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Addiction News: March 29th, 2013

Drug addiction rising in Egypt, officials say [ Los Angeles Times]

Gambling addiction affects more men and women, seduced by growing casino  accessibility [ NY Daily News]

Bill seeks to allow alcohol references on Oregon’s ‘wine country’ license plates [Oregon Live]

Open forum tackles alcohol [Yale Daily News]

Mark Kleiman on why we need to solve our alcohol problem to solve our crime problem [The Washington Post]

Alcoholism and Women’s Health

Alcoholism and Women's Health

Alcoholism and Women’s Health

Alcoholism in women often develops along a different path than alcoholism in men. Alcoholism in women often begins for different reasons, progresses more quickly, and goes untreated for a longer period of time. Alcoholism in women is also twice as likely to result in overdose or death.

While alcohol abuse and alcoholism is more common in men, it seems that alcohol affects women more strongly. Alcoholism and women’s health is a major public concern. More women, especially professional women, are turning to alcohol to cope with stress, and the health consequences can be devastating.

Alcoholism and Women’s Health: Brain Damage

Several studies have shown that alcohol abuse can take a greater toll on women’s health, particularly when it comes to brain damage. When the serotonin system in the brain becomes damaged, it can affect impulse control and mood as well as memory and learning abilities. Both men and women can experience adverse serotonin effects from drinking too much, but in women, it happens much faster. It takes about 12 years for alcoholic males to lose 50 percent of their serotonin system function. Women lose 50 percent in only four years. The serotonin system controls the regulation of mood, appetite, and sleep.

Alcoholism and Women’s Health: Hangovers

Women not only get drunk on alcohol more quickly than men, but they often suffer worse hangovers. This is another reason that alcoholism and women’s health can be a very bad combination. Women tend to weigh less and have less body water than men, so they become intoxicated much more easily than men. This also means that their hangovers tend to be more severe and last longer.

Alcoholism and Women’s Health: Heart Risk

The chronic use of alcohol can impact the heart, resulting in hypertension, cardiomyopathy, arrhythmia, and stroke. Women tend to be more susceptible to the toxic effects of alcohol on the heart. Research shows that women experience more severe cardiovascular effects as a result of alcohol and these effects are noted at an earlier stage of drinking and at a lower consumption level than those noted in men.

Alcoholism and Women’s Health: Risky Sexual Behavior

Alcohol is linked to risky sexual behavior in everyone, but that behavior is particularly dangerous for women. Women are more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior, including anal sex, sex with multiple partners, and sex without the use of contraceptives than male drinkers. Women are also much more likely to contract a sexually transmitted disease as a result of risky sexual behavior while drinking. In fact, men are eight to ten times more likely to transmit HIV to a female partner through sexual intercourse than women are to transmit it to men.

Alcoholism and women’s health is an issue that only recently has been explored. For many years, alcoholism was observed mostly in men, and research efforts were directed mostly towards male drinkers. However, in recent years, women are closing the gap, and more women are seeking treatment for alcoholism than ever before.

If your loved one is in need of alcohol detox or treatment for alcoholism please give us a call at 800-951-6135.



In Addiction News: March 28th, 2013

Child eats Adderall found in Easter egg [WPBF]

Dr. Brene Brown On Shame, Guilt And Addiction (VIDEO) [ Huffington Post]

3rd Oral Drug to Treat MS Is Approved by the F.D.A. [The New York Times]

‘Sponge’ Drug Shows Promise For Treating Hepatitis C [NPR News]

Researchers find treatment that kills every kind of cancer tumor [New York Post]

Health Problems Associated with Alcoholism Pt. 2

Health Problems Associated With Alcoholism Pt 2

Alcohol has become so ingrained in our social culture that we often forget it is a poison. When you ingest poison it immediately begins to impact your body in ways that can cause serious health problems. Alcohol penetrates every cell in your body and directly affects your brain, heart, liver, pancreas, stomach, kidneys and lungs. At times people disregard the health problems associated with their drinking and blame it on aging or another disease they may have.

Here are some more (you can catch up on part 1 here) health problems associated with alcoholism that you should be aware of:


Hypertension is also known as high blood pressure. Drinking too much alcohol can raise blood pressure to unhealthy levels. Consuming more than three alcoholic beverages temporarily raises blood pressure but continued drinking and alcoholism can lead to permanent hypertension. For those that drink heavily stopping drinking suddenly can cause severe hypertension. Alcohol also contains a lot of calories which can lead to weight gain which is also a high risk factor for hypertension. Alcohol can also interfere with blood pressure medications increasing the side effects and decreasing their effectiveness.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a condition that occurs from alcohol exposure during pregnancy. The problems caused by fetal alcohol syndrome vary from child to child but the defects caused by fetal alcohol syndrome are irreversible. Problems that are caused by fetal alcohol syndrome are physical deformities, mental retardation, learning disorders, vision problems, and behavioral problems. There is no amount of alcohol that is safe to consume during a pregnancy. If a mother drinks during pregnancy in any amount the baby is at risk of developing fetal alcohol syndrome.

Signs of fetal alcohol syndrome include:

  • Distinctive facial features, including small eyes, an exceptionally thin upper lip, a short, upturned nose, and a smooth skin surface between the nose and upper lip
  • Deformities of joints, limbs and fingers
  • Slow physical growth before and after birth
  • Vision difficulties or hearing problems
  • Small head circumference and brain size (microcephaly)
  • Poor coordination
  • Mental retardation and delayed development
  • Learning disorders
  • Abnormal behavior, such as a short attention span, hyperactivity, poor impulse control, extreme nervousness and anxiety
  • Heart defects

Liver Diseases

The liver is the second largest organ in the body that has many different jobs. The liver’s biggest job is to filter your blood and process what you eat and drink into energy and nutrients your body can use. There are different types of liver diseases that are alcohol-related. There is fatty liver disease, alcoholic hepatitis, and alcoholic cirrhosis.

Fatty liver disease is caused from the buildup of extra fat in liver cells. Fatty liver disease is the earliest stage of any alcohol-related liver disease. In most cases there are no symptoms of fatty liver disease. If there are symptoms they tend to be fatigue, weakness, and weight loss. Nearly all alcoholic drinkers have fatty liver disease but if they stop drinking it tends to go away.

Alcoholic hepatitis causes the liver to swell and become damaged. The symptoms of alcoholic hepatitis include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever and jaundice. Alcoholic hepatitis can range in severity from mild to very severe. If the damage is mild it can be reversed but if it is severe it can lead to serious problems including liver failure or death.

Alcoholic cirrhosis is the scarring of the liver. Hard scar tissue replaces soft tissue in the liver. Alcoholic cirrhosis is the most serious of liver disease. Symptoms of cirrhosis are very similar to alcoholic hepatitis. 10-20% of heavy drinkers develop cirrhosis. Unfortunately alcoholic cirrhosis cannot be reversed and can cause liver failure.

Psychiatric Problems

Alcoholism can have a big impact on mental health causing many psychiatric disorders and heightening the risk of suicide. The formation of a depressive disorder is common with alcohol.  Not only that but those who drink heavily are at risk of developing alcoholism which in and of itself is a psychiatric problem. Anxiety, depression, ADHD, narcissism, antisocial personality disorder, bulimia, PTSD, schizophrenia, confusion and panic disorders can all develop due to long term misuse of alcohol. Dementia would be one of the most severe and the longer the alcohol abuse the worse it gets.

If your loved one is in need of alcohol detox or treatment for alcoholism please give us a call at 800-951-6135.



Health Problems Associated with Alcoholism Pt. 1

Health Problems Associated from Alcoholism Pt. 1

Alcohol has become so ingrained in our social culture that we often forget it is a poison. When you ingest poison it immediately begins to impact your body in ways that can cause serious health problems. Alcohol penetrates every cell in your body and directly affects your brain, heart, liver, pancreas, stomach, kidneys and lungs. At times people disregard the health problems associated with their drinking and blame it on aging or another disease they may have.

Here are some of the health problems associated with alcoholism that you should be aware of:

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome or CFS is a condition that causes individuals to be so fatigued that even normal daily activity becomes an exhausting task. Where Chronic Fatigue Syndrome comes from is still unknown but the symptoms include stress, illnesses that last for a long time, and bad habits when it comes to diet. The effects of chronic fatigue syndrome differ in length varying from a month to a year all the way up to several years.

Drinking alcohol during a period of chronic fatigue syndrome can have really harmful effects on the body. This is because alcohol is a depressant and long term drinking cause medical issues. For those who have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, alcohol’s depressant effects and medical issues are much worse.


Gallstones are named as such because they are like small stones. Gallstones are hard and have the appearance of a small pebble. Gallstones can be made up of different materials including cholesterol. Gallstones form in the bile that is stored in the gallbladder. Gallstones can stay in the gallbladder without causing too many problems but if they move into a duct they can cause a blockage and then serious problems.

There is actually no evidence that alcoholism can cause gallstones although, drinking a lot could indirectly cause the formation of gallstones and if someone already has gallstones, drinking excessive amounts could make the symptoms of gallstones much worse. Those people who already have gallstones should definitely avoid alcohol if it is at all possible until their doctor tells them it is ok to drink again.


Gastritis happens when the lining of the stomach becomes inflamed and swollen. This means that the cells in the stomach lining can’t produce the acid and enzymes they normally do. Gastritis is a common condition that is caused for many different reasons. Most people experience acute gastritis where the symptoms appear and then go away fairly quickly. Other people develop chronic gastritis where they have to deal with the symptoms for a long period of time.

When people drink too much alcohol it can wreak havoc on the stomach. In some instances, those people who drink too much alcohol regularly develop gastritis. Gastritis, in most cases, won’t lead to serious problems but it is very uncomfortable. Alcohol is not the only cause of gastritis but the risk of getting gastritis drastically decreases when someone stops drinking alcohol or drinks moderately.

Gum Disease

Gum disease or periodontal disease is caused by three or more disease causing pathogens. Gum disease can be categorized as mild, moderate, or severe. Gum disease can end up damaging the bone and connective tissues that supports the teeth. Gingivitis is the warning sign of periodontal disease.

Alcoholism or consuming alcohol can and will cause gum disease. The reason for this is that alcohol impairs the body’s immune system or its ability to fight infection. Because of that bacterial growth and increased penetration into gum tissues can end up being the result. Not only that, but drinking a lot of alcohol dehydrates the mouth so bacteria isn’t washed away by saliva and plaque formation happens faster.

If your loved one is in need of alcohol detox or treatment for alcoholism please give us a call at 800-951-6135.




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