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  • 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 ...

    ... . And since he's convinced himself that he simply doesn't fit the “classic alcoholic” stereotype, chances are much higher that he'll remain undiagnosed.Without help, HFA's are usually the last ones to seek treatment for ... continue reading
  • Teens Are Smoking and Drinking Less

    National, state, and large urban school district surveys are conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) every two years among high school students across the nation. Known as the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), the survey ...

    ... cigarettes, but only 42 percent think it's wrong for teens to drink alcohol and/or smoke marijuana . Over two-thirds of the students say smoking cigarettes is bad for your health, but less than half see weekend binge ... 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
  • 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
  • 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. ...

    ... 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 body ... 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 ...

    ... 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 Services ... 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 ...

    ... and the key to fixing a tumultuous marriage isn't found by gulping down 14 Jell-o shots. Proof of this drunken moment phenomenon is seen in a new study that suggests people are momentarily happier when drinking alcohol ... 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... . Alcohol abuse weakens the heart muscle. This means it can no longer contract as it should to pump blood throughout your body. As a result, your other organs don't get the blood they need for healthy functioning and ... 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 ...

    ... may lower social inhibitions and increase the likelihood of poor impulse control, alcohol actually reduces sexual performance ... term alcohol abuse can cause damage to the nervous system, which is responsible for triggering ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... emotions and situations. Because of this, this 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 ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... every night isn't an absolute indication you're headed for trouble. In fact, there's very little data about ... day in one or two gulps Using alcohol as a coping mechanism Finally, and most importantly, according to Koob, ... 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
  • Will a Killer Hangover Delay Your Next Drink? (Hint: Probably Not)

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

    ... for three weeks and report on drinking behaviors and desires. Participants made a diary entry each morning and ... Additional Reading: No Surprise - Study Finds Avoiding Alcohol is the Only Hangover Prevention Image Source: ... 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 ...

    ... short-term memories to take hold. Receptors in our brains are responsible for helping us form and hold on to new memories. Alcohol, researchers have found, can interfere with those receptors, preventing the formation of ... 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 ...

    ... 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: Flawed Research - Proof That ... 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? ...

    ... run modern cars contains ethanol ( drinking alcohol ). Even from the beginning, alcohol and cars were linked. Henry Ford's Model ... resource will spread worldwide as a replacement for gasoline. They have sights set on their ... 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 ...

    ... 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 or heightens ... 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 ...

    ... drinkers' perceptions of their own alcohol-induced personalities and how observers perceived them.” Why ... be using alcohol in unhealthy ways to soothe nerves or to take the blame for bad behaviors. Whether alcohol reduces ... continue reading
  • How Alcohol Increases Your Risk of ‘Holiday Heart Syndrome’

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

    ... moderate to heavy consumption of wine and liquor increases the risk for atrial fibrillation, a condition also ... don't drink as well, but it is more common in alcohol drinkers . Details of the Study In the 12-year-long study ... continue reading
  • Flawed Research: Proof That Social Drinking Was Never Healthy

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

    ... - just didn't seem to make sense. So the research team summarized and reanalyzed the data from 87 past alcohol-related studies, specifically looking for some of the problems they felt were clouding previous results. Sure ... continue reading
  • Lock ‘Em Up: Is Jail Really the Best Deterrent to Drunk Driving?

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

    ... to read about drunk driving accidents, I would shake my head and think to myself, “I'd never do something like that ... the amount of alcohol on the driver's breath. Many believe that mandating interlocks for all offenders, ... 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 ...

    ... hangover. You had a few too many yesterday, and now you're paying for it. Beware the Miracle Remedy So, what can ... hot, the shower doesn't affect the level of alcohol in your system. Just like coffee, the refreshing water ... 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 ...

    ... alcohol . In fact, limiting our alcohol intake could be one of those secrets we've been searching for. How? Alcohol ... experience zinc deficiency? Hair loss. Too much alcohol and you may look like grandpa long before your ... 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 ...

    ... alcohol can shut down glutamate receptors to the hippocampus, the part of your brain responsible for ... have fewer enzymes in the gut to break down alcohol before it's absorbed and they also have less water in their bodies. ... 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 ...

    ... research projects have also suggested that any and all talk of health benefits linked with alcohol consumption is nothing but baloney. British scientists reviewed 53,000 people for a study released last February that ... continue reading
  • Eyes to Mouth: Just How Big is Your Wine Glass?

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

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

    ... lot of partying takes place and many students spend their nights at clubs and bars, rather than in the dorm studying. Today, however, the phenomenon of foregoing dinner for alcohol is an increasingly troublesome problem ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse Programs

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

    ... with alcohol. That alcohol consumption is legal, accessible and visible ... for many people. Psychological dependence aside, alcohol has some very real, potentially hazardous side effects if you withdraw from alcohol ... 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 ...

    ... the decaying process continues (and more alcohol is continually added to the mix), plaque and bacteria encounter the soft ... and resources for dealing with the oral issues caused by alcoholism. Even those who have jobs and ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Poisoning: You Can Save a Life in Less Than 10 Steps

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

    ... can quickly develop into more serious issues.For example, breathing may stop, vomiting can cause choking and drops in sugar levels can cause seizures, .Because of this, alcohol poisoning is life-threatening issue that ... 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 ...

    ... and several others considering the possibility, driving while high on pot is becoming a much bigger concern for ... last year in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found that teens that combined the two substances ... 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 ...

    ... alcohol its taste and odor. The more congeners in alcohol, the worse the hangover and the worse the skin looks the next day. Third, alcohol dehydrates the skin and robs it of nutrients like vitamins and antioxidants. For ... 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 ...

    ... with the fact that drinking makes you urinate more often, you've got all the ingredients for a pretty miserable situation. Urinary Tract and Alcohol A study published last November in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical ... 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 ...

    ... 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 severe ... 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 ...

    ... voting earlier this month to lower the blood alcohol content limit for drunk driving offenses to 0.05 percent. ... DUI threshold in the country. Support - and Backlash - for Utah's Bill The National Transportation Safety ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Mouth, Throat Cancer: Two More Reasons to Stop Drinking Right Now

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

    ... of Melbourne have provided quite damning evidence for the dangerous effects of alcohol. Without question, they identified a direct link between alcohol use and getting cancer. Even with such a strong connection ... continue reading
  • This is NOT a Drill: Alcohol Causes 7 Kinds of Cancer

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

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

    ... rope. For the third time in eight weeks, she had to go pick up her drunk daughter. Jane was exhausted and she ... alcohol abuse; her baby brother died from heart disease severely complicated by years of prescription drug ... 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 ...

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

    ... Epidemiology & Infection also found that women who drink alcohol have a greater risk of developing persistent HPV. Scientists in South Korea tested 9,230 women for HPV and found that the drinkers were three times more ... 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, ...

    ... no wonder some people believe alcohol abuse in the United States is out of control. About 65 percent of Americans consider themselves drinkers, placing them at higher risks for diseases and accidents than nondrinkers. A ... continue reading
  • Home Alone: Binge-Drinking and Motherhood

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

    ... times a month, 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 ... 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 ...

    ... feet on the brake pedal. The alcohol delays our reaction time too much and prevents us from driving safely. A Bit ... 08. Other campaigns call for different solutions to drunk driving. These ask for strict laws revoking a ... continue reading
  • Warning: Even Moderate Drinking Can Increase Your Cancer Risk

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

    ... study might take you by surprise. Overall results showed alcohol consumption is associated with an increased risk of cancer , in both men and women. However, the risk for women shows up at much lower drinking levels than ... 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 ...

    ... becomes 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 or ... 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 ...

    ... his fridge with other drinks - ones that were much better for him. If friends or relatives brought booze to a get ... realized she drank an alarming amount of alcohol in these situations and admitted she needed to slow down a ... continue reading
  • 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. She quickly set down her wine glass and reached for her inhaler. The medicine started working, but ...

    ... beverages would be the safest and surest route to avoid an alcohol-related asthma attack. Each person who lives with this condition must weigh the options and decide what's best for their health. As for Tracy, she'll be ... 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 ...

    ... can take years off a person's life and even affect overall brain development , and the road to those dire straits can begin early for those who drink alcohol before they are legally allowed to. Because underage drinking ... continue reading
  • 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 Christmas. My old apartment building smelled so much like pot you'd have thought a herd of skunks lived ...

    ... cycle. All of the noise, the availability of alcohol , and the social atmosphere where every event took place at a bar and everyone drank, was too much of a temptation for me. I finally chose to put my recovery first ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... -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 ... 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 ...

    ... and Injuries Delayed wound healing is particularly dangerous for binge drinkers. Anyone who binges on alcohol is at a higher risk for ... , learn more about alcohol abuse signs, symptoms and treatment options . Image Source ... continue reading
  • Proof that Alcohol and College Exams Don't Mix

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

    ... There are numerous studies that suggest individuals who tend to use alcohol to cope are more likely to experience alcohol-related problems and meet criteria for an alcohol use disorder,” he said . “Thus, students who use ... 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 ...

    ... this, they examined the number of alcohol-related crash deaths in the 18 states that require mandatory interlock devices for DUI convictions and compared it to the number of alcohol-related crash deaths in the 32 states ... 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 ...

    ... alcohol or drug use becomes a crutch to deal with painful feelings, it's a telltale sign there's a problem. Withdrawing from Family and ... know she's going to cause a scene. For instance, one time at a wedding, she punched ... continue reading
  • 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 an Unexpected Detour At 27 years old, I seemed to have everything in front of me: a promising future ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... results of the four week experiment showed: Brain cells treated with purified Lycopene for three and a half hours prior to alcohol exposure showed significant damage reduction. Whole tomatoes mitigated the harm done by ... 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 ...

    ... there, right? Different Drugs, Different Outcomes Heather and Dave share a common story. Alcohol, pot, benzos, ... You Bargained For The rationale behind using drugs is that it “helps” you meet people and interact more ... 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 ...

    ... help . Treatment is going to be hard, no doubt about it, but when you're ready to get clean and sober , you will overcome your addiction and begin living a more fulfilling life. Asking for help is the first step in the ... 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 ...

    ... partner also consumed alcohol for both drinks, almost 90 percent of the time. For those who were ... with binge drinking, learn more about alcohol abuse signs, symptoms and treatment options . Image Source: pixabay.com continue reading
  • Got 15 Minutes to Spare? Why Not Spend it Reducing Impulsive Drinking?

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  • Listen To Your Gut: It Could Save Your Liver

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  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

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  • You’re Not a Victim: 5 Ways to Break Out of This Role

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  • How to Stay Productive at Work While Still in Recovery

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  • 21 Powerful Tips to Get and Stay Sober

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  • When Does a Moderate Drinker Turn into an Alcoholic?

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  • Total Alcohol Abstinence vs Moderation: Which One Wins in the End?

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  • You’ve Gotta Dig In: Brain Health and Drug Abuse

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  • 5 Smart Ways to Prepare for Your Friend’s Intervention

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  • Catastrophic Thinking: Alcohol Isn’t Your Great Escape

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  • He Drinks Everyday. Is My Husband an Alcoholic?

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  • Underage DUIs: 6 Sobering Facts About Drunk Driving

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  • States Scramble to Prevent Sale of Powdered Alcohol

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  • Alcohol: The Breast Cancer Risk in a Bottle

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  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

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  • DTs Changed My Entire World – For the Better

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  • Clock Out: It’s Time to Stop Ignoring Workplace Addiction

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  • Quit Alcohol: 3 Life Changing Reasons

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  • Is My Loved One an Alcoholic?

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  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

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  • Alcohol and Cancer: What You Didn’t Know

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  • Meet the Silent Generation: Adult Children of Alcoholics

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  • In the Rooms: 11 Benefits of Seeking Online Support in Recovery

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  • What It’s Like to Be an Alcoholic Woman

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

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  • Attorney General Nominee Thinks Booze Is Safer Than Pot?

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  • The Damage of Drinking During Early Pregnancy: 3 Myths Debunked

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  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage I

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  • Has Kombucha Gotten a Bad Rap?

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  • 10 Tips for Staying Sober This Holiday Season

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

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