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

Better Treatment for People With Addictions

By Temma Ehrenfeld on July 27, 2016 in Open Gently
New science is leading to better medication for addiction.

Substance Abuse Counseling and an Arm Implant: A Good Match?

Is an arm implant for substance abuse really a good shot in the arm for substance abuse counseling? What counselors should know.

Ridding Happiness Contaminants 9: Addictions and Compulsions

In this second installment of Ridding Addictions and Compulsions, learn the powerful three strategies to getting started getting stopped. They can put you on the road to recovery.

Risk of Relapse to Alcohol Drops After 5 Years of Sobriety

By Matthew MacKinnon MD on July 18, 2016 in Neuraptitude
New research reveals that a former alcoholic's risk of relapse after 5 years of sobriety is about the same as the risk of developing alcoholism in the general US population.

Harvard Study Pegs How Parental Substance Abuse Impacts Kids

A new Harvard study, published today, reports that 1 in 5 children grows up in a home with parental substance abuse. The study offers advice on how to break the cycle of addiction.

Why Jared Watson Is a ‘Feel Good’ Addict

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on July 14, 2016 in Brick by Brick
Jared Watson, lead vocalist for the band Dirty Heads, told me, “I was the guy. If you wanted to party, it wasn’t just going to be one night..."

The Talk You Must Have Before Your Kid Goes to College

Getting your child ready for college doesn’t just mean arranging dorms and paying tuition, it means having an upfront talk about mental health.
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Punch Drunk: Six Factors That Influence Your Buzz

Knowing why you drink and how best to do so responsibly will help you ensure your drinking is always under your control.
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7 Effects of Alcohol Myopia

Alcohol consumption impacts us in many ways—and most of them are not good for us.

Identifying Alcohol or Drug Abuse in the Work Place

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on July 06, 2016 in Sure Recovery
Substance abuse (alcohol, prescription drugs and illicit drugs) at work is a serious issue with negative consequences for employers and co-workers alike.

44 Billion Reasons to Stop Drinking

The National Institute of Health is preparing to fund the largest study of brain development in adolescents to date. Read why they are going to spend $150 million on it.

What I Learned About Alcohol and Alcoholism at the Hospital

By Stanton Peele on June 25, 2016 in Addiction in Society
You get some sense, and some nonsense, at the hospital about alcohol.

Signs Your Children Are Abusing Drugs or Alcohol

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on June 24, 2016 in Sure Recovery
Summer is here and that means teenagers are out of school. Here are signs to look out for to tell if your teenager might be abusing drugs and alcohol in their free time.

Why is Gratitude a Helpful Tool for Loved Ones?

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on June 21, 2016 in A Family Affair
Research supports the benefits of gratitude. It can help shift one's perspective from negative to positive.

Baby Boomers Have Shorter Lifespans

By Kimberly Key on June 17, 2016 in Counseling Keys
While increasing numbers of the Great Generation are living past 100, Baby Boomers are facing earlier deaths at alarming rates, making Millennials the largest population group.

Kids That Act Up: Could It Be Mom's Drinking?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on June 06, 2016 in Open Gently
More kids suffer from an alcohol bath in the womb than we thought.
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Alcohol Abuse Remains a Leading Cause of Death

Alcohol abuse continues to be a serious problem in the United States. Let’s be sure that all those who need help for substance abuse get it.
Reproduced form Case and Deaton (see footnote)

Middle-aged Americans are Dying Younger: Why?

A group of Americans are dying earlier than they used to do. This bucks the trend in other countries, and in America in other groups. Why is this? Can anything be done?

What’s Up With Illegal Drug Use?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 02, 2016 in How To Do Life
A The Eminents Interview: Dr. Nora Volkow.

Wine-ing Your Way to Health; Mediterranean Style

The Mediterranean Approach and Wine: Yay or Nay?

This Is Your Brain Binging on Food, Sex, Alcohol, or Drugs

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have pinpointed specific neurons that trigger binges.

Mindfulness and Self-Destructive Behavior: What Next?

Sometimes you can get so caught up in trying to hide the things about yourself you think are wrong – that you can lose touch with what you actually do feel and value.

Untangle Yourself From Your Loved One's Addiction

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on May 23, 2016 in A Family Affair
Sharing stories and taking action can help us deal with our loved one's addiction.

Learning About Addiction

A huge problem in our country is that most of the people who we trust to provide addiction treatment are poorly qualified or unqualified.

3 Mistakes Parents Make by NOT Considering Boarding School

When your kid's in danger, you may have to take drastic steps. Boarding school can be a new beginning.

15-Min Online Training Sessions That Could Be Life Changing

An easier, quicker and potentially more efficient way of changing behaviour could revolutionise therapy in years to come.
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More than Proof: Four Facts We Might Add to Liquor Labels

Labels provide consumers with need-to-know information about the product they are about to consume.

No Birth Control? Then No Alcohol

How responsible is a woman who consumes alcohol not knowing she’s pregnant?

Don’t Just Say ‘NO’ to Drugs – Say ‘YES’ to Life

Want to protect your kids from drugs? See how putting them in extracurricular activities can help!

The Neuroscience of Binge Drinking

What drives people to binge drink? Groundbreaking research has identified the brain mechanics of binge drinking and pinpointed a way to 'put the brakes' on binge drinking.