Alcohol Related Posts

We’ve learned a lot about addiction over the past century. Through research and observation, addiction has gone from an enigma to a decidedly complex brain disease for which there are many potential causes. However, there’s still much left to learn, especially when it comes to understanding susceptibility to addiction. Addiction is an indiscriminate disease that […]

Americans drinking themselves to death

Michael Scippa isn’t surprised by a new report that shows Americans are drinking themselves to death at rates not seen in 35 years. Scippa is the public affairs director for Alcohol Justice, a San Francisco-based watchdog group that keeps an eye on the alcohol industry. Someone has to do it, Scippa says, because the current system […]

Everyone from Time Magazine to Rolling Stone is getting in on the action, but using politics as an excuse to overindulge isn’t fun for those who suffer serious side effects. The presidential debates are just the beginning. As election season gets into full swing, news coverage will kick into high gear. All the political doubletalk […]

no drinking

It seems like simple common sense that one of the first steps in treatment for substance abuse is to get you to stop using the substance. Whether it’s alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription medications, the detox process is usually an important starting point of any program. Only after an individual is no longer under the […]

For the casual drinker, it can be comforting to hear that a few glasses of wine each week can have health benefits. But promoting alcohol as “healthy” may be a bit of a stretch, especially for those who consume several drinks a day. Those who indulge at that level could be doing irreparable damage to […]

You may think your children aren’t listening, but research shows that parents play a critical role in preventing their kids from using drugs. Even armed with those statistics, though, it can be hard to have a conversation with your teen or pre-teen about substance use. Fortunately, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has launched […]

It’s easy to have firm ideas about how much you’ll drink, but, as the hours pass, your judgment becomes impaired by alcohol. You may lose track of just how much you’ve had. Enter: alcohol-monitoring ice cubes. An MIT graduate student, Dhairya Dand, created the new tool after he wound up in the hospital after binge […]

If you are in recovery and start to feel like you are beyond relapse, this story is for you. It’s a cautionary tale that shows that everyone is vulnerable – even treatment professionals. It is important to start each day with a renewed commitment to sobriety and the choices that make it possible over the […]