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Alcoholism & Addiction

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...

Addressing Underlying Causes Vital Component of Addiction Recovery

While detox is a crucial first step in finding recovery from drug addiction, getting through it is far from crossing the goal line. To be considered successful, addiction treatment needs to help the person understand what led them to substance abuse in the first place and then develop new skills for handling those stresses as well as the myriad temptations that will come along once the rehab program ends. The...

Body Art Associated With Risky Behavior

Among young people, getting a tattoo or a body piercing may have become a sort of rite of passage as they age into adulthood. The general public, and especially those in older adulthood, may assume that young people covered in tattoos and piercings are "up to no good." Until recently, though, it’s been impossible to determine whether body art is associated with negative behaviors. A recent study...

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...

Mixing Water Sports and Alcohol Can Be Deadly

Water sports are fun and a great way to maintain general health and fitness. Combined with alcohol however, a healthy behavior can become a risky behavior. This is echoed by research from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and from physicians as well. The NIAA reports that fully one half of deaths related to water recreation involve alcohol. For this reason they urge outdoor fun-lovers...

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