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

Coping with post-acute withdrawal symptoms

The journey from addiction to recovery is not easy. When people try to recover from alcohol abuse or from an addiction to narcotic drugs like heroin, they might find it difficult to deal with the cravings long after they have become sober. Alterations in the brain developed after years of abuse cause an individual to experience symptoms of withdrawal long after he or she had undergone a drug addiction treatment program. Read more

Is it safe to detox during pregnancy?

There are contrary viewpoints on the issue of detoxing during pregnancy. On the one hand, some argue that it is dangerous to detox during pregnancy due to the increased chances of harming the fetus in the process. On the other hand, some claim that medical detox is a good choice to get rid of the stored toxins due to substance abuse during pregnancy.
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