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Ireland contemplates alcohol test for pregnant women as FASD cases soar

Ireland contemplates alcohol test for pregnant women as FASD cases soar

Drinking alcohol does more damage to a woman than to a man. However, ignorant of the fact, more and more women across the world are taking to drinking. Like many other western nations, Ireland has also witnessed a growing trend of drinking among women. So much so that the Irish authorities are concerned. Now, the Irish Medical Organization (IMO) has made a proposal to conduct alcohol screening test for pregnant women. Continue reading

How income impacts alcohol consumption

How income impacts alcohol consumption

There are studies that have found a direct relationship between income and alcoholism. Those who are financially strong can indulge more in alcohol yet have the necessary resources to enhance health thereafter, while individuals who are economically weaker may have to face financial hardships and other consequences owing to drinking. It may thus lead to a higher risk of developing alcoholism among the low-income individuals. Continue reading

6 signs of an individual being alcohol intolerant

6 signs of an individual being alcohol intolerant

Alcohol-induced sickness is common among people who drink too much regularly or gulp down more drinks than their body can absorb. But the symptoms of alcohol intolerance is different from alcoholism or addiction. According to Dr. Russell Surasky, a neurologist in Great Neck, New York, intolerance may develop due to a person’s genetic makeup and deficiency of enzyme acetaldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH2) or if the enzyme isn’t functioning. The non-functional variant is more commonly found in people of Asian descent. Due to the absence of functional ALDH2, when a person consumes alcohol, a buildup of acetaldehyde occurs as it cannot be broken down further into acetic acid in the body. This leads to a condition known as alcohol intolerance. Continue reading

Drunkorexia: A dangerous trend amongst teenagers

Drunkorexia: A dangerous trend amongst teenagers

Drunkorexia is formed from two words — being drunk or excessive intake of alcohol and orexia meaning appetite. This is one of the dangerous trends among teens and young adults. Individuals struggling with this disorder skip meals and purge forcefully before a drinking session to increase their capacity. In addition, some teens also believe that absence of food is likely to cause greater alcohol kick therefore, they limit their food consumption. Some also indulge in self-induced vomiting after eating to create space for greater alcohol consumption in their stomach. Drunkorexia might predispose an individual towards higher risk of developing unconsciousness, anxiety, alcoholism, feeling of isolation, sudden heart attack or death. The risky behavior stems from an intense desire to drink, stay slim and often from peer pressure. Continue reading

Study finds link between alcohol and heart arrhythmias

Study finds link between alcohol and heart arrhythmias

Immediate effects of alcohol overdose or binge drinking may be manifested in the form of headaches, dizziness, nausea and muscle pain. But drinking alcohol for longer periods or in heavy quantity may lead to more serious consequences that one might be unaware of. Researchers in Germany have suggested a possible association between acute alcohol consumption and heart arrhythmias. Continue reading

Understanding the friction between alcohol and relationships

Understanding the friction between alcohol and relationships

When the news of an impending divorce of Hollywood’s glitziest couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt hit the tabloids last year, a wave of shock and despair spread amongst their fans, across the globe. He, a Greek God, and she, a picturesque damsel, together, with their six happy children spelled happiness and love. It seemed that they had it all – fame, money, love and a well-knit family. Maybe, too much of anything can get overwhelming and perhaps that is the reason the relationship took a tumultuous turn in the last few years. Continue reading