By Stacey Colino
At one time or another, we’ve all been there: At a party where everyone is having a little too much to drink, you see your S.O. talking animatedly, maybe even flirtatiously, with someone attractive and before you can blink twice, you’re raging with jealousy.
It is no secret that heavy and repeated consumption of alcohol can lead to addiction. In general, the more a person drinks the more tenacious and resistant to treatment their addiction will be, meaning they’ll experience stronger alcoholism withdrawal symptoms if and when they decide to quit.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Alcoholic behaviors run the gamut. Some alcoholics are very good at hiding their habits. And other people can drink a seemingly insignificant amount of alcohol and be falling-down drunk, yet not be considered alcoholics.
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.
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.
Alcohol poisoning is a life-threatening condition that can cause alcohol seizures. Signs of alcohol poisoning include stupor, confusion, vomiting, an inability to wake up, slowed or irregular breathing, pale or bluish skin color and seizures. If you see someone suffering from an alcohol seizure, call for medical help immediately, then follow these steps.
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.
New findings from an American research team indicate that states that take significant steps to limit adult alcohol use experience a significant decline in teenage binge-drinking rates, as well as a decline in overall teen alcohol consumption.
New findings from a team of American researchers link marijuana and alcohol consumption in teenagers to significant changes in the sleeping patterns necessary to support health and well-being.
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.
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.