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Study Says Family History of Alcoholism May Worsen Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

Drinking while pregnant is not recommended, as prenatal exposure to alcohol (PAE) has been linked to fetal alcohol syndrome and other problems following birth such as learning disorders, deficiencies in executive and adaptive functioning, and memory problems. Up to this point, the impact of family history of alcoholism on PAE had not been documented. An article printed by Medical News Today outlined a study...

The Effects of Alcohol on Pregnancy

Being pregnant and bringing life into the world is like a miracle. It is one of the most beautiful things a woman can experience. Using harmful substances can bring all the joy of pregnancy and babies crashing down. Alcohol can have devastating effects on a pregnancy and on the unborn fetus that you carry inside of you. If you are an alcoholic, abuse alcohol, or are a borderline heavy drinker, giving up booze when...

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...

Middle Age Drinking Among Women a Growing Problem

While teen drinking is a growing habit, recent research in the UK is showing a bigger problem among middle-aged men. A report in the Telegraph shows middle-aged women are drinking more than they did in their teens. This trend is putting their health at risk. The British Liver Trust and Prima magazine worked together on a joint survey, which identified that one in three women aged over 35 drinks more than they did...

The Effects of Alcohol and Gender Differences

The effects of alcohol use and alcoholism in women set them apart from their male counterparts in many ways. Women become intoxicated faster and progress into alcoholism more rapidly than do men. Women also are more likely to develop alcohol-related health problems more quickly and severely than men, thus making alcoholism, in some ways, a statistically more catastrophic and progressive illness for women than for...

Protestant Head Resigns After Drunk-Driving Charge

The head of Germany’s 25 million Protestants resigned on Wednesday after police stopped her for driving while under the influence of alcohol just four months after becoming the third woman to head a major Christian church. Reuters reports that 51-year-old Margot Kaessmann, known as the "pop bishop," is a regular on television talk shows and had been a controversial choice as head of Germany’s...

Gender Plays a Role in Alcohol Consequences

As much as feminists may hate to admit it, there are certain inherent inequalities between men and women that we cannot overcome. One of the inequalities that exist are the consequences for consuming alcohol. A recent news piece highlights the differences, including the fact that women can become intoxicated much more quickly than men. While this may seem a consequence of a mere size difference, in reality it is...

Bronx Mother Kills 11-Year-Old Girl in Drunk-Driving Crash

A Bronx mother was arrested for driving under the influence on the West Side Highway with her daughter and six other young girls in the car. Carmen Huertas, 31, crashed her vehicle early Sunday, killing an 11-year-old passenger and injuring several others. Huertas was driving a tan 1998 Mercury Sable north on the West Side Highway with seven girls to her Mount Eden home for a sleepover, according to Sgt. Carlos...

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