How can a weekend of binge drinking harm me?

Binge drinking, as defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), is when men consume 5 or more drinks and women consume 4 or more drinks in about hours. It brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level to 0.08 g/dL or above. 

Numerous studies have proven the havoc that binge drinking can cause, including unruly fights, accidental deaths, major accidents, and mental and physical instability. Apart from the individual financial losses, the country also suffers losses from reduced productivity at workplace, health care expenditures, criminal justice costs, and other expenses.  Read more

Effects of alcohol, HIV, and hepatitis C on immune system activation

Effects of alcohol, HIV, and hepatitis C on immune system activation

It is a well-established fact that alcohol can exacerbate other diseases making them debilitating. It increases the recovery time, especially after burns, injury, or trauma. Additionally, it also dysregulates the anti-viral immune response, particularly in the liver, including response against the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV). According to a recent study published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, excessive alcohol consumption by people with HIV or people living with HIV (PLWH) aggravates immune system activation and infection, especially amongst those who are also infected with HCV. Read more

People recovering from addiction continue experiencing chronic ailments

People recovering from addiction continue experiencing chronic ailments

More than one-third of individuals recovering from addiction continue experiencing chronic physical ailments, suggested a study published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine. Excessive usage of alcohol and drugs may cause various types of physical and mental health issues, like depression, anxiety, liver disease, heart disease, and diabetes. While a lot of these conditions usually improve after recovering from addiction, some may persist and adversely impact the quality of life. Read more

Exposure to adversity at early age may increase susceptibility to mental disorders, says study

Exposure to adversity at early age may increase susceptibility to mental disorders, says study

A group of researchers recentlyidentified a disturbing modification in the DNA of children with alcoholic parents. This change in DNA increased their susceptibility to mental health disorders later in life. The findings of

the study will be published in the journal Progress in Neuropsychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry in August 2019.

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