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

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

Susceptibility genes determine addiction level

Susceptibility genes determine addiction level

Characterized by obsession, compulsion, and physical or psychological dependence, addiction is a chronic and relapsing disorder that has paralyzed millions of people worldwide. Addiction has devastated numerous lives and relationships, as well as caused a substantial burden to the economy. An enigma, associated with addiction, that continues to perplex people, is why some individuals are more predisposed to drugs, with a propensity to develop an addiction compared to others. Read more

Subtle signs that indicate addiction in a college student

When Tracy visited home during her summer holidays, her mother noticed that she was much occupied with her mobile phone and would go blank in the middle of the conversations. She cared less about her appearance and would remain in her room for the whole day without talking to anyone at home. The cheerful girl had transformed into a woman with frequent angry outbursts and lack of care for family members. When Tracy continued to look disoriented, the mother tried talking to her. After much persuasion, she finally confessed to being addicted to alcohol and asked for help. Read more

Handling withdrawal symptoms during benzodiazepine addiction treatment

Benzodiazepines are habit-forming drugs. Once an addiction to this class of drugs develops, the journey to recovery can become excruciatingly painful. This is because unlike other drugs, it takes longer to quit benzodiazepines and it produces debilitating withdrawal symptoms.

Benzodiazepines are classified as Scheduled IV drugs under the Controlled Substances Act. Thus, it should ideally be available through a prescription generated by a registered medical practitioner. Also known as sedatives or tranquilizers, these drugs are often used for alleviating the symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks, muscle spasms and even seizures. Some of the commonly prescribed benzodiazepines are Xanax (alprazolam), Ativan (lorazepam), Valium (diazepam), and so on. Read more

How to convince a person dependent on drugs to get help

People falling into the trap of alcohol or drugs often struggle hard to detach themselves from the grip of addiction. While stigma is a major factor that restrains users from seeking help from others, numerous underlying causes inhibit them from choosing the path to recovery. After getting neck-deep in substance abuse, it becomes immensely difficult for any person to break away from any kind of drug-seeking behavior. Read more

Women worried about breast cancer should stay away from alcohol, says study

Drinking alcohol is widely accepted in most cultures and no celebration is deemed complete without a toast or two. Men and women, alike, drink to rejoice or relieve stress. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), around 5.3 million women, aged 18 or older (amounting to 4.2 percent women) and 325,000 females aged 12–17 years (2.7 percent of females in the age group) had alcohol use disorder (AUD). In the light of the findings, it is important to educate women about the risks of alcohol consumption. Read more

Competitive sports may trigger drug addiction in teens, finds study

Sports form an integral part of a teen’s growth and development. Apart from eliminating the risk of serious health complications, outdoor games affect teens psychologically, mentally and socially. But, a new study done by researchers from the University of Michigan has revealed the side effects of high-contact sports like hockey, wrestling, football and ice hockey. Teens who play high-contact sports, such as hockey, are at a greater risk for heroin use and nonmedical use of prescription opioids observed the study published in the “Journal of Adolescent Health” in March 2017. Read more

Handy tips to treat benzodiazepine addiction

Using medications to treat mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression, is one of the most preferred treatment options in the United States. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), benzodiazepines, such as alprazolam, clonazepam, diazepam, and lorazepam are frequently used medications for a short-term management of anxiety. Read more

There is nothing like ‘moderate drinking’ when it comes to health

It is a wake-up call for all those who have been serving themselves generous doses of alcohol in the name of health, as a study has questioned the so-called benefits of moderate drinking. Many studies link moderate drinking with lower risk of cardiovascular disease. The benefits are known to be enjoyed alike by those who have no known heart-related ailment and those who have high risk of developing a heart attack or stroke. People living with type 2 diabetes, those with existing cardiovascular disease or gallstones could also get benefited from moderate drinking. Read more