Key hurdles confronting recovery patients after successful alcohol addiction treatment

Overcoming an alcohol addiction that has progressed to a diagnosable stage may seem like an insurmountable task for the individuals suffering from this problem. When alcohol addiction sets in, users exhibit the tendency to prioritize alcohol over everything else despite being aware of the repercussions on their health, career, relationships and life.

Moreover, people who have overcome the habit of drinking to the point of enduring abstinence, there are different sets of challenges. Therefore, they have an altogether a different story. In 2016, around 15.1 million Americans aged 12 or older were diagnosed with an alcohol use disorder (AUD). However, the majority of them do not receive adequate or any medical intervention. Read more

How to set boundaries with a person dependent on alcohol

Dealing with a parent, a sibling, or even a spouse addicted to alcohol can be excruciatingly challenging. Until the time an individual dependent on alcohol agrees to seek help, it is important that he or she respects the other person’s boundaries and does not attempt to cross them. However, this is easier said than done because most of the time, people who create boundaries for their self-preservation, fail to take action, as and when the boundaries are crossed. Read more

Prenatal alcohol exposure disrupts neurodevelopment in children

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is an umbrella term for a wide range of problems that can develop in a child due to the drinking habit of the mother during pregnancy. Prenatal exposure to alcohol, even in low amounts, can cause developmental abnormalities, such as growth retardation, facial deformities, organ damages, etc., and significant cognitive deficits that are responsible for physical, mental, behavioral and social challenges in an individual’s life. Read more

Think before you drink! Alcohol causes cancer

Cancer is among the leading causes of death the world over, reports the World Health Organization (WHO). Unfortunately, the numbers are expected to rise by nearly 70 percent within 20 years. The situation remains grim in the United States too. Based on 2008-2012 cases, the American Cancer Society estimates that the rate of cancer incidence is 454.8 per 100,000 men and women per year while the rate of cancer mortality is 171.2 per 100,000 men and women. Read more

Even one drink a day ups breast cancer risks among women

Alcohol consumption, whether moderate or excessive, poses risk to psychological and physical well-being of an individual. What begins as a fun activity with peers and in social circles, or as a means to get rid of life’s stressors, soon becomes symbolic of ugly hangovers, anxiety, depression, liver damage and heart failure.  Read more