Alcohol Abuse

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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Commonly Abused Drugs on the 4th of July

Posted on June 29th, 2015

It’s a sad fact of life that the celebration of America’s independence is a day — make that a weekend — that is also synonymous with out-of-control drinking, drugging, and associated violence, overdose and deaths. Young or old, age makes no difference when it comes to people losing their senses and partying much too hard.

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When Supermom Becomes Drinking Mom

Posted on April 29th, 2015

Being supermom isn’t easy. You have a job. You take care of the kids. You feel like everyone relies on you and you feel the pressure to keep up with what other moms are doing for their kids, even if they don’t work outside the home. To cope with it all you reach for a glass of wine after dinner. That’s not so bad, right? They say a glass of wine a day may actually be good for you. So when does that one glass of wine transition to problem drinking?

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Why Do Retired Adults Develop Alcohol and Drug Problems?

Posted on April 27th, 2015

Recent research indicates that specific circumstances of retirement and major life changes associated with growing older largely explain the risks for significant alcohol and drug problems in older adults who leave the workforce.

Alcohol problems and (to a lesser extent) drug problems appear in substantial numbers of older Americans who have stopped working. However, the underlying reasons for the substance-related risks in these individuals are not well-understood. In a study published in December 2014 in the journal Work, Aging and Retirement, researchers from Cornell University sought to identify some of the major risk factors for alcohol and drug abuse in American retirees. These researchers concluded that retirees’ substance problems largely stem from a range of difficulties associated with the reasons for retirement and exposure to aging-related life changes.

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Middle-Aged Heavy Drinkers Have Increased Stroke Risks

Posted on April 15th, 2015

People who qualify as middle-aged heavy drinkers have significantly increased chances of experiencing a stroke, regardless of other stroke-related factors, according to the results of a new study from a team of Czech, Swedish and American researchers.

Heavy drinking is a pattern of dangerous alcohol consumption primarily associated with increased chances of developing diagnosable symptoms of alcohol use disorder (alcoholism and/or alcohol abuse). In a study published in January 2015 in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, researchers calculated the impact that heavy alcohol consumption has on the odds that a middle-aged man or woman will experience a potentially fatal stroke.

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