Month: February 2021

Iowa State University Found Unresponsive in Cold

Authorities Warn Against Mixing Alcohol and Freezing Temperature   A 21-year-old Iowa State University student was found unresponsive in freezing temperatures last month according to the Ames Tribune. Reporting indicates that the college student “died of hypothermia and acute alcohol intoxication.” The young woman was found the morning of January 22 in the Delta Delta …

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Drinking and Driving

A Review of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention VitalSigns   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drinking and driving was and continues to be a serious problem for our country. As noted in their vital signs findings, one in three fatal traffic accidents involves an alcohol-impaired driver. Drinking and …

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Mental Health During the Pandemic

Studies Show Anxiety and Depression Have Drastically Increased Amid COVID-19   A recent study discussed in the Denver Post shows that the rate of people experiencing anxiety and depression has substantially increased during the pandemic. According to the article, Mental Health America reports a “93% increase in people participating in anxiety screenings.” Additionally, the nonprofit …

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Understanding Comorbidity

A Look at the Frequency of Comorbid Psychiatric Disorders   Studies show that individuals suffering from alcohol-related psychiatric disorders such as alcohol addiction or alcohol use disorder often have a comorbid mood or anxiety disorder. A publication written by Rober M. Anthenelli for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism discusses Comorbid Mental Health …

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How Alcohol Can Affect Your Memory

The Danger of Alcohol-Induced Blackouts   Excessive drinking or binge drinking can cause a person to temporarily lose their memory. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), alcohol-related blackouts “are gaps in a person’s memory for events that occurred while they were intoxicated.”  These blackouts happen because the alcohol prevents the …

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