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.
Most people who drink to excess or binge drink are not alcoholics, a new U.S. government report says.
TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Alcoholism damages white matter throughout the brain and this damage can be detected with brain scans, researchers report. Heavy drinking may be especially damaging to white matter in the frontal areas of the brain, which can interfere with the impulse control needed to stop drinking, according to the study. The [...]
TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Some may believe that raising taxes on alcohol products will cost jobs in the service sector, but a new study suggests that’s made up for by job creation elsewhere. The findings were to be reported Tuesday at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association in New Orleans. “Money [...]
SUNDAY, Nov. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The approaching holiday season can pose challenges for the 18 million Americans with an alcohol use disorder, an addiction specialist warns. Binge drinking can cause a variety of problems, both social and health-related, including life-threatening interactions with some prescription medications, Dr. Eric Collins, an addiction psychiatrist and physician-in-chief at [...]
By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Although drinking during pregnancy has long been considered taboo, new research suggests that as many as one in 20 U.S. children may have health or behavioral problems related to alcohol exposure before birth. The study found that between 2.4 percent and 4.8 percent of children have [...]