Most college graduates lament about days or nights or both when they soaked their brains in alcohol, some with regret and others with a sense of nostalgia for the “good old days.”
Oral cancer is a general term used to describe cancerous tissue located in the lips, gums, mouth floor, cheek linings, tongue, or in the soft or hard palate in the roof of the mouth. In many cases, cancers in these tissues belong to a group of cancers known as squamous cell carcinomas; these carcinomas spread relatively quickly and can produce serious health repercussions far beyond the mouth and its structures. Most people know that smoking and the use of other tobacco products seriously increase risks for the onset of oral cancer. However, a clear majority of people with cancers of the mouth also drink excessive amounts of alcohol.
Binge drinking is associated with many adverse health outcomes. Binge drinkers are more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors and be involved in an assault or vehicular crash. They may also increase their risk for cancer and liver disease.
Stress is the common term for the body’s natural physical and mental reaction to perceived threats or dangers. While virtually all adults and teenagers (and most younger children) experience relatively minor forms of stress as part of everyday life, some people are also exposed to more traumatic forms of stress, either during childhood or adulthood. Current evidence indicates that people who start consuming alcohol at a relatively early age frequently come to rely on drinking to cope with the effects of trauma-induced stress. This reliance commonly results in potentially dangerous heavy alcohol consumption during stressful life events.
Binge drinking is the term for a pattern of alcohol use that produces drunkenness within a single two-hour drinking session. People who participate in this type of drinking do not necessarily have a physical dependence on alcohol; nevertheless, binge drinkers significantly increase their health risks in a variety of ways, even when their overall alcohol consumption is not any higher than people who space their drinking out over a larger span of time. In terms of heart disease and cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) health, binge drinking creates increased risks for serious and potentially fatal problems such as heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, and a heart muscle weakness called alcoholic cardiomyopathy.
Dementia is a term doctors use to describe a decline in mental/intellectual capacity that significantly impairs a person’s ability to participate in everyday events and routines. By itself, the term does not define a specific medical condition; instead, it refers to the symptoms that indicate a loss of mental capacity. Over time, excessive alcohol intake makes changes in the brain that lay the groundwork for the eventual appearance of dementia symptoms. As a result, alcoholics can develop a disorder called alcohol-induced persisting dementia. Lack of proper nutrition in an alcoholic can also lead to the onset of another condition, called Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, which also produces dementia symptoms.
Alcoholism is the common term for alcohol addiction. People with this disorder have a physical dependence on alcohol, as well as ongoing alcohol cravings; they also arrange their lives around satisfying those cravings, even when this arrangement results in serious harm to health, relationships, work prospects and social or legal standing. Alcohol is poisonous to humans, and when it builds up in the body it can cause severe damage in a wide variety of organ systems. As a consequence of alcohol’s toxic effect on heart function, alcoholics can eventually develop a serious medical condition called alcoholic cardiomyopathy; if this condition worsens, it can lead to a potentially fatal condition called heart failure.
Energy drink is a general term used to describe a relatively new group of beverages marketed as energy or stamina boosters, athletic performance enhancers, concentration enhancers or weight loss aids. These beverages typically contain high levels of the stimulant drug caffeine, as well as sweeteners and a variety of other secondary ingredients. Young children and teenagers make up a large percentage of the energy drink market in the US, and people this age generally have a higher level of caffeine sensitivity than adults. In the last several years, public health officials have started to take notice of the potentially dangerous or deadly effects of energy drinks, especially among young people.
We are currently living in a culture of binge drinking, according to a recent health article. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) has recently released some alarming statistics for the demographics of binge drinking in the U.S.
Going off to college is one of the greatest independent steps young adults take in their lives. Living on their own, they make their own daily choices in everything. One of these choices is what foods they’ll eat, how much of it, and when they’ll eat.