Alcoholism is the physical or emotional dependence on alcohol. It comes in different forms: A person suffering from alcoholism might get drunk every day, or wait for the weekend to binge. Regardless of the drinking pattern, long-term heavy alcohol consumption affects the liver, heart, and brain, and it can be difficult to overcome without help.
THURSDAY, April 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Nearly one in 10 full-time workers in the United States has had a recent substance abuse problem, a new government study reveals. Analysis of data gathered between 2008 and 2012 from more than 111,500 adults with full-time jobs revealed that 9.5 percent of them had an alcohol or illicit-drug [...]
By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Drinkers who smoke marijuana as they imbibe are twice as likely to drive drunk compared with people who stick to alcohol alone, a new study reports. These “simultaneous” users are also three times more likely to face social troubles as a result of drinking and marijuana [...]
By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Seeing actors drink alcohol in movies seems to increase the likelihood that teens will drink and have alcohol-related problems, a new study suggests. The findings fit with a growing consensus of evidence that teens are more likely to engage in various risky behaviors that occur in [...]
TUESDAY, April 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Hospital patients who are alcoholics have an increased risk of dying in the hospital, a new study finds. Researchers looked at about 12 years of data from more than 23,000 hospital patients with alcoholism and a “control group” of more than 233,000 hospital patients without the disorder. All of the [...]
MONDAY, April 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Higher alcohol taxes in Illinois are associated with a decrease in alcohol-related car crash deaths, a new study finds. “Similar alcohol tax increases implemented across the country could prevent thousands of deaths from car crashes each year,” Alexander Wagenaar, a professor in the department of health outcomes and [...]