AJ McLean and Cheryl Burke of Dancing with the Stars fame open up about their alcohol addiction

AJ McLean recently celebrated a year of being sober. However, his life was not always like this. Addicted to drugs and alcohol, the 42-year-old experienced his share of overdoses and multiple stints at alcohol rehab programs, before he could claim sobriety. McLean talked about his journey with his podcast co-host Cheryl Burke and friend Rene Elizondo Jr., over the weekend. Read more

Are you not getting enough sleep? Drinking alcohol past bedtime could be the reason

Sleep and alcohol are not made for each other. Unfortunately, most of us think that a nightcap is what is required to get sound sleep. With the cold settling in, and the holiday season round the corner, a glass of red wine or sherry, or a glass of glorious scotch aged to perfection could seem like a good way to end the day. But is it? Read more

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

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

Advertisement laws governing medical marijuana leave cannabis companies in a fix

Advertisement laws governing medical marijuana leave cannabis companies in a fix

“The grass definitely looks greener on the other side,” said Jeff, an employee with one of the recently licensed weed companies. He is talking literally about the green stuff – cannabis – and the reason behind his statement is the confusing maze of laws that licensed weed companies find themselves in. In spite of several states having legalized marijuana, allowing its conditional medical and recreational use and permitting cultivation, possession, transportation, etc., it is still illegal under the federal law. The difference in the stance of the state and federal governments has led to complications in the advertising and marketing of cannabis and its related products. Read more

HHS chief bats for medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction

HHS chief bats for medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction

Looking at the worsening opioid epidemic ravaging the United States, the federal government has been formulating various policies and plans to combat the situation. With over 64,000 Americans succumbing to drug overdose deaths in 2016, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is time to expand effective treatment options for addiction. One such option promoted by the Donald Trump administration is medication-assisted treatment (MAT) Read more

Anti-smoking groups sue FDA for delaying e-cigarette review

Anti-smoking groups sue FDA for delaying e-cigarette review

Even as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made a “historic move” recently to reduce nicotine content in cigarettes, it seems not doing enough to regulate and curb the electronic cigarette use. Read more

Glorification of molly by hip-hop musicians spikes drug abuse among Afro-Americans, claims study

Glorification of molly by hip-hop musicians spikes drug abuse among Afro-Americans, claims study

The problem of drug abuse is not new in the United States, with many already dealing with its effects. A number of factors trigger drug-seeking behaviors, such as genetics, biological and environmental factors, a co-occurring mental disorder, etc. Moreover, people, exposed to crime and violence early in their life, begin to abuse substances at a young age. In addition, many abuse drugs and alcohol merely for recreational purposes like feeling high and boosting mood. Many youngsters passionately follow the footsteps of their favorite actors and celebrities; hence, they run the increased risk of developing drug-seeking behaviors. Read more

Ways LSD affects human brain

Ways LSD affects human brain

An estimated 32 million American residents in 2010 reported the lifetime use of psychedelics, including lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), psilocybin (magic mushrooms), mescaline and peyote. Unlike other drugs, psychedelics often evoke the awareness of subconscious thoughts and feelings, such as repressed memories, feelings about life circumstances, fantasies or deep fears. People high on psychedelics experience hallucinations, vivid images and intense sounds. Read more

Higher potency pushing marijuana demand for drug treatment programs

Higher potency pushing marijuana demand for drug treatment programs

Marijuana is a mood altering (psychoactive) drug derived from the Cannabis plant, its two main varieties being Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica. People consume cannabis by smoking, inhaling through vapor, brewing as a tea, with food, as a balm, or eating in the form of brownies or chocolate bars.

Cannabis is the most commonly abused illicit drug globally, popular for its psychoactive properties. Although originally classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, several states in the United States have started making it a legal drug. It has a slew of street monikers, including grass, pot, hash, weed, reefer, dope, herb, mull, Buddha, ganja, joint, stick, buckets, cones, skunk, hydro, yarndi, smoke and hooch among others. Read more