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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

  • Study Counters Stereotypes About Native Americans and Alcohol

    THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A new study dispels the widely held belief that Native Americans have high rates of alcohol abuse. Native Americans are more likely to avoid alcohol than whites, and both groups have similar rates of heavy and binge drinking, University of Arizona researchers found. The study authors analyzed responses from more [...]

  • Frequent Monitoring May Keep Alcohol Offenders Sober

    TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A South Dakota program that requires people involved in alcohol-linked crimes to stay away from booze and be closely monitored for drinking appears to reduce deaths, a new study finds. Offenders in the program must undergo breathalyzer tests twice a day or wear bracelets that continuously check for alcohol. [...]

  • Alcohol More Harmful for People With HIV, Study Suggests

    MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Drinking alcohol may be more dangerous for people infected with HIV, a new study suggests. The effects of alcohol appear to be more pronounced for those with the virus that causes AIDS, even when the virus is suppressed with modern antiretroviral treatment (ART), the Yale University researchers reported. They noted [...]

  • Chronic Drinking Plus Binge Drinking Spurs Rapid Liver Damage in Mouse Study

    WEDNESDAY, Dec. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Chronic drinking combined with binge drinking quickly damages the liver, and is more destructive than previously thought, a new study with mice suggests. “Heavy binge drinking by those who habitually consume alcohol is the most common cause of liver damage in chronic alcoholic liver disease,” lead author Shivendra [...]

  • Others’ Drug, Alcohol Use May Trigger Bad Behavior in Teens

    FRIDAY, Dec. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Seeing other people drink or use drugs can trigger antisocial behavior in kids, a new study suggests. Duke University researchers used cellphones to survey about 150 children between the ages of 11 and 15 three times a day for 30 days. The study participants completed more than 90 percent [...]

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