Alcoholism

What are the Legal Blood Alcohol Levels Across the World?

Posted on April 5th, 2017

Almost 10,000 people die in the U.S. each year as a result of alcohol-impaired driving, accounting for nearly one third of all traffic-related deaths in the country. The most important step anybody can take to protect other drivers and pedestrians is to learn the legal blood alcohol level for driving and stick to it. However, the legal blood alcohol level varies among countries around the world, so we’ll look at the U.K., other E.U. countries, China, Japan and Brazil.

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What Do You Mean I Can Never Drink Again?

Posted on February 16th, 2017

When you have had one too many disastrous experiences under the influence of alcohol, you realize that it’s time to stop drinking. You may talk to people who are in recovery and realize that the cornerstone of Alcoholics Anonymous is abstinence. You panic. You probably don’t want to stop drinking permanently. You just want to learn how to control your drinking.

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Drink Until You Drop: The Perils of Attending Fraternity, Sorority Parties

Posted on June 23rd, 2016

Fraternities and sororities are central to the social life on many college campuses. They offer a stamp of approval for those chosen as members and a sense of pride for parents of students who are accepted into their ranks. They present opportunities to be of service and teach valuable leadership skills as well as promoting team-building. Those who have entered into their ranks have shared that they feel like they are with people who have become “family of choice,” with whom they can network long after their college years have ended.

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How to Forgive an Alcoholic Parent

Posted on April 19th, 2016

From parental substance abuse statistics, we know that when a parent is an alcoholic or a drug addict, the children suffer. If you had an alcoholic parent, learning to forgive isn’t easy. Maybe you were abused verbally, emotionally or physically, or you were neglected. Maybe you had to take on more responsibilities than a child should, like caring for a younger sibling. It may also be that you simply didn’t get the attention, affection and love from your parent that is every child’s right. Whatever your experience was, learning how to forgive an alcoholic parent will empower you and bring you peace.

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Alcoholism Damages Ability to Pay Attention

Posted on July 11th, 2014

Alcoholism Damages Ability to Pay Attention People affected by alcoholism experience several harmful, long-term changes in brain function. While some of these changes directly account for the development of an alcohol addiction, others appear in parts of the brain responsible for maintaining the critical ability to focus and maintain attention. In a study published in May 2014 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, researchers from two Belgian institutions conducted a detailed exploration of the ways in which alcoholism damages the ability to pay attention. These researchers concluded that the most crucial changes involve a reduction in the brain’s capacity to exercise a higher-level faculty called executive control or executive function.

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Do Men and Women Have Differing Genetic Risks for Alcoholism?

Posted on June 4th, 2014

Do Men and Women Have Differing Genetic Risks for Alcoholism?Researchers and public health experts know that part of the risk for alcoholism comes from a complex interaction of genes inside the human body. They also know that the impact of alcoholism in women differs from the impact of the condition in men. In a study published in May 2014 in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence, a multinational research team looked at the potential gender-related repercussions of one specific gene known to affect how the body processes alcohol. The researchers concluded that the expression of this gene in women can significantly alter the risks for developing alcoholism.

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The Long Term Effects of Alcoholism

Posted on October 7th, 2010

Alcoholism affects people of all ages, sizes, race, gender; it has no boundaries to whom it hurts. Alcohol addiction not only affects the every day activities that a person is engaged in, but can also have a drastic effect on long-term health. And often times, because alcoholics don’t seek help until they’ve hit rock bottom, many of these health problems cannot be reversed.

The liver is one of the bodies major organs most drastically affected by alcohol abuse. More than 2 million people suffer from alcohol related liver disease in America today. Alcoholic hepatitis, also known as inflammation of the liver, is a problem that can become common in those people who engage in excessive drinking patterns throughout their lives. Symptoms of alcoholic hepatitis include abdominal pain, jaundice, and fever. Another well known long-term cause of alcoholism is cirrhosis of the liver. Roughly about 10 to 20% of heavy drinkers are diagnosed with cirrhosis. Sadly, this disease is not reversible and can become fatal if the person does not stop drinking alcohol. Another common problem for alcoholics, but may not be as well known is heart disease. Long term excessive drinking habits increase the risk for stroke, heart disease and high blood pressure because the heart becomes weakened by the large quantities of alcohol making it more susceptible for health related problems.

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High Cholesterol and Alcoholism

Posted on March 10th, 2017

Having high cholesterol, or high LDL levels, is so common that it almost seems inevitable and unavoidable. But high cholesterol is only a problem due to certain lifestyle choices, including alcohol consumption. Reigning in excessive low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, cholesterol levels is possible by making a few changes in your life, and doing so can have a profound impact on your overall heart health.

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What Are the Long-Term Effects of an Alcohol Overdose in Teens?

Posted on February 16th, 2017

An alcohol overdose (i.e., alcohol poisoning) occurs when you consume alcohol at a rate fast enough to severely suppress normal activity in the body’s central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Every year, tens of thousands of teenagers throughout America expose themselves to an overdose risk by participating in a dangerous practice called binge drinking. In the short-term, alcohol poisoning can have severe or even fatal consequences for any teen or adult. In addition, teenagers who survive an overdose may experience age-specific brain effects that linger for a lifetime.

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Warning Signs of Alcoholic Neuropathy

Posted on February 14th, 2017

Alcoholic neuropathy is the name commonly used to describe alcohol-related nerve damage. The condition appears to arise from two partially connected causes: poisoning of nerve tissue caused by excessive alcohol levels and the chronic poor nutrition often found in people affected by alcoholism. Alcohol nerve damage typically occurs gradually over time and presents clear warning signs as it grows worse.

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