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Author Archives: Joanna Nix

Is Red Wine Good for You? Questioning the Health Benefits of Wine

Wine health myths

Despite its massive wealth and technological innovations (we’ve got computers on our wrists now!), the United States still lags behind most of the developed world in terms of life expectancy. That’s made a lot of scientists wonder: Why is it that people in France, Italy, and Spain live longer than us? They’ve got bakeries on […]

What Is a “Nalover”? We Surveyed Reddit and Facebook to Find Out

What is a nalover?

When you peruse the alcoholism medication-assisted treatment online communities (yes, they exist!), you’ll probably come across the term “nalover.” It’s a mash-up of “naltrexone”—an anti-craving medication used daily or, per the Sinclair Method, one hour before drinking—and “hangover.” Basically, it’s the hangover some people experience after drinking on naltrexone, and it’s a phenomenon that hasn’t […]

Gastric Bypass and Alcohol: The Risks of Drinking After Surgery

Gastric bypass surgery can makes patients more susceptible to alcohol's effects

In a recent post, we looked at how anxiety can put you at a higher risk of developing alcoholism, or alcohol use disorder (AUD). This time, we’re looking at the risk of alcohol abuse after gastric bypass surgery, a phenomenon that afflicts thousands of people every year. What is gastric bypass surgery? It’s a type […]

Alternatives to AA: How Modern Science Can Help You Drink Less

Alcohol abuse is a tale as old as time, and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has been around since the 1930s. But scientific breakthroughs in the last few decades have brought about effective alternatives to AA. Life-changing medications have been FDA-approved and available for use to treat alcohol use disorder (AUD) for many years, but society—including the […]

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