The new trend of inhaling “vaporized” alcohol has come under fire for its health risks, with British addiction and alcohol experts warning of the dangers of inhaling the vapor after it was offered to revelers at a Scottish nightclub. The new trend has the potential to increase the risk of alcohol poisoning, may damage the lungs, could enhance the addictive properties of alcohol and could particularly tempt those who are concerned about their weight. Although the company offering the vaporized shots claims the practice is safe and calls the response “immensely positive,” the facts about the trend don’t look so clear-cut.
Somewhere deep down, you know you have a problem with alcohol. You may think that you simply drink too much from time to time, or you may have admitted you are an alcoholic. In either case, you insist that the reason you won’t give up drinking is because you simply don’t want to. You are sure you could quit any time you choose, and most of all you believe with all your heart that you are not hurting anyone but yourself.
As voters and legislators around the country debate legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana, its safety is also being debated and often compared to alcohol, the universally-legal drug. Many supporters of legalized marijuana say that alcohol is the more dangerous drug. Research can give us some insights into the truths about alcohol, marijuana and which is worse for you.
If you have someone in your life you care about who drinks too much, you can help him. Heavy drinking is a serious health problem, but it is not necessarily alcoholism. You may be happy to learn that the heavy drinker you love is probably not addicted and can learn to cut back and become a moderate drinker. Binge drinkers or heavy drinkers are at risk of becoming alcoholics, so now is the time to intervene and show your support.
Alcohol is the third leading preventable cause of death in the U.S., leading to almost 88,000 deaths annually. Alcohol Awareness Month aims to shine the spotlight on statistics like this, which reveal the wide-ranging harm alcohol causes in our society, and many of the figures don’t make for pleasant reading. The cold, hard statistics on the damage done by alcohol — in particular for those addicted to alcohol or who regularly engage in binge drinking — have the power to make us think again about our drinking.
New research has called recent findings on the protective effect of moderate drinking into question, suggesting that the results may be due to errors in the participant selection process and inadequate controlling for potentially confounding factors.
Instead, the new study suggests that the apparent benefits of moderate drinking disappear when these factors are properly accounted for, with only a minor protective effect remaining in women age 65 and older. While we might want to believe that moderate drinking isn’t bad or is even good for us, the data don’t really suggest that’s the case.
The holiday season is here, which means you might be attending several parties. Holiday parties are fun and give you a chance to be around your family and friends. You can eat great food and see people you know and love. However, alcohol can be served at these parties, so it’s important to be safe about driving. Take these steps to avoid impaired driving during the holidays:
Stress is a normal feeling and, in many ways, can be healthy. Stress motivates you to work harder and to achieve goals. Too much stress, however, can have profoundly negative impacts on your physical, emotional and mental health. One of those impacts is an increase in your risk for developing an addiction. To improve your overall health, and to avoid the trap of substance abuse and addiction, learn more about how stress can lead you down a dangerous path.
There are many lessons for recovering alcoholics and addicts to learn. An ongoing lesson that you may have to learn and relearn is how to relate to your family without the influence of drugs or alcohol. In most cases, you don’t get to choose your family. Whether you see them frequently or only occasionally, dynamics that go on between families can cause extremely volatile emotions. Uncontrolled emotional reactions can be a dangerous trigger and can lead to cravings for any substance that can change your mood or numb your pain.