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Alcohol Awareness Month: Need to convince friends to seek help for drinking problem
Posted in Treatment

Excessive drinking can bring in a plethora of problems for both the body and the mind. Some people drink so much that eventually they get dependent on it without even realizing. Even others fail to understand the problem because most of the people are not aware of the signs and problems associated with drinking. Those […]

Alcohol Awareness Month: No, drinking doesn’t help perform complex tasks
Posted in Alcohol

“Alcohol may be man’s worst enemy, but the Bible says love your enemy.” The quote by late American singer-actor Frank Sinatra explains the attitude alcohol lovers harbor about their drinks. Heavy social drinkers have the notion that they have a higher tolerance level to the effects of alcohol and can complete their tasks without their […]

Alcohol Awareness Month: Women seek more pleasure from alcohol than men, says study
Posted in Addiction, Treatment

In America, no celebration seems to be complete without alcohol. People do not realize that this casual habit often results in an addiction. After consuming alcohol, people report of feelings of pleasure due to chemicals released in specific brain locations. However, excessive drinking can lead to hazardous effects. With an increasing number of Americans succumbing […]

Alcohol Awareness Month: Old age and lower income increase risk for binge drinking among African Americans
Posted in Treatment

Alcohol-related causes result in roughly 88,000 deaths every year in the United States, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Studies have revealed that alcohol abuse is the leading cause of preventable death among Americans, though it is not clear as to what leads some people to engage in heavy drinking. According […]

Not many states in the United States support the idea of serving powdered alcohol. According to the Alcohol Justice, a non-profit advocacy, research and policy organization, 31 U.S. states have laws banning powdered alcohol. Despite all the concerns, both the House and Senate in Texas are considering a bill to regulate the sale of powdered […]

World Health Day: Alternative, effective treatments for depression

Depression is a mental health condition characterized by prolonged unhappiness and angst. Severe depression, if left untreated, can affect the physiological and psychological health of a person. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), more than 15 million American adults, aged between 15 and 44 years, suffer from depression during any given […]

Texas approves bill on equal insurance coverage for mental and physical health care
Posted in Mental Health

With an eye on improving the access to mental health treatment, the Texas House approved a bill on April 4, 2017, that would accord equal insurance coverage for both mental and physical health care. Mental health problems is a big concern in the United States, though a bigger issue than this is providing proper access […]

Aggressive behavior may increase risk of substance abuse, says study
Posted in Substance Abuse

Some people tend to be more aggressive than others. The tendency to be aggressive is an innate part of one’s personality, often linked to the tendency of self-harming or causing injury to people around. However, some may regard aggression as simply a character flaw. Scientists identify this behavioral trait as intermittent explosive disorder (IED), characterized […]

Everywhere, under the rainbow: Ethnic minorities deal with substance abuse

It’s hard enough being in the racial minority. Many will tell of the pressure to perform better, work harder and behave with more “civilized” acquiescence than their Anglo counterparts. The American melting pot more often feels like the proverbial fishbowl: with curious eyes following your family’s every move and stereotyping pointed fingers tapping at the […]

In relationships, binge drinking can be contagious

What makes people drink too much – work pressure, financial trouble or grief? In some cases, it might be their significant other. A recent study by the Dalhousie University (DU) in Canada suggested that the influence couples have over each other might extend to drinking habit as well. When consumed in moderate amounts, alcohol can […]

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