The Effect of Alcohol on the Brain

Alcohol can affect the brain even after one drink. How much the brain changes depends on how long a person has been drinking and how much is consumed. For example, a person who drinks one or two times per month won’t experience as many side effects or damage to the brain as someone who drinks Read More

Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal

Every time you drink alcohol, it affects the brain. The more you consume and the increased frequency at which you drink can eventually lead to alcohol dependency and addiction. As you drink more often, the brain begins to adapt to functioning with alcohol to a point where it begins to feel normal. This raises your Read More

The Long-Term Effects of Benzodiazepine Use

Benzodiazepines have been used for decades as a treatment for anxiety and insomnia. More than a dozen benzos are available by prescription with Xanax being the one most often prescribed. Benzo effects are quick-acting, but short-lasting and most take a long time to be eliminated from the body. While they alleviate anxiety and panic attacks, Read More

Treating Alcoholism

Alcoholism affects millions of people every year. According to the most recent data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, alcoholism directly affects over 14 million adults and less than 8 percent of those receive treatment. Alcoholism is a progressive disease, which means it worsens over time when not treated. The more a Read More

Is Alcoholism Hereditary?

Alcoholism can affect any person of any gender, age, and socioeconomic status, but is alcoholism hereditary? The answer is yes and no. Those who have a history of alcoholism in their family are more predisposed to alcoholism themselves. There is research that shows genetics are responsible for approximately half of the risk for alcohol dependency Read More