When people think about the harm caused by alcohol consumption, their thoughts almost immediately go to alcohol misuse, binge drinking, alcohol addiction, and other forms of excessive alcohol use. However, research findings have shown that even drinking “in moderation“ causes harm, especially when extrapolated over a lifetime.
Even though Americans were not going out to bars, clubs, or parties during COVID-19 lockdowns, at-home alcohol consumption soared, with skyrocketing liquor sales more than making up for the dip in bar and restaurant alcohol sales. Unfortunately, alcohol misuse at home inevitably became alcohol addiction at home. If people do not get help for their alcohol addiction problems now, they are more at risk for serious harm in the coming days.
For some time it was thought that alcohol misuse contributed to cancer risk. What does current science say about this? And most importantly, what can people who are addicted to alcohol do to avoid cancer risk?
Each individual’s steps to overcome alcoholism are not necessarily universal, and no one form of treatment works for every person.
Alcohol consumption is an accepted aspect of American culture. It would be wise to temper this notion however because alcohol consumption comes with a long list of harmful effects.
Alcohol consumption presents a long list of risks, especially when people drink to excess. According to research, those risks are exacerbated during the winter months. What about drinking alcohol in the winter makes it more dangerous?
Drunk driving is always a risk because there are, unfortunately, always some drunk drivers on the road.
Though alcohol consumption has been all but completely normalized in American society, every year it seems we find more harmful effects connected to drinking. For example, research shows that heavy drinking in one’s youth can lead to dementia in one’s elderly years, only one of a host of other mental and physical problems that can occur.
The American Heart Association released findings that showed how people with heart arrhythmia are more likely to die due to drinking to excess. It is a significant revelation by itself, but it's also indicative of the other harmful effects of alcohol consumption on the human body.
Any alcohol consumption has risk, and that risk is exacerbated the more one drinks. But what constitutes binge drinking? Where did the term come from, and why is it called “binge“ drinking?