Category: alcohol abuse

Misconceptions of Drinking Alcohol in America

Misconceptions About Alcohol Use

Sometimes life can feel a bit lonely as a non-drinker, especially when it’s a new identity. It can feel like EVERYONE drinks, and you’re the only one on the planet who chooses not to. In some circles, this perception is …

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Alcohol and the Elderly

Alcohol and the Elderly

As a person ages, they are faced with many major life changing events and some of these may lead to excessive drinking and include: Empty nest syndrome Financial difficulties Deteriorating health Loss of friendships due to moves Health complications or …

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Sometimes It's The Small Things

Sometimes It’s The Small Things

Often times, treatment for substance and alcohol abuse can focus on big picture issues.  This can include working on a marriage strained under the pressures of addiction, the need to change an unsustainable work environment, deciding that one can no …

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Alcohol Psychology and Depression

Alcohol is a Depressant

Alcohol depresses the function of the Central Nervous System (CNS) when alcohol it is abused.  The CNS is the main control center of the body and is made up of the brain and spinal cord—it takes in information, organizes it, …

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Tough Love and Your Family

Tough Love and Your Family

Considering getting help for a family member with an addiction can be a difficult and painful experience. Sometimes it calls for “Tough Love” which means setting boundaries requiring or promoting the individual to take responsibility for their actions. Often loved …

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Alcohol and How it Effects Quality Sleep

Alcohol and How it Effects Quality Sleep

According to the National Sleep Foundation, as many as 20% of adults use alcohol to go to sleep. Especially when suffering from insomnia, alcohol can seem to offer some very quick relief.  But research shows that alcohol can actually wreak …

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Dangers of Alcohol Withdrawal

Alcohol withdrawal is a dangerous condition that can occur in chronic drinkers who abruptly stop or even significantly reduce their alcohol consumption. In general, how severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms become depends on how much and for how long a person …

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Alcohol and Health

Alcohol is a major depressant and its biggest effect is on the central nervous system.  Alcohol interacts with the receptors, neurotransmitters, cell membranes, enzymes and even the genes.  The breakdown of alcohol is a multi-step process, and the first step …

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Alcohol and Depression

Alcohol is a depressant, it slows down the function of the Central Nervous System (CNS). When abused, alcohol can: Cause short-term memory loss Cause confusion Effect coordination Effect vision Cause slurred speech Cause a lack of sleep Slow or stop …

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Cooking and Enjoying Food without Alcohol

A common concern I hear as an addiction counselor for people in early recovery pertains to the use of alcohol in cooking and food. There are many schools of thought and arguments made for the continued use of alcohol in …

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