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Alcohol Abuse

Gay Bars Can Offer Entry to Community -- But the Cover Charge Can Be Steep

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 07.23.2015 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

Gay bars have played an outsized role in the lives of many gay men. They're often our first introduction to the gay community, our entry to a Technicolor world after struggling to be true to ourselves in a black-and-white world. They're where we meet others like ourselves and realize we're not 'the only one.'

Finding Recovery on Social Apps

Joe Putignano | Posted 07.10.2015 | Media
Joe Putignano

In my opinion, recovery programs can work in a similar way, because when some people stop participating in them, they relapse. This is why the majority of us in recovery have to create a strong support network.

How I Got Sober

Allison Hudson | Posted 07.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

My parents drove me up to the mountains of North Carolina as if they were taking me to summer camp like they had done when I was a little girl. But I wasn't 10, I was 32 and it wasn't summer camp, it was rehab.

Bartender Found Guilty After Man Drinks 56 Shots, Dies

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 05.28.2015 | World

A French bartender was convicted of manslaughter on Wednesday after serving 56 shots to a customer who died the next day. The customer, 56-year-old...

My Husband And I Stopped Drinking -- And Now We Have Better Sex

High50 | Posted 05.12.2015 | Fifty
High50

Miranda's husband James wasn't an obvious alcoholic, but he drank too much at parties and could get out of control. So she made him stop, and quitting the booze had benefits for both of them (names have been changed), including the bedroom.

Happy, Sober and T

Darya Teesewell | Posted 05.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Darya Teesewell

I took a celebratory coin to mark my seventeenth year from my sober friends, yesterday; embossed on one side are the words "to thine own self be true." There is no cure for being who we are; being who we are is key to recovery -- any recovery.

The Alcohol Risk For Older People May Be Greater Than You Think

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 06.27.2015 | Fifty
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

Excessive drinking can be a problem for older adults. The most common estimate is that a bit over 15 percent of older adults drink more than is advisable. Unfortunately, the drinking problems of older adults often go unnoticed because usually they don't look like the drinking problems of younger people.

Getting a Bargain on a Buzz? Calculating the Real Price of Alcohol

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 06.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Patrick R. Krill

If you're someone who enjoys the "affordable luxury" of a beer after work, or sometimes even a few, reasonably-increased taxes aren't going to kill you. What can kill you though, is excessive alcohol use.

Alcohol Dependency in Our Family and How We Struggle With It

Gary Nelson | Posted 06.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Gary Nelson

For many of us who may struggle on a daily basis with anxiety, depression, addiction and self-worth, all we want to do is just get to first base. Sometimes, that's as far as we can go on any given day, month, or year. Hitting a home run isn't really something we are able to do just yet. But be patient with us. Give us the gift of time, and a maybe a little more than three strikes.

Make Meditation a Habit to Improve Your Life

Richard Taite | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Richard Taite

Honestly, a 30-minute meditation session felt like some sort of torture for someone with a mind like mine. However, it was only a very short time before I started being able to sit longer and being more comfortable when I did.

15 Shocking Alcohol Statistics for Alcohol Awareness Month

Kelly Fitzgerald | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Kelly Fitzgerald

Often times, people get caught up in the glitz and glamour of alcohol. Cocktails for every occasion, drinks that smell good and look pretty, and the f...

The Big Difference Between Young, Old When It Comes To Drinking

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.06.2015 | Fifty

The frequency of alcohol consumption increases as you age, according to new research. The UK study, published in the journal BMC Medicine, said that d...

What Do You Mean I Have To Date Without Drinking?

Allison Hudson | Posted 03.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

I was a little over a year sober when I really started the dating thing. I was confident with my sobriety, the person I was becoming, and thought for the first time in years that I may actually have something positive to offer to a relationship. But why was dating so uncomfortable?

So What Really Happens in an Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting?

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

After the thousands of hours I've spent in recovery meetings, I can say I'm certain of only a few things. First, despite what many people believe, AA is not a cult. It's just a group of alcoholics trying to figure out how to stay sober by helping the next guy or gal stay sober. Two, no matter how shitty I feel before walking into a meeting, I always feel a little better after it's over.

America, We Have A Binge Drinking Problem

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.09.2015 | Healthy Living

America, we have a binge drinking problem. Every year in the United States about 2,200 people die from alcohol poisoning -- that's six deaths each ...

Healthy Makes Happy: 5 New Year's Resolutions for a Healthier Life and a Happy 2015

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 02.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

As the calendar turns to New Year 2015, what resolutions should you make to get healthier and happier in the next 12 months? Here is what I recommend to my patients, family and friends.

This New Phone App Can Tell When You've Had Too Much To Drink

AP | By AMANDA LEE MYERS | Posted 02.11.2015 | Healthy Living

A new federally funded cellphone app allows people who may have had one too many to get an idea just how drunk they are — and hail a ride home. ...

5 Things Movember Taught Me

Ross Szabo | Posted 01.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

This month has taught me to be more proactive, more careful about my decisions and more open to the advice of the people who care about me. It helped me build more bridges in conversation to have more men open up in everyday situations. Movember has shown me that I'm not alone.

Two Poems Post Veterans Day: One of Death, One of Life

Matthew Hoh | Posted 01.14.2015 | Impact
Matthew Hoh

Now I have two poems to read each Veterans Day. One to ensure those who have suffered never leave my purpose and my life, and the second, to remind me that this is my purpose and that this is my life.

The Surprising Health Benefit Of Alcohol For Older Adults

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 10.23.2014 | Fifty

It's no secret that alcohol abuse can cause a variety of health problems, including damage to the liver. However, a new study shows that light consump...

Decoding Excuses For Abuse

David Adams | Posted 12.17.2014 | Women
David Adams

It is important for everyone to become more savvy about abuser's excuses because many people unwittingly reinforce them in how we respond to the abuser's "explanations" for his/her violence, and to understand what taking real responsibility means.

An Important Talk About Life, Death and the Responsibility of Friendship

Dr. Jonathan Gibralter | Posted 11.30.2014 | College
Dr. Jonathan Gibralter

We're still in the earliest weeks of the fall semester, during which new students are most acutely at risk for alcohol-related injury, death and other incidents. Though physically distant, parents remain the biggest role models in their students' lives.

One Thing We're Missing When We Talk About Suicide

Ross Szabo | Posted 11.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

In that moment I realized there was a huge part of me that I hadn't been working on in all of my years of therapy. It was an obvious piece of my cycles of dysfunction, but I was too consumed by my symptoms to see it. Through deep, heaving sobs I finally understood that I hated myself.

Yagana Shah

The Scary Way Midlife Drinking Impacts Memory Later In Life

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 10.28.2014 | Fifty

Alcohol abuse is no doubt a painful thing, causing health and relationship troubles. But researchers now have reason to believe that the consequences ...

Are Your Childhood Desires Making You Sick and Fat?

Mark and Debbie Abbott | Posted 08.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark and Debbie Abbott

Your long-term childhood exposure to these campaigns encouraged and capitalized on your appetite for immediate gratification at the expense of your long-term health. Now, as an adult, you're likely hooked and addicted to lifestyle choices of unhealthy food, alcohol, and late night sleep deprivation.