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.
THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People with blue eyes may be more likely to become alcoholics, a new study suggests. Genetic researchers at the University of Vermont said their findings could help doctors learn more about the roots of alcoholism, as well as other psychiatric disorders. Study co-author Dawei Li, an assistant professor of microbiology and [...]
WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Virtual reality therapy may help alcoholics battle their addiction, a small study from South Korea suggests. Researchers recruited 12 people being treated for alcoholism for the study. The volunteers went through a week-long detoxification program and then did two sessions of virtual reality therapy a week for five weeks. The [...]
MONDAY, June 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Most Americans support banning powdered alcohol because of its potential misuse by teens, a new survey finds. Powdered alcohol was approved in March by U.S. regulators but some states have already banned it, the poll’s authors said. The products, which will be sold in pouches, will be available in flavors [...]
THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Underage drinking in the United States is declining. But, alcohol remains the most widely used substance of abuse among American children, federal researchers reported Thursday. The rate of current drinking (within the last month) among youngsters aged 12 to 20 fell from 29 percent in 2002 to 23 percent [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Nearly 30 percent of Americans have a problem with alcohol at some point in their lives, ranging from binge drinking to full-blown alcoholism, but less than 20 percent are ever treated, a new study found. Alcohol use disorders are among the most common mental health problems [...]