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 […]
Social connections are the ties between individual people that form the basis for larger-scale social interactions and the formation of peer groups. Current evidence indicates that attitudes toward drinking with a socially connected group strongly predict whether or not the members of that group will consume excessive amounts of alcohol. In a study published in […]
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 […]
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 […]
What if we could change drinking culture? What if we could become more intentional about the way we use and abuse alcohol? What if we could change the role alcohol has assumed in our lives? The Sober Community Of Hello Sunday Morning Chris Raines, the founder of Hello Sunday Morning (HSM), asked these questions. Hello […]
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is an umbrella term describing the effects that can occur in a child whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. It encapsulates conditions previously known as Alcohol Abuse and Seizures (FAS) and the milder form, Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE).
Your immune system is a complex, interconnected network that protects your body from outside attack by bacteria, viruses, parasites and other potentially harmful or deadly microorganisms. Without the coordinated activities of this network, humans have essentially no chance of continued survival. In recent years, a wide variety of researchers have examined the changes that occur […]
As warm Gulf Coast air streams to the north, college students are called to sandy beaches and Spring Break parties. Spring Break is associated with wild parties and free-flowing alcohol. But recent research has shown that these youthful celebrations are actually causing brain damage in students that are engaging in binge drinking.
A recent article in U.S. News pointed out concerns regarding the long-lasting effects of alcohol use on the teen brain, especially when it relates to binge drinking. Girls may be more vulnerable to alcohol than boys are to its harmful effects because of excessive consumption. Adolescents’ brains are still developing, especially in frontal regions that […]
Convenience is a powerful recommendation for what we choose. A fast food restaurant down the street may make it easier to shrug off plans to cook. A gas station right around the corner allows a driver to let the needle ease past the empty mark. People are often convinced to make decisions because an easy […]