Risks associated with alcohol addiction–2: Liver malfunctioning

Scientists have always warned against drinking alcohol owing to its adverse effects. The fact that alcohol makes people dependent and can result in effects other than lending a simple high has still not deterred many people to abuse the addictive substance. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 86.4 percent of Americans aged 18 years and above, informed that they had consumed alcohol at some point in their lives. Read more

Facts about ‘alcoholic wet brain’

The scientific name for “wet brain” is Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (WKS), also known by other names, such as Wernicke’s encephalopathy (WE), Korsakoff’s psychosis and Beriberi. The syndrome is named after two doctors, Carl Wernicke and Sergei Korsakoff, who worked independently of each other to diagnose the condition. Read more

Risks associated with alcohol addiction–1: Adverse effects on heart

Alcohol use is not limited to a particular age group, caste or community. Over the past few years, a rising number of youth has reported their stint with drinking at least once in their life. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 33.1 percent of 15-year-olds admitted to having had at least one drink in their lives. The report also showed the prevalence of heavy drinking among adolescents, college-goers and adults. Read more

Drinking, whether moderate or heavy, may result in hemorrhagic stroke, says study

Some people in the nation believe moderate drinking to be healthy owing to findings of previous researches claiming drinking in moderation is healthy for heart. The observations have been corroborated by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) that stressed that moderate drinking may result in alleviating potential risk of heart disorders, ischemic stroke and diabetes. Read more

Implications of drinking on brain and behavior

Despite being aware of the implications of drinking, many people can’t stay away from having a peg or two. By consuming such a mood-altering substance for a prolonged period of time, one is likely to witness deceleration in the nerves responsible for passing messages throughout the body. As alcohol affects the parts of the brain responsible for self-control, one loses the capacity of judgement making and decision-making, coordinated communication and movement, etc. Read more