Alcoholism – NCSAPCB Wed, 23 Nov 2022 16:01:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Alcoholism – NCSAPCB 32 32 The Challenges of Creating More Ways to Treat Alcoholism Tue, 22 Nov 2022 14:10:51 +0000

A recent article published by the Washington Post, authored by Katherine Ellison, discusses the challenges of developing, promoting, and making accessible new medications for alcohol use disorders.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), alcohol abuse is related to more than 140,000 deaths in the United States each year, while Data published by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) shows that in 2017, alcohol consumption led to more than 18,000 deaths and 105,000 hospitalizations in Canada alone.

According to George Koob, the director of National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), getting promising new drugs to doctors and their patients presents its own specific challenges, including lack of physician awareness, pharmaceutical industry funding decisions, and the stigma surrounding alcoholism.

Although medications can play an important role in controlling alcohol use disorders, to research shows that less than 2% of those affected by alcohol dependence take medication for this condition, compared to 13.4% of those affected by opioid dependence.

Current treatments for alcohol use disorders are limited, with only three drugs having been approved in Canada by Health Canada, including disulfiram, naltrexone and acamprosate. Similarly, in the United States, only a few drugs have been approved by the FDA for the treatment of alcohol use disorders, including gabapentin, baclofen, topiramate, and ondansetron. Additionally, some of the problems associated with existing FDA-approved drugs include their limited effectiveness.

In recent years, psilocybin, a naturally occurring psychedelic prodrug compound produced by many species of fungi, has come under increasing scrutiny as a potential treatment for several medical conditions, including alcohol use disorders.

New research published by JAMA and conducted by researchers at the NYU Langone Center for Psychedelic Medicine, showed that participants diagnosed with an alcohol use disorder who received two doses of psilocybin reduced their alcohol consumption by 83% in eight months, compared to 51% of participants who received a placebo.

Additionally, 25% of participants who received psilocybin completely stopped drinking, compared to 9% of participants who took the placebo. The molecular mechanisms of action of psilocybin are still being researched, but researchers hypothesize that it increases the beneficial effects of psychotherapy.

Unlike drugs for other common conditions such as depression, cancer, and erectile dysfunction, many doctors are unaware of the drugs used to treat alcohol use disorders. In addition, another issue is the lack of interest in pursuing research into potential drugs to treat alcohol use disorders by big pharma.

“We may have a current epidemic of opioid use, but our alcohol use disorder has been at epidemic proportions for thousands of years,” said Dr. Susan E. Bergeson, editor. of the Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly and Professor of Women’s Medicine. health at Texas Tech University Health Science Center, in his interview with The Washington Post.

“I think pharmaceutical companies need to look into this market and just wait for the right approach with less risk,” she added.

COVID-19, drinking habits, lifestyle factors leading to increased alcoholic hepatitis hospitalizations Thu, 17 Nov 2022 19:19:58 +0000 A combination of possible factors could be contributing to a recent increase in hospitalizations for alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver, said Nancy Reau, MD, section chief of hepatology at Rush University Medical Center.

Nancy Reau, MD, section chief of hepatology at Rush University Medical Center, discusses factors that may have contributed to a recent increase in hospitalizations for alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver.


What contributed to the 23% increase in patient hospitalizations for alcoholic liver cirrhosis in the past year?

Alcoholic cirrhosis has certainly increased. We recognized this during the pandemic where one of the most common hospitalizations for a younger population was alcoholic hepatitis (AH). Unfortunately, when people show up with [AH], a good part of them will already have established cirrhosis. This is especially true of those with more serious [AH]. If your HA was not severe enough to require hospitalization, you may recover more easily. If your HA has resulted in hospitalization, especially prolonged, it is highly likely that you will recover from cirrhosis. And then a person who has cirrhosis, you are more likely to have complications.

I think part of that is the pandemic, part of the pathological drinking habits, part of the combination of concurrent fatty liver disease and sedentary lifestyle, which certainly aggravates alcohol damage a bit . And we’re starting to see that spike as people start to be introspective and realize unhealthy behaviors need to change. They still haven’t stabilized, so we’re still seeing that increase in hospitalizations.

El Salvador with about a thousand deaths from alcoholism in 2022 Tue, 15 Nov 2022 17:27:12 +0000

A report from the Health Solidarity Fund (Fosalud) indicates that this organization is committed to developing prevention and treatment actions for people who use this substance.

Ileana Marroquín, a psychiatrist at the Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Addictions (CPTA) in Fosalud, said that data from the Center for Information and Toxicological Counseling indicates that there is a rate of 139 new cases of alcoholism per 100,000 inhabitants.

The prevalence of these cases is 258 per 100,000 inhabitants, data that Marroquín described as alarming due to the havoc that the consumption of alcoholic beverages is causing in the population.

World Health Organization statistics indicate that alcohol consumption in the Americas is approximately 40% higher than the global average and that its effects are associated with over 200 conditions such as: non-communicable diseases, mental disorders, injuries and HIV, as well as domestic violence, among others.

The amount of figures in the country only takes into account the cases registered as alcoholics, and not the large percentage who do not register their condition in the health zones.

Dr Marroquín said the country was facing an epidemic of alcoholism.

The death rate for the sick, she says, is 8.9 per 100,000 people, and there is still under-reporting, because those are the people on record.


Review of the 2022 ACCE Guidelines for Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Thu, 10 Nov 2022 18:55:47 +0000


This guideline aims to educate primary care providers, endocrinologists, and other healthcare professionals about non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Early detection and treatment of this disease is essential.

Research has shown that economic, genetic, social and environmental factors play a role. Current research lacks ethnic and racial demographics, which can make it difficult to treat patients. If left untreated, NAFLD can lead to serious complications.

The most common cause of death in patients with NAFLD is cardiovascular disease. NAFLD also increases the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma and may surpass hepatitis B and C as the leading cause of this cancer.

The most common cause of chronic liver disease is NAFLD, which affects 25% of the world’s population. This is a public health crisis and treatment strategies are constantly evolving.

Risk factors for NAFLD and advanced fibrosis include:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Fatty liver
  • Elevated liver enzymes for > 6 months
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Obesity
  • male sex


The GOLD standard for diagnosing NAFLD is a liver biopsy, but it is not commonly used due to its cost and invasive nature. FIB-4 (non-invasive liver fibrosis assessment) can be performed to diagnose this disease based on age, AST, ALT, and platelet count.

An FIB-4 test has classifications of high risk (>2.67), indeterminate (1.3-2.67), and low risk (<1.3). Disease management of low-risk patients focuses on preventing cardiometabolic disease. Patient education is provided on diabetes, hypertension, lipids and weight management.

Patients classified with a high-risk score should undergo further evaluation and testing by a hepatologist. Screening for NAFLD in children, adolescents, and adults with type 2 diabetes includes testing for elevated liver enzymes and coexisting etiologies for chronic liver disease. After a FIB-4 is completed, a FibroScan or Enhanced Liver Fibrosis (ELF) test can be used to test for advanced fibrosis.

Four criteria must be explored before confirming a diagnosis of NAFLD:

  1. Hyperspectral imaging or histology of a tissue sample.
  2. No significant history of alcohol consumption or abuse.
  3. No history of hidradenitis suppurativa.
  4. No existing chronic liver disease.

Healthcare providers should also consider other common causes of NAFLD, including hepatitis C, current medications, alcohol use, Wilson’s disease, severe malnutrition, and parenteral nutrition.


After a patient is diagnosed with NAFLD, lifestyle modifications with diet and exercise are the first-line treatment. The Mediterranean diet has been shown to help with fatty liver disease and insulin sensitivity.

Patients should avoid drinking alcohol and there is limited evidence that drinking black coffee may reduce liver fibrosis. A weight loss of 3 to 10% can slow the progression of the disease.

Bariatric surgery may be an option in patients with a BMI ≥ 35 kg/m^2. Lifestyle modifications are the cornerstone of treatment. There are no FDA-approved drugs for the treatment of NAFLD, however, some drugs have shown benefit.

Medications are no longer recommended due to lack of efficacy:

  • Metformin: Reduces insulin resistance and aminotransferase levels, but no significant improvement in liver histology.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids: only shown to improve cholesterol and reduce inflammation, but does not decrease steatohepatitis or liver fibrosis.
  • DPP-4 inhibitors, insulin and acarbose: No benefit found for hepatocyte inflammation or necrosis.
    • In patients with type 2 diabetes, may be continued to treat hyperglycemia

2022 Guideline Updates

  • Recommend a GLP-1 or pioglitazone for medication management for patients with type 2 diabetes and NASH.
  • Recommend weight management medications such as semaglutide 2.4 mg weekly or liraglutide 3 mg daily for BMI ≥ 27 kg/m^2.
  • Consider an SGLT-2 for patients with type 2 diabetes and NAFLD.
  • Experts are considering changing the name of NAFLD to metabolism-associated fatty liver to describe the etiology of the disease more appropriately.

about the authors

Author: Dawn Royer, 2023 PharmD Candidate, University of Minnesota – Duluth

Tutor: Chelsea Morken, PharmD, PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Resident, Mayo Clinic Health System – Mankato


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A bigger ‘we’: the role of the UND in reinventing the recovery Tue, 08 Nov 2022 22:51:46 +0000

Recovery Reinvented Event Highlights UND Programs and Partnerships in Addressing Substance Use Disorders

UND President Andrew Armacost addresses attendees of the Recovery Reinvented event at the Alerus Center on Thursday, November 3. Photo by Adam Kurtz/UND Today.

Speaking at the Recovery Reinvented event on Thursday, November 3, UND President Andrew Armacost said he felt privileged to be able to further support people in recovery from substance use disorders. not just across campus, but in the community beyond.

It means being part of the group of supporters.

“I certainly hope that in my personal life, I can be part of the ‘We’ to support those in recovery, and as president of the University of North Dakota, be in an even stronger position to be a bigger ‘We,’ a bigger support group to support those in recovery,” Armacost said.

Armacost was one of the featured speakers at Recovery Reinvented, the annual state-sponsored event that aims to eliminate the shame and stigma of substance use disorders in North Dakota communities. Held this year at the Alerus Center, the event is the key initiative of North Dakota First Lady Kathryn Burgum, who has been candid and open about her struggle with alcoholism and her recovering life.

Governor Doug Burgum and Kathryn Burgum hosted the day-long event that brought together keynote speakers to share their stories. The event also serves as a gathering place for behavioral health professionals, family and friends, and frontline workers engaged in supporting people with substance use disorder.

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and first lady Kathryn Burgum embrace on stage at the Recovery Reinvented event on Thursday, November 3. Photo by Adam Kurtz/UND Today.

Referring to the concept of “we”, Armacost drew inspiration from the day’s first keynote speaker, Carrie Steinseifer-Bates, a three-time Olympic swimming gold medalist and now Outreach Manager for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. . She spoke of her descent into alcoholism, her life in recovery, and the need to come together to bring about positive change for those struggling with the disease of addiction.

“We, all of you in this room today, are the voices and the faces that will change the world,” she said.

Carrie Steinseifer-Bates, a three-time Olympic swimming gold medalist and now outreach manager for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, delivers the first keynote address at Recovery Reinvented on Nov. 3. Photo by Adam Kurtz/UND Today

After being greeted on stage by the governor and first lady, Armacost said he prepared his remarks by reflecting on the people in his life who have been affected by addiction. In particular, he spoke of two former colleagues who have similar stories – both graduated from the US Air Force Academy and both attended the same graduate school. Both also suffered from alcoholism.

The stories of these friends have very different endings. A friend has recovered and is doing well both professionally and health-wise. The other died this summer. Armacost said the “We” played a part in the lives of his two friends.

“When I thought about what happened to them, I realized that the first friend had a great ‘we’. The second friend had nobody,” he said.

Armacost said remembering his friends made him think about what is being done on campus to contribute to support systems for people with substance use disorders. The good news is that UND offers a lot to its faculty, staff, and students, as well as to the people of Grand Forks and North Dakota. Even better, these programs and initiatives are multiplying.

Armacost described several on-campus programs available to UND students, faculty, staff, and their families, including:

  • The University Guidance Center, that recognizes the importance of early intervention and the progression of substance use disorders. The center offers a variety of counseling services and the peer support groups necessary for effective treatment.
  • The Village Business Institute, which offers several counseling programs and is available to UND employees and their families.
  • The Green Bandana Project. This national project is a mental health awareness and suicide prevention campaign. Students involved in the program wear a green bandana on their backpack, which makes them recognizable by their peers. These volunteers can then refer students to support programs. Nearly 400 UND students volunteered for training to participate in the campaign.
  • The UpLift Support Program for Aerospace Students, a peer support program for Aerospace College students. UND will also host a first of its kind Aviation Mental Health Symposium November 16-17.
  • The UND Behavioral Health Unitwhich focuses on education, research, and services to support prevention, treatment, and recovery by preparing the future workforce, and expanding research and evidence-based practice in related disorders to the use of substances that are culturally appropriate.

Armacost also discussed off-campus partnerships and collaborations, including:

  • The Mountain Plains Addiction Technology Transfer Center. The center serves a six-state region that includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. Cindy Juntunen, The UND Dean of Education, Health and Behavioral is the principal investigator and co-director of the center, which provides training in the treatment and recovery of substance use disorders throughout the region.
  • The Mountain Plains Center for Mental Health Technology Transfer. The center works with the ATTC to address addiction and mental health issues, and is overseen by Rachel Navaro, professor of counseling psychology, education, health and behavior.
  • The UND’s Western North Dakota Suicide Prevention Program, called North Dakota HOPES (Health Care Opportunity, Prevention and Suicide Prevention Education). This program is managed by Thomasine Heitkampresearcher in the office of the vice-president for research and economic development, and Ethan Dahl, Assistant Professor in Education, Health and Behavioral Studies. It serves disproportionately affected populations, including rural residents, veterans, and LGBTQ+ youth.
  • LaGrave on First, Grand Forks’ supportive housing solution for people experiencing chronic homelessness. The housing project is a collaboration between the UND Department of Social Work, the Grand Forks Housing Authority and Altru Hospital.

Armacost also said that the UND and the country’s universities are doing their best to educate professionals in the disciplines of social work, criminal justice pharmacology, philosophy and counseling, among others, in order to contribute to the recovery and well-being of those with substance use disorder.

“These contributions are certainly significant, and they include many, many opportunities for us to operate in multifaceted ways with partners across the state and in the local community,” Armacost said.

Nearly 1,000 people attend the Recovery Reinvented event on November 3. Even more people have connected online. Photo by Adam Kurtz/UND Today.

After descent into alcoholism cost him a city council seat, Proco Joe Moreno aims for comeback – NBC Chicago Sat, 05 Nov 2022 04:33:12 +0000

Former Chicago Ald. Proco Joe Moreno (1st) is open about the booze-fueled downward spiral that cost him his seat on city council and nearly denied him his freedom.

Moreno, 50, is trying to get back the job he lost to Ald. Daniel LaSpata after a series of self-destructing scandals derailed his once bright future.

Those headlines included flashing his alderman’s star to intimidate a woman during a parking dispute and being charged with insurance fraud and obstruction of justice for falsely reporting that his 2017 Audi was stolen in his garage in Wicker Park when, in fact, he had lent it to a girlfriend.

The tailspin continued after his political demise, when Moreno was charged with drunk and reckless driving after crashing his Audi into eight parked cars on Astor Street on the Gold Coast.

In January 2021, Moreno spent a week in jail for drunk driving on the orders of a judge who called him an “extreme danger to the community.”

Six months later, he pleaded guilty to two counts stemming from the insurance fraud case and received ‘second chance probation’, allowing him to clear his record once probation ended. . That’s what happened in August, paving the way for him to at least attempt a political resurrection.

But Moreno doesn’t stand a chance unless he can persuade 1st Ward voters to forgive and forget.

Now Moreno is taking another step on his comeback tour.

In an intriguing interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Moreno opened up about his own downfall after failing to dissuade a beloved friend and precinct captain from taking his own life.

He spoke of being forever haunted by the gunshot he heard during that phone call with Joe Muntaner on Mother’s Day 2017.

“He told me he had a gun. He was going to do it. That I was the only one who liked him. I said, ‘That’s not true.’ He asked me to take care of his family I said I would but “I can’t take care of your family as well as you” I was trying hard not to do and tell me where he was, what he wouldn’t do,” Moreno recalled in Thursday’s interview.

“Then finally the gun went off and I screamed into the phone, yelling, ‘Joe!’ And there was no response. »

Moreno said he was not using Muntaner’s suicide to explain his own inexcusable and illegal actions. But if you’re talking about “triggers” for a descent into alcoholism, that was it.

” I did not sleep. I had nightmares. And I blamed myself. … [I was] take care of it by abusing alcohol so that I can forget about it every night,” the former councilman said.

“That was the unhealthy, wrong, wrong way to handle it. But that’s what I did. »

The seven weeks Moreno spent in the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s rehabilitation program changed his life.

“The first meeting or two, I was pessimistic that it would go anywhere. And I met some of the greatest people I’ve met in my life… going through similar challenges that I met,” Moreno said.

But towards the end, he added, “they give you a nice little goodbye,” where he spoke.

“And I said… ‘I’m one of the most stubborn people there is. And when I started this program, if someone had told me that I would miss this program when I finished it, and that it would change my life, I would have said that you are crazy.

After rehab, “almost all” of the guilt Moreno had felt since his friend’s suicide was lifted from his shoulders.

“I still think of Joe Muntaner all the time. But I think of him more as a way of celebrating him, rather than a way of blaming myself and replaying that terrible day in my head. … I remember him in a more beautiful way for the beautiful person he was,” he said.

During his nearly decade-long career as an alderman, Moreno championed the cause of private booters patrolling the grounds of private companies. He was the main instigator of Chicago’s 7-cent plastic bag tax. He lobbied for affordable housing amid accusations he was too comfortable with developers whose contributions filled his campaign fund.

Before launching his comeback bid, Moreno funded a poll in the 1st Ward, which includes parts of Logan Square, Humboldt Park and West Town. He said 66% of those polled wanted him to focus on tackling violent crime.

“If I hadn’t been approached by important neighborhood stakeholders over the past year and a half to come back, I wouldn’t be running again,” he said.

“But to see all the things the community and I have accomplished — especially on the public safety front — are wasted? See the service stagnating at best, going backwards in many ways? I can’t just sit on the sidelines and not come back.

LaSpata could not be reached for comment.

The state’s attorney’s office said Moreno’s probation was “satisfactorily completed” on Aug. 17, a year ahead of schedule, despite his objections.

The president is about to enter rehab for alcoholism Thu, 03 Nov 2022 09:30:30 +0000

By Donovan Quintero, Krista Allen and Quentin Jodie
Navajo Time


Seth Damon’s future is up in the air.

The troubled speaker from the 24th Council of the Navajo Nation, who admitted to the Council that he was photographed under the influence of alcohol during the Indian National Rodeo final, which took place from October 18-22, has said Tuesday afternoon during an interview with the Navajo Of times he “really screwed up” after drinking a little too much.

“The only reason I’m here is to hear it from the horse’s mouth rather than somewhere else, isn’t it?” Damon said Tuesday at his Window Rock office.

A photo of Damon has gone viral on social media, depicting him drunk and sitting in front of a casino slot machine in Las Vegas, Nevada. The person who took a photo remains unknown.

In a statement, Damon said he was not on tribal business in Las Vegas. His colleague, council delegate Otto Tso, said in an interview with the Navajo Times on Wednesday, said he was in Vegas to attend a meeting with the Navajo Community Development Financial Institution, whose then-president , Russell Begaye, has earmarked $20 million to provide a financial catalyst to support entrepreneurs looking to start a business on the reservation.

Navajo CDFI would provide a source of financing for businesses owned by qualified Navajos. Otto Tso said he attended a meeting with NCDFI, council delegate Eugene Tso, Wilson Stewart Jr. and NCFDI officials. Otto Tso said Eugene Tso left for San Diego, Calif., to attend another meeting right after having dinner at the Virgin Hotels Casino, located 9.2 miles from South Point.

Eugene Tso corroborated Otto Tso’s recollection of the October 22 meeting with NCDFI at the South Point Casino. The delegate added that the speaker was also present at the meeting.

Damon has said many times, and during an interview with the Navajo Times on Tuesday, he visited the INFR on his own time.

Eugene Tso said he parked his vehicle at the South Point Casino, where he left it for dinner at another location. Otto Tso said they dined at the Virgin Hotels Casino. After dinner, Eugene Tso said he was taken back to South Point in a cab and left for San Diego.

Otto Tso stammered and said he saw Damon around 4 p.m. at South Point. The Navajo Times asked Otto Tso if he noticed if Damon was drunk, and he said he “looked drunk to me”. He was asked to clarify his comment as to whether he saw Damon drunk or not.

“I don’t think he looked drunk,” Otto Tso replied.

Damon said he was at the South Point Hotel Casino when the photo was taken of him on October 22.

The candidate and current representative of the Bááhááli, Chéch’iltah, Manuelito, Red Rock, Rock Springs and Tsayatoh chapters, said he arrived at the casino on October 22 and was “hanging around”.

“I just want to be honest and say that I was out there with friends and family and got to a point where I think I drank too much alcohol,” Damon said.

Damon said he took the “necessary steps” and “admitted” his misconduct and told members of the 24th Council of the Navajo Nation. He added that one of the things he wanted to do was make sure he would be held accountable for his actions, referring to his public drunkenness.

While Damon may not have broken any laws in Las Vegas or the state of Nevada, he admits that he “broke the integrity of the President’s office.”

A seven-page bill was introduced last Friday that will put the president on administrative leave indefinitely if it passes a majority. The bill is eligible for action today or tomorrow.

“Personally, that’s where I know I’ve done it. And I recognized that, and I told them that,” he said of his meeting with the Council.

Whether the Council votes to remove him or not, the speaker said the days following the October 22 incident were the worst for him.

“Last week was the worst. More importantly, it was the worst for my daughter and my grandparents. I know it broke their hearts,” Damon said.

Damon explained that he went to Vegas to visit family, support his nephews and INFR athletes, and catch up with friends.

The Council’s three-term delegate didn’t go into too much detail, other than that he drank too much.

Damon got emotional when he said his grandparents talked to him. He wouldn’t divulge what they said, but it cracked his voice.

“It broke me. It literally broke me,” he said, tapping his fingers on the table in his office, thinking about what they had told him.

“I know I screwed up. I know I really screwed up, but I’m going to do this to help myself and the people who elected me, and most importantly, I’m going to get my integrity back. grandparents for the better,” Damon said emotionally.

The distressed speaker said he wanted to make it a “stepping stone” and use it to move in the “right direction”.

“I want to see live to see my granddaughter graduate from high school,” he said.

He apologized and wanted to tell the Navajo people that he was “very sorry” for breaking the integrity of the office.

While seeking help, Damon learned about the challenges of not knowing who to call when seeking help for his drinking problem.

“I must say this is one of the worst…you don’t know where to call. I had the hardest time trying to figure out how to get help,” he said of what he learned.

Eventually, Damon said he had logged into the correct office and would be going to a treatment center by Saturday or Monday. Though he doesn’t know where his treatment might take him, Damon is forced to find out if a life without alcohol is in his future.

“I can tell you I have a problem, but that’s what I think I’ll find out. I think that’s what I need to find out. Why am I like this? Why did I do this to myself? Why did I put myself in this situation? I think those are the answers I will find along this path,” he said.

The reality of knowing your path to healing has no end. He said his recovery would be a “long road” for him and his family.

Damon is up for re-election and will most likely be in a rehabilitation center on Nov. 8 when voters vote for him.

Stewart did not respond to a request for an interview at press time Wednesday night.

Drug addiction, alcoholism: Wasim Akram and other famous athletes who battled addiction – News Tue, 01 Nov 2022 03:29:59 +0000

We take a look at some of the iconic athletes whose careers have been affected by dark lives

By Leslie Wilson Jr.

Published: Tue, Nov 1, 2022, 9:13 AM

Last update: Tue, Nov 1, 2022, 9:36 AM

Former Pakistani cricketer great Wasim Akram has sent shockwaves through the sports world with the revelation that a cocaine addiction has almost taken over his brain.

The story of his battle with drug addiction which he was forced to give up after the untimely death of his wife Huma is told in his autobiography Sultan: A Memoir’, excerpts from which were published by The Times, London.

One of the world’s most feared left-arm fast bowlers, Akram took 414 Test wickets and 502 ODI wickets during an outstanding career, before retiring from international cricket after the 2003 World Cup.

“I liked to indulge; I liked to party,” he described his post-cricket life as a wild, globe-trotting expert commentator.

Akram, now 56 and a sought-after expert gambling analyst, is not the first athlete to fall victim to drug addiction.

Here we take a look at some of the iconic athletes whose careers have been affected by dark lives.

Jennifer Capriati

Photo: AFP

Photo: AFP

When Jennifer Capriati made history to become the lowest-seeded seed to win the 2001 Australian Open, where she beat Martina Hingis in straight sets, tennis experts predicted a stellar career for the star. American with two-handed flash backhand.

Although she won two more Grand Slams, an Olympic gold medal at the 1992 Summer Games and was inducted into the International Hall of Fame, Capriati’s glittering career was hit hard by cases of drug use, shoplifting and scandalous affairs.

The star was arrested for shoplifting and was arrested by Florida police and charged with possession of cannabis.

Capriati confessed that she had to struggle with her fame which came at a very young age and that she even considered taking her own life because she was too fat, to escape it all.

Instead, she turned to drugs, dropped all of her tournaments, and headed to rehab.

Capriati was charged with battery and stalking her former boyfriend on Valentine’s Day.

She currently lives a quiet, secluded life spending time at her home in Miami.

Michael Phelps

Photo: AFP

Photo: AFP

Record-breaking Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps may not have had a problem rewriting his sport’s history books, but had far bigger issues with his weakness for recreational drugs like marijuana.

A 6-foot-4 giant with a wingspan of over six feet, Phelps is considered the most successful Olympian of all time with a cache of 29 medals, including a record 23 golds, Phelps had only no equal in the pool.

However, Phelps once shocked the world when he allowed himself to be photographed by a British newspaper smoking marijuana at a student party at the University of South Carolina. He was lucky to get off with a warning and was not prosecuted for his poor publicity taste.

He apologized after the incident saying he wouldn’t make the mistake again.

Phelps did not come out unscathed as he was banned for three months by the United States Swimming Federation, which also cost him a lucrative sponsorship deal with American food giant Kellogg Co.

Diego Maradona

Photo: AFP

Photo: AFP

The Argentinian footballing genius is the original enfant terrible for substance and alcohol abuse.

A wizard with the ball on the pitch, Maradona was also an outrageous “party animal” who partied like there was no tomorrow. He was known to have tried and tested all forms of narcotics and was invariably the last person to leave the party.

Even though he overdosed in 2000 and suffered a heart attack in 2004, which forced bypass surgery in 2005, that didn’t stop him from continuing to live dangerously and on the edge.

Over the years, his addiction to prescription drugs combined with his addiction to recreational drugs and alcohol would lead to his tragic death at the age of 60.

However, despite all his misdeeds, Maradona will likely be remembered for the epic goal he scored against England in the 1986 World Cup and his controversial ‘Hand of God’ goal in the same game.

George Best

Boasting a fine poster-like appearance, dazzling Northern Ireland winger George Best was always destined to be a star.

He boasted a larger than life celebrity appeal that matched his flamboyant style of play which combined speed, exceptional skill and the ability to strike with both feet.

Growing up with a working-class mother, herself a talented hockey player, Best was influenced by her habits, sadly even the curse of alcohol abuse.

By the time she died prematurely at the age of 54, due to a heart attack brought on by alcoholism, her son had already succumbed to a similar addiction to spirits.

Best himself would die an alcoholic aged 59, leaving behind a rich legacy evidenced by an 11-year stint at Manchester United where he scored 137 goals, winning the European Cup as well as the Ballon d’Or. ‘Gold.


Barrow woman talks recovery from alcoholism in documentary Thu, 27 Oct 2022 15:00:00 +0000 A FORMER alcoholic who drank before her children got up for school in the morning spoke of her struggles.

In a video produced by Oké Productions titled Surviving Addictions, Kristie Keating of Barrow was asked about her struggles with addiction.

She explained that it affected every aspect of her life, from her relationship with her ex-husband and friends to her ability to take care of her children.

She said: “Towards the end of my drinking, I would get up and have a drink, no matter what time it was.

“I would then continue to drink maybe a few wines or two, and then my children would get up.

“I would make sure they were sent to school, but they would have stayed out of school to look after me if I was hungover or sick or couldn’t not work.”

Kristie explained that her drinking habits were affecting her children’s schooling, but she didn’t understand how serious her addiction was.

She said: “My daughter was getting a phone call from her school to pick up the other two little ones because I wasn’t there.

“I couldn’t take care of my children.

“There’s a joke in the house that I went upstairs to take a bath with a bottle of vodka and came downstairs with a bottle of baileys.

“There are a lot of jokes in my family about things I just can’t remember.”

In the documentary, Kristie opened up about her “lowest” moment, which made her never drink again.

The day before one of her daughters’ birthday, she had gone out drinking and returned home “in a mess”.

She said: “The next day my eldest daughter had a hospital appointment for a brain scan and I was unsuccessful.

“I remember those text messages, her feeling of abandonment and the pain in those messages.

“My friend was with us, put me to bed and decorated the house with balloons and streamers for the birthday.

“Then when we were at the pub [to celebrate]my eldest daughter stood in front of me and told me if I had another drink she would take the kids.

“I remember going to the bar, I was hooked on the bar for life and I think that was my moment of letting go.

“I remember the feelings, the emotion and the fear of having another drink. Everyone was looking at me because I went to sit with a J2O.”

The full documentary, Surviving Addiction, is available on YouTube.

The Facts About College Alcoholism and Heavy Drinking Wed, 26 Oct 2022 20:53:20 +0000

By: Kerry Nenn

  • According to National Drug Use and Health Surveyapproximately 10-20% of students have an alcohol use disorder.
  • Almost 55% of full-time students aged 18 to 22 have consumed alcohol in the past month.
  • More than 33% of students of the same age reported having consumed alcohol in the previous month.

These numbers are more than statistics. Each number represents a student – a young adult at risk due to alcohol abuse and excessive alcohol consumption.

Binge drinking is defined as the consumption of an excessive amount of alcohol in a short period of time. For men, this means drinking five or more alcoholic beverages in two hours or less. For women, this means drinking four or more alcoholic beverages in two hours or less.

Excessive alcohol consumption at university: who is at risk?

Some young adults consider drinking alcohol to be a natural part of the college experience. In fact, many college students believe that drinking alcohol is “just what students do.” But this philosophy can quickly lead students down a risky path that ultimately requires alcohol rehab.

This seems to be especially true for people involved in fraternities, sororities, and athletics. Students from these organizations have a higher rate excessive alcohol consumption than others. In 2018, no less than 42% of student-athletes reported having a excessive alcohol consumption problem.

But athletes and Greeks are not the only ones at risk…

In general, young adults attending college tend to drink more than their peers. Researchers found that 33% of students aged 18 to 22 reported having consumed alcohol in the previous month, compared to 28% of non-students of the same age. And 8.2% of college students said they had consumed a lot of alcohol in the past month, compared to 6.4% of non-students of the same age.

Episodes and patterns of heavy drinking put both the student and those around them at risk.

What are the consequences of excessive alcohol consumption in college?

When we look at the to researchit is clear that alcohol abuse among students has many negative consequences.

Let’s look at some of the specific risks associated with drinking alcohol in college:


Academic performance

Getting to class on time, finishing homework and taking tests is all the more difficult to accomplish when you’re under the influence of alcohol or hungover after a night of drinking. About 25% of students report experience academic consequences related to excessive alcohol consumption.

The fallout includes missed classes, lateness, poor homework and exam performance, and lower grades. In some cases, the consequences of excessive alcohol consumption can cause students’ grades to reach the point of no return…meaning they drop out of school.

personal injury

From cuts to broken bones to concussions, students who drink increase their risk of injury. Each year, 599,000 students under the influence of alcohol injure themselves unintentionally.

Some students may also increase their risk of intentional self-harm by consuming alcohol. Those who fight against depression or other mental health conditions are already at highest risk for self-harm or suicide, and drinking alcohol can alter their minds to cause them to act irrationally, making these acts more likely to occur .

Personal Security

Alcohol can make a student more vulnerable to aggression. Each year, 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.

Sexual assault also commonly involves the consumption of alcohol. Researchers report that the majority of college sexual assaults involve alcohol or other substances. A study found that 97,000 college students are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or rape each year.

Often sexual predators seek out victims who have been drinking at a bar or party on campus. These victims are often too inconsistent to fight back, prone to fainting, and unable to remember specific details of the attack once sober.

Criminal record

Under the influence of alcohol, students may do things they would never consider doing when sober. The most common crimes committed by students while intoxicated include vandalism, theft, assault, and driving under the influence.

More than three million students drive under the influence of alcohol every year. And 11% of students admit to damaging property after a night of drinking.

Sometimes students may view these crimes as benign pranks or otherwise harmless acts. But there are often serious legal consequences, which can include expulsion from school, fines, loss of driver’s license and even jail time.


For students, alcohol consumption can pose serious health risks that go far beyond minor injuries. Each year, more than 22,000 students are hospitalized due to alcohol overdose.

Excessive alcohol consumption can also cause long-term damage to the body. Every year, almost 15,000 students develop an alcohol-related health problem. These problems include high blood pressure, liver damage, and inflammation of the pancreas.

Excessive alcohol consumption in early adulthood can also harm brain developmentaffecting memory and cognition for the rest of a student’s life.

Life and death

Yes, even lives are at stake when it comes to college drinking. Alcohol contributes to more than 1,800 deaths per year among students. This includes alcohol-related injuries and motor vehicle accidents.

It is also important to mention that more than half of all alcohol-related deaths are due to resultant health complications – cancer or liver disease – caused by excessive alcohol consumption over a prolonged period.


Heavy drinking and binge drinking while in college can quickly lead to alcohol addiction. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that one in 10 students meet the criteria for alcohol use disorder (AUD).

Even if a student does not develop an alcohol addiction while in college, the habits formed during this time can lead to alcoholism in the future. Too often, what is considered a “phase” or “normal college life” becomes regular behavior, and the student develops patterns that later lead to alcohol addiction.

The consequences of alcohol addiction are often lifelong and tend to have a negative impact on jobs, finances, relationships, health – basically every aspect of a person’s life.

Nearly 15 million people in the United States currently struggle with an alcohol use disorder. However, only a small fraction (about 7.2%) receive the professional treatment they need.

Alcohol overdose

Alcohol overdose occurs when a person drinks more alcohol than their body can process. Also commonly known as “alcohol poisoning”, an alcohol overdose occurs when a person has so much alcohol circulating in their blood that it causes certain areas of the brain to shut down – areas responsible for controlling functions. basic vitals.

Since large amounts of alcohol are consumed during binge drinking, alcohol overdoses are a common result of these incredibly dangerous drinking episodes.

Signs of an alcohol overdose include:

  • Mental confusion
  • Difficulty waking up or staying conscious
  • slow breathing
  • slow heart rate
  • Loss of gag reflex
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Moist skin
  • Low body temperature (indicated by chills or chills)
  • Bluish or pale skin

An overdose of alcohol can cause permanent brain damage or even death. If someone who has been drinking has these symptoms, don’t hesitate to call 911. This is an extreme emergency and time is running out. A person who has overdosed on alcohol needs immediate medical attention.

College Alcoholism: Treatment

With so many students suffering from alcohol use disorders and participating in binge drinking episodes, quality treatment programs are more important than ever. And rehabs around the country are responding to the increased need.

In fact, many alcohol detox centers now offer treatment programs specifically tailored to young adults. Fortunately, there are many resources and programs available for students who need support.