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

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.

5 Lessons Carrie Fisher Taught Us

By Kristen Lee Ed.D., LICSW on December 28, 2016 in Reset 24/7
Do you ever feel like you're stuck on the dark side? Help isn't far away.

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.

Holiday Drinking and Depression

Many tend to overindulge during the holiday season. This may have more unintended consequences than some might realize.

"You're an Addict!"

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on December 21, 2016 in Minority Report
The term "addict" conjures up many negative connotations yet it can also be the most useful term to break one's denial in their journey towards recovery.

Alcohol and Adolescence: A Cocktail for Disaster

Teach your teens that you don’t have to drink to have a good time because one thing is certain, alcoholic consumption and adolescence is a cocktail for disaster.
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Here’s How Stress Recalibrates Your Brain

Stress creates feelings that we sometimes deal with in maladaptive ways.

Why Drinking When You're Stressed Is Risky Business

By David DiSalvo on December 08, 2016 in Neuronarrative
Here’s something to keep in mind as the holidays unfold: If you drink alcohol when you’re stressed, you may be flipping a switch that makes heavier drinking all the more likely.

Two of the Most Dangerous Words of the Season: “Hosted Bar”

By Wendy L. Patrick Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Why Bad Looks Good
At your holiday party, keep the focus on your host instead of the hosted bar.

Embracing the Cs and More

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on December 03, 2016 in A Family Affair
Is your loved one breaking your heart? Courage, compassion, and community can help you cope.

Addiction, Recovery, and Loss

By Dan Mager MSW on November 23, 2016 in Some Assembly Required
Loss is a natural part of the process of recovery that is generally under recognized and inadequately addressed by addiction treatment programs and professionals.

A Wine-y Time of Year (Conclusion)

The conclusion of wine and health primer 101!

Ancient Wisdom Can Help Loved Ones Deal With Addiction

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on October 31, 2016 in A Family Affair
Do your thoughts, words, and actions harm your relationship with your loved ones? Changing can help you and your loved one better navigate the addiction journey.

Beyond the College Drinking Game

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on October 30, 2016 in Social Lights
How parents can address new disturbing trends and dangerous behavior.

Behind the Mask: Drunk on Halloween

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on October 30, 2016 in All About Addiction
e all know that Halloween can be a lot of fun, but how do we get to enjoy it without being part of the alcohol, drug and violence problems that seem to go with this holiday?
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Nutrition in Recovery from Addiction

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on October 26, 2016 in Food Junkie
From a public health perspective, the addiction problem appears to be relentless with substances of abuse increasing in potency. Meanwhile highly accessible and highly palatable fo

"I Feel Your Pain" (Literally)

In 1992, Bill Clinton said to a protester at a campaign rally, "I feel your pain." New research indicates that the now famous expression might not just be a figure of speech.