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Americans know how prevalent heart disease is — about 1 in 12 of us suffer from it. What we don’t always recognize are the connections heart disease shares with alcohol. On the one hand, researchers have known for centuries that excessive alcohol consumption can damage the heart. Drinking a lot over a long period of

You’re chatting with friends at a party and a waitress comes around with glasses of champagne. You drink one, then another, maybe even a few more. Before you realize it, you are laughing more loudly than usual and swaying as you walk. By the end of the evening, you are too slow to move out

Alcohol can affect the brain at any stage of development—even before birth. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are the full range of physical, learning, and behavioral problems, and other birth defects that result from prenatal alcohol exposure. The most serious of these disorders, fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), is characterized by abnormal facial features and is usually

You may have heard that regular light to moderate drinking can be good for the heart. With heavy or at-risk drinking, however, any potential benefits are outweighed by greater risks, including Injuries. Drinking too much increases your chances of being injured or even killed. Alcohol is a factor, for example, in about 60% of fatal

Alcohol use disorders are medical conditions that doctors can diagnose when a patient’s drinking causes distress or harm. In the United States, about 18 million people have an alcohol use disorder, classified as either alcohol dependence—perhaps better known as alcoholism—or alcohol abuse. Alcoholism, the more serious of the disorders, is a disease that includes symptoms

In the past 12 months, has your drinking repeatedly caused or contributed to: risk of bodily harm (drinking and driving, operating machinery, swimming) relationship trouble (family or friends) role failure (interference with home, work, or school obligations) run-ins with the law (arrests or other legal problems) If yes to one or more you have alcohol

Government guidelines are as follows: Advise staying within these limits: Maximum Drinking Limits For healthy men up to age 65 – no more than 4 drinks in a day AND no more than 14 drinks in a week For healthy women (and healthy men over age 65) – no more than 3 drinks in a

Many people are surprised to learn what counts as a drink. The amount of liquid in your glass, can, or bottle does not necessarily match up to how much alcohol is actually in your drink. Different types of beer, wine, or malt liquor can have very different amounts of alcohol content. For example, many light

It depends. If you have been diagnosed as an alcoholic, the answer is almost always “no.” Alcoholics who try to cut down on drinking rarely succeed. Cutting out alcohol—that is, abstaining—is usually the best course for recovery. People who are not alcohol dependent but who have experienced alcohol-related problems may be able to limit the

Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by exagerrated worry or tension and chronic anxiety, even when there is no event to cause it. They can be overly concerned about finances, work issues, and health issues. People who have this condition will also suffer from physical symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, irritability, sweating, and hot flashes.