Home > Lifestyle > Street drugs > Alcohol Alcohol All sections in Street drugs » About recreational drugs » Alcohol » Chemicals » Getting help » Herbs » Plants » Psychoactives » Smart drugs US women starting to match men's drinking habits Although American men drink more than women, the gap is slowly narrowing as women increase their alcohol intake. Like Health24 on Facebook » Quiz Are you depressed? » Ask Addiction Expert » Talk Divorce support » The science of getting drunk The facts about cocaine Why young married couples suddenly drink less A study suggests that heavy alcohol use conflicts with expected marital roles and therefore young married adults consume less alcohol than their unmarried counterparts. Humans and alcohol go back a very long way Millions of years ago our primate ancestors developed an enzyme that enables us to tolerate alcohol – and the rest is history. How drinking devastates the Western Cape Health MEC Dr Nomafrench Mbombo has declared war on alcohol abuse as the effects place tremendous pressure on the healthcare system. It's a fact: we get drunker when we drink with others A new study confirms that the number of friends in your drinking party influences how much you drink and men are particularly guilty of the peer pressure to drink more. Hangover cure is elusive but symptom relief fizzles and flows Revelers are preparing to ring in the New Year with parties and celebrations, and those whose heads are still ringing will spend their first waking hours of 2015 searching for hangover relief. Physical and psychological effects of alcohol Alcohol is often incorrectly classified as a stimulant or "upper". Alcohol is in fact a tranquilliser which depresses the central nervous system. Bigger groups of friends down more drinks on a night out On a night out on the town, bigger groups of friends tend to down more drinks than smaller ones. Top 10 hangover foods While you may be tempted to reach for the junk food to make yourself feel better, loading your overworked liver with more toxins is actually the last thing it needs. Withdrawing from alcohol Withdrawal from alcohol is dramatic and highly unpleasant. These include from mild hangovers to total withdrawal, including convulsions, and hallucinations. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors How will we feed 9 billion people? Try the Meat Free Movember Challenge Fit starts now with MRP Sport Get Race Ready with REHIDRAT® Live healthier Toilet matters » 45 toilets in the world Poop in weird places Toilet paper debate The funniest bathroom signs ever These signs have taken toilet humour to the next level. Too Tired? » 20 signs of burnout Staying active reduces stress 10 ways to have a healthier work day Why you're exhausted Lost your mojo? Here are 5 surprising energy drainers, plus the easy fixes that will help put the pep back in your step!