Exploring Alcohol and Alcoholism

For many, beer, wine, and spirits conjure up thoughts of social gatherings and tipsy fun. But alcohol, a depressant, is also associated with damaging behavior and the emotional pain and physical ruin of addiction. Experts debate the benefits and risks of drinking and passionately argue over whether moderation or abstinence is the best option for alcoholics.

Recent posts on Alcoholism

Are You Addicted to Your Sibling’s Addiction?

Help an addicted sibling by first saving yourself.

Dietary Changes Reduce Alzheimer's Risk

Are you worried about developing Alzheimer's disease? Simple dietary changes can reduce your risk.

Is Mental Illness the Rule Rather than the Exception?

We hear all the time that 1 in 5 people struggle with a psychiatric disorder. New research now suggests that we have it backwards.

The New Prohibition: The Hip Culture Wants You to Abstain

By Stanton Peele on March 19, 2017 in Addiction in Society
People encouraging others to quit drinking in the active neoTemperance movement have a heavy lift. Oh, and nondrinkers don't live as long and have less fun. So why do they do it?

Is Your Adult Child a Narcissist?

Is your adult child really a narcissist or more like the center of your universe? If so, why is he or she the focus of your life? Is there something you are avoiding?

The Solution to the Opioid Crisis

By Stanton Peele on March 16, 2017 in Addiction in Society
We struggle in the night to remedy opioid addiction, and in our thrashing about simply double down on the same old assumptions and failed solutions. Here is the answer instead.

Psychology of "Logan"

Does Logan suffer from PTSD? Finding meaning after trauma.

A Parent’s Guide to Surviving Spring Break

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on March 05, 2017 in Social Lights
12 suggestions from a college professor

Spring Break and Alcohol

It’s that time that hundreds of thousands of college students across the nation look forward to.

I'm Caught Between Two Men

What to consider when selecting a partner.
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Why Do People Drink?

The motivational perspective predicts that people will be motivated to use addictive substances to the extent that they expect that doing so will result in desirable effects.

Your Power Over Addiction

You can train your brain to feel good when you do things that are good for you. Follow these 3 simple steps and you will wire in a healthy comfort habit to replace an unhealthy one

You May Have a Problem with Alcohol If…

Small changes in behavior may point to bigger troubles with alcohol.

Did I Quit Drugs to Die from Smoking?

People in recovery often turn to cigarettes to help them cope, raising their risk of health complications from nicotine addiction.

Celebrate Progress

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on February 23, 2017 in A Family Affair
Is perfection getting in the way of helping your loved one? Focus on progress instead.

Sex Addiction 101

By The Book Brigade on February 23, 2017 in The Author Speaks
Despite the debate whether sex addiction is a “real” disorder, many people struggle with problematic sexual behavior. There are ways to break free of compulsive sexual behavior.

Jonezen Finds His Frequency

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Brick by Brick
The music of Christopher Richard Jones – better known as the Hip Hop artist Jonezen – has been connecting.

Cutting Down on Drinking or Drugs the Natural Way

Is your drinking or drug use getting out of control? Natural supplements and other non-medication approaches can help.

Trumpaholics Anonymous

By Robert J Landy Ph.D. on February 16, 2017 in Couch and Stage
An imagined group of Donald Trump addicts convenes in a church basement.

National Children of Alcoholics Awareness Week

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on February 16, 2017 in Sure Recovery
Why family-based recovery is important.

A Conversation About Underage Drinking

It is silly to think that turning 21 makes one a responsible drinker. Knowledge, above all else, is the dividing factor, and education can start at any age.

My Daughter Has Been Rejecting Me for Years

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on February 09, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
How to deal with rejection from your young adult daughter.

Why Eyes are Blue

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on February 08, 2017 in The Human Beast
Our remote ancestors likely had dark eyes, whether brown or black. Blue eyes are common in northern Europe and emerged some 5,000 years ago. This suggests evolution can be fast.

Age-Related Mortality Associated with Alcohol Use Disorder

Alcohol use disorder is associated with a 5.8-fold increase in mortality rates. The reasons for this increase differ for younger and older individuals.

Dietary Changes Reduce Relapse Risk in Alcoholics

If you have a drinking problem you may not be getting essential nutrients because of toxic effects of alcohol on your digestive system. Simple dietary changes can help.

Amino Acids reduce Alcohol Use, Intoxication and Withdrawal

Are you having problems cutting down drinking, resisting the urge to drink or managing unpleasant symptoms of alcohol withdrawal? Taking amino acids can help.
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Give Gratitude a Go

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on January 06, 2017 in A Family Affair
Developing an attitude of gratitude can help family and friends deal with the challenges of addiction.

2017 Awareness Calendar

It only takes one person to make a difference - just think of what thousands can do.
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Talk to Your Family about Drinking This New Year’s Eve

By Richard Taite on December 30, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
Make sure you take a moment to talk with your loved ones about responsible alcohol use this New Year’s Eve.