alcohol poisoning is the common term for an alcohol overdose. This potentially fatal health crisis occurs when you consume enough alcohol to shut down the function of your body’s central nervous system. Knowledge of the symptoms of alcohol poisoning can potentially save your life or the life of a loved one, friend or stranger. Let’s take a look at these symptoms, as well as the duration of a poisoning event and the specifics of alcohol poisoning treatment.

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Your Brain in a ‘Blackout’

Posted on January 18th, 2017

People who rapidly drink excessive amounts of alcohol sometimes experience “blackouts,” periods of hours or days in which they can’t remember their statements, actions or other behaviors. To outside parties, a person experiencing one of these episodes may seem quite lucid. Still, personal memories of what happened are partially or completely unavailable once an episode ends. Blackouts occur because of alcohol’s effects on the part of your brain responsible for memory formation. Let’s take a closer look at how this process happens.

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21 Bad Things That Can Happen When You’re Drunk

Posted on January 12th, 2017

When stripped to its essence and separated from its party aura, getting drunk is a pretty strange concept. Think of it: We ingest a substance that our body identifies as poison. As it circulates through our blood stream, our body begins working as hard as it can to get rid of it — through our breath, through our urine and by breaking it down in our liver. When it hits our brain, cognitive functions are slowed or scrambled bit by bit. Behavior, emotion, memory and coordination suffer. Yet many people can’t wait for the weekend to roll around so they can make it happen again.

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5 Surprising Facts About Teens and Alcohol

Posted on December 22nd, 2016

As a parent, it’s not easy to hear scary statistics about teens and drinking. Teenagers abuse alcohol more than any other substance, and many pay a price for their drinking. From accidents to missed school and poor grades to fatalities, drinking and teens is a disturbing topic. However, as a parent you have a responsibility to be aware so that you can protect your children. Know and understand teenage drinking statistics and prepare a plan to make sure your teen understands the risks of alcohol and makes good choices.

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Teens and Binge Drinking

Posted on February 1st, 2016

Underage drinking is a serious problem. When teens drink they put themselves at risk for a number of problems. Drinking leads to academic problems, accidents, health problems, assaults, unprotected sex and later substance abuse. Binge drinking is a particular problem among young people. When teens engage in binge drinking, they increase the risk of accidents, assaults, unplanned pregnancies and even fatal alcohol poisoning. If you have a teen, make sure you are aware of the dangers of binge drinking and talk to your child about it.

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Heavy Drinking Bigger Risk for Stroke in Middle Age Than Hypertension

Posted on September 29th, 2015

A new study has found that consuming more than two drinks a day raises the risk of stroke for men more than high blood pressure (hypertension) or diabetes does, particularly in midlife. The finding places an important caveat on previous results suggesting a health benefit to moderate drinking—in short, if you drink too much, the benefit quickly turns into a risk. For women, the increase in risk comes even sooner, with the research finding that more than one drink per day raises stroke risk.

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