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Alcohol Abuse

Drug Temptation for Professionals

There are a lot of stereotypes about the types of people who abuse drugs. Many people assume that people who abuse drugs are lazy, weak and morally flawed. The reality of drug abuse, though, is that all different kinds of people abuse drugs, no matter their age, income level, social status, race or personality. Drug abuse is a serious problem in the United States for millions of people, and many of these people are working professionals. Although these people may appear to have everything under control, they have the same potential to abuse drugs as everyone else. What’s more, because of the pressures and demands of a career-driven life, many professionals face an even greater temptation to abuse drugs than non-professionals.
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Why Does Withdrawal Make You Sick?

Drugs affect the way the body functions. Whenever someone uses drugs, she changes her brain and bodily systems. While some of these changes are minor, some are severe and life-threatening. Some drugs change the body in a way that it needs substances to function normally. Quitting these drugs can make people sick, a condition called withdrawal, which is completely normal in the rehab process. The problem is that its effects can be extremely uncomfortable, so it is important for addicts who want to recover to seek professional help to ensure a safe detox.
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Defining Binge Drinking and Alcohol Abuse

Each year, millions of Americans consume alcohol. Some do it occasionally, while others do it on a regular basis. Many people who drink alcohol do so in moderation, but some abuse it by consuming large amounts at a time. Everyone has heard of binge drinking and alcohol abuse, but the exact definitions for these terms are somewhat vague. Due to this ambiguity, it helps to know exactly what they are. Knowing what counts as binge drinking and alcohol abuse can help people understand both how to drink responsibly, and if they have a problem with alcohol. (more…)

Medical Conditions that Can be Caused by Alcoholism

Description: Alcoholism can lead to several potential short- and long-term medical conditions. Individuals struggling with alcohol abuse should seek professional treatment to overcome their addiction and prevent future medical complications.

Millions of Americans consume alcohol each year. SAMHSA’s 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found that a little over half of Americans ages 12 and over, or roughly 135.5 million people, reported being current drinkers of alcohol. (more…)

What Are the Criteria for Alcoholism?

135 Million Americans are Alcohol DrinkersMillions of Americans drink alcohol each year. SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that in 2012, approximately 135.5 million Americans ages 12 and over, or 50 percent of that population, were current alcohol drinkers. But not everyone who drinks alcohol develops an abuse or dependence problem. It’s sometimes difficult to tell what qualifies as alcohol abuse or dependency, so it’s helpful to know exactly what the criteria for these disorders are.
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Why Co-dependent Relationships Should Be Avoided

When two people are in a relationship, they will naturally want what is best for the other person. Since the foundation of a healthy relationship is an even amount of give and take, it is normal for both people to compromise their own desires on occasion to help the other person get what she wants. But this kind of compromise can become a problem if it is unbalanced. For instance, if one person gives more than the other, a co-dependent relationship can easily form. Co-dependent relationships can hurt everyone involved in them, and they can even lead to life-threatening situations, so learn to recognize and address these problems at all costs.
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Maintaining Recovery in an Alcohol Saturated Culture

When people decide to get help with alcohol addiction, they are making an important step toward regaining control of their lives. But, addiction rehab is only the first stage of recovery, as after it ends users must return to everyday life and remain alcohol-free. This task alone is challenging, but it can be even more difficult when people live in societies that encourage drinking, and societies that have alcohol almost everywhere. In this case, recovering alcoholics must learn specific ways to manage their addictions, despite being surrounded by alcohol consumption.
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By |November 25th, 2014|Alcohol Abuse, Recovery

Ways that Drugs Can Cause Impaired Judgment

Every type of drug, no matter how potent or addictive, has some type of effect on the person using it. These effects can range from mild to severe, and can include both physical and psychological symptoms. While each drug is different, one common effect of drug use is impaired judgment. Every drug side effect has the potential to be dangerous, but impaired judgment can be especially risky to a person physically, psychologically and socially. It is essential to use drugs with extreme caution, knowing that they can impair a person’s judgment in multiple and sometimes unexpected ways.
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    3 Things to Know About Alcohol Intoxication and Mood Disorders

3 Things to Know About Alcohol Intoxication and Mood Disorders

Mood disorders can be extremely difficult to manage alone. To deal with the symptoms of these complex mental health conditions, many people abuse alcohol: they drink until they become intoxicated, because they think that they can keep their drinking under control while also using it to dull pain. But, this combination of a mental health disorder and drug abuse can be extremely dangerous. When a person with a mood disorder is intoxicated from alcohol, he is increasing his risk of physical and psychological harm.

A mood disorder is a mental health condition in which a person experiences extreme changes in her mood. These changes can include a combination of elevated and lowered moods, and each change, or episode, can last anywhere from a few weeks to several years. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism identifies the following five types of mood disorders:

  • Major depressive disorder
  • Bipolar I disorder
  • Bipolar II disorder
  • Dysthymia
  • Hypomania

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that, according to the 2001-2002 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions, 9.2 percent of American adults had a mood disorder in the year before the survey. But, out of these millions of people who struggled with […]

4 Ways Peer Pressure May Be Affecting Your Drinking Habits

People consume alcohol for many reasons: some to relax, others to celebrate and have fun and some to fit in with a group of people. While drinking for any of these reasons can cause health problems, drinking socially can be especially risky, because peer pressure can affect drinking habits in several ways. Specifically, peer pressure can increase the likelihood of the following problems:

  • Social drinking
  • Binge drinking
  • Developing an addiction
  • Using other drugs with alcohol

Seek help to address any of these risks of alcohol abuse.

Many people drink socially, which is fine as long as they only consume a few drinks. As Sarah Allen Benton explains, social drinkers drink in patterns that have low risks for addiction—female social drinkers consume no more than seven drinks per week, and no more than three drinks per day; male social drinkers consume no more than 14 drinks per week, and no more than four drinks per day. This pattern of drinking can occasionally develop into abuse or addiction, but most people can control these drinking habits. The only people who should avoid social drinking are recovering alcoholics, as any form of drinking can lead to relapse.

Social drinking […]