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.
The problem with warnings about binge drinking is that so few people are able to define what constitutes binging. If you were to ask most people who drink, including those who drink heavily, what it means to binge drink, almost everyone would define it as something more than they themselves consume. Yet binge drinking carries very real health risks and more people are binge drinking than may be aware of.
The problems associated with binge drinking are more costly than originally thought. Excessive drinking of alcohol in a short time period in order to get drunk is considered binge drinking. This can be a dangerous practice, especially for young people, and often leads to hospitalization.
Knowing that certain things are linked is not the same as understanding how or why they are so. For example, it has been well-established that drinking alcohol has a direct bearing on the prevalence of unsafe sexual behavior. It is also known that unsafe or unprotected sex is a leading cause of HIV/AIDS.
College students on their own for the first time often experiment with alcohol, with many experimentations involving binge drinking. While the federal drinking age is 21, students under the age of 21 are often served alcohol at private, off-campus parties.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been arguing with Phusion Projects, the makers of the malt beverage named Four Loko, over the claim of false advertising for their beverage known as “blackout in a can.” Phusion Projects claims one of their malt beverages in a can is equal to one or maybe two beers while the FTC argues its closer to four or five, which is the equivalent of binge drinking.