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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

  • ADHD Linked to Earlier Use of Illicit Drugs in Teens: Study

    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 [...]

  • Daily Drinking May Raise Risk of Liver Cirrhosis, Study Warns

    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 [...]

  • Lung Transplants From Heavy Drinkers Linked to Higher Complication Risk

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Lung transplant recipients who receive lungs from donors who were heavy drinkers may be much more likely to develop a life-threatening complication, a new study suggests. The study included 173 lung transplant patients. One-quarter of them received lungs from heavy drinkers. Heavy drinking is defined as more than three [...]

  • Could a Drink a Day Lower Your Risk for Heart Failure?

    MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Having a drink each day might help lower a middle-aged person’s odds for heart failure, a new study reveals. The investigation suggests that men in their 40s, 50s and 60s who drink as much as seven comparably sized glasses of wine, beer and/or spirits per week will see their [...]

  • TV Alcohol Ads Tied to Problem Drinking for Teens, Study Finds

    MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new study finds a link between the number of TV ads for alcohol a teen views, and their odds for problem drinking. Higher “familiarity” with booze ads “was associated with the subsequent onset of drinking across a range of outcomes of varying severity among adolescents and young adults,” [...]

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