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

Is controlled drinking on campuses better than total abstinence?

Many youngsters prefer alcohol as the drug of choice. This is the reason why many young people today are more vulnerable to the serious outcomes of underage drinking than ever before. Of late, underage drinking has become a serious public health issue in the United States. Although drinking in school and college campuses are largely prohibited, many students partake in binge drinking even inside college campuses. Read more

Drinking: No more a male-dominated indulgence

Gender differences have historically been associated with drinking. Men are believed to be more involved in drinking alcohol than women. However, recent data shows that women are catching up fast with males even when it comes to drinking. Therefore, the trend of “sex convergence” is being increasingly witnessed among young adolescents. Read more

Signs of alcoholism in your partner

When dating someone, it can be hard to figure out if the person is a social drinker or a regular one. Drinking alcohol has become a socio-cultural phenomenon and a person with alcohol problem may find it safe to hide the issue. It becomes a tad difficult to spot someone with alcoholism, especially in the beginning of a relationship. Read more

Role of endorphins in triggering feelings of happiness and alcohol addiction

Happiness is one of the feelings for which people can go to any extent to experience it. Unlike heavy drinking, moderate drinking or social drinking is widely accepted as a medium to destress and break the ice with people. In fact, many scientists also suggest that drinking induces happiness by triggering feel-good chemicals in the brain; however, even they have not been aware of the exact reason for this until now. Read more