Exploring link between alcohol and pregnancy outcomes

Exploring link between alcohol and pregnancy outcomes

Alcohol and pregnancy do not go hand in hand. Even the smallest amount of alcohol taken during pregnancy can have potential harmful effects on the baby. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is no safe time, as well as no known safe amount, during pregnancy for consuming alcohol. Moreover, multiple evidence-based studies have reported that alcohol consumption during pregnancy can lead to a multitude of health risks such as, premature birth, miscarriage and stillbirth. Read more

Drinking in prom parties may be dangerous for teens

Drinking in prom parties may be dangerous for teens

Prom is, supposedly, one of the most memorable nights in a teenager’s life. It marks the culmination of school and commencement of a new and exciting college life. Most of the teens associate this event with the beginning of adulthood and start feeling grown up and mature. This urges them to experiment with alcohol or other illegal substances, despite being underage. Unfortunately, they often end up drinking excessively, or, at times, indulging in other illegal drugs to experience a “high,” or unprotected sexual behavior, or even drunk driving. Read more

Detoxification-eliminating toxins left by drugs and alcohol

Detoxification-eliminating toxins left by drugs and alcohol

According to the 2015 data released by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2014, nearly 22.5 million Americans aged 12 years or older needed treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, however, only 4.1 million people received treatment for substance use disorder during the same period. Thus, there continues to be a large treatment gap in the country, despite a significantly high rate of substance use, abuse and dependence among Americans. Read more

Alcohol Detoxification-4: Alcohol detox treatment

Alcohol Detoxification-4: Alcohol detox treatment

Detox is a must for patients battling alcohol addiction. Treatment cannot begin until a person’s body has no remaining traces of drugs or alcohol. Read more

Reduced painkiller prescription by dentists can help tackle opioid abuse

Reduced painkiller prescription by dentists can help tackle opioid abuse

America is facing a major drug abuse problem, with its people using and abusing all kinds of addictive substances, including heroin, cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, alcohol and prescription painkillers. Many factors are responsible for the rise in dependence habit, but the inclination to use opioids in a manner and dosage different from that prescribed by the doctors is a major reason for people getting hooked on opioids and other addictive substances. Read more

Steep rise in drug use among American workforce

Steep rise in drug use among American workforce

The rampant use of illegal drugs has reached a new high according to figures obtained from the Quest Diagnostics’ latest Drug Testing Index. The details were obtained after an examination of drug test results of an estimated 11 million people and were shared online on September 15, 2016 by the company. The results revealed at the Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association (SAPAA) annual conference held in Louisville, Kentucky indicated use of drugs has reached the highest level in the last 10 years. Read more

Alcohol Detoxification-3: Recommended diet plan

Alcohol Detoxification-3: Recommended diet plan

Undoubtedly, alcohol is the most commonly abused substance in the United States. The ready availability of the substance coupled with legalization by the government plays an important role in the spread of alcohol addiction. Eventually, abuse of alcohol leads to alcoholism and alcohol addiction. Read more

Steep rise in illegal drug use among American workforce: Survey

Steep rise in illegal drug use among American workforce: Survey

The rampant use of illicit drugs has reached a new high in the United States workforce, as per the latest figures obtained from the Quest Diagnostics’ Drug Testing Index. The details were obtained after an examination of drug test results of an estimated 11 million workforce across the country. Read more

Miami Dolphins’ Jason Jones suspended for substance abuse

Miami Dolphins’ Jason Jones suspended for substance abuse

The National Football League (NFL) suspended Miami Dolphins’ defensive lineman Jason Jones (30) recently for two games without pay for violating the League’s substance abuse policy. Dolphins’ backup defensive end Jones was suspended on November 21, 2016, due to an off seasonal incident in which he operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated state. Read more

Is smoking hookah addictive?

Is smoking hookah addictive?

Of late, smoking the hookah has gained cult status. No party or get together is complete without people gathering together and blowing rings of smoke in the air, like in the olden days. Offered at almost all clubs and various pubs, hookah is popular among the youngsters. Also known as shisha, hookah has its roots in history. However, modern day shisha is available in different flavors. It is commonly believed that hookah is less harmful than a cigarette. However, the truth is that hookah is as harmful as a cigarette. Read more