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What are the Causes of Alcohol Abuse?

Alcoholism is not something that a person can just stop on their own. This myth is common among those with limited knowledge about alcoholism and what are the causes of alcohol abuse. Research shows that there are several factors that potentially play a role in excessive alcohol consumption and alcohol abuse. The Promises Behavioral Health …

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Heavy Drinking Increases Risks for Dementia

Alcohol use disorder is the current accepted term for the diagnosis of two drinking-related conditions: alcohol abuse and alcoholism. Excessive alcohol consumption is widely acknowledged as an important factor in a number of damaging changes in human mental and physical health. In a study slated for publication in 2014 in The American Journal of Geriatric …

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Genetics Play Role in Hangovers

Hangover is the widely used term for a collection of short-term side effects that can appear after a person consumes excessive amounts of alcohol. Previous research has shown that drinkers who frequently experience these side effects are more likely to eventually receive a diagnosis for alcohol use disorder (alcohol abuse/alcoholism) than drinkers who typically don’t …

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How to Cope When Your Loved One Refuses Help                       

Addiction is a harmful disease, and not just for the addict. Drug addicts and alcoholics impact everyone in their lives, but those they love are often hurt the most. If you have been living with an addict you might be at the end of your rope. You see the problem. You have been patient and …

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Two Simple Questions Help Doctors Identify Alcoholics

Primary care doctors have a range of screening tools at their disposal for the detection of diagnosable cases of alcohol use disorder (alcoholism and alcohol abuse). However, they may not have the time to administer such a screening to every patient they see over the course of a day or week. In a study published …

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Quit Drinking and Memory Improves, Study Finds

Over time, people with alcoholism commonly experience significant disruptions in their higher-level mental functions. One of the chief higher-level disruptions caused by chronic alcohol exposure is a reduction in the ability to make, store and organize memories. In a study published in May 2014 in the American Medical Association journal JAMA Psychiatry, a team of …

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Rethinking Drinking: Is Your Drinking Pattern Risky? Take the Test

What if alcohol education and addiction prevention weren’t so much about shaming the user or relying on fear and shock factors to force better behavior? What if the conversation could come from a place of understanding, encouragement, and a desire to help people not necessarily become teetotalers, but smarter, more mindful consumers of alcohol? “Rethinking …

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Recognizing Stages of Alcoholism Helps Promote Awareness and Treatment of the Disease

Those suffering from alcoholism, suffer from a disease. Friends and family will tell you that the person they once knew is no longer the same person. Oftentimes, loved ones don’t even recognize the person sitting in front of them anymore because alcohol changes people. It can make some people angry and argumentative – even violent. …

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