Barbiturates were introduced in 1903 and classified within a group of drugs known as sedative‐hypnotics. They act as a central nervous system depressant by slowing the activity of the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain, a neurotransmitter that nerves use as a communication channel. Barbiturates...

We’ve all heard innumerable references to the “mind, body, soul and spirit.” If you’ve ever sought a holistic approach to health and wellness, you’ve surely come across this phrase. To a certain extent, we know that this describes the different aspects of a human being,...

Conventional wisdom has long held that alcoholism is a genetic disease, and there is some truth to this. A wide range of genetic factors and inherited traits may make some people more prone to alcohol addiction – according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information,...