If you’re concerned that you have a substance abuse problem, consider taking two short questionnaires included in Substance Abuse and Older People, a comprehensive 2015 book covering the age-related issues of substance abuse, from diagnosis to treatment.
You’ve probably tried to quit drinking or using other substances at some point in the past. You may have been able to stop drinking or to give up using drugs for short periods of time, but for some reason you always end up going back to your old ways. You may even try to tell yourself that you can quit any time you want to but that you just don’t really want to.
If you’re concerned about the risk of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have a useful page listing answers to common questions about alcohol consumption and pregnancy. Finding out about FASDs and the general rules for alcohol consumption during pregnancy helps you avoid any unintended negative effects on your baby and can provide the encouragement you need to get your drinking under control.
People who achieve abstinence during alcohol treatment are substantially more likely to relapse back into excessive drinking when they have significant physical pain, according to recent findings from a group of American researchers.
As a rule, people affected by diagnosable alcohol abuse and/or alcoholism consume alcohol in amounts that exceed public health recommendations for moderate drinking. Many individuals with serious alcohol problems successfully achieve abstinence while enrolled in a treatment program. In a study published in April 2015 in the journal Addiction, researchers from two American universities explored the impact that physical pain has on the odds that any given person will relapse back into a pattern of excessive drinking during or after alcohol treatment.
A new study has found that raising alcohol taxes in Illinois was associated with a decrease in drunk-driving deaths and suggests that raising taxes around the country could save thousands of lives per year.
Two new studies have found that the shape of your beer glass and the presence or absence of markings affect how quickly you drink alcohol. The findings have important consequences when considering binge drinking—effectively defined as consuming enough alcohol to put you over the limit for driving (a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent)—and its numerous health risks and impacts on society. Could we reduce the level of excessive drinking in society by altering the shape and design of the glasses we serve alcohol in? The new studies suggest that, surprisingly, the answer could be yes.
Heavy drinking in functional adults often begins as a way to relax. You need that glass of wine at the end of a long day to unwind, right? The next thing you know it’s two, then three glasses before you can finally feel like yourself again. You start drinking so much that you’re not sleeping well and you wake up with a hangover, but you still need it every night. You know that you’re not an alcoholic, but you might be starting to think you have a problem. And if you think that you are the only one who is a slave to your habit, you’re wrong. Your children see everything you do and are affected by every choice you make. Here are some important signs to look for that should convince you that your kids need you to cut back:
New findings from a team of American researchers indicate that an alcohol consumer’s socioeconomic status has a significant influence on the genetic factors that help determine the amount of alcohol he or she drinks.
Are 12-step programs really effective against alcoholism? Dr. Lance Dodes, a psychiatrist who specializes in treatment for substance abuse, claims most emphatically that they are not. His critique appeared in written form in 2014, in a book he co-authored with his son, freelance writer Zachary Dodes, called The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry. A review of the book in The New York Times by Dr. Richard A. Friedman, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, called it “deeply flawed.”
Recent evidence from a team of American researchers indicates that people with PTSD may experience substantially worsening symptoms when they use alcohol as part of a negative coping strategy to deal with their situations.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of equating social gatherings with alcohol consumption. It can feel as though every birthday, every holiday celebration and every single social occasion you’re invited to is built around the consumption of alcohol. But when you’re overcoming alcoholism, breaking this link is central to moving to a healthier lifestyle while still having fun with your friends and family. It isn’t always easy though, as the Fix writer Julie Elsdon-Height will attest, and she has some tips to offer those struggling in the same way she did when she first got sober.
Summer recreational pursuits should be fun, filled with discovery and learning opportunities. Unfortunately, too many people equate summertime with a chance to party all night, engaging in activities that often include consuming massive quantities of alcohol.
Manipulation of a specific brain protein may one day help provide protection against involvement in the dangerous practice known as binge drinking, according to recent findings from a group of American scientists.
It’s a hot summer day and you’re getting ready for some fun in the sun. You are packing supplies for a picnic, barbecue or a day at the beach and you make sure you fill the cooler with plenty of beer or wine coolers. After all, nothing is more refreshing than an adult beverage on a hot summer day, right?
In May 2013, the American Psychiatric Association (the primary source for mental illness definitions in the U.S.) replaced separate criteria for the diagnosis of alcohol abuse and alcoholism with a single set of criteria for a condition called alcohol use disorder. This disorder encompasses all cases of damaging, dysfunctional alcohol consumption. In a study review published in September 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, researchers from Italy and the United Kingdom looked at the impact that the shift to alcohol use disorder has had on the number of people who qualify for a diagnosis of problematic alcohol use.