Avoiding The Holiday Weekend Party Blackout

Avoiding The Holiday Weekend Party Blackout

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer. It’s a time when we not only get a three-day weekend, we also get to celebrate the warmer weather. Barbecues and picnics are a must, as are pool and beach parties. While you’re celebrating this weekend, have fun – but be responsible. It can be all […]

Binge Drinking Dangers For Older Adults

Binge Drinking Dangers For Older Adults

Most of us have heard about health benefits associated with moderate drinking, such as cholesterol, circulation, blood pressure and stomach health. But a new study says these beliefs are based on faulty research. A study led by University of Texas at Austin and Brown University researchers examined older adults described as moderate drinkers and grouped […]

Are Hangovers A Deterrent For Future Drinking?

Are Hangovers A Deterrent For Future Drinking?

Authority figures thinking that a bad hangover will discourage a young person from overdrinking in the future should think again. New research found that experiencing a nasty hangover had practically zero impact on whether or not a young person would decide to drink again – even the very next day. The study, led by Thomas […]

How Does Heavy Drinking Affect The Brains Of Untreated Adults?

How Does Heavy Drinking Affect The Brains Of Untreated Adults?

Research has shown that people undergoing treatment for alcohol dependence (i.e., alcoholism) show clear signs of damage in critical brain ability called executive function. However, there is relatively little information available on similar brain changes that take place in heavy-drinking adults who have not received treatment for their alcohol-related issues. The authors of a study […]

Are Binge Drinkers Alcoholics?

Are Binge Drinkers Alcoholics?

According to The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, binge drinking is defined as “a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08  percent or above. This typically happens when men consume five or more drinks, and when women consume four or more drinks, in about two hours.” Though binge […]

Why Some Teens Become Problem Drinkers

Why Some Teens Become Problem Drinkers

Many teens experiment with alcohol, a situation termed “early initiation.” Early initiation can lead to adult dependency on alcohol and lasting damage to cognitive brain function. Besides these long-term problems, teen drinkers also expose themselves to short-term risks including injury, especially in vehicular crashes, and risky sexual behaviors that can lead to the contraction of […]