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  • Dangers of Drinking While Pregnant

    The Dangers of Alcohol During Pregnancy When a woman uses drugs during pregnancy, it can result in negative health effects for her and her baby, and alcohol is no exception. Drinking during pregnancy can lead to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders ...

    ... life. Social Problems Problems with social interactions Increased risk of using substances such as drugs ... frequent check-ups to help manage their withdrawal symptoms. After the baby is born, many women who stopped drinking ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Alcohol Use

    Moderate Drinking vs. Alcohol Abuse It's true that many sources point to the health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption. The key word here is moderate. Some studies have shown a connection between light to moderate drinking and decreased heart ...

    ... at a later point, even ... symptoms like anxiety and dysphoria may persist for longer periods of time and add to the risk of relapse back to heavy drinking. 16 Because withdrawal can be very serious, even life-threatening ... continue reading
  • Alcohol and Breastfeeding

    Many women are curious about whether they can drink alcohol while they are breastfeeding. While women are strongly advised to avoid drinking any alcohol during pregnancy , the recommendations on whether a woman can drink while breastfeeding are less ...

    ... occur within 30 minutes to 1 hour of consuming the last drink. After this time, there are differences in ... from your breast milk. Another option is to feed your baby formula. However, it is important to keep in mind that ... continue reading
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  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse Across Generations

    Substance abuse - both of alcohol and/or illicit drugs - has always maintained a consistent presence in American culture. As new drugs have been developed over the decades, their popular use has gone hand in hand with sweeping societal changes. From ...

    ... the Baby Boomers (1943-1962), Generation X (1963-1982), and Millennials (1983-2002). In examining the life course of ... abused sedatives at peak 4 . However, these drugs 5 were later phased out in favor of the safer, more ... continue reading
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

    When you find out you are pregnant, one of the first things your doctor will discuss with you is how you can best take care of yourself during those 9 months, as there are many factors that can affect your health and the health of your baby. A ...

    ... and planning. Behavioral Symptoms 5,6 Higher risk of alcohol and drug use. Hyperactivity and ... . MYTH : Just a little bit of alcohol won't harm my baby. The only women who need to be concerned are heavy drinkers. A ... 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 ...

    ... that they've caused. One of the most common symptoms in newborns exposed to large amounts of alcohol is ... them to have the best chance at a healthy and happy life, and not one that could be forever dictated by your choice ... continue reading
  • He Drinks Everyday. Is My Husband an Alcoholic?

    Janette isn't sure what to make of her husband's behavior. Does he simply like the taste of barley and hops…or is he addicted to alcohol ? Here's her story. Drinking Patterns Our fridge is always well-stocked with beer. I guess that's not ...

    ... its way into my grocery cart this week. Every shopping trip, I know I need to grab the essentials: formula for the baby, milk for our toddler, and beer for my husband. I did bring it up to him…once. He blew it off. His ... 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 ...

    ... never a good idea to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but especially both . Learning and Memory After ... increase the risk of psychological difficulties later in life. Controversy remains over what percentage ... 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 ...

    ... desires. Participants made a diary entry each morning and were asked to rate their likelihood of drinking later the same day. The researchers analyzed data culled from 2,276 drinking episodes, including 463 episodes that ... continue reading
  • Imagining Life Without My Daughter Pushed Me to the Edge

    Lisa's mom, Jane, was at the end of her rope. For the third time in eight weeks, she had to go pick up her drunk daughter. Jane was exhausted and she certainly wasn't looking forward to seeing Lisa go through the detox process again. She wanted to ...

    ... ; her baby brother died from heart disease severely complicated by years of prescription drug abuse. ... grown woman too drunk to stand up or walk to the car. A life without her would be sad, but it would be quiet. “No, ... 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 ...

    ... all suffered - and she wanted it out of her life. Her counselor agreed that abstinence was a good solution and ... Guess whose drinking problem was under control two years later - the limiter or the abstainer? If you chose ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... you normally ate dinner at seven but pushed your meal to later in the evening. When it comes to sleep, eating, ... any indication your social, personal, or professional life has been negatively impacted by alcohol , take ... continue reading
  • Should People Who Abuse Alcohol Qualify for Liver Transplants?

    Three years ago, one of my uncles - a long-time alcoholic - was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. He was told he didn't qualify for a new one, so he continued to drink - all the way until his death a few short months later. Alcoholism and Liver ...

    ... drink - all the way until his death a few short months later. Alcoholism and Liver Disease In 2015, more than 21,000 ... social workers, weigh factors such as physical symptoms, substance-abuse history and whether or not ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage III

    Days before my rock bottom moment, I remember thinking: “Could things get any worse?” My parents had just divorced, I loathed every second at my law firm and I'd just lost the most important person in my life who'd had an unexpected and sudden ...

    ... and mistakenly thought my life had hit rock bottom . If only I'd known that several days later, things were about to ... story; it's never too late to turn over a new leaf and live the life you've always wanted. Additional ... 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 ...

    ... tall,” Josh thought. “I can jump it. Easy.” An hour later, Josh was in the ER getting treated for burns thanks to a drunken ... medication, alcohol can also interfere with these drugs. The result may be delayed surgery or ... continue reading
  • What's Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

    Every generation has its trends. From hairstyles, to music, and yes, even drugs. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has been studying the drug habits of Americans for decades. Their survey results reveal patterns of drug use among ...

    ... habits of Americans for decades. Their survey results reveal patterns of drug use among the most recent generations . Those age parameters are: Baby Boomers - born 1943-1962 Generation X - born 1963-1982 Millennials - ... continue reading
  • Teen Alcohol Abuse

    Underage drinking presents a wide range of dangers to your teen's health and well-being. In 2018, just over 42% of American 10th graders reported drinking alcohol in the past year. 1 The numbers rise with age—jumping for the seniors in high school ...

    ... surveyed—with just over 58% having used alcohol in the last 12 months. 1 In the United States, 11% of ... risk of developing an alcohol use disorder (AUD) later in life. 10 These are distressing statistics for parents to ... 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 ...

    ... problem . The Short Term Effects of Alcohol Use The drug ethanol is more commonly called ' drinking alcohol ' or ... to life preserving functions such as respiration and heart rate regulation begin to fail. Symptoms of ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Michael Phelps Eight-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps has not only plunged into the water, but into drugs. In 2009, he lost his endorsement contract with Kellogg's after a photo emerged of him taking a hit of marijuana . 2. Dock ...

    ... Diego Padres hitless one 1970 afternoon, pitcher Dock Ellis later admitted to having taken LSD earlier that day. ... Fleury was big on goals and big on drugs and alcohol. His last NHL stop was with the Chicago Blackhawks, ... continue reading
  • When Does a Moderate Drinker Turn into an Alcoholic?

    Although there are many factors which bring a person from being a moderate social drinker into an alcoholic, new research has found that a large part of the change could come down a tiny segment of genetic material. Going Over the Edge The study ...

    ... be more susceptible to alcohol abuse problems. Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center released their findings last month involving 135 pre-teen and teenaged boys and girls. They found that participants with ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... consumption could weaken the male's immune responses to HPV. The Female Factor A separate study published last month in the journal Epidemiology & Infection also found that women who drink alcohol have a greater risk ... 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 ...

    ... increases the chances of a heart attack or stroke. Usually it occurs in periodic episodes, but atrial fibrillation may last for several days. Atrial fibrillation can occur among people who don't drink as well, but it is ... 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 ...

    ... blocked, as well. A blackout occurs when you drink copious amounts of alcohol and can't remember anything you did last night, also known as “en bloc.” A slightly lesser degree of a blackout, however, is referred to as a ... continue reading
  • Are Instagram Booze Memes Driving More Women to Binge Drink?

    Instagram, home of selfies and highly-filtered vacation pics, has generated another popular trend: booze memes. The colorful images, which generally cater to women, often depict wine bottles or clinking champagne glasses with pun-ny phrases like ...

    ... for a Cluprit Are boozy memes and social media to blame? Well, they certainly aren't helping anything. Last month, a study by UK think tank Demos found that, especially for Millennials, social media plays a crucial ... 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 ...

    ... Spain. Dangers of Alcohol and Airlines The air rage problem is also on the rise in the United States. Last February, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported that U.S. airlines dealt with 150 unruly passengers ... 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 ...

    ... aren't good for your liver. That's the old news. So, what's the new scoop? Turns out the latest research found a causal association between alcohol and seven different types of cancer. Yep; you read that correctly: seven ... 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. ...

    ... . What was going on? The difference this time was that the owner had purchased new wine glasses since their last visit. The stemware they drank from tonight was larger than the previous wine glasses. It wasn't a change ... 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? ...

    ... s Model T was designed to run on ethanol as well as gasoline. With this history in mind, the latest development is less surprising, although still impressive: A company in Scotland has created a new biofuel…using whiskey ... 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 ...

    ... she's a lot more fun and likeable. Tom blew up at his friend Chris when they were out drinking together last weekend. He called Chris to apologize, saying it was just the booze talking. “Drunk Tom is angry Tom,” he told ... 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 ...

    ... phone for work purposes, try turning it off while you're at work or leaving it out of your sight. The last thing your boss wants to see is you messing around on your phone when you should be doing actual work. Make a ... 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 ...

    ... up at the workplace or school some days. 2 They might fail to show up in the workplace or show up late because they are drunk or they are nursing a hangover. 2 This behavior makes it difficult for the individual to keep ... 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. ...

    ... only beer, drinking only clear liquor, or binging on late night fries. But you still wake up with a pounding ... or eating food after drinking only slightly decreased hangover symptoms the next day. In that study, 826 Dutch ... 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 ...

    ... . Urinary Tract and Alcohol A study published last November in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and ... body adequately hydrated. High blood pressure is a common symptom of alcoholism and one of the most prevalent causes of ... 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 ...

    ... - about the frequency of their hangovers over the last 12 months. Interestingly enough, it was found that ... family background in alcoholism did not experience worse hangover symptoms when compared to those who didn't have ... 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 ...

    ... recovery are usually consumed with their immediate recovery needs …and rightfully so. With detox and withdrawal symptoms to endure, oral hygiene tends to become a secondary priority for everyone, regardless of where they ... 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 ...

    ... day for women and 2 drinks per day for men. If you or someone you know struggles with binge drinking, learn more about the signs, symptoms and treatment options for alcohol abuse . Image Source: deathtothestockphoto.com 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 ...

    ... , cardiovascular damage, high blood pressure, nerve damage, liver damage, and a reduced ability to manage the symptoms of diabetes. Now binge drinkers have something else to worry about: delayed wound healing. In a first ... 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 ...

    ... to handle group interactions with friends, family or co-workers. If you or someone you know struggles with binge drinking, learn more about alcohol abuse signs, symptoms and treatment options . Image Source: pixabay.com 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 ...

    ... from driving safely. A Bit of BAC History… Back in the late 1990s, this BAC law was not uniform. Laws in some states ... Since it's possible lowering the legal limit would save lives, why don't we do it? Two main reasons ... 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 ...

    ... and mental effects is to abstain from using. When the body is free of alcohol, adverse signs and symptoms no longer contribute to poor sexual performance. It's also important to mention that multiple studies have shown ... 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 ...

    ... your blood alcohol content spikes, then falls sharply after you stop drinking . When your level hits zero, the symptoms hit their peak. When you take another drink, you put alcohol back into your body, which masks the ... 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 ...

    ... estimate of solitary drinking, and the rate of solitary drinking was much higher in the teens with early symptoms of alcohol abuse . The solitary drinkers also drank more often than the other teenage drinkers, consumed ... continue reading
  • Understanding Teen Alcoholism

    Facing teen alcoholism can be difficult for any family. Even when the teen who is abusing alcohol is ready and willing to accept help, the battle can be tough. If the family needs to stage an intervention in order to get the teen to accept help, it ...

    ... he or she will volunteer it. However, there are some symptoms of alcohol use that you can be aware of that may ... to have to confront a substance abuse problem later on life, when the legal and physical consequences may be ... 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 ...

    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 brain responsible for consolidating memories from daily life. When this mental record-keeping system is ... continue reading
  • Before You Crank the Engine, Take a Deep Breath and Blow

    If you've ever been convicted of a drunk driving offense , you're probably more than familiar with a car breathalyzer (also known as an interlock device). And though they can be a nuisance at times, it turns out they might be the key to lowering ...

    ... in-car breathalyzer tests saved an estimated 915 lives between the years 2004 and 2013, representing a ... results. In a University of Michigan study conducted last year, researchers found that instituting a policy mandating ... 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 ...

    ... in poor health due to their heavy usage were grouped with those who had abstained from alcohol their entire lives . Obviously, this skewed the results, as these two segments shouldn't have been lumped into the same group ... continue reading
  • Catastrophic Thinking: Alcohol Isn’t Your Great Escape

    Cassie's heart began to race. “Am I dying?” she thought. “What if I'm having a heart attack?” Jeff's wife was running late. He worried there had been a terrible car accident. Jeff pictured his wife lying all alone in a ditch somewhere, ...

    ... if I'm having a heart attack?” Jeff's wife was running late. He worried there had been a terrible car accident. Jeff pictured ... you find the the right treatment facility to get your life back on track. Give us a call at 1 ... 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 ...

    ... insecure I was at admitting where I'd been the last four years. While all my friends and family knew ... drunken car crash, my prison stint, my struggles living life as a convicted felon. The experience was cathartic, and ... 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 ...

    ... to treatment just as well as younger people. If you're struggling with alcohol dependency, treatment is available . Don't cheat yourself out of living a happy and healthy life. Remember, it's never too late to get sober! 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 ...

    ... with physical health, mental health, and social, family, or job responsibilities. Alcohol may control your life and relationships. Alcohol abuse is when your drinking leads to problems, but not physical addiction.” In ... continue reading
  • Six Colossal Drug Abuse Meltdowns and How to Spot the Warning Signs

    It's no mystery that celebrities, as well as the everyday Joe, can have problems with drugs. Because celebrities are in the limelight, though, we often see the drug abuse meltdown of famous people more prominently. The following six meltdowns were ...

    ... to her two sons. While Spears may have shaved her head to prevent drug testing , there are plenty of other ways to test a person for illegal substances. Later in 2008, this stint, along with a breakdown at her home, got ... 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 ...

    ... 25…before continuing to nosedive throughout the rest of your life. Is this the New Golden Age? The comprehensive findings ... reviewed 53,000 people for a study released last February that found little to no health benefits ... 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 ...

    ... these drinkers encouraged Chris to drink more and, to be honest, he hated the way it was impacting his life - the constant hangovers, the “morning after” regrets, the missed days at work. Chris made a concerted effort to ... continue reading
  • Meet the Silent Generation: Adult Children of Alcoholics

    Twenty-eight million children in the U.S. today have alcoholic parents. One in eight Americans is an adult child of an alcoholic (ACoA). That means you're likely to know quite a few of them…but it's just as likely you don't know this about them. ...

    ... of alcoholics have learned to keep quiet about their struggles. They are drowning, but don't cry out for a life preserver. Here's why… Clean Bill of Health? Daniel trusted no one. Part of him ached for close friends and ... 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 ...

    ... that person was me . At that point in my life, I had definitely developed a problem with wine, but the ... to come to you. The bottom line is that it's never too late to ask for help . Treatment is going to be hard, no doubt ... continue reading
  • Underage Drinking Across the United States

    Using alcohol in ways that are illegal and irresponsible is both risky and dangerous to those who partake in such behavior, but especially so when those individuals are underage. Dependency, particularly when it involves alcohol, can take years off ...

    ... is cracking down on it in major ways. At DrugAbuse.com, we see firsthand how alcohol dependency can alter the lives of young people, and we wanted to know just how much law enforcement is attempting to mitigate it. To ... continue reading
  • Has Kombucha Gotten a Bad Rap?

    Often touted as a miracle elixir, Kombucha offers a plethora of health benefits. For those who don't know, Kombucha is a fermented beverage made from tea, sugar, bacteria, and yeast. It's available in most health food stores in a variety of flavored ...

    ... confidence to burst my own bubble and try Kombucha. Here's why: I've suffered with acne and IBS my entire life. The stress of moving to a new city made those conditions worse. I'd done some research into gut health and ... continue reading
  • The Truth About This Vegetable’s Alcohol Antidote Reputation

    Ahhh, the good ol' tomato. They make a mean spaghetti sauce. They're full of antioxidants, which makes them great for homemade facials. They're even good for throwing at bad performers. What else can you use tomatoes for? Allegedly, to counteract ...

    ... does to your body is to not drink any of it. But for anyone who does occasionally imbibe, the tomato might prove to be a helpful friend. Additional Reading: 3 Life Changing Reasons to Quit Alcohol Image Source: iStock 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. ...

    ... on First Consider finding support for yourself, too. If your friend's choices have had a negative impact on your life, you might benefit from counseling or a support group . What's even better, as you work through your ... 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 ...

    ... their state's limit. Will anyone else follow suit? Time will tell. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. Additional Reading: Cuffed and Stuffed - 7 Ways a DUI Will Haunt Your Life Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... “This (alcoholism) is not just a problem in our genes, or in our brain; it's also strongly related to key aspects of the human experience.” Additional Reading: 3 Life Changing Reasons to Quit Alcohol Image Source: iStock 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. ...

    ... , helping others just feels good. 17. Be willing to walk away from stressful situations. You have enough stress in your life. Learn how to let go of what you don't need. 18. Create a gratitude list. Each and every day ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Alcohol on the Body

    Drinking alcohol puts you in a league with 70 percent of Americans who also do. And though nights spent with a beer, a glass of your favorite vino, or a mixed drink might seem like harmless fun, do you really know how it's affecting your body? Like ...

    ... acid, fat, Vitamin B1, B12, and amino acids. Alcohol abuse can negatively impact so many aspects of your life, including the health and capabilities of your body. If you are ready to face your addiction and begin on the ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol And Crystal Meth Abuse

    Crystal meth is an illicit and powerful stimulant drug that is most commonly smoked, snorted, or injected. It is characterized by its ability to produce a powerful euphoria, increased energy, decreased appetite, and increased heart rate. It is ...

    ... Similar stimulant effects are seen with drugs such as cocaine-though they last for a much shorter, less ... get high off of crystal meth anymore. Signs And Symptoms The signs of concurrent alcohol and crystal meth abuse are ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

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  • Alcohol Poisoning: You Can Save a Life in Less Than 10 Steps

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  • The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps

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    ... before Tracy began to worry the attack could be life-threatening. Her asthma had been under control for months. ... of any types of drinks that seem to trigger your symptoms. One study found that wine seems to be the most ... continue reading
  • Drunk in the Moment: We Can’t Drink Reality Away

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    ... is the best night ever! I literally mean it…best night ever.” Then morning rolls around. Suddenly, you hate life…and the sledgehammer that seems to be trapped somewhere just below the surface of your skull. Where Did All ... continue reading
  • Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

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    ... The researchers also discovered excessive alcohol consumption in the womb wasn't the only cause of early-life contact with the justice system. Further risk factors were identified, such as: Being indigenous to the area ... 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 ...

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  • Underage DUIs: 6 Sobering Facts About Drunk Driving

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    ... not worth the high risks and deadly consequences. Always consider your own safety, the safety of your friends, and the lives that of people that you don't know that will be in danger before you get behind the wheel of a ... continue reading
  • Study Shows Alcohol Boosts THC Levels in Your Blood

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  • 3 Thank-You's I Owe to My Old Addiction

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  • Quit Alcohol: 3 Life Changing Reasons

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    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 ... continue reading
  • Can a Hormone Make You “Hungry” for Alcohol?

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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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  • Childhood Traumas Haunt Many into Adulthood

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  • 10 Tips for Staying Sober This Holiday Season

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  • Why Is Alcohol So Addictive?

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  • Concurrent Alcohol and Morphine Abuse

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  • Concurrent Alcohol and Lortab Abuse

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  • Does Your Personality Put You at Risk for Addiction?

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  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

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    ... first “condition” of my probation was to not drink or use drugs . The second was to not drive a car. I broke ... the judge saw this as me trying hard to get my life together. After going through the motions time after time, ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Amphetamine Abuse

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    ... to abuse later. Keep the prescription in a safe, locked location. Signs and Symptoms Effects of ... : Drug and alcohol treatment . Drug and alcohol treatment will emphasize the role that the substances play in the life of ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

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

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  • Concurrent Alcohol And Crack Abuse

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  • Alcohol Intervention Programs

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  • States Scramble to Prevent Sale of Powdered Alcohol

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  • Teens Are Smoking and Drinking Less

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

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

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  • My Teen Son is an Alcoholic. How Can I Help Him?

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  • The Fear of Dealing with Addiction in the Public Eye

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  • 5 Lies We’re Told About High-Functioning Alcoholics

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  • You Might Want to Cut Back on the Energy Drinks. Here’s Why…

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