Tag Archives: Alcohol Abuse and Addiction

Like me! Teens Sharing Drug and Alcohol Abuse on Social Media

Group of Happy Teens Contributor: Amy Kuechler, PsyD, psychologist for the adolescent dual diagnosis program at Rogers Behavioral Health. For many teenagers, having hundreds or even thousands of followers and friends monitoring their every move on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Vine is just the new norm. Likes, views and favorites for social media photos, statuses [...]
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Alcohol Addiction and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Alcohol and pregnancy One in 100 babies born have Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). This is almost the same rate of occurrence as that of Autism. Prevalence of FAS exceeds that of Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, SIDS, Cystic Fibrosis and Spina Bifida combined. Given these statistics, FAS has emerged as the leading preventable cause of birth defects, developmental abnormalities [...]
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Complications of Chronic Alcohol Abuse

Man by the lake Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance in the U.S. Almost 15 percent of Americans is dependent on alcohol. Alcohol causes estimated 88,000 fatalities every year, making it the fourth leading preventable cause of death in U.S. Normal amounts of alcohol are quickly absorbed and majority of ethanol is metabolized in the liver. However, individuals [...]
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Binge Drinking or Alcoholic: How Can I Tell the Difference?

Man Passed Out With A Beer In His Hand Binge drinking is defined as a pattern of drinking that brings blood alcohol concentration levels of 0.08 g/dl. This typically is 4 drinks for women, and 5 for men in a 2 hour period, according to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) [1] at least 1 time in the past month. Binge [...]
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Impact of Suicide Among Alcoholics

Mans struggling alcohol Alcohol is involved in over a quarter of all suicides, which equates to 7500 annually [1]. Suicide is 120 times more prevalent among adult alcoholics than the general population.  Alcohol abusers have higher rates of both attempted and completed suicide than non-abusers and more than 1/3rd of suicide victims used alcohol just prior to death. [...]
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