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Alcohol Dependency: Not so Clear Cut

Alcoholic or not, this may not be so cut and dry anymore. Researchers believe there may be a gray line of dependency that has been previously overlooked. Information from an article addresses the issue of how people metabolize alcohol differently as they age. Your tolerance changes from your twenties to when a person reaches their fifties or sixties. A person may be able to drink more when they’re younger...

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...

Privately Owned Liquor Stores And Alcohol-Related Deaths

In 2002, British Columbia began to privatize sales of alcohol. As a result, the number of privately-owned liquor stores increased quickly in their province. A new study reports that this may be why there was an increase in alcohol-related deaths, according to a recent Reuters’ article. Several Canadian and U.S. jurisdictions have restricted alcohol sales to only stores run by the government, as researchers...

Danes Developing Pill to Cure Alcoholism

 Researchers in Denmark are testing a pill among alcoholics that reduces their alcohol consumption by more than 50% if they take it over a 12-month period. The pharmaceutical company Lundbeck enrolled more than 2000 alcoholics in the study. Two- thirds of them had never been treated for alcohol abuse. After the first month of using the drug Nalmefene, most started to drink less alcohol and have fewer...

Alcohol Sales in Scotland Reach an All-Time High Surpassing England

A recent study completed by Health Scotland showed that sales of alcoholic beverages have reached a record high in Scotland and are now surpassing England. Doctors are now calling for strong action to help cope with the prices of alcohol in Scotland. They realized that despite their efforts to limit alcoholic units for men, volume sales actually increased on average per adult weekly. According to an article in...

Alcohol Considered Valuable Social Tool in China Among Middle-Aged Men

While Chinese cultures expect their young adults to focus on their studies and not throw away valuable time on drinking, it is a different story for middle-aged men. A growing epidemic of extreme drinking is creating a need to find strategies to address this increasing problem, according to an article in Medscape. The problem is a complete contrast to most other nations where this is typically a problem among...

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...

Stronger Reactions to Alcohol Could Lead to Alcohol Dependency

It’s long been known that people with a family history of alcoholism are at a higher risk of becoming alcoholics, but a new study examines people with a family history of type I alcoholism but no alcohol problems themselves. They found that people who are more sensitive to the rewarding effects of alcohol may be at an increased risk for greater alcohol consumption and alcoholism. Type I alcoholism is less...

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