Alcohol and Weight Gain: The Freshman 15

It has been witnessed at colleges across America for decades. Students attend their first year of college and inevitably gain the “freshman 15.” Although some articles claim to debunk the myth of the freshman 15 (shifting the blame to school cafeteria buffet-style food) the phenomenon actually can be explained. There is in fact a link…

Can Lack of Sleep Cause Anxiety?

The average adult needs about seven hours of sleep a night to feel fully rested and functional. Teenagers need to get an additional two hours of sleep to maintain their normal function during the day. Unfortunately, if you fail to get enough sleep, you may experience significant feelings of anxiety. At the same time, people…

Man and doctor going over medical detox options

Can Detox Be Deadly?

Detox is shorthand for detoxification, a process that occurs when you stop using drugs or alcohol and go through withdrawal as the substance(s) you have consumed leave your system. While any form of substance withdrawal can cause serious discomfort, withdrawal from two substances in particular — alcohol and benzodiazepine tranquilizers — can produce life-threatening complications.…

5 Surprising Facts About Underage Drinking

Ask any high school teacher or guidance counselor about underage drinking and you’ll discover that the underage drinking statistics can be pretty disturbing. Parents may be quick to point out good grades or sports performance as evidence of “not my kid,” but the facts regarding underage drinking statistics indicate that, indeed, many teens are drinking…

Hispanic Girls at Elevated Risk for Suicide

According to statistics collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rates of suicide attempts and suicidal thoughts are significantly higher in Hispanic girls than in teens of other ethnicities and races. These numbers have been rising and are equally high among all Hispanic countries of origin. There are no definitive answers…