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Study predicts health benefits of even short-term break from alcohol

Study predicts health benefits of even short-term break from alcohol

As the night progresses, the music gets louder and liquor starts flowing more freely. The club gets crowded, people start to step on to the dance floor and everybody seems to be having a good time. So does a group of 3 men and 4 ladies standing near the club’s bar. The only difference was that the colorful drinks in their hands were non-alcoholic, handcrafted mocktails. Continue reading

Study investigates role of alcohol in causing strokes

Study investigates role of alcohol in causing strokes

With 86.4 percent of Americans aged 18 and above accepting to have consumed alcohol at some point in their lifetime, alcohol has indeed become one of the most widely abused substances in the United States. The 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) even suggested that 26.9 percent of people aged 18 or older were involved in binge drinking in the month preceding analysis while 7 percent reported to have engaged in heavy alcohol use during the same time. Continue reading

Addictions to lose weight – 3: Alcohol is not a solution to burn calories

Addictions to lose weight - 3: Alcohol is not a solution to burn calories

There is a common saying, “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.” Certainly true, beauty is a relative term and is defined differently by different people. However, movies, novels and fairy tales have characterized beauty by a few traits such as big eyes, fair skin, smooth hair and most importantly, an accurately curved out body. And hence, the shape of body becomes a deciding attribute to one’s beauty. Continue reading

Smoking cessation process may lead to decreased alcohol consumption: Study

Smoking cessation process may lead to decreased alcohol consumption: Study

Among all the substances that Americans are addicted to, smoking and drinking remain the biggest cause of preventable deaths in the country. Previous researches have indicated the extent to which cigarette smoking behavior and tendency to abuse alcohol are entwined.

There are studies that show people suffering from alcohol use disorder are more likely to be nicotine dependent, and those who smoke find it difficult to rid themselves of alcohol addiction. Thus, someone planning to control his smoking habit is advised to exercise restraint on frequent drinking to avoid a relapse. Continue reading

Simultaneous abuse of cocaine and alcohol may increase risk of suicide

Simultaneous abuse of cocaine and alcohol may increase risk of suicide

Addiction to any substance always comes with serious repercussions that may be exacerbated by the presence of certain mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. In the past, experts had frequently linked substance abuse with the likelihood of a person to commit suicide. Now, a recent study sheds some more light on the association and reveals that the link between the two seems to vary with age, gender and race.

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