Alcohol: Move Past Next-Day Shame and Guilt

Morning after drinking guilt and shame - why do you feel so low that next morning and what can you do about it?

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Based on your current level of drinking, find out your risk for certain cancers, cirrhosis, heart attack and stroke (and remember, if you’re still reasonably healthy, you can reduce your risks dramatically by curbing heavy drinking.)

New to AA? Start here – a list of 9 quick-read articles answering all your important questions on getting started with the 12 steps.

There's an expression in AA that we've never met anyone too dumb to get this program but we have met people too smart to get it. Early recovery is a difficult time and we find that we must keep it simple if we are to find our way to a better life.

Late Onset Alcoholism – Causes, Consequences and Treatment Needs © Enthuan

Late onset drinking: The causes and consequences, the differences between late onset and early onset drinking and the unique treatment needs of older alcoholics.

Countering Negative AA Myths - Learn the Truth about How and Why It Helps © Pavel P.

Common AA myths: AA is a cult...AA is only for Christians...research says AA doesn't work, and more. Why not dig a little deeper and learn the truth?

Alcoholism: Preventing Wet Brain with a Daily Thiamine Supplement © Colin Dunn

Do you drink heavily? Would a daily thiamine and multivitamin supplement reduce your risk of brain damage? Read on to find out more.

How AA Works – Identifying the Individual Mechanisms That Help People Maintain Abstinence © Blythe_D

OK – so we know that AA helps people stay sober…but how and why does it help? Well, some of the ways people benefit from AA include: by changing their social networks, by experiencing less depression, by increasing self-confidence and others.

A Timeline Charting the Progressive Nature of Alcoholism © Flannol

Here are 2 facts about alcoholism: It tends to get worse over time (it is progressive) and most people experience a fairly similar progression of symptoms and consequences. Here is a timeline which charts the progressive experiences of alcoholism through the early, middle and late stages. If you have a drinking problem, find out where you fall on the timeline and consider what’s coming in the future.

A Timeline for the Restoration of Cognitive Abilities after Quitting Alcohol © CarbonNYC

Researchers say that your brain can make a nearly complete recovery – so long as you give it some recovery time. Here's a timeline of when you can expect different cognitive abilities will return to normal after you quit drinking.

How’s Your Liver? 8 Ways To Mend Your Liver After Quitting Alcohol © Daniela Vladimirova

How’s your liver? Find out more about alcoholic liver diseases, and most importantly, learn 8 ways to heal your liver now that you’re no longer drinking! (If you’re still drinking too much, there’s really only 1 thing you need to do - stop hurting your liver.)

AA for Atheists – How to Take What You Need and Leave the Rest © Gerlos

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 obstacles that can be overcome.

Should You Consider Disulfiram (Antabuse)? Learn the Facts, Benefits and Risks © J. Star

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.

Understanding the Insanity of Alcoholism: How the Alcoholic Thinks © Flood

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.

Alcoholic Women: Unique and Serious Health Risks © RJ Bejil

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.

How to Control Your Drinking on Your Own – From Problem Drinking to Moderation © AndYaDon'tStop

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….

Should You Drink for Your Heart Health? Weighing the Cardiac Benefits of Moderate Drinking Against Increased Cancer Risks © Krikit

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.

Find Out How Your Drinking Compares to American Averages © An Untrained Eye

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 Court - Alternative Sentencing for Alcoholics © Ell Brown

DWI courts, based on the model of drug court, offer chronic DUI offenders a chance to beat alcoholism for good.

Heavy Drinking, High Blood Pressure and the Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke © gHANDIJI40

They call hypertension the silent killer. Heavy drinking greatly increases the risks.

Alcoholic Pancreatitis - Treatments and Pain Relief © INJU

Understanding the causes, treatments and prevention of painful pancreatitis.

Heavy drinking can cause acute or chronic stomach pain.

AA and Terminal Uniqueness - Are You As Unique As You Think You Are? © ViaMoi

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.

Wet Brain – Alcoholism and Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome © jsmjr

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: Why Some Become Drunks ...and Others Don't © the trial

Why can some people drink heavily and never become alcoholics when other people get addicted so quickly?

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.

It's Never Too Late for Help: Alcohol Abuse and The Elderly © Dmitry Papkovich

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.

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Overview
  • Alcoholism: A fatal disease if left untreated. Chronic.
  • Alcoholics: Crave alcohol and lose control over their drinking
  • Alcohol Abusers: No total loss of control, but drinking may cause problems in some areas
  • Alcohol withdrawal: Alcoholics are physically dependent and experience withdrawal symptoms if they try to stop drinking suddenly
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Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies Clinical research on the causes, prevention, and treatment of alcoholism and alcoholic disease - based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The Research Society on Alcoholism The Research Society on Alcoholism promotes scientific research about alcoholism and alcohol-related problems.
NIAAA - National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism NIAAA provides governmental leadership in the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems.
Rethinking Drinking Alcohol and your health. A government website sponsored by NIAAA.
Alcohol and Public Health Alcohol information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
MedlinePlus: Alcoholism Extensive and up-to-date alcoholism information compiled by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
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