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.
It comes as little surprise that college students sometimes binge drink, but new research shows that college women are more likely to drink unhealthy amounts of alcohol on a weekly basis than are college men. Much of this difference is probably because the amount of alcohol that’s considered safe on a weekly basis is much lower for women than it is for men: seven drinks for women versus 14 for men. But, there’s good reason for that difference.
FRIDAY, May 17 (HealthDay News) — Alcoholics who smoke have more problems with memory, problem solving and quick thinking than those who are nonsmokers, researchers have found. This “early aging” of the brain gets worse over time, according to the study published online May 17 and in the October print issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental [...]
By Brenda GoodmanHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 16 (HealthDay News) — As many as one in five American children under the age of 17 has a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year, according to a new federal report. Released Thursday, the report represents the government’s first comprehensive look at mental disorders in children. It focuses on diagnoses [...]
By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 13 (HealthDay News) — Primary care doctors should screen all adults for drinking problems, and offer them counseling if needed, new guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force suggest. Based on years of research, there is enough evidence that a quick screen at the doctor’s office can spot “risky” drinking, [...]
THURSDAY, May 9 (HealthDay News) — Half of pregnant teens in substance-abuse treatment programs used alcohol or drugs in the month before they entered treatment. And nearly 20 percent used drugs or alcohol on a daily basis during that month, according to a U.S. government report. Among females aged 12 to 19 who weren’t pregnant [...]