Are You Hiding Behind Your Weekend Drinking Problem?

So maybe you overdo it from time to time — okay, a lot of the time, but you only drink on the weekends and an occasional weekday, so it’s no problem, right? Just because you don’t drink everyday doesn’t mean you’re safe from alcohol dependence and addiction. In fact, if you’re over the recommendations for moderate drinking — no more than seven drinks a week for women and 14 drinks a week for men — you’ve crossed the line into heavy drinking or binge drinking. Of the 136 million Americans who use alcohol, more than 47% are binge drinkers according to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Are you one of them? Here’s some warning signs.

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6 Substances Commonly Misused By Older Adults in America

Adults aged 50 and older are among the more than 3 million people in the United States who have opioid or opiate addictions. Overuse or misuse of prescription painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone is so widespread that President Trump has declared the opioid epidemic a public “health emergency.”

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Football Season: College Tailgating & Parties While in Recovery

Posted on November 1st, 2017

Whether you are a loyal UCLA Bruin or you spend your Saturdays cheering on the “cardinal and gold” of USC, game-day tradition calls for a booze-filled tailgate party outside the stadium. Stuffing oneself with food and alcohol pregame is a ritual that even marginal fans don’t want to miss. So just how does a fan in recovery navigate this danger zone? What options do they have to stay sober at tailgates and continue to work their relapse prevention program?

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What are the Legal Blood Alcohol Levels Across the World?

Posted on April 5th, 2017

Almost 10,000 people die in the U.S. each year as a result of alcohol-impaired driving, accounting for nearly one third of all traffic-related deaths in the country. The most important step anybody can take to protect other drivers and pedestrians is to learn the legal blood alcohol level for driving and stick to it. However, the legal blood alcohol level varies among countries around the world, so we’ll look at the U.K., other E.U. countries, China, Japan and Brazil.

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What Do You Mean I Can Never Drink Again?

Posted on February 16th, 2017

When you have had one too many disastrous experiences under the influence of alcohol, you realize that it’s time to stop drinking. You may talk to people who are in recovery and realize that the cornerstone of Alcoholics Anonymous is abstinence. You panic. You probably don’t want to stop drinking permanently. You just want to learn how to control your drinking.

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Drink Until You Drop: The Perils of Attending Fraternity, Sorority Parties

Posted on June 23rd, 2016

Fraternities and sororities are central to the social life on many college campuses. They offer a stamp of approval for those chosen as members and a sense of pride for parents of students who are accepted into their ranks. They present opportunities to be of service and teach valuable leadership skills as well as promoting team-building. Those who have entered into their ranks have shared that they feel like they are with people who have become “family of choice,” with whom they can network long after their college years have ended.

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How to Forgive an Alcoholic Parent

Posted on April 19th, 2016

From parental substance abuse statistics, we know that when a parent is an alcoholic or a drug addict, the children suffer. If you had an alcoholic parent, learning to forgive isn’t easy. Maybe you were abused verbally, emotionally or physically, or you were neglected. Maybe you had to take on more responsibilities than a child should, like caring for a younger sibling. It may also be that you simply didn’t get the attention, affection and love from your parent that is every child’s right. Whatever your experience was, learning how to forgive an alcoholic parent will empower you and bring you peace.

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Alcoholism Damages Ability to Pay Attention

Posted on July 11th, 2014

Alcoholism Damages Ability to Pay Attention People affected by alcoholism experience several harmful, long-term changes in brain function. While some of these changes directly account for the development of an alcohol addiction, others appear in parts of the brain responsible for maintaining the critical ability to focus and maintain attention. In a study published in May 2014 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, researchers from two Belgian institutions conducted a detailed exploration of the ways in which alcoholism damages the ability to pay attention. These researchers concluded that the most crucial changes involve a reduction in the brain’s capacity to exercise a higher-level faculty called executive control or executive function.

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Do Men and Women Have Differing Genetic Risks for Alcoholism?

Posted on June 4th, 2014

Do Men and Women Have Differing Genetic Risks for Alcoholism?Researchers and public health experts know that part of the risk for alcoholism comes from a complex interaction of genes inside the human body. They also know that the impact of alcoholism in women differs from the impact of the condition in men. In a study published in May 2014 in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence, a multinational research team looked at the potential gender-related repercussions of one specific gene known to affect how the body processes alcohol. The researchers concluded that the expression of this gene in women can significantly alter the risks for developing alcoholism.

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