Is alcoholism hereditary?

Number of studies has been conducted to find if our gene is the cause of alcoholism, yet there has not been a study that confirms it. Experts have conducted twin and adoption studies to reach this goal. However what was found was; genes or heredity is not the sole reason for alcoholism, along with it […]

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Impact of alcoholism on family

Alcoholism is a well known health hazard. It impacts the individual’s health, their social status, finance and mental health too. But along with these it also affects the abuser’s family. Man is a social being and is always connected to others; the closet among all is family. Hence the family is bound to get an […]

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Alcohol withdrawal Syndrome

Alcohol withdrawal Syndrome are a group of symptoms that are life threatening and occur when an individual completely stops consuming alcohol or greatly reduces their intake after a long period of alcohol intake. These symptoms may start from 8 hours to days after the individual stops and may last for day or even weeks. When […]

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Obsessive compulsive disorder-...

“An individual looking as normal as person can be, has an ordinary simple job and lives an ordinary life. But when it comes to having meals this individual has rules; the fork has to be on the right and spoon on the left straight, salt always on the right side of the plate, food has […]

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Effects of Alcoholism

Alcoholism is medically diagnosed as a disease that exhibits itself in the individual’s frequent use of alcohol irrespective of its negative consequences. Death due to alcohol abuse is over 100,000 and is in an ever increasing state; from accidents to organ failures the effect is far and reaching. Alcohol consumption affects the individual both mentally […]

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Addictions: Easy to get hooked, tough to get rid of

Substance Abuse Is there a way outAsk any person with a past track record of substance abuse and he or she would not blink twice to tell you: It’s like stepping on to a tract of slipping quicksand that takes you in no time! Many, fortunately, realise their folly early and try and scramble up the slippery slope to recovery. But for a large number the battle just gets tougher by the day.

Yearning for substance

There might be numerous factors responsible for turning a till-recently an active, healthy and intelligent person into a bundle of confusion, thanks to the ever-increasing yearning for substance and more substance. It could be a close gathering of friends who wanted you to do it just for the ‘hack of it’. It could also be that someone you know personally tries to introduce you to the ‘joys’ of it at a party and then you get hooked to it.

Cause Health problems

Whatever might be the reason, addiction to any substance or things that make a person slave to it is mentally and physically damaging. Though in the medical sciences some drugs have been in use in some form of other as pain alleviator, these are seldom prescribed for daily use. Substance abuse over a period of time causes irreparable damage to brain functioning and normal physical activities.

Difficult addictions

Though substance abuse has a long term repercussion on a person’s mental and physical health, research findings have shown that some of the drugs are the most difficult to quit and hence cause more devastating impact on a person. Heroin is one such drug. Mostly used as analgesic or pain killer, it is a very difficult addiction to quit for a large number of people.

Addiction to analgesic

It is common for hospitals to inject analgesic through intravenous supplies as pain reliever and then prescribe the same in the form of drugs to be taken at home. The intake of such drugs may cause withdrawal symptoms in some. On serious note, other depressant and pain-killer drugs and analgesics (Example: Vicodin and Oxycontin) have now emerged as the fastest growing drugs of abuse. These are being regularly used by drug addicts and their easy availability is a matter of concern for the de-addiction centres and healthcare professionals.

Cigarette – most difficult to quit

More than alcohol and cocaine, experts say, kicking the cigarette butt is the most difficult for persons hooked to it. It is common to see people going for a ‘smoke’ after a meal or before answering the call of the nature in the morning or after the dinner at night. It is said that quitting cigarette is even tougher than heroine.

Anti-smoking campaign

Thanks to anti-smoking campaigns, a large number of smokers have since said it quits to cigarettes. As per a report, in the US over 40 million people have already given up smoking. In India with increasing awareness people are increasingly quitting the habit to join the non-smokers’ club. Chewing tobacco or tobacco mixed betel nut is a major source of addiction and is also said to be one of the causes of mouth cancer.

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