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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

  • Cigarettes May Sabotage Alcoholics’ Recovery

    WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Smoking greatly increases recovering alcoholics’ risk of relapse, a new study warns. “Quitting smoking will improve anyone’s health. But our study shows that giving up cigarettes is even more important for adults in recovery from alcohol since it will help them stay sober,” said lead author Renee Goodwin. Goodwin [...]

  • ‘Tweeners’ Who Think Pot Is Cool More Likely to Drink and Drive Later: Study

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — “Tweeners” who think marijuana is acceptable may be more likely to drive drunk or ride with a drunk driver when they reach high school, a new study suggests. The researchers followed nearly 1,200 U.S. middle school students from 2009 to 2013. The kids were assessed at [...]

  • Former Problem Drinkers Find It Tricky to Navigate Social Settings: Study

    FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — When former problem drinkers are socializing, they use a number of methods to let others know they don’t drink, a small new study finds. Researchers interviewed 11 former problem drinkers who had been sober for between one and 19 years. Many of the study participants said they tried to avoid [...]

  • 8 of 10 People in Addiction Treatment Smoke, Study Finds

    FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People in addiction-treatment programs are about two to three times more likely to smoke than other people, a new study finds. Researchers reviewed 54 studies that included more than 37,000 people in 20 countries and found that 84 percent of those in treatment for drug and alcohol problems were [...]

  • 10 Percent of U.S. Women Drink During Pregnancy: Study

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Although drinking alcohol during pregnancy poses a risk to the unborn child, one in 10 pregnant women in the United States still consumes alcohol, a new study finds. What’s worse, slightly more than 3 percent of pregnant women admitted that they binge drink, consuming four or [...]

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