Myths and misconceptions regarding Alcoholics Anonymous that continue to prevent people from accessing self-help. For the atheist or agnostic, concerns about having a "Higher Power" are a significant ...
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Here’s how it works: take a pill each morning and know that for the rest of the day even a sip or two of alcohol will make you feel horribly ill. Need to quit drinking? Is disulfiram a good option for you? Read on to learn more about this FDA approved alcoholism treatment medication.
One of the finest compliments I receive from recovering alcoholics is that despite the fact that I am not an alcoholic, I understand how their minds work. I have profound respect for all the old sayings in AA. Some are open to interpretation - the "insanity of our disease" is a literal statement.
Although it may not be fair, women alcoholics suffer a far worse fate than men. They get more cancers, more liver disease and experience greater cognitive declines. Anyone drinking to excess needs help, but women alcoholics shouldn't wait even one more day. Get help, get sober; feel better.
So you’re drinking too much and you want to change – you have 2 choices, either cut down or quit entirely. While abstinence is the safest course of action it’s not for everyone, and some people want to at least try to cut down before conceding to a need for complete sobriety. Do you want to become a more moderate drinker? If so, here’s how to do it….
If you’re drinking for health reasons, you may want to think again, because while very moderate drinking may reduce your odds of heart disease, even moderate drinking is being shown to increase your risk for a host of cancers.
The more you drink the greater your risk to develop a problem… but how does your drinking compare to American averages? Find out where you fit in and find out - based on how much you drink - your risk of developing an alcohol abuse disorder.
DWI courts, based on the model of drug court, offer chronic DUI offenders a chance to beat alcoholism for good.
They call hypertension the silent killer. Heavy drinking greatly increases the risks.
Understanding the causes, treatments and prevention of painful pancreatitis.
Heavy drinking can cause acute or chronic stomach pain.
Take the 2 minute alcohol abuse screening quiz TWEAK - designed specifically for women.
A lot of people attend a single AA meeting and dismiss the group as "full of people that have nothing in common with me". 12 steppers call this phenomenon terminal uniqueness. It's very common, and it's usually completely false.
Learn how many calories some common alcoholic drinks contain.
Long years of heavy drinking may lead to a thiamine deficiency, and a syndrome known as Wernicke-Korsakoff (wet brain). Much of the brain damage experienced is unfortunately irreversible.
Alcoholism is a progressive disease. If it's bad now, it will be worse later.
Why can some people drink heavily and never become alcoholics when other people get addicted so quickly?
Individual sessions with a therapist can be enormously beneficial in all stages of recovery... even before you stop drinking!
Learn the risks, learn the symptoms and learn why quitting drinking today will make you feel a whole lot better.
Years of chronic and heavy drinking can substantially damage the organs and systems of the body, and although some of this damage is reversible, sadly, some of the cognitive declines are not. As follows are a list of some of the major organs, and how alcohol abuse can affect each of these organs.
While the biological basis of alcoholism is far from completely understood, research now seems to indicate that there is a genetic predisposition passed through families that leaves some more vulnerable to abuse. For anyone with an alcoholic close relative, extra caution must be exhibited when using alcohol.
Estimates put the number of alcohol dependent seniors in the millions, and only a fraction of these are getting the help they need. For a number of reasons, alcohol abuse in the elderly often goes undiagnosed; and too often, elderly alcoholics are never presented with the treatment options that could greatly improve their health and quality of life. Old age is not a valid reason for self destructive drinking, and families do not offer kindness to older relatives when they attempt to spare them the pain and difficulty of addictions treatment. The elderly deserve the same access to treatment as the rest of the population, and since alcohol is especially debilitating to older bodies, the time for any needed treatment is now.
Is it alcohol abuse or alcoholism? Learn the difference, learn why alcoholics almost always need treatment, and learn how family can make a real difference. No one needs to suffer with this disease any longer.