Alcohol is usually associated with celebration and enjoyment, but when people are constantly thinking about alcohol or continue to drink despite facing problems, it can be a sign of alcoholism. Sometimes people prefer to stay away from alcohol, but a single drink may gradually lead to two or more.
Alcohol being the most commonly used addictive substance, its addiction is extensive in the United States. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, around 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults in the U.S. suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence. There are a several million more who engage themselves in risky and binge drinking patterns as well. Read more
Medical practitioners advise expecting mothers against consuming alcohol. And the reason is not unfounded. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has revealed that prenatal exposure to alcohol is the leading preventable cause of birth defects and intellectual disabilities in children. According to it, no amount of alcohol should be viewed as safe throughout the months of pregnancy. Read more
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