Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day: New guidelines aid in better diagnosis

Alcohol is the most commonly abused addictive substance in the United States, which is easily available all over. As per reports, about 679,000 American youngsters aged between 12 and 17 years had an alcohol use disorder in 2014. The number includes 367,000 females and  311,000 males. Read more

Drinking and road rage: Are you suffering from intermittent explosive disorder?

Impaired driving, or driving while impaired (DWI), or driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, drugs, or both, often leads to dire consequences and makes a person fill with remorse for life, provided he or she survives. It all starts with developing an addiction to alcohol. Chances of a road rage increases considerably if a drunk driver is involved. Read more

Alcohol during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects

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

Do alcoholics deserve liver transplant?

One of the most common concerns related to alcoholism is the way it adversely impacts many organs of the body, particularly the liver. Alcohol abuse over a prolonged period can eventually lead to liver disease, which is often life-threatening.

In the later stages, the only known cure to save an individual’s life is a liver transplant. However, a recipient must meet a number of strict eligibility criteria, such as not having drank alcohol for at least six months prior to the liver transplant.

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