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A Task Force Looks to Redefine the Degrees of Alcoholism

Most mental health experts look to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual as the Bible for what is and isn’t a mental disorder. From time to time, changes are made as new findings are made. For instance, Asperger’s syndrome was dropped from the manual and pushed into a group in the autism spectrum disorder. A total revision of the manual has not been undertaken in...

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...

Health Risks of Chronic Alcohol Consumption

Besides the increased risk that you will suffer injury from falling or being involved in a traffic accident, chronic use of alcohol also increases the likelihood that you will experience a host of other health problems. Cirrhosis of the liver is perhaps the most well-known health risk faced by drinkers, but consuming alcohol actually makes it more likely that a person could face health risks in almost every part of...

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...

New Drug Combo May Help Treat Depression & Alcohol Abuse

About 40% of the people who enter treatment for alcohol abuse are also severely depressed. Physicians and therapists in treatment centers usually address the most serious disorder first, followed by treatment for the other disorder. However, a new study suggests that it may be better to treat alcohol abuse and depression simultaneously by using drugs that address each condition. Researchers from the Center for...

Three Patterns Typical Among Couples who Deal with Male Depression

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found there are three different patterns that emerge in couples who are dealing with male depression. They can be described as "business as usual," "edgy tensions" and "trading places." The findings referred to in Science Daily show how gender roles among heterosexual couples experience radical strains when the male partner...

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...

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