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Alcoholism

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.

Alcoholism News

  • So-Called ‘Half a Glass’ Rule May Prevent Drinking Too Much Wine

    Pouring half a glass of wine at a time may keep you from drinking too much, according to a new study.

  • Counseling Does Little to Deter Youth Drinking, Review Finds

    FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Counseling may do little to help young people with drinking problems, a large-scale review finds. Researchers analyzed 66 studies that included nearly 18,000 people 25 and younger, many of whom were at high risk for drinking problems. Participants in 49 studies attended a single one-on-one counseling session, while participants [...]

  • Clues to How Heavy Drinking in Pregnancy Harms Child’s Brain

    TUESDAY, Aug. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — When a woman drinks heavily during pregnancy, the harmful effects on her child’s brain development appear to continue over time, a new study indicates. The findings point to a possible reason for the persistent attention and behavior problems experienced by children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, the researchers [...]

  • Women in Military Drink Less Than Civilians, Report Shows

    FRIDAY, Aug. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Women who serve in the U.S. military are less likely to drink alcohol than their civilian peers, a new study suggests. Overall, members of the military are more likely to consume alcohol. However, these researchers found that women respond differently to their experience in the military than men. This [...]

  • Civilian Life, Not Combat, May Drive Many Veterans to Drink

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Difficulties in civilian life, rather than war experiences, are a source of drinking problems among U.S. National Guard soldiers back at home, a new study suggests. Setbacks such as job loss, divorce and financial problems — all common for returning vets — may make as many [...]

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