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.
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Consuming super-sized, flavored alcoholic beverages greatly increases underage drinkers’ risk of injury, a new study finds. “These findings raise important concerns about the popularity and use of [flavored alcohol beverages] among youth,” wrote Alison Albers of Boston University School of Public Health and colleagues. “This is particularly true for the [...]
FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Hispanics may develop alcoholic liver disease at an earlier age than whites or blacks, according to a new study that links ethnicity and drinking-related liver problems. Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) includes conditions such as alcoholic fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis and alcoholic cirrhosis. It’s is a common cause of liver [...]
FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — YouTube videos of drunkenness are popular, but fail to show the harms of too much drinking, a new study finds. “There has been little research examining Internet-based, alcohol-related messaging,” study author Dr. Brian Primack, director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health, said [...]
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Among people who use illicit drugs, those with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) start using them one to two years earlier in their youth than those without the disorder, a new study finds. The findings show the need to begin substance use prevention programs at an earlier age among teens with [...]
TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Daily drinking increases the risk of alcohol-related liver cirrhosis, a new study found. It’s generally believed that overall alcohol consumption is the major contributor to cirrhosis. But these new findings suggest that how often you pour yourself a cocktail or beer — as well as recent drinking — plays [...]