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  • Off the Booze

    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. Learn more

  • Off the Booze

    Off the Booze

    Th1 IN 10 AMERICANS HAVE GIVEN UP ALCOHOL SINCE THE START OF THE ...

    Th1 IN 10 AMERICANS HAVE GIVEN UP ALCOHOL SINCE THE START OF THE PANDEMIC. Learn more

  • Drinking More During the Lockdown [ Survey of 3,000 Americans ]

    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 Learn more

  • Infographic: Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)

    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 ...

    ... fast 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 ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... , a psychologist at Keele University, set out to study hangovers in people with a family history of alcohol use disorder, curious as to whether hangovers - described as unpleasant effects felt the morning after drinking ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... read about drunk driving accidents, I would shake my head and think to myself, “I'd never do something like that ... be drunk drivers with an illegal .08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) from starting their vehicles every ... Learn more

  • Does Drinking Every Day Make Me an Alcoholic?

    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, ...

    ... alcoholism Slamming down your first drink of the day in one or two gulps Using alcohol as a coping mechanism Finally, and most importantly, according to Koob, if there's any indication your social, personal, or ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... aspirin wears off, plus they're hard on your stomach and liver. That's why acetaminophen (Tylenol) typically has warnings on the label about combining it with alcohol . When your head starts pounding in the morning, you ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... drank as much. After all, it looks like such a small amount of liquid in that big goblet. We look at our glasses and think 'I haven't had very much. It won't hurt if I order another.' It's this type of thinking that ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... taxes “is an important but often neglected intervention to reduce alcohol-impaired driving.” Other states could replicate this method and likely see a reduction in their drunk driving rates. Supporters of the law ... Learn more

  • 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, ...

    ... -dependent qualify for new livers, especially over those who've not ruined theirs with excessive drinking ? This is a controversial issue, as some medical professionals and organ donors believe that “alcoholics are ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... along the way. Bill Gates Bill Gates is known around the world for his work in the computer industry and for co-founding Microsoft. He's also consistently ranked as being one of the wealthiest people in the world ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... compared to just two percent of the non-drinkers. Find out more about the harmful effects of alcohol use and how to help an alcoholic by calling our helpline. The Role of Other Factors Statistics Research from ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... , “It is likely that beer is consumed more regularly during the week, whereas wine and liquor is more often consumed during weekends only. Adverse effects of alcohol on atrial fibrillation risk may be less pronounced if ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... knock back one drink a day? According to a recent study, the answer is an emphatic “yes.” Alcohol Consumption and Gender Professor Edward Giovannucci of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, MA ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... cold - 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 ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... Acids: These are the building blocks of healthy fats and essential for nerve cell repair. The chemicals in your ... cells to transmit signals for all your thoughts and actions. Sources : Fish, fish oils, flaxseed ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... me to stop acting so arrogant and immature. I only drove to-and-from work and, during the day, I only drank ... each time. None of them bothered to open my file, and I was too self-absorbed to care. The time came to ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... lowest DUI threshold in the country. Support - and Backlash - for Utah's Bill The National ... s roads any safer. She notes that 77 percent of alcohol-related traffic deaths in Utah are due to drivers with a BAC ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... victim allows you to get the attention you seek; it allows you to control others, avoid responsibility and growth, and justify your behavior. The problem is, it doesn't work forever. Eventually, your loved ones catch on ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... hour. If your drinking gets ahead of your liver, the alcohol remains in your bloodstream and increases your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). If you drink enough alcohol - at a fast enough rate - your BAC level spikes ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... depletes our body of vitamin A, which plays an important role in keeping our skin firm and youthful. Aging Eyes Alcohol can cause premature aging to our eyes. Drinking causes irritation of the blood vessels in our ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... us who have an extra glass of wine can be in danger. This study shows a direct link in alcohol consumption and these seven types of cancer: Oropharynx (the back of the mouth) Larynx (the voice box) Esophagus (the ... Learn more

  • Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

    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 ...

    ... 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 birth. The Department of Corrective ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... can literally break hearts . Here's how: Alcohol vs. The Heart: Alcohol Wins From minor harm to fatal injury, alcohol abuse can destroy the heart and its systems. The following list details the possible effects ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... trust me…it's not a fun feeling. What is a Blackout? The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines a blackout as “a period of amnesia during which a person actively engages in behaviors but does ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... degrees to which these receptors are 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 ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... moonshine , maybe? Actually, the gasoline used to run modern cars contains ethanol ( drinking alcohol ). Even from the beginning, alcohol and cars were linked. Henry Ford's Model T was designed to run on ethanol as ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... time to the next drink? A recent study tackled this question…and the answer may not be what you'd expect. A ... Reading: No Surprise - Study Finds Avoiding Alcohol is the Only Hangover Prevention Image Source: ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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-month period following a divorce ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... by looking for an immediate activity to occupy your body and mind. The activity can be anything from taking a walk ... a friend's house to making a phone call. Cravings rise and subside in waves, so if you're able to ride the ... Learn more

  • States Scramble to Prevent Sale of Powdered Alcohol

    Palcohol, a new form of powdered alcohol , hasn't even made its way to U.S. shelves yet, but some states are already taking immediate steps to ban ...

    ... powder to get one drink in their system?” Palcohol was initially approved by the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, but that decision was eventually reversed. It's worth mentioning, however, that the ... Learn more

  • .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 ...

    ... - to either our hands on the steering wheel or our feet on the brake pedal. The alcohol delays our reaction time too much and prevents us from driving safely. A Bit of BAC History… Back in the late 1990s, this BAC ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... asked to recall how much they drank over how long and the severity of their hangover the next day, if ... them did. After estimating the students' peak blood alcohol concentration (BAC), researchers found that 89% of ... Learn more

  • Attorney General Nominee Thinks Booze Is Safer Than Pot?

    President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general made serious waves during her confirmation hearing on Jan. 28. Despite statistics and data to ...

    ... of drunk drivers. The Dangers are Real Despite personal views, alcohol and marijuana are both addictive substances that pose their own unique dangers. Alcohol can also be a catalyst for several types of cancer ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... consumes in a week, the lower his or her GPA slips, according to data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). A student with a GPA in the A range consumes, on average, 3.3 drinks per week ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... helps you sleep. Truth: A nightcap can actually make you lose sleep. Research has shown that alcohol disrupts sleep and reduces your REM time, which is essential for a good night's sleep. Additional Reading ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... to be a bad thing. In my 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 ... Learn more

  • The Truth About This Vegetable’s Alcohol Antidote Reputation

    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 ...

    ... drinks can cause DNA damage to brain cells within 15 minutes of intake. And, as we all know, alcohol is broken down by enzymes in the liver, and these toxic by-products cause damage to liver cells. This current study ... Learn more

  • Imagining Life Without My Daughter Pushed Me to the Edge

    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 ...

    ... couch where she slumbered, once again sleeping off dangerous levels of blood alcohol. She began to imagine a peaceful existence, one without 2 a.m. drunk phone calls and rushed trips to the city (an hour away) to pick up ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... “We were surprised to find such a discrepancy between drinkers' perceptions of their own alcohol-induced personalities and how observers perceived them.” Why the discrepancy? Winograde offers the following explanation ... Learn more

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

    Life doesn't always go as planned. Especially when you find yourself in a maximum-security state prison on your first-ever offense. When Life Takes ...

    ... I had a great life, I focused on what everyone else had that I didn't. The constant resentment and injustice I felt caused me to look for an escape through alcohol . Now, I can look back at the fallacy of my thinking ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... . This is higher than the usual 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 ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... half that 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 ... Learn more

  • Want to Make Your Asthma Worse? Here’s How…

    Tracy's romantic evening took a turn for the worse. She was enjoying a lovely Italian dinner with her boyfriend when she suddenly started wheezing. ...

    ... antihistamines.) They are produced naturally in your body; they're also found in some food and drink, such as alcohol. People with asthma are often sensitive to the effects of sulfites. The preservative can trigger ... Learn more

  • Does Your Personality Put You at Risk for Addiction?

    Are certain personality types more prone to substance abuse? Although it certainly seems so, this question has been the focus of debate for some ...

    ... Easygoing Creative Out With the Old While some older studies show that Type B's are more impulsive and have a stronger family history of alcohol abuse , Type A's are more prone to becoming overwhelmed by stress ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... the emotional 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 ... Learn more

  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

    Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

    I used to live in a neighborhood blanketed in liquor stores, dive bars, and convenience stores that sold beer until two in the morning - even on ...

    ... triggers for me. The urge to walk to the corner deli and buy a 12-pack of cheap beer was often too hard to ... availability of alcohol , and the social atmosphere where every event took place at a bar and everyone drank ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... In fact, many of us have probably known someone who has either used alcohol or drugs on the job. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 76 percent of people with substance ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... than she used to. Krista has also noticed Becca's kitchen is well-stocked with alcohol these days, too. Becca has struggled with anxiety and bouts of depression over the years; Krista's worried her friend is using to ... Learn more

  • 10 Tips for Staying Sober This Holiday Season

    With the holidays just around the corner you may be wondering how you can stay sober with parties, dinners, and social gatherings. Whether you are ...

    ... you are in, it is important to plan ahead so that you feel confident in resisting alcohol. The holidays do not last forever, and soon you will resume your “normal” life. Remind yourself that it feels good to be sober ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... test your willpower. Get rid of all of the alcohol in your house, including bottles “for guests” or ... how far you've come. 13. Get active. When your mind and body are engaged, there is less room for cravings. Go for a ... Learn more

  • 5 Lies All Addicts Tell Themselves

    As an addict, life is a game of survival. Day after day is dedicated to avoiding withdrawals and hiding the outward signs of chemical dependency . ...

    ... . In reality, abusing drugs/alcohol is the largest hurdle that holds them back from leading a productive and meaningful existence. Once clean and sober , they're able to focus and start enjoying life again. They ... Learn more

  • How Edie Falco Portrays Addiction and Lives Recovery

    Edie Falco has tackled a wide variety of roles on the stage and screen since beginning her career in the late '80s. But she is arguably best known ...

    ... her professional success “an embarrassment of riches” that she never expected, especially back when she was still using alcohol and drugs. “I had never anticipated also to not be going through my days drinking,” she said ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... , consuming an average of six drinks per occasion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . The increase in alcohol consumption isn't limited to young singles. In a recent study of 1,250 adults ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... you make that first trip to the bathroom, you've effectively “broken the seal” and the frequent urination kicks in. “Alcohol is a diuretic,” says Professor Oliver James, head of clinical medical sciences at Newcastle ... Learn more

  • The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps

    The specifics of every person's addiction journey are different, but for most people, the path to recovery follows a similar trajectory: a ...

    ... parts of recovery. After years of having drugs or alcohol dictate your every decision, now you get to ... 8: “Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.” There will definitely ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... . But at least he's getting out there, right? Different Drugs, Different Outcomes Heather and Dave share a common story. Alcohol, pot, benzos, cocaine…they're all frequently used in an attempt to “help” people ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 life. The Choice Really is Yours When ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... model. By asking for help, you're showing courage and re-claiming your power. You won't be a ... bottom line is that it's never too late to ask for help . Treatment is going to be hard, no doubt about it, but when you're ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... hit the town with a group of friends, intent on drinking and dancing the night away. As you're downing a sixth shot ... suggests people are momentarily happier when drinking alcohol, but in the long-term, drinking never ... Learn more

  • Underage Drinking Across the United States

    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 ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me: How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns

    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 ...

    ... to Break the Pattern When addictive thinking is present, the harmful consequences of drug or alcohol use don't outweigh their euphoric effects and will eventually lead to relapse. So, it's important to change those old ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 you're a person recovering from some form of ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... time. This 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 ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... also negatively affects the body's largest organ—the skin—in three distinct ways. Alcohol and Its Effects on Skin First, alcohol is a hepatotoxin, says Dr. David Colbert, founder of New York Dermatology Group ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... of drug abuse . His meltdown is seen as ongoing by Hollywood, but he has allegedly passed all recent drug and alcohol tests. He does not respond to questions about his mental health, but some believe that he may be ... Learn more

  • Cuffed and Stuffed: 7 Ways a DUI Will Haunt Your Life

    It's common knowledge that a drinking and driving conviction can limit your freedom - whether it be jail, prison or probation. But the penalties ...

    ... costs, legal fees, DUI education programs, higher insurance premiums, probation fees, drug and alcohol assessment and counseling, license reinstatement fees, and loss of work income, just to name a few. According to a ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... a danger to their health.” Are We a Nation of Drinkers? Rates of alcohol consumption in Australia are rising for both men and women. According to new research published in the Medical Journal of Australia, f ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... can be especially dangerous because mixing the two substances greatly increases levels of THC in the bloodstream. Alcohol and THC Levels This new finding is part of a study published in the latest issue of the ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... 've ever had a sleepless night after drinking, it's worth pointing out that alcohol causes a disruption of restorative sleep and can affect your cognitive abilities during waking hours. …there's no getting around the ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 interlocks for all offenders. “Our ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... and drank roughly two bottles a day of whatever vodka was the cheapest. At this point, I was either severely sick from alcohol ... the media, I assumed treatment centers were either for the rich and the famous or the ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... four or more drinks per day were more than twice as likely to get mouth and/or throat cancer as those people who did not consume any alcohol. That makes you think twice about that extra glass of wine tonight, doesn't it ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

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  • The Great Debate: Alcohol vs Marijuana

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

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  • 6 Common Sense Tips to Avoid Alcoholism

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    ... hand. As she socialized, she flew through drinks. She realized she drank an alarming amount of alcohol in these situations and admitted she needed to slow down a bit. Donna forced herself to slowly sip her drinks at ... Learn more

  • 7 Not-So-Subtle Signs a Friend is Struggling with Alcoholism

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

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    ... serves as a trusted guideline for navigating life without drugs or alcohol. The group and its founding principles serve as a source of help and support. Participants are encouraged to “work” the 12-step program, fully ... Learn more

  • Tooth and Consequences: Alcohol Can Wreck Your Smile

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    ... up without the enamel present as a protector. As the decaying process continues (and more alcohol is continually added to the mix), plaque and bacteria encounter the soft center of the tooth known as the pulp. The ... Learn more

  • Alcohol is Addictive… But is it Also Contagious?

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    ... 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 Learn more

  • Quantifying the Insane Alcohol Consumption of the U.S.

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    ... drinkers. In 2010, almost 16,000 people died from alcohol-induced liver disease. There were more than 25,000 alcohol-induced deaths (including accidents and homicides). Looking at these statistics, it's no wonder ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... an overdose risk, extreme cases can lead to respiratory failure, cardiac arrest, and choking. Mixing alcohol with other depressants also amplifies the effects of both, increasing the risk of an accidental overdose ... Learn more

  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

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  • Childhood Traumas Haunt Many into Adulthood

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  • Meet the Silent Generation: Adult Children of Alcoholics

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  • 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 ...

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  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

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  • Alcohol Abuse Programs

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  • Teens Are Smoking and Drinking Less

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  • 30 Famous Musicians Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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  • Alcohol and Cancer: What You Didn’t Know

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  • Got 15 Minutes to Spare? Why Not Spend it Reducing Impulsive Drinking?

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  • Over 1 in 10 Americans admit they have had a drinking problem at one stage of their life

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    ... due to pandemic protocols, such as working from home. DrugAbuse.com, a provider of drug and alcohol treatment resources and programs, conducted a survey of 2,560 Americans (aged 21+) which revealed that over 1 ... Learn more

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Ryan Kelley is a nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician and the former managing editor of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS). During his time at JEMS, Ryan developed Mobile Integrated Healthcare in Action, a series of in-depth articles on Community Paramedicine programs across the country that go beyond transporting patients to emergency rooms and connects specific patients, such as repeat system users, the homeless and others with behavioral health issues and substance use disorders, to definitive long-term care and treatment. In his current capacity as Medical Editor for American Addiction Centers, Ryan works to provide accurate, authoritative information to those seeking help for substance abuse and behavioral health issues.

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