Mobile messaging technique may help treat alcohol abuse

The drinking problems are common among people in the United States. This is evident from figures according to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) indicating how 86.4 percent of Americans, aged 18 years and above, self-reported about their drinking habits at some point in their lifetime. The numbers also pinpoint the fact that 70.1 percent Americans had consumed alcohol during the past one year while 56 percent said that they had drunk in the past one month. 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

Is there a genetic link to alcohol addiction?

Does alcohol addiction have a genetic link? Or simply put, is alcohol addiction hereditary? Though there is still no concrete proof to establish the link between genetic predisposition and alcohol addiction, one cannot deny the role of genetics in increasing the chances of developing alcoholism, maybe partially. Read more