All About Alcohol

Beer, wine, and spirits conjure up thoughts of tasty flavors, social gatherings, and tipsy fun. But alcohol, a depressant, is also associated with 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 Alcohol

3 Ineffective Ways I Tried to Manage and Enjoy My Drug Use

By Anna David on July 22, 2015 in After Party Chat
When you’re enjoying something, you’re not trying to manage it and when you’re trying to manage it, you’re no longer enjoying it. But I didn't know that so I tried a trifecta of ridiculous ways to keep my cocaine use under control.

The Benefits of a Trauma-Sensitive Approach to Healing Shame

I have created a compassion cure program for former victims of trauma that includes: self-understanding, self-forgiveness, self-acceptance, self-kindness, and self-encouragement. This article focuses on the first of these five components of self-compassion.

Negotiating Your True Worth

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on July 16, 2015 in Obesely Speaking
Understanding what you are versus who you are in a world that understands neither.

Rich Roll’s Extreme Flow

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on July 15, 2015 in Brick by Brick
Rich Roll, an ultra-endurance athlete, shares how we do not need to do "everything in moderation" in order to have balanced life. In fact, for many of us, the balance is in the “extreme.

A Memoir and a List of Loopholes Used to Justify Drinking

By Gretchen Rubin on July 14, 2015 in The Happiness Project
Do you have a favorite loophole, that you find yourself turning to most often?

The Middle Way

The Resilience Regiment speaks with Dr. Adi Jaffe, executive director of Alternatives Behavioral Health.

2 Words That Could Mean You Have a Drug Problem

What you say to yourself and to others about your drug or alcohol use is trying to tell you something. Listen.

Old Demons Come Craving

Even people who are sober for decades can have cravings

5 Ways to Protect Yourself from a Leading Cause of Death

These five lifestyle choices can reduce your risk of dying from a leading cause of death by 50 percent.

You're No. 1—Act That Way

By Hal Mathew on July 05, 2015 in Unagoraphobic
Doing things in your best interest ain't a bad thing.

Harnessing the Freedom to Choose Success

Arms folded in front of her, Jana tried to remain calm in the face of a challenge from her parents and me. Joan and Ron, successful professionals who had grown up in the drug scene of the 1970s, were stuck. They agreed that her diagnosis of abuse of alcohol ought not to be ignored, but did not want to “crimp her style” or lead her into a rebellion which might lead her to

Why Do We Misjudge Others

When we interact with a new person, our judgments are colored by our own past experiences, projections, and expectations.

Cross Addiction and What It Means

One of the problems that I see frequently is patients with cross addiction, specifically those who are also being given “legitimate” prescription medications such as stimulants, benzodiazepines, opiates for bona fide symptoms.

Infinitely Polar Bear: Rare Portrayal of Bipolar Disorder

By Suzanne Lachmann Psy.D. on June 19, 2015 in Me Before We
Infinitely Polar Bear is the story of how love can provide the incentive to get better. Mark Ruffalo’s performance is gritty, believable and most certainly Oscar-Worthy.

Which of Us Has Looked Into His Father's Heart?

By Pythia Peay on June 19, 2015 in America On The Couch
A man of his time, Joe Carroll had been shaped by previous eras as much as his era had shaped my own. Like one of those Chinese nesting boxes, his psyche had been formed by the psyches of each of his own parents, who had in turn been shaped by events of their time—and so on back through generations.

What Are the Eleven Symptoms of "Alcohol Use Disorder"?

New research has found that alcohol use disorder (AUD) is an often untreated epidemic in the United States. Do you have an alcohol use disorder? This blog post highlights the 11 symptoms of AUD currently being used to assess both alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence.

Alcohol Abuse and the Elderly: The Problem Worsens

It will come as no surprise that a considerable number of the older people in our nation drink. A drink after work or a couple of glasses of wine with dinner is a habit that can be picked up over a lifetime.

How Addiction Makes Strangers of Those We Love

Addiction can turn those we are closest to into people we don’t recognize – people who lie, steal, manipulate and who appear to value their drug of choice much more than they value us. As we watch in anguish as they turn their backs on all that once had meaning for them, we find ourselves asking, “Why don’t they care?”

Detoxing after Detox: The Perils of Post-Acute Withdrawal

Detoxification is only the first of a two phase process of withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs. A common misconception is that soon after the offending substances are out of the body, life will get noticeably better and “normal” functioning will return. If only that were true.

10 Wishes What Loved Ones of Addicts Really Want

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on May 26, 2015 in A Family Affair
If you are related to or in a relationship with someone who abuses alcohol or drugs, life can be filled with many highs and lows. What are some TRUE DESIRES that you might have in common with someone else going through the same process of acceptance and self-help?

Fourteen Dead Men: Link or No Link?

Recent book provides comprehensive overview of Smiley Face incidents, offering unique serial murder theory.

Alcohol Does More Harm Than Heroin or Crack

By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 21, 2015 in Open Gently
We talk about secondhand smoke, but not about "secondhand alcohol abuse," the harm alcohol abusers do to everyone else.

Behavioral Economics and Health / Part 1

How a short term pleasure, like a cigarette, trumps having a long life.

What Women Need to Know about the Bystander Effect in Men

The problem of sexual aggression toward female students by their male peers is becoming an increasing matter of concern on college campuses. Alcohol is known to be a risk factor in fueling violence against women but new research shows that sexist attitudes greatly compound the dangers.

Prom Night and the Kids Are Going to Drink: What Do You Do?

Early exposure to alcohol in the home can be harmful to children if it leads to drunkenness, but coaching kids on how to drink responsibly at the prom may keep them safer than just preaching abstinence.

One Billion People Share This Addiction. Are You Among Them?

The global statistics on substance abuse and addiction are surprising. One billion people around the world share a common addiction. Are you one of them?

8 Reasons It's So Hard to Overcome a Tough Childhood

Trauma experienced in childhood has special power to wound and can often lead to alcohol and drug use as a way to numb the pain or, conversely, to feel something, as those of us in the addiction treatment field know too well. But help is available and the recovery process can be helped along with an understanding of the things that so commonly get in the way of healing.

Can Psychological Screening Prevent Pilot Suicide?

For every intentional crash there are hundreds of unintentional crashes. The money spent on a wild goose chase trying to keep a suicidal pilot from intentionally crashing would be better spent on training non-suicidal pilots to prevent unintentional (pilot error) crashes.

Why Do Drunk People Stumble, Fumble, and Slur Their Words?

Neuroscientists have identified why drinking too much alcohol makes people discombobulated.

5 Ways to Stay Sober While Traveling

Whether for pleasure or business, travel presents challenges for those working hard to stay sober. With a little planning and foresight, however, you can minimize the risk and maximize the chances of actually enjoying your outing rather than feeling as though you’re running a gantlet.