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Plastic Surgery and Alcohol Addiction

Plastic surgery patients should abstain from drinking alcohol two weeks prior to surgery and two weeks following surgery. Drinking alcohol too soon before or after cosmetic surgery puts patients at risk for the following complications: Widened blood vessels, which may cause increased swelling Thinned blood, which leads to a risk of post-op bleeding and a longer recovery time Dangerous interactions between alcohol...

Chronic Back Pain and Alcohol Addiction

Chronic back pain is a complex problem that is entirely different from acute pain. Acute pain begins suddenly and is usually sharp. It can last from a few minutes to a few months, but eventually it goes away when the cause of the pain has been treated. In contrast, chronic back pain persists even after an injury has healed. Sometimes, however, people experience chronic pain even though they have not experienced...

Autoimmune Disorders and Alcohol Addiction

Autoimmune disorders can happen to anybody, and the residual effects can be crippling to a point where an individual starts abusing substances to cope, such as alcohol. Some of the most common autoimmune disorders that deeply impact individuals include lupus, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and celiac disease. While each specific autoimmune disorder has its own side effects, autoimmune...

Alcohol Abuse and Senior Citizens

Alcoholism is an equal opportunity disease, meaning that people of all types can develop it. This addiction is increasingly common among senior citizens, as more and more of them are misusing alcohol for dangerous purposes. The causes of alcoholism are often the same throughout all age groups, but senior citizens can face different dangers associated with their use. That means treatment must help seniors address...

The Relationship between Homelessness and Alcohol Addiction

In many cases, homelessness and alcohol addiction go hand in hand, meaning that homelessness can lead to alcohol addiction and/or alcohol addiction can cause homelessness. Whichever way it occurs, however, being homeless and struggling with alcohol addiction can lead to a variety of challenges, including figuring out how to successfully recover. How to Prevent Homelessness and Alcohol Addiction It takes a great...

Suburban Alcohol Use

Suburban areas may see lower rates of alcohol abuse than the majority of urban or rural areas, but adequate treatment options are still needed to address the suburbs’ unique usage patterns. Rates of Suburban Alcohol Consumption On a national level, residents of suburban areas are more likely to drink alcohol but less likely to develop an alcohol disorder, compared to alcohol drinkers in urban and rural areas....

Retirees and Alcohol Addiction

People in retirement make up one of the largest groups of alcohol abusers and addicts, and perhaps because of the free time they enjoy. Heavy drinking commonly accompanies a retiree who wants to relax, because she can do so all day. Unfortunately, after chronic use and high levels of consumption, psychological and physical dependence to alcohol can develop, which can make her feel incapable of having fun without...

How Others Influence Your Alcohol Use

With the exception of extreme cases of abuse or control, individuals have some choice in whether or not they drink alcohol. However, there are several influences on alcohol abuse and alcoholism that many people may not consider. Alcoholism is a disease, and brain chemistry and genetics can influence alcoholism. Everyday alcohol use can be influenced by families, culture and a number of other outside influences....

How to Talk to Your Girlfriend about Alcohol Use

Drinking is common in American culture, as it is often associated with fun, relaxing weekends and celebrating successes. Unfortunately, many people who drink alcohol recreationally become addicted to it. Although it is widely available and many people can drink it without becoming addicted, others cannot do so, and addiction can occur quickly. If this kind of alcohol abuse characterizes your girlfriend, then...

Alcohol Abuse in Africa

The scope and nature of alcohol abuse in Africa is difficult to understand, because each country has a unique approach to drinking. Complete abstinence from alcohol is common in many countries, but drinking and its many effects nevertheless plague many other nations. Africa’s Alcohol Abuse Statistics Alcohol abuse may appear to be a much smaller problem in Africa than in other continents, but such statistics...

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