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  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ritalin Abuse

    Over the years, there has been an increase in the misuse of alcohol and certain prescription drugs such as Ritalin. Ritalin—which is the trade name for methylphenidate—is a stimulant often used as a treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity ...

    ... supervised detox is extremely important for someone abusing alcohol because acute alcohol withdrawal ... For more information, see the following articles: The Effects of Alcohol on the Body Study: Abuse of ADHD Meds is ... 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 ...

    ... is your life, your sanity and your health.” If you or someone you know struggles with alcohol abuse, help is available. Start by learning more about the available treatment options . Image Source: deathtothestockphoto ... continue reading
  • Off the Booze

    1 in 10 Americans have given up alcohol since the start of the ...

    1 in 10 Americans have given up alcohol since the start of the pandemic. continue reading
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    Th1 IN 10 AMERICANS HAVE GIVEN UP ALCOHOL SINCE THE START OF THE PANDEMIC. 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 ...

    ... drunken moment phenomenon is seen in a new study that suggests people are momentarily happier when drinking alcohol, but in the long-term, drinking never equates to increased satisfaction with life. In fact, the research ... continue reading
  • Drinking More During the Lockdown [ Survey of 3,000 Americans ]

    Cheap Drinks - Drinking More Percentage of people who have been drinking more during lockdown as it's cheaper than going ...

    Cheap Drinks - Drinking More Percentage of people who have been drinking more during lockdown as it's cheaper than going out continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... mothers prone to heavy drinking while pregnant A comparison group consisted of 47,68 mothers - women with no alcohol-related diagnoses Each group was matched based on maternal age within race and the year of the child's ... continue reading
  • 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. ...

    ... you drink, and the types of drinks you've had. As your BAC increases, the dangers associated with drinking rise exponentially. Refer to the infographic below to learn more about BAC and how alcohol affects your body. continue reading
  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

    In 2010, I was arrested for a “DUI with Enhancements” and reckless driving. I was barely twenty-one and hadn't faced any real consequences of my substance abuse . I didn't put up a fight. After the police finally got me to pull over, I ...

    ... . In fact, I blew a .32 and was under the influence of a sizable amount of anxiety meds. That night, I sat in jail on suicide watch for reasons I still can't remember. I wore a super couture jail-issued potato bag with ... continue reading
  • You Might Want to Cut Back on the Energy Drinks. Here’s Why…

    Years ago, I spent an entire summer behind a small desk in an upstairs room at my dad's house, studying for the Bar Exam. Cramming 18 different legal subjects into my head over the span of two months was no easy feat, and I quickly realized I needed ...

    ... small desk in an upstairs room at my dad's house, studying for the Bar Exam. Cramming 18 different legal subjects into my head over ... use Prescription stimulant misuse Higher rates of alcohol abuse We Need to Know More Not ... continue reading
  • Listen To Your Gut: It Could Save Your Liver

    Do you know what's swimming around in your gut? Bacteria. What else is in there? Antibiotics. And no , not prescription meds like doctors give you for an infection. Your body actually produces natural antibiotics that kill the bacteria roaming ...

    ... . And no , not prescription meds like doctors give you for an infection. Your body actually produces ... the “Knowns” and “Unknowns” We've known for a long time that alcohol abuse causes liver damage. In fact, liver disease ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Amphetamine Abuse

    The Problem of Alcohol and Amphetamine Abuse Just because two substances can each be obtained legally does not mean that they are safe together. The risk associated with alcohol and amphetamine use increases when these addictive substances are used ...

    ... needs. Resources, Articles and More Information For more information, please see the following articles: The Effects of Alcohol Use Amphetamine Abuse Study: Abuse of ADHD Meds is Beginning Earlier To get involved in ... continue reading
  • My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me: How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns

    In prison, many of the women I met struggled with substance abuse issues. Although alcohol and drugs were no longer in endless supply in there, many of them carried on with the same addictive thoughts and behaviors. Manipulation, isolation, instant ...

    ... thinking is present, the harmful consequences of drug or alcohol use don't outweigh their euphoric effects and will eventually ... can simply make, and it is ok to ask for help. Many people find themselves going back to old ... 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 ...

    ... yourself that you have a problem over which you have no control. By admitting you are powerless over alcohol (and that your life has become unmanageable), you can overcome that self-deception that keeps so many addicts ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... Different Outcomes Heather and Dave share a common story. Alcohol, pot, benzos, cocaine…they're all frequently used ... onto the table tops. Not What You Bargained For The rationale behind using drugs is that it “helps ... 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 ...

    ... group of solitary teen drinkers were much more likely to develop serious alcohol problems, including alcohol dependence, by age 25. If these findings hit home for you, then maybe it's time to question why you feel the ... 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 ...

    ... organs don't get the blood they need for healthy functioning and suffer severe damage too. Cardiomyopathy ... pacemaker to keep it pumping at the right speed. Alcohol interferes with this pacemaker, causing the heart to ... 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. ...

    ... them did. After estimating the students' peak blood alcohol concentration (BAC), researchers found that 89% of ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... angiotensin, a hormone associated with erectile dysfunction . Long-term alcohol abuse can cause damage to the nervous system, which is responsible for triggering the signals that cause an erection. Studies have also ... continue reading
  • Study Shows Alcohol Boosts THC Levels in Your Blood

    With four states legalizing recreational marijuana and several others considering the possibility, driving while high on pot is becoming a much bigger concern for motorists. More Danger Behind the Wheel Plenty of marijuana users routinely get behind ...

    ... on pot is becoming a much bigger concern for motorists. More Danger Behind the Wheel Plenty ... likely to be involved in a car crash. Those who only used alcohol were 40 percent more likely to get a ticket and 24 percent more ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... dangerous levels of blood alcohol. She began to ... 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 ...

    ... 12 steps. Once the patient goes through alcohol detox , they have two therapy sessions, then ... so - and I hope it leads to sustained sobriety for the thousands struggling with substance abuse disorders. Additional Reading ... 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 ...

    ... not as easy as “just stopping” for many people. Psychological dependence aside, alcohol has some very real, potentially hazardous side effects if you withdraw from alcohol (or “detox”) too quickly, such as seizures or ... 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 ...

    ... With detox and withdrawal symptoms to endure, oral hygiene tends to become a secondary priority for everyone ... agent named Lisa serves as a perfect example of alcohol-related dental problems. After spending a few months in ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean When Someone Says They’re Dope Sick?

    Bill found John curled up on the couch; he looked miserable. Bill asked, “What's wrong with you?” “I'm sick, man. You got any?” was John's weak response. As Bill suspected, John was in withdrawal. An active heroin user, John was low on cash ...

    ... 'll receive professional treatment to help him through the detox process. This is the best option, since dope sickness ... , hence the name. However, the only cure for this sickness is time and sobriety. Dope sickness ... 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 ...

    ... the University of Missouri, as well as corresponding author for the study. “On average, the time between drinking ... Reading: No Surprise - Study Finds Avoiding Alcohol is the Only Hangover Prevention Image Source: ... continue reading
  • Who Are You Without Your Drug of Choice?

    Addiction is the ultimate identity thief. It doesn't set up false bank accounts or hack your email - it steals your identity from within. Spinning in a cycle of chemical dependency , those battling with drugs and alcohol often don't realize one ...

    ... dependency , those battling with drugs and alcohol often don't realize one important truth: ... how much he loved to play the piano. Focused entirely on drinking for the past five years , he hadn't even touched a keyboard ... continue reading
  • Drug And Alcohol Rehab

    When you or a loved one is dealing with a substance abuse situation , drug and alcohol rehab programs are available to help. Call our confidential toll-free Drug Abuse Helpline at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . There is always someone available to ...

    ... looking for a specific type of rehab treatment, substance related info or additional guides, below are some our popular and recommended. Drug addiction hotline number Alcohol addiction hotline number Detox Centers Near ... continue reading
  • 3 Things You Should Never Say to an Addict

    If someone you love is addicted to drugs or alcohol, then you're no stranger to heartache and worry. In addition to those feelings, bitterness and disappointment are probably unfortunate staples of your home. Life kind of becomes a pressure cooker; ...

    ... , he'd gladly choose to walk away from drugs or alcohol. Since that's not generally an option, show your love ... you give up on him, it can feel like a death sentence for both of you. No one can predict the future; you can't ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

    Experts consider recovery the fifth stage of the addiction process, and it's so much more than overcoming a dependency to drugs or alcohol. It's a complete transformation of mind, body and spirit - and an ongoing process that spans the rest of your ...

    ... so much more than overcoming a dependency to drugs or alcohol. It's a complete transformation of mind, body and ... , healthier path. The truth was, without alcohol in my life for several years at that point, I looked better ... continue reading
  • Clock Out: It’s Time to Stop Ignoring Workplace Addiction

    Years ago, one of my bosses had a substance abuse problem - one that was well-known around the office. She didn't just party a little too hard at work functions; she'd also miss meetings entirely, lash out unnecessarily at her subordinates, and pour ...

    ... have cold, hard proof of the other's drug or alcohol use. That's why more than half of employers ( ... drug testing during employment, and implementing consequences for violating the rules. However, as the opioid ... continue reading
  • Smoke Signals: Why Are Cigarettes Such a Hot Commodity in Treatment?

    Years ago, while I was in a nine-month substance abuse treatment program, I realized that everyone around me had one thing in common - they smoked. In fact, their lives seemed to revolve around the next cigarette, so much so that they weren't ...

    ... treatment facilities continue to be high, despite significant national declines in nicotine use. In the United States, for example, 40 percent of the population smoked in 1965, while only 17.8 percent reported smoking by ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2013 across the nation. That's two times the amount of overdose deaths a ...

    ... still continues today. While policymakers and health officials search for solutions, it's important to realize that we all ... be waken Snoring or gurgling sounds Alcohol Poisoning Alcohol is also a depressant and affects ... 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 ...

    ... amount from the passengers responsible these spirit-laden uproars. Taking Control and Limiting Alcohol Why is alcohol often a catalyst for these dangerous bouts of air rage? Drinking frequently sparks or heightens events ... 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, ...

    ... at clubs and bars, rather than in the dorm studying. Today, however, the phenomenon of foregoing dinner for alcohol is an increasingly troublesome problem, as people seek out a faster buzz on an empty stomach. Drinking ... 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 ...

    ... two every night isn't an absolute indication you're headed for trouble. In fact, there's very little data about one ... But how do you know if you're addicted to alcohol or simply just dependent on it? Koob states, “Even ... 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? ...

    ... gas, but manages to get on the road again by pouring alcohol in the tank. But is this realistic? Could a person really ... locale considering the nation is world-famous for whiskey and renewable energy. The journalist behind ... 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 ...

    ... game that others can't perceive. You may be using alcohol in unhealthy ways to soothe nerves or to take the blame for bad behaviors. Whether alcohol reduces inhibitions or ramps up emotions already present, it's ... 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 ...

    ... annually, boosting the funds for health and education programs. Mission accomplished. An additional side effect of this increase has surprised researchers, however. Alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents in Maryland ... 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 ...

    ... a slower rate than your male counterpart. So think twice before challenging your guy to a drink-for-drink kind of night. Additional Reading: Alcohol Poisoning Deaths are Occurring at an Alarming Rate Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

    According to statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 25 percent of substance-related emergency room admissions involve a combination of both drugs and alcohol. Poly-Drug Abuse Although ...

    ... of coordination, coma and significantly increase the risk of overdose and death. Alcohol and Opiates Alcohol and opiates also make for a particularly lethal combination, since each one enhances the sedative effects of ... 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 ...

    ... 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 intake has been linked to a reduced risk of stroke, but consuming more ... 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 ...

    ... loud at parties, getting into fights with 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 ... 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 ...

    ... she drinks until she doesn't feel anymore. Whenever alcohol or drug use becomes a crutch to deal with painful ... but I do know she's going to cause a scene. For instance, one time at a wedding, she punched my boyfriend when ... continue reading
  • Country vs. City Addictions: Are They Different?

    Urban and rural addicts don't seem to have a whole lot in common, according to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In gathering data for this particular study, researchers looked at addiction ...

    ... and rural addicts don't have much in common. For those who believe all addictions are alike, the ... and abused their drugs of choice intermittently. They abuse alcohol at a much higher rate than their city counterparts ( ... continue reading
  • You’ve Gotta Dig In: Brain Health and Drug Abuse

    While battling chemical dependency , your brain is robbed of a lot of its essential nutrients - and that causes damage. By eating the right “brain power” foods, you can repair this damage and prevent further deterioration. Mood, memory, ...

    ... Fruits, Vegetables and Water: As your brain heals, it's susceptible to damage from the burning of sugar for energy. It needs fruits and vegetables, which neutralize the damage from these brain processes. And of course ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage II

    A craving is an intense desire to use a particular drug and experts consider this the second stage of addiction. This overwhelming urge to use is so powerful, it hijacks normal thinking and behavior and leads to irrational acts - regardless of the ...

    ... developing an addiction. The only way to get rid of these cravings for good is to separate yourself from drugs and alcohol - first through detox, and then through treatment and a program of recovery . Additional Reading ... continue reading
  • The Fear of Dealing with Addiction in the Public Eye

    Addiction has an insidious way of creating shame and dealing with it can heighten feelings of personal and professional embarrassment. For many, dealing with an addiction by seeking professional help is a private matter. However, for others, seeking ...

    ... forced to deal with addiction publicly, it's natural for you to fear that your professional abilities will be ... addiction is a personal one; public opinion is for others to resolve. Much like the professional success ... continue reading
  • Childhood Traumas Haunt Many into Adulthood

    It's a widely accepted theory that some people are more susceptible to addiction than others. Many of those “at-risk” are labeled as such due to specific genetic or neurological issues. However, a recent study indicates that traumatic ...

    ... are directly related to problem drinking in adolescence and drug/alcohol addiction in adulthood. So, what is it that puts these kids at risk for addiction in adulthood? According to the data, addiction is partially ... continue reading
  • Do I Have to Hit Rock Bottom Before I Get Help?

    No! Hitting rock bottom is not a prerequisite to seeking help for substance abuse; help is available whenever you are ready for it. Unfortunately, statistics show that many people who are struggling with substance abuse will not seek help until they ...

    ... : but if I have a heart condition, diabetes, liver failure or kidney failure and I do not seek help for that disorder am I not signing my own death sentence? The comparison to such physical disorders is valid. Substance ... continue reading
  • Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to the Curb

    If you're reading this, chances are you or your loved one is on the road to recovery, so congratulations! Thinking about ways to combat cravings and prevent relapse are among the most important steps you can take to maintain a sober lifestyle. It ...

    ... are a completely normal and common part of the recovery process . One of the best things you can do for yourself and your recovery is to be honest about what you're experiencing, and equip yourself with tools that will ... 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 ...

    ... problem. If your teen's friends have been in trouble for alcohol or drug use recently, that could mean that your teen ... help get your teen into a detox and rehab program. Look for programs that cater especially to teens ... 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 ...

    ... recall these periods of time. Drinking large amounts of alcohol can shut down glutamate receptors to the hippocampus, the part of your brain responsible for consolidating memories from daily life. When this mental record ... 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 ...

    ... case, it gave me clarity and much-needed perspective - both with alcohol and with life. It helped me to break free from denial and stop blaming others for my problems. If I hadn't received such severe consequences, who ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage I

    Chemical dependency is a multifaceted phenomenon and experts believe there are five stages in the process of addiction. The first stage is a need to numb trauma, which is defined as a deeply disturbing incident or occurrence that happens without ...

    ... struggle stems from - a childhood tragedy or even a simple breakup like mine - drug and alcohol use is a dangerous tool for self-medicating pain . Trauma needs to be treated directly, not suppressed and ignored. If you ... 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 ...

    ... that comes with a serious dependency to alcohol.No one can drink heavily and maintain major ... happening is that he's successfully managed to conceal his drinking… for now . HFA's don't show signs of alcoholism.” From ... 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 ...

    ... plans, may help them to manage their alcohol consumption.” The research, entitled “Does familial risk for alcohol use disorder predict alcohol hangover?” was published in the journal Psychopharmacology. Additional ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... some tips I picked up to handle my triggers: Tip #1: If you need to avoid people and places that trigger you for a while, then do it. There's usually no reason you absolutely have to walk past a bar or spend time with ... continue reading
  • You’re Not a Victim: 5 Ways to Break Out of This Role

    When struggling with substance abuse , it's tempting to feel like the victim. Things are rough. Your life is probably in shambles. Your loved ones have likely distanced themselves from you. Things are falling apart. The question is - how do you ...

    ... something you said or did? Do it. And, don't add a “but” on the end. No excuses. Take responsibility for what you did. Own it. Apologize. Make any amends necessary. And move on. Serve Others It's hard to stay focused on ... 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 ...

    ... form of drinking is defined as four or more drinks in one occasion and five or more for men. The massive quantity of alcohol used by binge drinkers can overtake the normal function of some parts of the brain, and can ... 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 ...

    ... seven (another study reported nine) skincare products each day. Prevention is key. So, for example, reducing or eliminating alcohol consumption are relatively easy ways to prevent pesky skin problems and create a first ... continue reading
  • 5 Genius Minds Who Dabbled in Drugs

    For hundreds and thousands of years, human beings have experimented with drugs. Some people used illicit substances to celebrate the gods; some used drugs to “communicate” with the other side. As time went on, people began using drugs for a ...

    ... the gods; some used drugs to “communicate” with the other side. As time went on, people began using drugs for a quick creativity boost. As a matter of fact, two separate studies have shown that people with higher IQ's ... 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 ...

    ... . Binge Drinking and Injuries Delayed wound healing is particularly dangerous for binge drinkers. Anyone who binges on alcohol is at a higher risk for sustaining injuries. We've all seen drunken people stumbling around ... 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 ...

    ... in periodic episodes, but atrial fibrillation may last for several days. Atrial fibrillation can occur among people ... t drink as well, but it is more common in alcohol drinkers . Details of the Study In the 12-year-long ... 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, ...

    ... rates and how often people drink heavily or binge drink . For instance, almost 2.5 percent of women and more than 5 ... .5 ounces of 80 proof liquor, which is 40 percent alcohol), it's no wonder the United States has so many ... 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 ...

    ... , it's not those who consume a lot of alcohol . In fact, limiting our alcohol intake could be one of those secrets we've been searching for. How? Alcohol accelerates the aging process. Drinking excessive amounts of ... continue reading
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  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage IV

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  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

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

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  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ultram Abuse

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  • Concurrent Alcohol and Hydrocodone Abuse

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

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  • Underage Drinking Across the United States

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  • 4 Hangover “Cures” You Need to Ignore

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  • Everything You Need to Know About Alcohol and Drug Rehab

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  • Alcohol Withdrawal

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  • Concurrent Alcohol and Soma Abuse

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  • Alcohol Abuse Hotline Numbers

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  • When Does a Moderate Drinker Turn into an Alcoholic?

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