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 Your Medications Giving You Nightmares?

By Gary L. Wenk Ph.D. on June 19, 2017 in Your Brain on Food
Given how widespread the use of many of these medications has become, it is amazing that most of us do not experience a nightmare every night.
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Nine Questions to Ask When Choosing a Rehab

If you have a loved one in need of addiction treatment, the time to act is now.
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If You're the Family Outsider, Learn to Fly On Your Own

If you've been the "problem" person in your family of origin or your relationships, you might come to see it as a blessing rather than a curse.

Childrearing Tips for Modern Families

By Kimberly Key on June 14, 2017 in Counseling Keys
Research reveals what successful families do that increase resilience & functioning in kids--a must-read for any families in crisis or that suffer from addiction

Addiction In The Workplace Is At An All Time High

More than 75 percent of individuals with alcohol or illicit drug use disorders continue to maintain their employment.

Early Diagnosis of Alcoholism

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on June 14, 2017 in Fighting Fear
Alcoholism tends to run in families. It is often possible to recognize a vulnerability during adolescence by the way that your loved one drinks.

Our Kids Are Not All Right

By the age of 26, diagnostic rates of addiction were two to three times those in national norms.
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I'm Sorry If You Can't Drink Alcohol

By Stanton Peele on June 09, 2017 in Addiction in Society
I enjoy my time with my grandson going to the beach, riding the bus, and talking and thinking. These activities are part of living life on earth—along with drinking.

Why is Spirituality an Essential Part of a Recovery Program?

Why is spirituality an integral part of recovery from addiction?

Drunkorexia and the Rise of “Rexias” in Disordered Eating

Excessive drinking, clean eating and food restriction are all known to contribute to poor body image, low self-esteem and worst of all; eating disorders.

Does It Really Matter How We Talk About Addiction?

Sticks & stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me. When talking about addiction, the truth of this age old adage rings empty. In this article, find out why.

Stigma and Secrets: Road Blocks to Recovery

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on June 03, 2017 in A Family Affair
Stigma and secrets are road blocks to recovery in addiiton.

Why Brad Pitt's Alcoholism Is NOT New

Why it was surprising to read the title of the New York Post article "Brad Pitt and the New Alcoholism."
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Cyber Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on May 31, 2017 in Media Spotlight
With the rise of social media and smartphones, cyberbullying and other forms of online harassment are becoming more common. This seems to be especially true for domestic abusers.

Is Trump's Abstinence a Personality Disorder?

By Stanton Peele on May 31, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Rather than quitting drinking without going to AA, as Kurt Anderson indicated was so for George W. Bush, Donald Trump makes us think that abstinence itself causes problems.

Teach Your Teen About Alcohol

By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 17, 2017 in Open Gently
Twenty percent of U.S. high school students say they'll get into a car with a driver who has been drinking.

What You Need to Know About Relationships and Recovery

It is helpful to resist the urge to "fix" your relationships, and keep the focus on making progress in your recovery. As you do, over time, your relationships will likely improve.

Walking Through the Emotional Desert With Shaun Morgan

“You get super drunk or super high and you don’t feel anything. And that’s the whole point.”

When You Suspect Your Kid has a Substance Abuse Problem

If you find evidence that your child is using drugs or alcohol, here are some suggestions about how to take the next step and talk to your child.

Sobering Truth About Addiction Treatment in America

By David Sheff on May 08, 2017 in Overcoming Addiction
People blame politicians, drug dealers, and pharmaceutical companies for the overdose crisis, but blame doesn't doesn't help people get well. The addicted need quality treatment.

Brainwaves Different in People Addicted to Internet Gaming

After sampling only 10 minutes of brainwave patterns while Internet gamers sat doing nothing, researchers can see differences in their functional brain connectivity.

What the World Needs Now Is… Beer?

At a time when there is cause to be pessimistic, beer commercials suggest most of us want peaceful co-existence.

"Do's" and "Don'ts" for Loved Ones

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on May 03, 2017 in A Family Affair
Is your loved one wearing your out? Some "Dont's" and "Do's" can help you cope.

4 Questions to Ask Yourself If You Want to Change

Changing isn't easy, but these 4 questions from Motivational Interviewing may make the process a little easier.

Why Are Senior Citizens Using More Illicit Drugs?

Senior citizens are using and abusing substances at increasing rates.

Enough Is Enough Series, Part 6: LSD Reconsidered

Psychiatry is considering using LSD to treat psychiatric conditions. An extremely bad idea.

I Need Help Dealing With My Angry and Alcoholic Mother

How To Deal With A Very Complicated Mother

6 Myths About Women and Addiction

While biology and circumstances affect who is at risk for addiction in both sexes, gender can shape how trauma, loss and family influence that risk.

Wake-Up Call

How I became determined to shed light on addiction.
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Alcohol Causes Aggression. Can It Reduce Aggression Too?

Alcohol causes people to be more aggressive. But can drunk people be the least aggressive people in the room? Our research suggest that the answer is “yes.”