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Alcoholism & Addiction

Heart Beat Affects Alcohol Cravings, Study Finds

The Drug and Alcohol Dependence publication recently included a report that says there is a link between the autonomic nervous system and the compulsion for alcoholics to drink. Researchers have begun to look at cardiac measurements in determining which alcoholics in treatment are likely to experience the strongest urges to go back to drinking. They achieved this by measuring heart beat changes, also referred to as...

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...

Even Moderate Drinking Linked to Changes in Breast

Consuming alcohol has been linked with liver disease and several types of cancer, including breast cancer. However, for many young people, the risk is assumed to be associated with high levels of alcohol consumption. A new study confirms that even small or moderate levels of alcohol consumed may lead to changes in DNA that affect breast tissue and these changes that are experienced can lead to cancer. The study...

Injury Associated with Heavy Drinking

It is generally known that heavy alcohol consumption results in a higher risk for injury, as well as risky sexual behavior and abuse of other substances. In addition, those who regularly drink heavily have a higher tolerance for alcohol than those who are not accustomed to drinking a large amount of alcohol. In a recent study, published in the January edition of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research,...

Alcohol Worsens the Effects of Disease and Hinders Immunity

According to medical researchers at the University of Massachusetts, alcohol can have a double negative effect when it comes to the body’s ability to fight off disease. An article in Science Daily showed that although a single treatment of alcohol actually reduced inflammation, delayed or extended alcohol treatments increased inflammation levels in the body. The research highlighted that alcohol does not...

Alcohol-Related Deaths Among People with Type 1 Diabetes

People with Type 1 diabetes often have many health complications, with acute or chronic conditions potentially leading to death. However, with medical advances and new technology, there has been much improvement in both the quality of life and the physical health of those suffering from Type 1 diabetes. A study conducted in Finland sought to understand the discrepancies between advances made among those with Type 1...

Alcohol Consumption Linked to Acute Pancreatitis

Alcohol consumption is associated with many negative consequences, some of which immediately follow the use of alcohol while others take time to develop. For instance, alcohol use is connected with dangerous behaviors and risky sexual choices (immediate consequences), but it is also associated with a higher risk of long-term health complications such as cancer and liver disease. A New Threat to Drinkers Recently, a...

Editorials Address Need for More Research, Restrictions Against Alcohol Industry

Alcohol companies are sending out the wrong message, say experts, and it’s time to stop. Tobacco receives worldwide attention for detrimental effects on health, and its marketing approach toward teens is closely monitored. Products from major pharmaceutical companies are the subject of numerous research studies geared toward how the public views the medications and uses them. Now experts are calling for the...

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