Living in a society where alcohol is widely accepted, it is not a strange to find that nearly 88,000 deaths are caused due to alcohol-related reasons in the United States every year, as mentioned by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Moreover, alcohol use has become a major health concern in terms of its impact on adolescent morbidity and mortality. Despite knowing the truth that alcohol can cause severe impacts on one’s health, people religiously follow the vague idea that drinking mild or moderate amounts of alcohol is good for health. Continue reading
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Alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS) is the result of withdrawal from excessive alcohol consumption. Alcohol, being a depressant, slows down the functioning of the human brain. A heavy drinker’s brain is continually exposed to the effects of alcohol on the brain, which gradually begins to adjust to these changes by altering its own chemistry. One of the consequences is an increase in the production of serotonin, a hormone that acts as a mood stabilizer. When alcohol is suddenly withdrawn, the brain is unable to adjust to this sudden change which in turn, cause severe withdrawal symptoms. Continue reading
The symptoms that develop in an individual on withdrawing from alcohol after an extensive and prolonged use are called alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS). It is a set of symptoms that begin to appear around two hours after an individual has had his last drink and lasts for at least a few days or weeks. Some of the common symptoms are fever, seizures, and hallucinations. Continue reading
Making the first move in addiction recovery can unequivocally be the most difficult step a patient has to take. Each step can be a struggle, but as the distance towards the goal becomes shorter, things usually tend to get easier. However, coping with life after detoxification is much harder and some nagging questions may still linger on – what to do after detox; and how will life be after detox? Continue reading
It was a rough week. Bad commute, bad job, the boss mostly ignored you, the workload increased, while your paycheck stayed the same. The drumbeat of professional life. But at least Friday’s here.
“Alcoholic” is an ugly word to most people. Seriously, what comes to mind when you hear that word? Alcoholics sleep in bus stop shelters and in city parks and rant to themselves on city streets. Alcoholics drink every day, especially in the morning. Alcoholics are habitually late to work, or don’t bother to show up and are terrible employees. That old man at the end of the bar who has to steady his hand before each drink? That’s your alcoholic. Continue reading