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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

  • A Billion Smokers, 240 Million Alcohol Abusers Worldwide: Study

    TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Tobacco and alcohol take a big toll on the health of people around the world, a new global survey shows. The research suggests that about a billion people — more than 20 percent of the world’s adult population — smoke, and 240 million, or almost 5 percent, suffer [...]

  • Brain Differences Seen in Teenage Heavy Drinkers

    MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Teens who drink heavily appear to have significant abnormalities in brain development, a new study finds. Heavy drinking by teens may also be associated with a gene mutation linked to impulsiveness, according to another new study. The studies, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, were scheduled for presentation Monday [...]

  • Learn to Recognize the Signs of an Alcohol Problem

    TUESDAY, May 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More than 17 million Americans suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence. But not everyone can tell when heavy drinking crosses the line to alcoholism. To help people identify when drinking becomes a problem, Dr. William Jacobs, chief of addiction medicine at Georgia Regents University’s Medical College of Georgia, [...]

  • Substance Abuse Reported by About 1 in 10 American Workers

    THURSDAY, April 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Nearly one in 10 full-time workers in the United States has had a recent substance abuse problem, a new government study reveals. Analysis of data gathered between 2008 and 2012 from more than 111,500 adults with full-time jobs revealed that 9.5 percent of them had an alcohol or illicit-drug [...]

  • Pot Plus Booze Doubles Odds for Drunk Driving, Study Says

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Drinkers who smoke marijuana as they imbibe are twice as likely to drive drunk compared with people who stick to alcohol alone, a new study reports. These “simultaneous” users are also three times more likely to face social troubles as a result of drinking and marijuana [...]

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