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Alcohol Withdrawal Management: How Clinical Guidelines Should Be Improved

By | 2018-02-18T00:57:22+00:00 February 27th, 2018|

Alcohol withdrawal is a serious condition. Someone who abuses alcohol habitually can experience tremors, insomnia and even seizures when attempting to ween themselves off booze. Unlike other forms of drug withdrawal, it can be potentially deadly if not treated properly. This past summer, the American Society of Addiction Medicine announced that they would be working toward the improvement of alcohol withdrawal management. Many doctors find the common protocols for treating patients to be inadequate. “There is a current lack of guidance,’ says Dr. Kelly Clark, President of the ASAM, “that has led to inadequate [...]

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: A Preventable Tragedy

By | 2018-02-07T02:26:45+00:00 February 7th, 2018|

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, or FAS, is often overlooked when people discuss the consequences of drinking. Alcohol addiction has devastating consequences for individuals. However, alcohol abuse can also have dramatic and tragic consequences for the most vulnerable elements of society: babies. One of the most severe results of using and abusing alcohol while pregnant is fetal alcohol syndrome or FAS. Most people learn about FAS in health class. However, this education is usually cursory at best. It mostly consists of tragic fetal alcohol syndrome pictures and squeezed into a general message about why alcoholism is [...]

EtoH Withdrawal: The Latest Science and Medical Techniques to Safely Manage Alcohol Detoxification

By | 2018-02-01T04:38:39+00:00 February 1st, 2018|

Ethanol – medically abbreviated as EtOH and also known as drinking alcohol – is a severely-addictive substance that, when chronically and heavily abused, causes profound changes in the physical and chemical structure of the brain. Consequently, alcohol detoxification must be closely supervised to be either safe or effective. Why Is Quitting Alcohol So Dangerous? Over time, the user’s brain becomes accustomed to the presence of EtOH and adapts. As a result, the person becomes physically dependent on alcohol. In other words, they lose the ability to even nominally function when [...]

Everything You Need to Know About Alcohol Poisoning

By | 2017-12-04T18:52:27+00:00 December 11th, 2017|

Alcohol poisoning is the number one killer nobody seems to be wary of. After all, there’ve been substantial increases in alcohol use and high-risk drinking in the U.S. This worrisome trend is prevalent among adults, underage drinkers, and even pregnant women. Drink abusers don’t realize that, at any moment, they could lose their lives. In the quest to socialize and have fun, people are drinking more than is advisable. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, moderate drinking is the healthier choice. It involves women taking only one alcoholic drink a day, while men [...]

The Meaning Of Blackout Drinking: A Normal Experience or a Sign of Trouble?

By | 2018-05-25T22:05:25+00:00 November 9th, 2017|

Being blackout drunk is considered normal for several reasons. Lots of comedy movies feature main characters blacking out and having fun. Some examples include multi-million dollar hits like Superbad and The Hangover. College culture and binge drinking often go hand in hand, too. If blacking out is a regular occurrence among peers, it may seem harmless. Between frat parties and off-campus get-togethers, it seems that heavy drinking is pretty normal. The truth is that blackout drinking isn’t about funny moments or bonding with friends. Blackouts can be a sign of trouble. This makes it [...]

How Life Changing Liver Transplant Rules are Being Changed for Addicts

By | 2017-11-05T03:29:39+00:00 November 4th, 2017|

Some people have views about alcoholics and whether they should receive liver transplants or not. Many of these views are based on little knowledge on the real facts of alcoholism and liver transplants. On a case by case basis, it’s hard to deny anyone lifesaving surgery. The reality is, that’s what the decision makers for liver transplants have been doing. Alcoholics have been denied their right to receiving liver transplants for years. The liver transplant waiting list by state will demonstrate why the guidelines are so strict on who should receive the procedure. The [...]

Heavy Drinking is on the Rise: Why Alcoholism Risk is Still Increasing in 2017

By | 2017-11-05T01:06:32+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|

According to the NIAAA, alcoholism is the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States across all age ranges and socio-demographics. Unfortunately, over the past ten years, the death toll and bleak statistics associated with this disease have been on the rise—almost uniformly across all ages, sexes, and social classes. Alcoholism may be the new “in-vogue” disease. We see it glorified everywhere: by our favorite stars in the movies and on television, in magazine ads, and advertisements for drink specials on the marquees of lascivious cocktail lounges. It is no wonder that [...]

Alcoholic Neuropathy: The Hidden Alcoholism Effect That Can Last a Lifetime

By | 2018-05-23T22:42:10+00:00 October 5th, 2017|

We’ve all heard the devastating effects of alcohol dependence on the body and the mind. Cirrhosis of the liver, pancreatitis, mouth and throat cancers, hepatitis – these are just some of this disorder’s risks. One of the lesser-known effects, however, is alcoholic neuropathy, a damaging of the nerve cells that can cause pain, burning sensations, numbness, and a variety of other problems as well. And these can be permanent. And as with most diseases, spotting the signs early is absolutely key to mitigating its harmful effects. So, before you have another drink, you may [...]

Diane Schuler’s Hidden Life: When Functional Addiction Turns to Tragedy

By | 2017-09-25T14:36:07+00:00 September 21st, 2017|

What comes to mind when you hear the world ‘alcohol’? More likely than not, a specific stereotype enters your mind’s eye: an office worker who adds whiskey to their coffee in the morning, a parent who drinks a twelve pack of beer every night, a college student who comes to class drunk at least a couple times each week. But what about a successful media executive and devoted mother? This is how Diane Schuler’s life and death shows that functional addiction can quickly turn into a tragedy. Alcoholism Does Not Always Look the Same This [...]

20 Alcoholism Facts You Might Want to Know

By | 2018-05-24T00:21:11+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|

Alcoholism is a devastating, potentially fatal disease. The primary symptom of having it is telling everyone – including yourself – that you are not an alcoholic.” ~ Herbert L. Gravitz & Julie D. Bowden There is at least one alcoholism fact that you might want to know: alcoholism is a dangerous, though often misunderstood, mental disease. With this in mind, here we present six specific facts about alcoholism and alcohol abuse that you may not know, though you most likely should know. Alcoholism is a reality for millions of Americans around the country, either because they struggling [...]

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