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  • 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 ...

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  • Infographic: Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)

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

    ... 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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  • 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 ...

    ... 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 alcohol - had an impact on people who already had ... 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 ...

    ... (cocaine) will win its place in therapeutics by the side of morphine … I take very small doses of it regularly against depression and against indigestion and with the most brilliant of success.” Carl Sagan Carl Sagan ... 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 ...

    ... a city street. I put my head under the covers and pull my cat closer. The sound of sirens is one ... you need to leave a place, get out as fast as you can. Side note: I never did figure out why I was afraid of grocery stores ... 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 ...

    ... hazardous side effects if you withdraw from alcohol (or “detox”) too quickly, such as seizures or delirium tremens. We urge you to seek help if you, a friend or a loved one is struggling with a dependence on alcohol and ... 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 ...

    ... I used to read about drunk driving accidents, I would shake my head and think to myself, “I'd never do something like that.” The ... a person's car to measure the amount of alcohol on the driver's breath. Many believe that ... continue reading
  • In the Rooms: 11 Benefits of Seeking Online Support in Recovery

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

    ... re new to recovery. It's Always On The Internet is up and running 24/7, every day of the year, so odds are you ... of day it is. It may be someone on the other side of the world in the wee hours of the morning, but sometimes ... continue reading
  • DTs Changed My Entire World – For the Better

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

    ... puffy. I weighed about a hundred pounds, and drank roughly two bottles a day of whatever vodka was the cheapest. At this point, I was either severely sick from alcohol withdrawals or totally blacked out. This had been ... 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 ... other countries agree. However, arguments on the other side point out that this limit can be reached by some ... 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 ...

    ... , leading experts to consider this the fourth stage of the addiction model. By asking for help, you're showing courage and re-claiming your power. You won't be a victim to this disease any longer. Believe me, you'll gain ... 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 ...

    ... surveyed, 159 (14.3 percent) smoked before treatment, and 87 (7.8 percent) were non-smokers before rehab. ... 7 percent smoked at least half a pack a day and more than 60 percent considered themselves highly dependent on ... 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 ...

    ... , 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 dropped ... 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 ...

    ... of 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 ... 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 ...

    ... they're over the worst of the immediate physical withdrawal symptoms and can begin dealing with the other mental, emotional, and physical side effects of addiction. The Symptoms of Withdrawal Symptoms of dope sickness - ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 21 Powerful Tips to Get and Stay Sober

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

    ... sunshine are wonderful antidotes for depression and anxiety. Try out activities like hiking and surfing to establish a deeper connection. 3. Tap into your creative side. Paint, draw, sculpt, sing or dance. If it gets the ... 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. ...

    ... 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 boosted ... 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 ...

    ... first day. I wasn't caught, but my anxiety forced me to stop acting so arrogant and immature. I only drove to-and-from work and, during the day, I only drank enough to avoid withdrawal. I was “responsible.” I managed to ... 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 ...

    ... are falling apart. The question is - how do you respond? It's Not My Fault… Do you blame everyone and everything for the circumstances you've created? Do you off-load the blame for your chemical dependency on others? Do ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... it's wrong for teens to smoke 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 ... 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 ...

    ... aware of it, people in groups are influenced by each other's alcohol consumption patterns. These findings , published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research , provide further evidence that individuals prone to ... 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, ...

    ... hurt to 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 ... 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 ...

    ... sustaining sobriety - no matter who's watching. Lawyers, judges, business executives, doctors, nurses, airplane pilots and childcare professionals are only a few of the professions in which individuals may need to face ... continue reading
  • Total Alcohol Abstinence vs Moderation: Which One Wins in the End?

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

    ... needed help. She admitted she was dependent on alcohol and started seeing a counselor. Sara explained to her ... you're right. An Epic Battle There are experts and ex-addicts on both sides of this fence. To say it's a long- ... 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 ...

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

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

    ... (CBM). The attention-training tool changes your bias and makes it easier to make healthier choices. What ... First, the site tests to see if you have a bias towards alcohol. If you do, you can spend 15 minutes each day for ... continue reading
  • Over 1 in 10 Americans admit they have had a drinking problem at one stage of their life

    Based on a survey of 2,560 Americans (aged 21+; Google surveys August 2020). State % Alabama 4 Alaska 29 Arizona 17 Arkansas 12 California 19 Colorado 23 Connecticut 10 Delaware 15 Florida 18 Georgia 10 Hawaii 14 Idaho 25 Illinois 14 Indiana 11 Iowa ...

    ... disrupted 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 ... continue reading
  • “But It's Legal Now!”: How to Talk to Kids About Marijuana

    Barry Lessin, MS, is a licensed psychologist who has been serving the Philadelphia region for over 40 years. In his practice, he helps youth and families avoid the harms of drug use and build stronger relationships. He's also co-founder, along with ...

    ... alcohol use . There are risks for young people to use any substance with a still developing brain. Through education and offering activities and ... Additional Reading: Voices From Both Sides of the Medical Marijuana Debate ... 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 ...

    ... and fear. Cravings are one of the most profound effects of substance abuse, dependence and ... faith, and at some point you can get the courage to take a leap of faith and believe that what is waiting on the other side of ... continue reading
  • 12-Step Thinking: Let's Talk About AA and the C-Word (Uncovering Alcoholics Anonymous)

    No, not that c-word! To be clear, we're talking about the word cult here. If you're familiar with the world of addiction recovery, then you're no doubt acquainted with Alcoholics Anonymous—or AA as it is more commonly known. And if you've had more ...

    ... drugs or alcohol. The group and its founding principles serve as a source of help and support. Participants ... On the flip side of that argument, many AA members feel a sense of relief and empowerment after admitting ... continue reading
  • 6 Things to Look for in Addiction Treatment Centers for Women

    Drug addiction impacts men and women in different ways, which is why there are many women-only addiction treatment centers. Women who have issues with men or simply want the support of other women may feel more comfortable attending a treatment ...

    ... to-day life. Treatment can be particularly difficult for women because they tend to have less family support than males, and they may have a hard time attending treatment if they have to care for children. 1,2 Each rehab ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... In addition, women tend to be more susceptible to blackouts. Females have fewer enzymes in the gut to break down alcohol before it's absorbed and they also have less water in their bodies. As a result, a larger amount of ... continue reading
  • Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

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

    ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... me. The effect was similar to a glass of wine, and it almost made me want to break out a bottle and continue the party ... cocaine use Prescription stimulant misuse Higher rates of alcohol abuse We Need to Know More Not only ... 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? ...

    ... 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 well ... continue reading
  • What's Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

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

    ... at which each generation used various substances the most (their peak). And the survey says… Baby Boomers Alcohol: Just like the other two generations, alcohol tops the charts as the most commonly used substance. At the ... 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 ...

    ... Supported by the governor, the law is expected to take effect on December 30, 2018 - just in time for New ... s roads any safer. She notes that 77 percent of alcohol-related traffic deaths in Utah are due to drivers with a ... 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 ...

    ... chemical dependency , those battling with drugs and alcohol often don't realize one important truth: ... she was full of creative ideas for beautiful works of art. And then there's Simon. He had forgotten how much he loved ... continue reading
  • The Confusion Continues: Can Baclofen Treat Alcoholism or Not?

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

    ... side effects were frequent, but a dry mouth and tiredness don't appear to be too adverse. If the drug helps, and these are the only negatives, it might be worth trying. But, does it really help with alcohol dependence ... 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 ...

    ... avoid the scenarios in which you used to take drugs and where you suspect drug use will be happening. Steering ... a friend's house to making a phone call. Cravings rise and subside in waves, so if you're able to ride the ... continue reading
  • 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 the product from seeing the light of day. Early Intervention in Colorado Palcohol, marketed by ...

    ... this 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 ... 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; ...

    ... could, he'd gladly choose to walk away from drugs or alcohol. Since that's not generally an option, show your love and concern by providing support, consistency, and courage. I give up. You'll never beat this addiction ... 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 ...

    ... rural). Rural addicts began using drugs at a younger age (between 15 and 17 years) and abused their drugs of choice intermittently. They abuse alcohol at a much higher rate than their city counterparts (49.5 percent ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ... t the catalyst for later addiction, but rather the effects of multiple types of stress added up over time ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 time. It used to be believed that addiction could be explained by way of the two contrasting personality ...

    ... : Relaxed 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 ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... 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, “We ... continue reading
  • Catastrophic Thinking: Alcohol Isn’t Your Great Escape

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

    ... thinkers . If your thought patterns are similar, you might be, too. And that means you're at a higher risk for abusing alcohol. The Cost of Catastrophe Catastrophic thinking is “ruminating about irrational worst-case ... 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 felt caused me to look for an escape through alcohol . Now, I can look back at the fallacy of my thinking and recognize all the great things I have going - and focus all my energy there instead. I Have Gratitude for ... 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 ...

    ... . 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 ... continue reading
  • 7 Tips for Keeping Your 2016 Resolution to Get Sober

    Once January has come and gone, new years' resolutions can be difficult to follow through on—especially when your resolution is to get sober. It's easy to keep putting it off every month until you eventually forget why you wanted to do it in the ...

    ... why you feel this way. You may notice some patterns in your life that are challenging your decision to get sober and you'll be able to address these problems head-on. For example, if you notice that you have the urge to ... 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 ...

    ... smoked, 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 for her breakthrough performance as mafia wife Carmela Soprano in HBO's drama, The Sopranos . Falco ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... , “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 ... continue reading
  • Is There a Cure for Alcoholism?

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

    ... a big part in alcohol? Well, alcohol stimulates production of certain chemicals in the brain, and these make us feel good. We drink a bit more and then it eventually produces a sedative-like effect. This is because it ... 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 ...

    ... 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 adults ... 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. ...

    ... of the Dog A study from the Netherlands and Canada found that a vast majority of drinkers experience hangovers after a night of heavy drinking, regardless of what kind of alcohol they consumed or over what length of time ... 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 ...

    ... than 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 or ... continue reading
  • The Great Debate: Alcohol vs Marijuana

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  • Meet the Silent Generation: Adult Children of Alcoholics

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

    ... to overcome. Remain sensitive to these issues as you interact with ACoA's. And remember: The struggles might be common, but they're also conquerable. Learn more about the effects of alcohol abuse . Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

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    ... go anywhere. 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 ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage II

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    ... 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: Shooting Up - How Far Would You ... 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, ...

    ... is essential in the creation of hormones and neurotransmitters. You need to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to stay properly hydrated. Additional Reading: Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on ... continue reading
  • Drunk in the Moment: We Can’t Drink Reality Away

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    ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... want to rethink your relationship with alcohol. Frequent Mood Swings: Alcohol use can affect a person's mood and thinking, with sudden outbursts, intense rage and sadness all being common side effects. I never know the ... continue reading
  • 5 Lies We’re Told About High-Functioning Alcoholics

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    ... After all, he's still stricken with the craving, withdrawal and tolerance that comes with a serious dependency to alcohol.No one can drink heavily and maintain major responsibilities over long periods of time. Before too ... 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 ...

    ... stuck repeating the same vicious 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 ... 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, ... to enhance the relationship between the therapist and the patient, and it allows us to dig down and get to the heart of the problems ... 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 ...

    ... 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 abuse ... continue reading
  • 5 Smart Ways to Prepare for Your Friend’s Intervention

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    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Your Spouse May Be a Weapon Against Alcoholism. Learn what study says

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    ... instance, in both men and women, the risk of becoming dependent on alcohol increased substantially over the 12 ... authors noted, provides additional evidence of the protective effect of marriage. Someone to Lean On As far ... continue reading
  • 10 Tips for Staying Sober This Holiday Season

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    ... or friends that they haven't seen in a while. This can bring up charged emotions, and people may turn to alcohol to cope with feelings such as: Stress. Anxiety. Anger. Loneliness. Depression. However, it is 100% possible ... 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
  • 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
  • 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 . On top of that, feeding an addiction means developing an arsenal of psychological defense mechanisms. ...

    ... recovery . 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 ... 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 ...

    ... at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . Long-Term Effects FFSRS, the most well-known brain map, is essentially triggered ... your life, your sanity and your health.” If you or someone you know struggles with alcohol abuse, help is ... continue reading
  • Six Colossal Drug Abuse Meltdowns and How to Spot the Warning Signs

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

    ... 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 bipolar ... continue reading
  • Mirror, Mirror: Aging Early Courtesy of Alcohol

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    ... alcohol, we speed towards wrinkles. Reducing our alcohol consumption can help us avoid the following alcohol aging effects ... zinc deficiency? Hair loss. Too much alcohol and you may look like grandpa long before your ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... 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 journal ... continue reading
  • 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict

    When you think of drug addiction, many people immediately associate the disease with the kind of tragic, rock-bottom moments we're privy to on shows like Intervention or Celebrity Rehab . The problem is that nine times out of ten, Hollywood gets it ...

    ... routinely binge drink or use illegal substances - or if your loved one doesn't want to socialize unless drugs and alcohol are involved - it's likely a sign that there is a bigger underlying issue. Appearing Ill in the ... continue reading
  • 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 “bottom” followed by the decision to take action; the initial, often traumatic physical and mental ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... crash injuries. This translates into car breathalyzers preventing an estimated 85 percent of alcohol-related crash fatalities and 84 - 88 percent of non-fatal crash injuries over a 15-year period. Still, despite these ... 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 ...

    ... you as a glass of orange juice. And, it's common knowledge that excessive amounts of alcohol aren't good for your liver. That ... be alive if not for the cancer-causing effects of alcohol? It makes you reconsider - Is that ... 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 ...

    ... 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 I was ... continue reading
  • Underage Drinking Across the United States

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    ... is cracking down on it in major ways. At DrugAbuse.com, we see firsthand how alcohol dependency can alter the lives of young people, and we wanted to know just how much law enforcement is attempting to mitigate it. To ... continue reading
  • He Drinks Everyday. Is My Husband an Alcoholic?

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

    ... t sure what to make of her husband's behavior. Does he simply like the taste of barley and hops…or is he addicted to alcohol ? Here's her story. Drinking Patterns Our fridge is always well-stocked with beer. I guess that ... continue reading
  • How to Stay Productive at Work While Still in Recovery

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

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

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    ... to drugs and/or alcohol is an even greater challenge, one that seems nearly almost impossible. And, for many ... Lying to Others Arguably, addiction's most destructive effect to a family is its ability to create shame ... continue reading
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