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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

  • 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 [...]

  • Heavy Drinking Linked to Greater Risk for Alcohol-Related Cancers

    WEDNESDAY, Sept. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Heavy drinking increases the risk for injury and alcohol-related cancers, a new study reports. Strategies are needed to curb alcohol abuse, particularly in low-income countries, the Canadian researchers said in the study published Sept. 16 in The Lancet. “Our data support the call to increase global awareness of the importance [...]

  • Fewer U.S. Teens Abusing Alcohol, Prescription Meds: Survey

    THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — There’s good news from a new U.S. government report: The percentage of people ages 12 to 17 who smoke, drink or abuse certain drugs is falling. The findings come from 2014 survey data released Thursday by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The annual government [...]

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