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.
Although many people say having another drink will help cure a hangover, others think a hangover will delay further drinking. In a new study of nearly 400 frequent drinkers, researchers found the unpleasant after-effects of overindulgence have little effect on the timing of the next alcoholic drink.
By Mary Brophy MarcusHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Binge drinking may shorten your life, even if your drinking is considered moderate overall, new research indicates. Many studies of moderate drinking have delved into how it affects health and mortality, but most haven’t looked at patterns of drinking, explained study author Charles Holahan, [...]
MONDAY, Feb. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A legal drinking age of 21 saves lives. And demands by some to lower the age limit should be ignored, a new review says. Researchers examined studies conducted since 2006 and found that a minimum drinking age of 21 is associated with a reduced rate of drunk driving crashes [...]
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — An anti-epilepsy drug might help problem drinkers reduce their alcohol consumption, according to new research. The study of the drug topiramate (Topamax) included 138 heavy drinkers who were divided into two groups. About half took Topamax for 12 weeks at a maximum dose of 200 milligrams a day, while [...]
SUNDAY, Feb. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Setting a minimum price for alcohol would benefit the health of high-risk drinkers with low incomes but have little effect on moderate drinkers with low incomes, according to a new study. Using a computer model that analyses the way people respond to price changes, British researchers examined how a [...]