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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

  • Enforcement of Drunk Driving Laws Makes Roads Safer, Study Finds

    By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — With the holiday party season fast approaching, a new study reveals that states that routinely perform randomized traffic stops and make DUI arrests have fewer drunk drivers on their roads. The finding suggests that states that enforce drunk driving laws more vigilantly are better able to [...]

  • Smoking May Make It Tougher to Quit Problem Drinking: Study

    FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Smoking might hamper treatment for alcohol abuse, a new study indicates. “The data suggest that smoking is associated with difficulties in alcohol treatment. Tobacco smokers had shorter treatment durations and were less likely to have achieved their alcohol-related goals at discharge relative to their nonsmoking counterparts,” study leader Kimberly [...]

  • Fewer Bars and Liquor Stores, Less Domestic Violence: CDC

    WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Restricting the number of locations where alcohol can be sold in a community may help reduce domestic violence, researchers say. The team at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reviewed 16 studies that examined the link between alcohol sales regulations in communities and rates of [...]

  • Humans’ Taste for Booze May Go Back Millions of Years

    By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Raise a glass of holiday cheer to this: New genetic research suggests that humans and their ape forebearers may have been relishing alcohol for 10 million years. As anyone who’s had too much knows, alcohol — called ethanol by scientists — can be [...]

  • Drink a Lot? You’re Probably Not an Alcoholic

    Most people who drink to excess or binge drink are not alcoholics, a new U.S. government report says.

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