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Shared Traits in Depression, Anxiety and Alcohol Addiction

New research has unveiled some common traits shared between people suffering from depression, anxiety and alcohol addiction, potentially offering new avenues for the treatment of these conditions. Alcohol addiction has long been suspected to have links to various psychological conditions, but the new study aims to shine the light on the specific aspects of the individuals’ personalities underpinning the issues....

The Damage Alcohol Abuse is Doing to Twenty-Somethings

Alcohol abuse costs young people in terms of health, relationships and quality of life, but it also has an impact on the broader culture. New research has managed to quantify some of those negative costs to the individual as well as society at large. Called the Christchurch Health and Development Study, the research took a broad look at how heavy drinking by New Zealand’s young adults affects several aspects of a...

Understanding Alcohol-Related Disorders

Alcohol-related disorders is the collective name for a group of mental health conditions that revolve around the dysfunctional consumption of alcoholic beverages. These conditions appear in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in a chapter dedicated to all kinds of substance-related disorders. DSM 5, the new fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical...

Alcoholism and Pseudo-Cushing Syndrome

Pseudo-Cushing syndrome is a term doctors use to describe a medical condition that produces symptoms nearly identical to the symptoms of Cushing syndrome, a disorder caused by the presence of excessive amounts of a naturally occurring hormone called cortisol. People with both of these syndromes develop harmful, hormone-related changes in several different body systems, including their bones, muscles and skin. The...

Swedish Alcohol Consumption Trends

Alcohol consumption shows trends over multiple months, giving policymakers a view of how the general population is making consumption decisions. Alcohol consumption is an important public health concern. Decisions about drinking impact other areas of life, and can lead to possibly risky behaviors, such as dangerous sexual choices, and rash decisions. In Sweden, the story is no different. Policymakers want to...

Do You Have a Problem with Alcohol?

This questionnaire by the National Institutes of Health is designed to identify symptoms of alcohol abuse and dependence. Answering yes to even one question may indicate someone is abusing alcohol, and three or more positive answers can suggest alcohol dependence or alcoholism, depending upon the severity of symptoms. In the past year, have you: –Had times when you ended up drinking more than you...

Common Misconceptions About Alcohol Abuse

Here are some common misconceptions about alcohol and alcohol abuse:   Only winos and Skid Row street bums abuse alcohol – The truth is that alcohol abuse crosses all demographic and societal boundaries. People who abuse alcohol include members of every conceivable background, education, aspiration and occupation – everyone from the rich business tycoon, Hollywood celebrity or movie mogul, grade and...

Study Links Impulsivity of Alcohol-Dependent Individuals to Brain Anomalies

Research has shown that alcohol dependence is strongly associated with impaired impulse control and the tendency to choose smaller, immediate rewards over larger, delayed rewards. A new study used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine the neurological basis of impulsivity among those with alcohol use disorders found that impulsivity in alcohol dependence could be the result of functional anomalies...

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