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Scientists find a correlation between prefrontal cortex and aggressive behavior after drinking

Scientists find a correlation between prefrontal cortex and aggressive behavior after drinking

Posted on March 19th, 2018

For years, it has been believed that alcohol changes the way one behaves by making him or her aggressive. However, there has never been any concrete proof to substantiate this fact, particularly neuroimaging evidence. However, the researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia have found a substantial proof that alcohol consumption can make an individual aggressive. Continue reading

Can alcohol transform one’s personality?

Can alcohol transform one’s personality?

Posted on June 29th, 2017

“In vino veritas,” the Latin phrase which means “in wine truth,” vividly describes how alcohol makes people say or do things that they will not do otherwise. Everyone knows that people undergo rapid transformations in personality under the influence of alcohol. Many people believe that they become “someone else” after gulping a few drinks. Interestingly, many people who are normally introvert tend to talk ceaselessly on being exposed to alcohol. But are these post-drinking reactions a true reflection of one’s personality or just an exaggeration? Continue reading

Impact of alcohol on various organs

Impact of alcohol on various organs

Posted on June 23rd, 2017

Alcohol has been an essential element of celebrations and festivities throughout history. In almost every culture, drinking has been legitimized both socially and culturally as a means to celebrate any social occasion, ranging from wedding to promotion at jobs. Despite the high risk for accidents and dependence, it has also emerged as a popular way to unwind after a hectic day, particularly among officegoers and youngsters. Continue reading

Prenatal exposure to alcohol likely to cause academic difficulties in children

Prenatal exposure to alcohol likely to cause academic difficulties in children

Posted on June 7th, 2017

Bringing a new life to the world is one of the greatest powers. However, with great powers come great responsibilities. Giving birth to a healthy child is the only wish of every to-be mom. Therefore, it is important for the pregnant women to practice healthy habits during pregnancy. Avoiding alcohol is one of those mandates. Continue reading

Study reveals respiratory complications from mixing opioids and alcohol

Study reveals respiratory complications from mixing opioids and alcohol

Posted on May 3rd, 2017

Opioids are opium-based painkillers, including hydrocodone, oxycodone, fentanyl, tramadol and morphine prescribed to people suffering from post-surgical, post-injury and any other kind of chronic pain. Known for their high addiction potential, they account for the majority of deaths caused by drug overdose in the nation. Every day, around 91 Americans lose their lives to opioid overdoses, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Continue reading

Say ‘cheers’ to life, say ‘no’ to alcohol

Say ‘cheers’ to life, say ‘no’ to alcohol

Posted on April 7th, 2017

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

Alcohol detox- Part 2: Ways to handle alcohol withdrawal syndrome

Alcohol detox- Part 2: Ways to handle alcohol withdrawal syndrome

Posted on November 2nd, 2016

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

Alcohol Detox-Part 1: What is alcohol withdrawal syndrome?

Alcohol Detox-Part 1: What is alcohol withdrawal syndrome?

Posted on October 19th, 2016

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

Stress and reward cycle responsible for binge drinking: Study

Stress and reward cycle responsible for binge drinking: Study

Posted on June 14th, 2016

Alcohol is used so predominantly in America that people don’t consider it a substance of abuse and may not even realize its harmful effects. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately one in six adults indulges in binge drinking nearly four times a month. Moreover, people aged 26 years and older are involved in an estimated 70 percent of binge drinking cases, while those aged 65 years and older enjoy it more frequently.

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