People with light-colored eyes may be more likely to develop alcoholism than those with dark brown eyes, according to a study from the University of Vermont. The study was published in July 2015 in the American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics.
Newly released findings from federal researchers point to a potentially significant increase in the number of American adults affected by diagnosable problems with alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence (i.e., alcoholism). Continue reading
The man people called “Cutty Sark” behind his back, former USC football coach Steve Sarkisian, checked into rehab in October after he was fired following an outburst at a university booster event where his long-rumored problem with alcohol took center stage. Continue reading
A new study—following over 40,000 participants for 18 years—has found that the social and psychological issues stemming from drinking are more predictive of mortality rates than physically hazardous behaviors like drunk driving. The results are quite surprising—for instance, suggesting that experiencing things like withdrawal jitters is less of a concern than something like losing a job in terms of the risk of dying—and underline the importance of taking the psychological and social aspects of alcoholism into account when considering the risks. The results also show that even light drinkers experience issues related to their drinking, suggesting that cutting down might not be enough to avoid problems related to alcohol.
According to a report by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), there is “strong evidence” that drinking three or more alcoholic drinks per day is a cause of liver cancer. Worldwide, liver cancer is the second most common cause of death from cancer, leading to around 746,000 deaths in 2012. The number of new cases around the world increased by around 25 percent from 2002 to 2012, with over 782,000 cases in 2012. Some may disagree with the specific number of drinks cited in the WCRF report, but the overall message from the report is unchanged: excessive drinking is a significant cause of liver cancer.
Addiction to alcohol is a difficult illness to overcome, but it is possible. If you have been struggling with your drinking, your first step should be to see your doctor or an addiction specialist. Either one can tell you if you meet the alcohol dependence criteria and can put you on the path to getting well. With treatment, support from friends and family and dedication to sobriety on your part, you can overcome alcoholism.
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.
In a state with one of the lowest levels of binge drinking as well as one of the lowest levels of overall alcohol consumption in the U.S., why do statistics show that Utah is the seventh-worst state for alcohol poisoning deaths? The first two facts are to be expected: after all, three-fifths of the population of Utah is Mormon, and Mormons typically don’t drink. But the fact that Utah has one of the highest rates of alcohol poisoning in the nation isn’t so easy to explain. So what’s going on? Finding the answer means looking more closely at the statistics and also considering the effect of an anti-alcohol social norm and large numbers of people living in remote areas.
New findings from a team of German and British researchers indicate that people with alcoholism have heightened chances of dying from numerous physical ailments and lose about 7.6 years of life to the disease.