Shocking: Ministry data reveals, rise in alcohol and drug addiction among women

In a transitional society like India, with rising incomes and easier access to substances, women often feel obliged to perform several sometimes contradictory roles. They must be contributing members of the family, workplace and society. At times, women feel the pressure of these roles and some of them may turn to alcohol or drug use as a form of recreation to ease their stress

Shocking: Ministry data reveals, rise in alcohol and drug addiction among womenWomen are becoming more independent in their lifestyle choices, once upon a time you would not see a woman smoke a cigarette or drink alcohol. But these days, people wouldn’t be surprised if people saw a woman drink in a restaurant. With changing times, women are also becoming victims of drug addiction and substance abuse. […]

Over 16 crore Indians consume alcohol, reveals government survey

Recently, social justice and empowerment minister Thawar Chand Gehlot stated in the Rajya Sabha that over 16 crore Indians consume alcohol of whom 5.7 crore people are addicted to alcohol

Over 16 crore Indians consume alcohol, reveals government surveyThe minister also added that after alcohol, Indian people are found to be addicted to cannabis and opioids. The statistics submitted by the Union minister states that 3.1 crore people use cannabis and about 77 lakh people take opioids. The Union minister made this statement while replying to a debate on rising drug addiction among […]

Alcohol and age: A risky combination

Most people drink less as they grow older. However, some maintain heavy drinking patterns throughout life, and some develop problems with alcohol for the first time during their later years

Alcohol and age: A risky combinationThe many challenges that can arise at this stage of life – reduced income, failing health, loneliness, and the loss of friends and loved ones – may cause some people to drink to escape their feelings. Several factors combine to make drinking – even at normal levels – an increasingly risky behaviour as you age. […]

Mumbai: Psychiatrist Society to launch ‘de-addiction’ programme for BMC employees

In a recent survey that was conducted by the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) authorities, it was found that over 3,000 employees consume tobacco and over 1,333 employees are suffering from chronic diseases related to oral health. Another survey revealed that the number of employees addicted to alcohol is also quite high

Mumbai: Psychiatrist Society to launch ‘de-addiction’ programme for BMC employeesIn order to help wean the civic employees from their addiction, the Bombay Psychiatrist Society has launched a ‘de-addiction’ programme in all the 24 BMC wards of Mumbai. Through these programmes, awareness will be created among the BMC staff about addiction and its ill effects on their mental and physical health. On Thursday, July 4, […]

National Liver Day: Are we as a society failing our alcohol addicts?

Alcohol-related liver emergencies are rising. People are oblivious of how dangerous alcohol is for the liver’s health. Today, even in Asian countries like India, alcohol is emerging as the commonest cause of chronic liver disease

National Liver Day: Are we as a society failing our alcohol addicts?National Liver Day is observed every year on April 19, each year, to spread awareness about liver-related diseases. According to the WHO, alcohol consumption accounts for 3.8% of the global mortality and 4.6% of Disability-Adjusted Life Year (DALYs). Liver disease represents 9.5% of alcohol-related DALY’s worldwide, while individual rates vary in different regions. Today, even in […]

‘Ankur’: One-of-a-kind support group formed for children of addicts

A support group for children of addicts which has recently been started in Thane and Pune has become a helping hand for around 100 children of drug, alcohol and Internet addicts

‘Ankur’: One-of-a-kind support group formed for children of addicts‘Ankur,’ a first of its kind support group has been started at Muktangan Rehabilitation Centre in Pune. In Thane, the group is carrying out its activities under the guidance of Dr Anand Nadkarni. Mukta Puntambekar, the director of Muktangan Rehabilitation Centre said, “Over the years, we observed that families of people suffering from addiction have […]

Alcohol changes the molecular basis of memory formation, reveals study

Alcohol addiction can affect anyone, and factors that may predispose someone to develop the disease have yet to be identified. Psychological, genetic, and behavioural factors all appear to contribute to the development of alcohol addiction

Alcohol changes the molecular basis of memory formation, reveals studyResearch conducted at Brown University describes how alcohol hijacks a conserved memory pathway in the brain and changes how memories are formed at the fundamental, molecular level. It is these changes that elicit the cravings that fuel alcohol addiction Alcohol addiction leads to a range of health complications, which can be fatal, including heart disease […]

Alcohol addiction: Warning signs to look out for

Social drinkers are those individuals who drink in low-risk patterns. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), ‘low-risk’ drinking for females consists of no more than 7 drinks per week and no more than 3 drinks per sitting. For males, it consists of no more than 14 drinks per week and no more than 4 drinks per day

Alcohol addiction: Warning signs to look out forHere are certain warning signs of problem drinking or alcoholism which needs treatment: An inability to control alcohol intake after starting to drink Obsessing about alcohol (i.e., when is next time the person can drink, how they are going to get alcohol, who they’re going to go out drinking with) Behaving in ways, while drunk, […]

Doctors treat Mumbai man with a rare brain disorder

Alcohol addiction is a known cause of brain damage and Subdural Hematoma, a medical condition that can be explained as shift of brain. A 62-year-old Mumbaikar, posed a challenge to city doctors with severe hematoma but with no clinical history of brain injury or alcohol condition

Doctors treat Mumbai man with a rare brain disorderMumbai accountant puzzled doctors from the city with vague symptoms that didn’t coherently match any one particular disease. The 62-year-old had been complaining of mild sinusitis, dull headache, and positional vertigo. He was under the treatment of a local ENT physician. He was diagnosed with sinusitis and the headaches were attributed to recent change in […]