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  • Infographic: Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)

    Your blood alcohol content is determined by a variety of factors, including your sex, how many drinks you've had, how fast you drink, and the types of drinks you've had. As your BAC increases, the dangers associated with drinking rise exponentially. ...

    ... by a variety of factors, including your sex, how many drinks you've had, how fast you drink, and the types of drinks you've had. As your BAC increases, the dangers associated with drinking rise exponentially. Refer ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Genetics and the “Morning After”

    It's true - hangovers are just plain awful. But new research has found that those who are genetically predisposed to alcoholism may actually hold onto the painful memory of them more than the average joe. Let's dig in… Family History Impacts How ...

    ... research has found that those who are genetically predisposed to alcoholism may actually hold onto the painful memory of them more ... possible to exploit this lucid memory for hangovers to curb excessive drinking. Reminding ... continue reading
  • Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

    During the four years I spent behind bars, I encountered hundreds of women - all with a unique personal story and background. I remember wondering to myself, “How did all these women end up in prison?” Some of them had traumatic childhoods, some ...

    ... the correlation between a parent's substance abuse history and whether or not their children ended up behind bars. This study , published in the Research Society on Alcoholism, investigated if children whose mothers had ... continue reading
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    We made this free self-assessment quiz to help you better understand your or your loved one’s substance use.
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  • Does Drinking Every Day Make Me an Alcoholic?

    Every evening when you get home from work, you drink a glass of wine. Throughout the day, you look forward to this evening ritual. Although, tonight, as you swallow that first sip, you suddenly realize something. You've been drinking every day for ...

    ... points out you would feel the exact same way - irritable and antsy - if you normally ate dinner at seven but pushed ... cause concern, such as: A family history of alcoholism Slamming down your first drink of the day in ... continue reading
  • Drunk in the Moment: We Can’t Drink Reality Away

    It's a typical scenario: You had an awful day at work, so you hit the town with a group of friends, intent on drinking and dancing the night away. As you're downing a sixth shot of tequila in what will undoubtedly be an eight-shot series, you turn ...

    ... the town with a group of friends, intent on drinking and dancing the night away. As you're downing a sixth ... undoubtedly be an eight-shot series, you turn to your friends and say, “I love you guys! Seriously, this is the ... continue reading
  • A Dangerous Trio: Skipping Dinner, Binge Drinking and Overeating

    In today's culture, binge drinking is becoming more and more prevalent. This is especially true on college campuses, where a lot of partying takes place and many students spend their nights at clubs and bars, rather than in the dorm studying. Today, ...

    ... for people to stumble in the door at 3 a.m. and quickly raid the kitchen, sitting down to three bowls of cinnamon flavored cereal and a couple ... eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia) and alcoholism. Most people tend to binge ... continue reading
  • Your Spouse May Be a Weapon Against Alcoholism. Learn what study says

    We all know what to avoid when it comes to succeeding in sobriety (like hanging out with the wrong crowds and the wrong environments), but what actions can we proactively take to decrease our chances of becoming addicted to alcohol ? Well, according ...

    ... that there was something intangible about marriage that protected against the disease of alcoholism. For instance, in both men and women, the risk of becoming dependent on alcohol increased substantially over the 12 ... continue reading
  • Teens Who Drink Solo Are in More Trouble Than We Thought

    Have you found yourself knocking a few back when no one else is around? A recent study calls solitary drinking into question, finding that young people who drink alone are more likely to struggle with alcoholism as they enter adulthood. Researchers ...

    ... and found that teens and 20-somethings who drank alone had a 50 percent higher chance of developing alcoholism ... alcohol dependence, by age 25. If these findings hit home for you, then maybe it's time to question why you ... continue reading
  • What You Need to Know About Secondhand Drinking

    Lisa Frederiksen likens the public's understanding of secondhand drinking to 30 years ago when doctors proved that lung cancer in nonsmokers was a direct link to secondhand cigarette smoke. Frederiksen, author, speaker, consultant and founder of ...

    ... behaviors like domestic violence, crime, driving while impaired, sexual assault, verbal, physical or emotional abuse, blackouts and safety risks, creates a change in the neural networks. When those neural networks fire ... continue reading
  • 7 Not-So-Subtle Signs a Friend is Struggling with Alcoholism

    I have a girlfriend I'm worried about - let's call her Candace. She chugs cocktails, can't hold down a job and causes drunken scenes like it's nobody's business. She wears the pain on her face and you can feel anger wafting off of her from across ...

    ... some common red flags that accompany alcoholism and, if you know what to look for, these signs can help you ... ,” embarrassed of what she said and did during one of her blackouts. After a couple of weeks laying low, Candace ... continue reading
  • Is There a Cure for Alcoholism?

    We're often asked whether there's a cure for alcoholism . Often this is by a concerned partner or friend, and sometimes it's by someone who suffers from the disease. Like many diseases, however, the answer lies between yes and no. The problem with ...

    ... behaviors have to be learned. Pavlov's Canine Experiment and Alcoholism This takes us to a canine experiment: Pavlov's dogs. Pavlov was a Russian scientist who was famous for his progressive ideas. He got a load of dogs ... continue reading
  • 6 Common Sense Tips to Avoid Alcoholism

    Our society is soaked in alcohol. So many activities are drenched with it. This can make it tough to cut back, and easy to overdo it. The good news is, you can take several steps to keep your alcohol consumption in check. Try out the following six ...

    ... they'll help you develop healthy habits and avoid falling into the trap of alcoholism. # 1 Don't Stock It ... his fridge with other drinks - ones that were much better for him. If friends or relatives brought booze to a get- ... continue reading
  • Got 15 Minutes to Spare? Why Not Spend it Reducing Impulsive Drinking?

    Do you want to cut down on drinking? Would you like to be able to say “no” more often? Guess what? There's an app for that. Well, there's an online tool for that. Paul Dolan, professor of behavioral science at the London School of Economics and ...

    ... often? Guess what? There's an app for that. Well, there's an online tool for that. Paul Dolan, professor of behavioral science at the London School of Economics and Social Policy, developed an “Attention Training Program ... continue reading
  • Will a Killer Hangover Delay Your Next Drink? (Hint: Probably Not)

    Headache. Dizziness. Nausea. Fatigue. Hangovers are the absolute worst. Many of us have been there - and even vowed to ourselves we'd never drink again. But even if we wholeheartedly believe the promise when we make it, do our hangovers actually ...

    ... for three weeks and report on drinking behaviors and desires. Participants made a diary entry each morning and ... in the May 2014 online-only issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. Additional Reading: No ... continue reading
  • No Surprise: Study Finds Avoiding Alcohol is the Only Hangover Prevention

    You've tried it all: chasing drinks with water, drinking only beer, drinking only clear liquor, or binging on late night fries. But you still wake up with a pounding headache, nausea, dry mouth and that feeling you were run over by a mack truck. ...

    ... asked to recall how much they drank over how long and the severity of their hangover the next day, if ... next day. To put it in perspective, this is the legal limit for driving in the US; so if you're too drunk to drive, ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Might be Causing Your Bathroom Misery

    Anyone's who had a urinary tract infection (UTI) knows that it's irritating at best and extremely painful at worst. While dehydration and bacterial infections are two common culprits, you might be surprised to learn that frequent alcohol consumption ...

    ... for your kidneys to keep the body adequately hydrated. High blood pressure is a common symptom of alcoholism and ... causes the urge to frequently urinate. If you regularly abuse alcohol, it's nearly impossible to avoid UTIs. ... continue reading
  • 4 Hangover “Cures” You Need to Ignore

    The lights are too bright. The noises are too loud. Your head's spinning. Your stomach's in turmoil. No, it's not the flu. You have a hangover. You had a few too many yesterday, and now you're paying for it. Beware the Miracle Remedy So, what can ...

    ... you will smell nicer. Take two and call me in the morning: Popping a couple of aspirin before you hit the mattress ... practice from which the saying originated: An ancient therapy for rabies was to place a bit of hair from ... continue reading
  • Tooth and Consequences: Alcohol Can Wreck Your Smile

    People who consume alcohol excessively and regularly are at great risk to develop tooth decay and periodontal disease. Even having a few drinks regularly can begin to break down the enamel on teeth. Alcohol and Tooth Decay The process goes like ...

    ... begin to break down the enamel on teeth. Alcohol and Tooth Decay The process goes like this: the sugar ... direction and resources for dealing with the oral issues caused by alcoholism. Even those who have jobs and good ... continue reading
  • Unchain My Heart: The Real Impact of Booze

    Anyone who has experienced alcohol abuse first hand knows how heartbreaking it can be. The emotional and relational damage left in its wake is devastating. Did you know this “heartache” is more than figurative? Believe it or not, the abuse of ...

    ... abuse can destroy the heart and its systems. The following list details the possible effects of alcoholism ... for healthy functioning and suffer severe damage too. Cardiomyopathy can cause fatigue, breathing difficulties and ... continue reading
  • The Damage of Drinking During Early Pregnancy: 3 Myths Debunked

    Most of us are well aware that drinking throughout one's pregnancy can cause harm to an unborn baby. But with slightly more than half of all pregnancies in the U.S. being unintended , many women are simply unaware that they're pregnant for a few ...

    ... and behavioral problems. Some babies exposed to high levels of alcohol will die before they are born. The Early Risks But for those mothers who drank very early in their pregnancy and stopped immediately upon learning ... continue reading
  • Is My Loved One an Alcoholic?

    It isn't easy to detect when a loved one is neck deep in alcoholism until a tragedy strikes. They may not exhibit the overt signs of substance abuse such as staggering, slurring, and a decline in health. Instead, you may watch out for the following ...

    ... alcoholism until a tragedy strikes. They may not exhibit the overt signs of substance abuse such as staggering, slurring, and ... their addiction. Be especially wary if this is coupled with other tell-tale behavior. How to ... continue reading
  • 8 Tips for Coming Out of the Addiction Closet

    To many, the term “alcoholic” carries a very negative connotation - one that implies being a loser or a failure. It's no mystery, then, why admitting such a thing is feared by so many. But “coming out” doesn't have to be a burdensome ...

    ... else. It's also helped me reconcile my past. In fact, I've found the more I get up in front of a group and admit my weaknesses, the more whole I've become. Tip 8: You're Not Alone There are millions of alcoholics in this ... continue reading
  • Why Do Binge Drinkers Have a Hard Time with Healing Wounds?

    The term binge drinking applies when a pattern of alcohol consumption results in the rapid increase of blood-alcohol content that meets or exceeds the legal limits of intoxication. Experts have known for decades that the effects of binge drinking ...

    ... study published in April 2014 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research , researchers from ... heal. Binge Drinking and Injuries Delayed wound healing is particularly dangerous for binge drinkers. Anyone ... continue reading
  • What Do Taxes and Drunk Driving Have in Common? (You’d Be Surprised!)

    Organizations in every state have implemented countless initiatives to reduce drunk driving. Maryland seems to have found one that works. They simply raised the sales tax on alcohol. In 2011, Maryland raised the state sales tax on alcohol from 6 ...

    ... to increase revenues. The hike has generated about $70 million annually, boosting the funds for health and education programs. Mission accomplished. An additional side effect of this increase has surprised researchers ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Alcohol Withdrawal

    Two men in their early 30s enter an emergency room. One is suffering from heroin withdrawal and the other from alcohol withdrawal. One of the men is given some medication to reduce the painful effects of his symptoms and released within 2 hours of ...

    ... dangerous. Even if you were drinking heavily for just a couple of weeks, you can experience alcohol withdrawal ... will help you recover from alcoholism and detox safely. Treatment for alcohol withdrawal usually includes: ... continue reading
  • Alcohol is Addictive… But is it Also Contagious?

    A quick choice to consume alcohol doesn't just affect you - it may also affect those around you, particularly in social situations. New research suggests that, whether or not they are aware of it, people in groups are influenced by each other's ...

    ... Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research , provide further evidence that individuals prone to alcohol abuse ... consume. And more alarming, a large majority of individuals are unaware of this behavioral trend, making ... continue reading
  • I Did What??? The Anatomy of a Blackout

    What happened last night? If you've ever had to utter those words after a night on the town or had to rely on your friends to fill in the missing puzzle pieces of your limited memory reel, chances are you've experienced a blackout. And trust ...

    ... is a Blackout? The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines a blackout as “a period of amnesia ... the first place . Pretty frightening, huh? Looking for Signs There are no definite signs to identify when ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Poisoning Deaths are Occurring at an Alarming Rate

    The perception that it's the college crowd most given to binge drinking and alcohol poisoning has just been proven false, thanks to a study recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Cause of a Deadly Problem Of ...

    ... defined as four or more drinks in one occasion and five or more for men. The massive quantity of alcohol used by ... alcoholism and alcohol abuse: “Alcoholism is when you have signs of physical addiction to alcohol and ... continue reading
  • This is Your Brain…When You Blackout on Alcohol

    If you've ever found yourself in the situation where you wake up the next morning without a clue of how you got home, you might have experienced a blackout. That is right about when you start to wonder what the heck happened last night? But have you ...

    ... wall goes up in the brain that does not allow immediate and short-term memories to take hold. Receptors in our brains are responsible for helping us form and hold on to new memories. Alcohol, researchers have found, can ... continue reading
  • Busting 6 Alcohol Myths: Fact or Fiction?

    Our beliefs guide our actions. We base our decisions on what we know to be true. But, what if the 'facts' we believe aren't true after all? Get Your Facts Straight Some people can enjoy a drink without any problems; others aren't so lucky. Binge ...

    ... strangers, making horrible decisions, DUIs, etc. - alcohol is the second biggest risk factor for cancers of the mouth and throat, and people who develop cirrhosis of the liver (generally caused by too much alcohol) often ... continue reading
  • The World’s First Whiskey-Powered Car Just Aced Its Test Drive

    You've probably watched this scene in a movie or on TV: Someone runs out of gas, but manages to get on the road again by pouring alcohol in the tank. But is this realistic? Could a person really find a potable potent enough to turn over an engine? ...

    ... vehicle was a complete success. It took place in Scotland, which is a fitting locale considering the nation is world-famous for whiskey and renewable energy. The journalist behind the wheel reported the ride was smooth ... continue reading
  • Big Surprise: What Age Does Our Alcohol Consumption Peak?

    Most people associate an age-related life crisis with middle-age, but all the uproar and uncertainty of our 20s can apparently do a number as well. In fact, a new study found that peak alcohol consumption takes place at the tender age of 25…before ...

    ... consumption truly depends on the person. And while a few studies might suggest that light drinking can help with bone or heart health, a higher alcohol intake has the opposite effect. For example, low to moderate alcohol ... continue reading
  • Flawed Research: Proof That Social Drinking Was Never Healthy

    Most of us have heard stories about the potential health benefits of drinking alcohol: light-to-moderate drinkers had fewer heart attacks than abstainers, as well as a lower statistical risk of dying from heart disease. But does alcohol really live ...

    ... - just didn't seem to make sense. So the research team summarized and reanalyzed the data from 87 past alcohol-related studies, specifically looking for some of the problems they felt were clouding previous results. Sure ... continue reading
  • Drunk You, Sober You: More Alike Than You'd Think

    Laura feels uncomfortable in social situations. She likes to have a few beers to loosen up. She prefers “drunk Laura” to “sober Laura” when trying to socialize. She thinks she's a lot more fun and likeable. Tom blew up at his friend Chris ...

    ... trying to socialize. She thinks she's a lot more fun and likeable. Tom blew up at his friend Chris when they were ... ways to soothe nerves or to take the blame for bad behaviors. Whether alcohol reduces inhibitions or ramps ... continue reading
  • 5 Smart Ways to Prepare for Your Friend’s Intervention

    Krista is worried about Becca. They've been friends for years, so Krista can tell when something is “off” with her friend. And lately, something seems off. Krista has noticed Becca being a lot less social. She spends more time at home, alone. ...

    ... road, but, she's not sure how to help. Get Ready for the Conversation Ever been in Krista's shoes? With more than 13 ... they need. Educate Yourself Learn about alcoholism and substance abuse . It's important to gain a ... continue reading
  • How to Stay Productive at Work While Still in Recovery

    We live in a very competitive society when it comes to finding a job and keeping it. Even for a person that's never tasted a drop of alcohol, it's still a challenge to find a good job and get accepted into a workplace. It becomes even worse when ...

    ... and get accepted into a workplace. It becomes even worse when you're a person recovering from some form of addiction such as alcoholism ... killer. If you don't need your phone for work purposes, try turning it off while you ... continue reading
  • Quantifying the Insane Alcohol Consumption of the U.S.

    In the United States, more than half of adults over the age of 18 are regular drinkers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also, more than 13 percent of people over 18 identify themselves as infrequent drinkers. In 2010, ...

    ... are regular drinkers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also, more than 13 percent of ... National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reported that Americans ages 14 and up drank an average ... continue reading
  • Mirror, Mirror: Aging Early Courtesy of Alcohol

    $2.1 billion. That's how much we spent on anti-aging skin care products in 2013. And that's just in the United States. Guess how much Americans spent on cosmetic surgery that year? $12 billion. Clearly, we want to look young and beautiful. Who ...

    ... be one of those secrets we've been searching for. How? Alcohol accelerates the aging process. Drinking ... out. This makes it wrinkle more quickly. Fine lines and wrinkles appear, which continue to grow deeper with time. ... continue reading
  • Lock ‘Em Up: Is Jail Really the Best Deterrent to Drunk Driving?

    When I was sentenced to four years in prison for drunk driving , something my prosecutor said stuck with me. He told the courtroom that my punishment would serve as a deterrent; he said stiff sentences for first-time offenders were the best way to ...

    ... first-time offenders were the best way to send a message. Does It Work? For months and years, I mulled over the events of that hearing, often wondering if what my prosecutor said was true. Did sending people to prison ... continue reading
  • Underage DUIs: 6 Sobering Facts About Drunk Driving

    Drunk driving can have serious consequences, including injury and death. If you're an underage driver, you will be slammed with a DUI (driving under the influence) charge if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level is 0.01% or higher; if you are ...

    ... a couple drinks, impairs your reaction time, sense of spatial judgment, visual functions, and ... cities there are also organizations that offer sober rides for anyone who needs them, especially on celebratory drinking ... continue reading
  • Alcohol: The Breast Cancer Risk in a Bottle

    Can drinking alcohol cause breast cancer? That's the question multiple experts, research teams, scientists, and medical oncologists have set out to answer. And what they've found might surprise you. When most people think about the adverse effects ...

    ... consumption, things like cirrhosis of the liver, alcoholism, and DUIs tend to stand out. Breast cancer is ... own, is not solely responsible for the incidence of breast cancer. However, abusing alcohol on a regular basis does ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    Drug and alcohol addiction can batter anyone Of course, some are more susceptible than others, and writers are notorious for having some sort of addiction. Whether it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or LSD to “inspire” them, ...

    ... painkillers were the demons of Requiem for a Dream, and they also hit Selby hard. Truman Capote Breakfast at Tiffany's may have been a bestseller, but a couple of martinis for breakfast was what fuelled him. William ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Poisoning: You Can Save a Life in Less Than 10 Steps

    Last night Kerry got drunk…and then kept drinking. By the end of the night, he couldn't even stand up on his own. His friends carried him to the car, drove him home and put him to bed on his couch. They thought he'd just sleep it off and have a ...

    ... him to bed on his couch. They thought he'd just sleep it off and have a horrible hangover to show for it the next morning. But what if Kerry doesn't simply “sleep it off?” What if he was actually unconscious as a result ... continue reading
  • Proof that Alcohol and College Exams Don't Mix

    For decades, the night after big college exams has served as a standing invitation to kick off some serious alcohol-soaked partying. Often there is too little studying and a whole lot of alcohol consumption because, as some students find, primal ...

    ... slips, according to data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). A student with a GPA in the A ... study. Decision-making could also be a problem for up to 30 days after consumption. Science has ... continue reading
  • The Great Debate: Alcohol vs Marijuana

    You may have had the debate yourself—what's worse? Alcohol or marijuana? With new studies coming out, more laws legalizing the recreational, and medicinal use of marijuana, the conversation seems to come up again and again. Even though we may all ...

    ... car accident increased more than 2,200%! When both alcohol and drugs were in the system, the risk of having a fatal ... you are at risk for having a child born with physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities—these ... continue reading
  • Total Alcohol Abstinence vs Moderation: Which One Wins in the End?

    Sara knew she drank too much . After years of struggling, she decided she needed help. She admitted she was dependent on alcohol and started seeing a counselor. Sara explained to her therapist that she didn't think she could quit drinking ...

    ... of having a drink or two. Her counselor agreed that limiting her drinking could be a good solution and they set a goal for Sara to cut back her consumption to these special occasions only. Reagan also knew she drank too ... continue reading
  • Eyes to Mouth: Just How Big is Your Wine Glass?

    Pam and Stephanie met for dinner after work on Friday. Each drank wine with their meal. They had been to this restaurant many times before and ordered the same wine, so Pam was surprised to see Stephanie drinking much more than she normally drank. ...

    Pam and Stephanie met for dinner after work on Friday. Each drank wine with their meal. They had been to this restaurant many times before and ordered the same wine, so Pam was surprised to see Stephanie drinking much ... continue reading
  • Curing Alcoholism: We’re Finally Putting MDMA to the Test

    It seems ironic that one of the first drugs I used on my way to full-blown addiction is now being used in a study to cure alcoholism. Last week, UK researchers from Imperial College of London broke the news they were about to begin the world's first ...

    ... doesn't stop with MDMA; drug therapy treatments are on the rise. The Guardian article also revealed several researchers are using ketamine for the treatment of chemical dependency, and researchers in the US have already ... continue reading
  • What It’s Like to Be an Alcoholic Woman

    Before the turn of the century, alcoholism was generally thought of as a “man's” problem. My, how things have changed… For years, researchers have warned that more and more women are drinking. And it's not just a spike in the number of women ...

    ... , alcoholism was generally thought of as a “man's” problem. My, how things have changed… For years, researchers have warned that more and more women are drinking. And it's not just a spike in the number of women abusing ... continue reading
  • Want Healthy, Clear Skin? Say No to Alcohol!

    Drinking too much alcohol too often has negative effects on the body, something anyone with nasty hangover experience can validate. Most people are aware that prolonged use of alcohol negatively impacts the liver, kidneys and heart. However, a fact ...

    ... congeners in alcohol, the worse the hangover and the worse the skin looks the next day. Third, alcohol dehydrates the skin and robs it of nutrients like vitamins and antioxidants. For example, alcohol denies the skin of ... continue reading
  • Mouth, Throat Cancer: Two More Reasons to Stop Drinking Right Now

    What would you do if you knew moderately drinking alcohol over the course of your lifetime would double your risk of getting cancer? Would you stop drinking right now or try to moderate how much you drank each day? Researchers from the Cancer ...

    ... . Many people probably do not realize how much they are actually drinking and what greater risk they are putting themselves at for developing certain cancers, due to the amount of their alcohol consumption. Drinking ... continue reading
  • This is NOT a Drill: Alcohol Causes 7 Kinds of Cancer

    Everyone knows a can of beer isn't as good for you as a glass of orange juice. And, it's common knowledge that excessive amounts of alcohol aren't good for your liver. That's the old news. So, what's the new scoop? Turns out the latest research ...

    Everyone knows a can of beer isn't as good for you as a glass of orange juice. And, it's common knowledge that excessive amounts of alcohol aren't good for your liver. That's the old news. So, what's the new scoop? Turns ... continue reading
  • Utah Pushes Groundbreaking Law to Change DUI Limits

    Since the 1990's, 0.08 has been the US gold standard for DUI limits. This blood alcohol content level became the norm when the federal government offered all states with higher limits a financial incentive to lower it to 0.08 percent. Naturally, the ...

    ... Eve celebrations. Once passed, Utah will have the lowest DUI threshold in the country. Support - and Backlash - for Utah's Bill The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended in the past that limits across the ... continue reading
  • 21 Powerful Tips to Get and Stay Sober

    The time is now to make a change, and stick to it . The following 21 tips will help you get and stay sober in 2017. 1. Live in the now. You cannot change yesterday or control tomorrow. Focus on doing your best right now. 2. Seek support in nature. ...

    ... you don't need. 18. Create a gratitude list. Each and every day, write down a couple of things you are grateful for. If you're having a bad day, look at your list and remember how far you've come. 19. Clean your mental ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse Programs

    The U.S. government indicates that more than 17.5 million people are alcoholics or have problems with alcohol. That alcohol consumption is legal, accessible and visible all around us gives many people a false sense of security about their own ...

    ... with alcohol. That alcohol consumption is legal, accessible and visible all around us gives many people a false ... possible alcohol abuse. Contrary to popular opinion, it's also not as easy as “just stopping” for many people ... continue reading
  • Is Alcohol Wreaking Havoc on Your Sexual Performance?

    Alcohol is often viewed as an aphrodisiac, but this label is far from the truth. While drinking may lower social inhibitions and increase the likelihood of poor impulse control, alcohol actually reduces sexual performance. Believe it or not, a great ...

    ... -term alcohol abuse can cause damage to the nervous system, which is responsible for triggering the ... As with all other substances of abuse, the only way to prevent adverse physical and mental effects is to abstain from ... continue reading
  • 5 Lies We’re Told About High-Functioning Alcoholics

    https://drugabuse.com/7-crazy-ways-addicts-fund-their-drug-habits/When you hear the term “alcoholic,” people automatically think of someone who drinks too much and whose life is falling apart as a result. But not all problem drinking can be ...

    ... drug-habits/When you hear the term “alcoholic,” people automatically think of someone who drinks too much and ... managed to conceal his drinking… for now . HFA's don't show signs of alcoholism.” From the outside, it may ... continue reading
  • DTs Changed My Entire World – For the Better

    July 15, 2011, was one of the worst days of my life, yet it's a day I wouldn't change for anything. It was a full moon. I was a twenty-two year old girl living in a sixty-year-old woman's body, wrongly diagnosed with a rare liver disease. I maybe ...

    ... like me. From the way these facilities were depicted in the media, I assumed treatment centers were either for the rich and the famous or the people who were fortunate enough to make it on an episode of Intervention. But ... continue reading
  • The Confusion Continues: Can Baclofen Treat Alcoholism or Not?

    What happens when researchers deliver conflicting results? What should we believe? A recent study examining the effectiveness of baclofen in alcohol dependence seems to fly in the face of previous research. Experts are questioning whether or not ...

    ... for some specific groups of patients. Back to the Old Drawing Board? Few drugs are without side effects, and ... -social therapy, but could rather be used when patients do not respond to psycho-social therapy.” Additional ... continue reading
  • How Alcohol Increases Your Risk of ‘Holiday Heart Syndrome’

    Scientists have long been aware that heavy drinking increases the odds of heart failure. Although there are health risks, no one has pinned downed the trigger factor that leads an alcoholic to cardiac arrhythmias. A new study from Sweden now ...

    ... moderate to heavy consumption of wine and liquor increases the risk for atrial fibrillation, a condition also known ... . However most agree that moderate to heavy alcohol abuse is a leading cause of heart problems - no ... continue reading
  • Home Alone: Binge-Drinking and Motherhood

    Not too long ago, I had dinner with one of my high-school friends - someone I hadn't seen in several years. I remember thinking she had a picture-perfect Facebook life - a hot husband, two beautiful kids and an enormous house in Scottsdale. That's ...

    ... -as-reward” culture in our society. Within minutes of Googling, I found books like “Sippy Cups are Not for Chardonnay” and websites like “Moms Who Need Wine.” Drinking within the stay-at-home mom/dad community is almost ... continue reading
  • .08: Why is this the “Magic” Number?

    Bill weighs 170 pounds. After drinking five beers in two hours, his blood alcohol content (BAC) will be over .08 percent. His wife, Tammy, weighs 120. Her BAC will reach .08 during that same time period after just three beers. According to laws ...

    ... as far as supporting efforts that will put them out of business. Lenient Laws for Liberty Our nation's backbone is a spirit of individualism and liberty. When we try to put laws into place that limit our freedoms, many ... continue reading
  • Warning: Even Moderate Drinking Can Increase Your Cancer Risk

    Based on tons of research, we already know that heavy drinking can put you at a higher risk for various diseases and disorders. But what about moderate drinking levels? Can it really hurt to knock back one drink a day? According to a recent study, ...

    Based on tons of research, we already know that heavy drinking can put you at a higher risk for various diseases and disorders. But what about moderate drinking levels? Can it really hurt to knock back one drink a day? ... continue reading
  • Want to Make Your Asthma Worse? Here’s How…

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    ... Italian dinner with her boyfriend when she suddenly started wheezing. She quickly set down her wine glass and reached for her inhaler. The medicine started working, but not before Tracy began to worry the attack could be ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage IV

    One of the hardest parts after hitting rock bottom is asking for help. This is the ultimate lesson in humility; it forces you to toss your ego aside and admit that you're not perfect. Eye of the Beholder I had a mental image of an alcoholic , and I ...

    ... the concept, leading experts to consider this the fourth stage of the addiction model. By asking for help, you're showing courage and re-claiming your power. You won't be a victim to this disease any longer. Believe ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage III

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    ... consider this to be the third stage in the addiction model, yet its meaning is subjective and different for everyone. Sometimes people lose everything while others lose relatively little. It really all depends on you ... continue reading
  • Listen To Your Gut: It Could Save Your Liver

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  • Underage Drinking Across the United States

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    ... Midwest had the fewest with 2.57 violations. Underage drinking is an epidemic and it's important for all of us to take this problem seriously. If you or a loved one has an alcohol dependency, please feel free to reach ... continue reading
  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

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  • The Truth About This Vegetable’s Alcohol Antidote Reputation

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  • Should People Who Abuse Alcohol Qualify for Liver Transplants?

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  • When Drinking Becomes Alcoholism

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    ... This may be a good option for you if you are unable to leave work and/or family for an extended period of time to engage in an inpatient program. Behavioral or psychological therapy —A key component of alcohol addiction ... continue reading
  • Drunken Air Rage Incidents Take a Troubling Turn

    From delayed flights to lost luggage, most of us have experienced a minor form of rage courtesy of an airport. But when alcohol is added into the mix, things can go from “minor” to “major” in the blink of an eye. The Air Rage Trend New ...

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  • Before You Crank the Engine, Take a Deep Breath and Blow

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    ... the number of alcohol-related crash deaths in the 18 states that require mandatory interlock devices for DUI convictions and compared it to the number of alcohol-related crash deaths in the 32 states without mandatory ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Intervention Programs

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  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

    Heather always feels awkward at parties. She's quiet and shy. She never knows what to say and finds it hard to interact with people in these intimidating settings. To help her “loosen up,” she tries smoking pot before going to a party. Once ...

    ... commonly abused drugs and how they impact us: Benzodiazepines: These drugs boost the brain signalers and generates ... You Bargained For The rationale behind using drugs is that it “helps” you meet people and interact more ... continue reading
  • Has Kombucha Gotten a Bad Rap?

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    ... his 20-plus years in recovery to know what he was initially going to the liquor store for - and he doesn't drink Kombucha for those reasons. I have a tendency to agree: I don't drink Kombucha to escape difficult feelings ... continue reading
  • Quit Alcohol: 3 Life Changing Reasons

    Alcohol, like food, is a staple of celebration and social gathering in many people's lives. It is also a means to cope with life's stresses. We may turn to a drink to celebrate a birth or mourn a death, to applaud our achievements or drown our ...

    ... item you've had your eyes on, or save for a dream vacation. Try this: for the next 7 days, set aside your receipts from ... Alcohol's Impact on your Health. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism , 15(7604), 26 continue reading
  • In the Rooms: 11 Benefits of Seeking Online Support in Recovery

    For the longest time, support for people in recovery was limited to in-person meetings or telephone conversations. Attending 12-step meetings, 12-step alternative meetings, or chatting over the phone with your sponsor or other people in recovery ...

    ... to learn from others. And knowledge is power. It's a Great Maintenance Tool Online support can be a tremendous tool, even for people who attend regular meetings, therapy sessions, or outpatient treatment. Sometimes ... continue reading
  • Understanding Teen Alcoholism

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    ... alcoholics than others. Some of the risk factors for teen alcoholism include depression and anxiety. Teens who are prone to emotional problems are more likely to abuse alcohol than other teens. Teens who exhibit thrill ... continue reading
  • Study Shows Alcohol Boosts THC Levels in Your Blood

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    ... and several others considering the possibility, driving while high on pot is becoming a much bigger concern for ... Abuse Another research project published last year in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

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    ... a dependency to drugs or alcohol. It's a complete transformation of mind, body and spirit - and an ongoing ... -fits-all approach to staying clean. Do what works for you and know that you have what it takes to keep moving ... continue reading
  • You Might Want to Cut Back on the Energy Drinks. Here’s Why…

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    ... and sustained that consumption over time - were significantly more likely to use certain drugs, along with being at an increased risk for alcoholism ... have the potential to lead to substance abuse down the road, but some in ... continue reading
  • Get the Facts on Alcohol Abuse

    As a substance that most adults can easily obtain from their neighborhood store, or order off the menu at a favorite restaurant, the hard facts about alcohol use and abuse are frequently overlooked. Statistics about alcohol abuse can be quite ...

    ... If you or a loved one meet the criteria for alcohol abuse or dependence, and are ready to seek help , call our toll ... Addiction education and a variety of therapies, including cognitive-behavioral therapy. Pharmaceutical or ... continue reading
  • States Scramble to Prevent Sale of Powdered Alcohol

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  • Alcohol and Cancer: What You Didn’t Know

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    ... , “so…how much is too much?” On the one hand, drinking less than one drink a day increases my risk for breast cancer, and on the other hand, studies say that one drink a day can lower the risk of heart disease. There is ... continue reading
  • Alcohol and Injuries: Together Like Bread and Butter

    “It's not that tall,” Josh thought. “I can jump it. Easy.” An hour later, Josh was in the ER getting treated for burns thanks to a drunken attempt at leaping over a raging bonfire. When you've had a few drinks, your inhibitions decrease and ...

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  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage II

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  • Are Instagram Booze Memes Driving More Women to Binge Drink?

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  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

    I can hear the sirens blasting through my neighborhood, and it reminds me of when they were taking me away to the hospital after I passed out drunk on a city street. I put my head under the covers and pull my cat closer. The sound of sirens is one ...

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  • 10 Tips for Staying Sober This Holiday Season

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  • More Proof that Boozing is Bad for Your Sexual Health

    We've all heard a story or two about someone acquiring a sexually transmitted disease after an alcohol-fueled night,right? But, as it turns out, the alcohol itself could be contributing to a higher rate of the human papillomavirus infection (HVP). A ...

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  • 12-Step Thinking: Let's Talk About AA and the C-Word (Uncovering Alcoholics Anonymous)

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  • When Does a Moderate Drinker Turn into an Alcoholic?

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  • This Is How Alcohol Affects Your Brain (Simple Animation)

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  • Meet the Silent Generation: Adult Children of Alcoholics

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  • Do You See an Enabler in the Mirror? (Look Out for These 6 Warning Signs!)

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  • Alcohol Abuse: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

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