Having adult children can be both a joy and a burden. What happens if your adult child is headed down a dangerous path? Do you feel like it is no longer your place to say anything? Do you fear you’re overreacting and may push him away? Our grown-up children may be adults, but they sometimes still need our support and intervention. If you think your adult son is drinking to excess, you should step in and say something. Offer to help and provide information to back up your concerns.
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.
If you drink, and especially if you drink excessively, you should understand what alcohol does to your brain. Modern consensus is that moderate drinking is fine for your health, but excessive drinking, binge drinking and regular heavy drinking can lead to addiction and other health issues. If you’re considering how much you drink and whether you need to cut back, knowing what is going on in your brain could help motivate you.
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.
A new study has revealed that those who drink supersized versions of flavored alcohol are more likely to binge drink and to suffer alcohol-related injuries. The study looked specifically at underage drinkers, and according to the CDC, around 90 percent of the alcohol consumed by under-21s is in the form of binge drinking. Bingeing is the most common pattern of excessive drinking in the U.S. and is associated with a multitude of health problems, including liver disease, neurological damage, high blood pressure, stroke and cardiovascular disease. Therefore, finding out what’s associated with it—particularly for youth—is a priority for reducing both alcohol-related harm and the risk of developing addiction.
Cigarette use,marijuana use, and the inclination to binge drink is higher among men than women overall, and higher for whites than Hispanics or blacks, a new study finds.
Drunken behavior is often portrayed as fun in media, but the truth is that the impact of alcohol on human physiology is not that funny. Guzzling alcohol harms nearly every major body organ. Continue reading
You may think you’ve heard it all, but when it comes to excuses for drinking too much, there are always some new ones. It really doesn’t matter how young or old a person is, how educated they are, their financial, social status or familial status. Some of these excuses people come up with are really lame, however, especially if they have been drinking. Continue reading