Despite its popularity as a recreational beverage, alcohol is poisonous to many organs throughout the human body, including the brain. In some cases, people under the influence of large amounts of alcohol experience “blackouts” that produce either fragmented memory function or a complete inability to recall spans of time. In a report published in June 2014 in NIAAA Spectrum, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) details the underlying causes for alcohol-related blackouts and also explains the different types of blackouts that can affect a person who drinks excessive amounts of alcohol.
There is a symbiosis which exists between alcohol and aggression. Anger can lead a person to drink and, conversely, drinking often leads to anger. Of course, not every person who drinks becomes more aggressive, but the fact that alcohol is linked to 50 percent of the violent crime in this country reveals this cause-and-effect relationship is a reality for many who drink. Why does alcohol produce increased aggression in some people? Here are a few explanations.
There has long been a generational tug of war between younger and older generations when it comes to music and lyrics. But certain musical genres are loaded with references to drinking and even to alcohol brand names. Hip-hop music frequently mentions high price labels like Hennessy for example. And these kinds of references have skyrocketed in recent years.
A recent study reveals a possible connection between verbal skills in children and drinking in teenagers and young adults. Researchers found that teens and young adults who had strong verbal skills as children were more likely to drink and to get drunk as they entered their teen years.
As teens navigate, communicate and even “party” through screens these days, discussions about safe alcohol consumption and responsibility must reflect the changing times. A new drinking game on Facebook proves just how far someone will go to acquire “likes” on their page, and it’s already lead to two deaths.
College students in the U.S. are deservedly well known for their participation in drinking. Unfortunately, for many individuals, alcohol intake at this age has starkly negative consequences. According to the results of a study published in January 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, any given student’s drinking behaviors stem from his or her complex, often partially contradictory attitudes toward alcohol consumption. Some of these attitudes are consciously held by student drinkers and non-drinkers, while others exert their influence without ever reaching the stage of conscious consideration.
Alcohol consumption is often linked to inciting aggressive or violent behavior. Two studies show that young men and women who drink heavily are more likely to harm their romantic partner. Marijuana, meanwhile, was shown to be unrelated to physical violence.
There’s a new, dangerous trend in alcohol consumption: vaporization and inhalation. To the casual drinker, it seems preposterous that one would go to great lengths to find a system for consuming alcohol without actually partaking of any of the enjoyable aspects of it, such as flavor.
The glorification of drinking, sex and violence in books and movies gives pause to many a parent. Perhaps no character is more clearly associated with these behaviors than James Bond. Given to dangerous car chases, close calls with bullets and casual romps with women he has just met, Bond personifies dangerous living. Many teenagers could suppose that sort of lifestyle is the answer to avoiding a dull existence. But if the fictional British spy were a real person he would very likely not be able to survive his behaviors.
College students aren’t just learning about history, art and science; they’re also learning to know themselves. For most college students this is their first time living away from home and family. For some, being unsure about themselves can lead to misuse of alcohol.