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Alcoholism & Addiction

Alcohol Abuse Can Affect Sleep Long-Term

The benefits of a good night’s sleep are many. Likewise, interrupted sleep has many correlating negative impacts. Neurologists tell us that our brains and central nervous systems demand sleep in order to work as they should. Sleep is also related to normal hormone production and release as well as the maintenance of a strong immune system. Though we do not completely understand all the ways that sleep affects...

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 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...

Alcohol Affects Inflammatory Response after Injury

Heavy alcohol consumption is associated with a higher risk of injury. With inhibitions relaxed by alcohol, consumers often engage in risky behaviors and increase the likelihood of injury. A study from the Loyola University Health System offers evidence that injuries sustained while intoxicated may be more dangerous than previously understood. The researchers found that binge drinking could change the body’s...

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