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5 Reasons to Stop Using Drugs While Pregnant

When you are pregnant, it is important that you watch what you put into your body. Consumption of illegal drugs is dangerous for both the mother and the unborn baby, as these substances can cause miscarriage, low birth weight, premature labor, placental disruption fetal death and even maternal death. These dangers exist, because everything a pregnant woman eats, drinks or takes affects her unborn child. Babies who...

PTSD and Medical Emergencies

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects the brain with both psychological and physiological problems. Medical emergencies can cause PTSD, and they can also trigger symptoms of previous traumas. For instance, a Vietnam veteran might experience flashbacks after a car accident 30 years after his battlefield experiences; someone experiencing a heart attack may suffer from symptoms of PTSD long after the medical...

What Causes Eating Disorders and Drug Abuse

Eating disorders occur alongside problems with drug abuse in many individuals. Approximately 50 percent of those who struggle with an eating disorder experience some form of drug abuse as well, according to the National Institutes of Health. When people suffer from both an eating disorder and a drug abuse problem, then she has a Dual Diagnosis. Drug abuse problems can develop before, during or after the onset of an...

The Dangers of Abusing Multiple Depressants

Multiple Depressants While you or an addicted loved one may have a drug of choice when it comes to substance abuse, addiction and dependence are rarely limited to one substance. In fact, polydrug abuse is an unfortunately common occurrence: according to the American Family Physician, “an estimated 80 percent of benzodiazepine abuse is part of polydrug abuse” (“Addiction: Part I. Benzodiazepines—Side Effects,...

Substance Abuse as a Remedy for Chronic Jet Lag

At some point or another, most people travel across time zones on a leisure or work trip. They are likely to experience jet lag from the change in time and usually recover quickly. Some people, however, cross time zones on a regular basis, resulting in chronic jet lag. When this occurs, many people turn to substance abuse to cope with their jet lag. What Is Jet Lag and Who Gets It Chronically? Jet lag is a sleep...

How Alcohol-Related Liver Damage Can Increase Anxiety and Depression

Liver disease is challenging on its own, but mental health concerns may also develop in someone with alcoholism. People who suffer from liver disease need appropriate treatment, such as changes to diet and personal behavior, but they also need mental health counseling to deal with anxiety and depression. Liver Disease and Alcohol Consumption People who abuse alcohol at high rates can develop serious health problems....

Effects of Alcohol on the Immune System

The immune system is the body’s defense mechanism against disease. It works around-the-clock, fighting off bacteria, toxins, microbes, viruses and parasites, but this highly important work often goes unnoticed until the immune system is impaired. The immune system is affected by everything that enters the body, especially toxins like drugs or alcohol. The short-term effects and dangers of alcohol intoxication are...

Can My Brain Heal after Alcohol Use?

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), alcohol use has an effect on the brain that is demonstrated by some of the behaviors of a person who drinks, including the following: A relaxing effect Reduced tension Lowered inhibitions Impaired concentration Slower reflexes Impaired reaction time Reduced coordination However, as the amount of alcohol increases, so does the degree of...

Alcohol Addiction and Weight Problems

Drinking alcohol is widely linked with weight gain; however, the idea that alcohol somehow converts to fat in the user’s body has no scientific basis. Nonetheless, drinking does have specific effects on the user’s total weight and metabolic health. Alcohol and Weight Gain The reason that so many alcohol addicts gain large amounts of weight is that alcohol interferes with one’s metabolism. Eating...

Alcohol Abuse After Weight-Loss Surgery

In a nation where the obesity levels are growing at an alarming rate, more and more people are undergoing weight-loss surgery. As gastric bypass surgery works wonders in terms of losing weight, helping diabetes and improving heart health, a new con of the surgery has popped up–alcoholism. According to a study that came out of the University of Pittsburgh in June of 2012, nearly 11% of gastric bypass patients...

Dangers of Using Aspirin and Drinking

The risks of combining alcohol with painkillers are widely known. However, many people would not think twice about combining over-the-counter painkillers with alcohol. The fact is that combining alcohol with aspirin can result in serious medical complications, especially in the elderly and in alcoholics. Medical Risks of Combining Aspirin and Alcohol Aspirin by itself can cause stomach and gastro-intestinal...

Alcohol Addiction and Malnutrition

Heavy drinkers exhibit physical symptoms very similar to those living in extreme poverty. Alcohol damages the body in many ways, especially as it relates to nutrition. Many of these effects can be life threatening, such as severe vitamin deficiencies, impaired appetite and damage to the way the body processes, stores and uses nutrition. Scientists are continuing to discover new ways that alcohol affects the body and...

Alcohol Abuse and Digestive Issues

When we think of alcohol abuse and its side effects, we do not immediately think of the damage it can cause to the digestive system. Instead, we might think of the way alcohol abuse causes damage to the liver and kidneys, incites reckless behaviors, and divides families. While all these problems are associated with alcohol abuse, digestive issues can also arise from abusing alcohol. How Alcohol Abuse Damages the...

How Blackouts Affect the Brain

Blackouts, defined as periods of time which cannot be recalled, are associated with alcoholism and acute alcohol intoxication. Blackouts occur not only in alcoholics but in social drinkers as well, and physical dependence on alcohol is not a prerequisite for experiencing a blackout. Inexperienced drinkers often drink large amounts of alcohol quickly and as a result experience blackouts. Persons experiencing a...

Chronic Illness and Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse is a chronic illness in its own right. That being the case, medical professionals who treat patients with chronic illnesses also address the issue of alcoholism, since excessive alcohol abuse often interferes with the treatment for other diseases. If you suffer from both a chronic illness and alcohol abuse, seek a treatment center that will address both problems simultaneously. Illnesses that Alcohol...

Alcoholism after a Work Injury

Many people turn toward alcohol as a way to help them manage the overwhelming emotions that can accompany a serious injury.Pain from a work injury can take away a lot of who you are, leaving you with a range of emotions that you are often not sure how to handle. The following are some of the reasons that alcohol addiction after injury, especially after an on-the-job injury, could be overtaking your life: Loss of...