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.
FRIDAY, Dec. 6, 2013 (HealthDay News) — The widely held belief that mentally ill substance abusers are the most frequent users of hospital emergency departments is an “urban legend,” a new study claims. Researchers examined emergency room visits by more than 212,000 Medicaid patients in New York City since 2007. The analysis showed that problems associated [...]
FRIDAY, Nov. 29, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Heavy drinking by one partner in a marriage increases the risk of divorce, but that’s not the case if both spouses are heavy drinkers, a new study finds. Researchers followed nearly 650 couples for the first nine years of their marriage and found that the divorce rate was nearly [...]
FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Certain lifestyle factors may improve women’s chances of having a healthy pregnancy, according to a new study. The researchers analyzed data from more than 5,600 women in England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand to pinpoint lifestyle factors at 15 to 20 weeks of gestation that were associated with complication-free [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 21 (HealthDay News) — Despite progress in some areas, health disparities remain for many Americans, health officials reported Thursday. These inequalities are related to income, education, sex, race, ethnicity, employment and sexual orientation, and they all affect Americans’ health and well-being, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The [...]
By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 19, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Some Americans hardest-hit by the recent recession may have turned to alcohol to deal with their problems, a new study suggests. The study, of almost 5,400 U.S. adults, found that those who lost a job or a home during the 2008-2009 recession had higher rates of [...]