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

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

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

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

Alcohol Detoxification-2: Dealing with withdrawal symptoms

Alcohol Detoxification-2: Dealing with withdrawal symptoms

If alcohol addiction in unsafe and hazardous, so is its withdrawal. The consequences of alcohol addiction, which can also lead to death, are widely known. However, not much is known about the hardships faced during alcohol detox and withdrawal. These withdrawals occur when a heavy drinker, significantly reduces the amount of alcohol he/she consumes. Read more

California legalizes recreational marijuana; new taxes in the offing

California legalizes recreational marijuana; new taxes in the offing

The state of California, home to about 12 percent American population, along with Massachusetts, Maine, and Nevada, legalized recreational use of marijuana on November 8, 2016. Recreational marijuana is already legal in Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, Washington and the District of Columbia. The verdict in favor of marijuana legalization shows the changing attitude of Americans towards the drug. Read more

Alcohol Detoxification-1: Physical symptoms

Alcohol Detoxification-1: Physical symptoms

Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance in the world, with countries like the United Kingdom and Russia featuring among the top 10 countries suffering from addiction due to prevalence of trends like binge drinking. Alcohol abuse is often considered as a safe addiction. In fact, in countries like the United States, alcohol is an intrinsic part of the culture and holds a prime place on every occasion. Read more