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Alcohol-Related Deaths for Women Are Rising

One reason why women are so susceptible to chronic illness and death due to alcohol abuse is due to how their bodies metabolize it. Research provided by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) suggests it’s because women have less water in their bodies compared to men of similar weight, so alcohol concentrates...
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What Is Binge Drinking?

It’s easy to think we’ll simply bounce back after a lot of water and a good night’s sleep. But what’s the dividing line between having a little too much alcohol and actually binge drinking? The definition of binge drinking is consuming excessive quantities of alcohol in a short period of time—roughly two hours—at least one...

Why Is There a Controversy of Kombucha Tea?

Why Is There a Controversy of Kombucha Tea? Over-the-counter health products are not always safe. Kombucha tea has been around for nearly 2,000 years. It was first brewed in China and then spread to Japan, Russia, Europe, and the U.S. This is a fermented and sweetened tea that is made with black or green tea....
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The Effects of Alcohol on the Brain

The Effects of Alcohol on the Brain Once a drink is consumed, it works its way through your bloodstream and hits the brain.  Alcohol is a depressant but it can also be an indirect stimulant.  Alcohol affects the brain by altering levels of neurotransmitters.  A neurotransmitter is a chemical messenger that sends signals throughout the...

Are There Complications with Drinking on Prescription Medications?

Are there complications with drinking on prescription medications? The side effects of prescription medication in addition to the effects of alcohol are never a safe combination. Even lesser amounts of alcohol can intensify the effects of the prescription medication, or can combat the medicine, making it ineffective. When a person consumes alcohol while taking prescription...

Depression: A Problem Worldwide

“Depression can be treated,” says the World Health Organization (WHO). “The first step is talking.” A message that the organization hopes will reach some 300 million people around the world battling this serious mental health disorder. On World Health Day (April 7, 2017) the goal this year is to encourage people to talk about depression,...

Deaths of Despair in America

The angst that accompanies living in uncertain times should not be underestimated, and certainly not disregarded. It is correlation that goes far beyond the lines of politics (that is not to say that politics don’t have a role). Over the last two decades the economic landscape of America has changed dramatically, and with it economic...

IED Increases Risk of Addiction

In the wake of two Mideast wars, many Americans added a new acronym to their lexicon IED, which stands for improvised explosive device. Essentially, homemade bombs constructed in unconventional ways, typically hidden in debris along roadways to inflict unsuspected carnage. Many American servicemen and women have been maimed or lost their lives as a result...

Clean Start Act for Addiction Recovery

If it were possible to conduct a flash survey which asked one question of people working a program of addiction recovery, “who in this room has a criminal record?” More times than not, a significant number of those asked would answer “yes.” You may be thinking that it would be a rhetorical question, along the...

Preventing Alcohol-Related Deaths

Alcohol is a substance that is responsible every year for far more deaths than any other substance. And, yet it remains legal for adult consumption. However, it doesn’t do much good to argue for prohibition, history shows that outright bans on any substance does more harm than good. Mitigating the harmful risks of alcohol consumption...
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