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Drink a Lot? You’re Probably Not an Alcoholic

November 21, 2014

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


Alcoholism Damages Brain’s White Matter, Scans Show

November 18, 2014

TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Alcoholism damages white matter throughout the brain and this damage can be detected with brain scans, researchers report.
Heavy drinking may be especially damaging to white matter in the frontal areas of the brain, which can interfere with the impulse control needed to stop drinking, according to the study.
The […]


Alcohol Taxes May Give Boost to Public Health, Economy

November 18, 2014

TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Some may believe that raising taxes on alcohol products will cost jobs in the service sector, but a new study suggests that’s made up for by job creation elsewhere.
The findings were to be reported Tuesday at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association in New Orleans.
“Money […]


Holidays Can Trip Up Problem Drinkers

November 9, 2014

SUNDAY, Nov. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The approaching holiday season can pose challenges for the 18 million Americans with an alcohol use disorder, an addiction specialist warns.
Binge drinking can cause a variety of problems, both social and health-related, including life-threatening interactions with some prescription medications, Dr. Eric Collins, an addiction psychiatrist and physician-in-chief at […]


More Kids Harmed by Drinking in Pregnancy Than Expected, Study Reports

October 27, 2014

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Oct. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Although drinking during pregnancy has long been considered taboo, new research suggests that as many as one in 20 U.S. children may have health or behavioral problems related to alcohol exposure before birth.
The study found that between 2.4 percent and 4.8 percent of children have […]


Binge Drinking May Boost Blood Pressure in Young Men

October 21, 2014

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Binge drinking among young adult men may lead to increased blood pressure, according to a new study.
But binge drinking didn’t cause a similar rise in blood pressure for young adult women or for teenagers, according to the study. In fact, when young adult women drank […]


Binge Drinking May Boost Blood Pressure in Young Men

October 21, 2014

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Binge drinking among young adult men may lead to increased blood pressure, according to a new study.
But binge drinking didn’t cause a similar rise in blood pressure for young adult women or for teenagers, according to the study. In fact, when young adult women drank […]


Addiction Treatment Key to Curbing Violence in Mentally Ill: Study

October 6, 2014

MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Health professionals treating a substance abuser with a severe mental illness often aren’t sure which problem to tackle first to reduce the risk of violence.
A new study suggests that treating substance abuse at the outset is more likely to reduce violent acts by people with severe mental illness.
“We […]


A Little Booze Does Get Men Smiling, Study Confirms

October 1, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — In perhaps one of the happiest studies ever conducted, scientists confirm what many partygoers know: Just add booze and groups of men start smiling.
The study, reported this week in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, included more than 700 social drinkers in their 20s. It found that drinking significantly […]


Head Injuries May Raise Chances of Risky Behavior by Teens

September 30, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Teenagers who have experienced a traumatic brain injury are much more likely to engage in a wide range of risky behaviors, Canadian researchers report.
Both boys and girls were more likely to smoke, use drugs, drink alcohol and get poor grades after they endured a blow […]



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