ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION

Issue

Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in this country. One out od a dozen adults suffers from alcohol abuse or dependence. Long-term use may cause serious complications. When it comes to drinking, do you know fact from fiction?

For heavy drinkers, alcohol can be a difficult habit to break. In fact, researchers have discovered that heavy drinkers produce acetate faster compared to light drinkers, this means that their brains compensate more for the energy lost after drinking alcohol than the brains of people who drink less.

Excessive alcohol use, including underage drinking and binge drinking can lead to increased risk of health problems such as injuries, violence, liver diseases, and cancer.

The famous question, what came first, the chicken or the egg, can now be applied to alcoholism. Problem drinkers can have depressive symptoms, but do they drink because they are depressed or does the alcohol cause the depression? New research suggests that depressive symptoms are often a direct result of their heavy alcohol intake.

The CDC Alcohol Program works to strengthen the scientific foundation for preventing excessive alcohol use.

http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol