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Alcohol Abuse

Fake ID Use Could Cause Bigger Drinking Problems: Study

Posted 10.22.2013 | College

Young adults in college using fake IDs to buy alcohol are more likely to engage in high-risk drinking and are at a greater risk for developing drinkin...

More States Need 911 Overdose Good Samaritan Laws

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Elaine Pawlowski

When limited protection is attached to 911 Overdose Good Samaritan Laws, young people in particular are still afraid to call 911. N.Y. State for example, is choosing who may seek lifesaving emergency treatment.

'Frontloading' Among College Students: Motivations and Consequences

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.26.2013 | College
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

By venturing deeper into the psychology of drinking behavior, it may be possible to further reduce the negative consequences associated with that youthful tendency toward excess.

Should We Have Learner's Permits For Alcohol, Too?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 11.20.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Just as we are accountable for being sure our kids are fed and housed and stay out of the street, just as we are accountable for making sure they get an education and get the medical care they need, we should be accountable for teaching them how to responsibly use alcohol.

Like A Fine Wine, Hangovers Get Better With Age

Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 09.14.2013 | Fifty

Many older people report being unable to bounce back from a night of drinking as quickly as they did when they were younger. But, contrary to popul...

A New Look at 'Low-Risk' Drinking

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

Of course, the safest course of action may turn out to be not drinking alcohol at all. But then, what about the possible benefits of "moderate" drinking? The safest course, given this new information, would seem to be to avoid drinking three or more drinks on any one occasion.

Three Disturbing Trends That Can Land Your Teen in the ER... Or Worse

Leigh Vinocur, M.D. | Posted 09.24.2013 | Parents
Leigh Vinocur, M.D.

Sometimes I have to ask myself on an ER shift where do they come up with this stuff! The longer I practice the more crazy things I see, and now that I have a 16-year-old I find myself discussing things I never thought I would have to, let alone to a teenager, such as "don't drink hand sanitizers!"

Booze, Binging and the Devil You Don't Know

Wray Herbert | Posted 09.21.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Drinkers clearly expect that alcohol will dampen the effects of stress -- they often drink for precisely that reason -- but in fact this dynamic is poorly understood.

Childhood Trauma and Adult Alcohol Abuse: Shedding Light on the Connection

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 09.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

These findings are important for two reasons. First, they support the notion that genetics alone are not sufficient to account for a person's vulnerability to addiction. Prior experience also plays a role. Second, the results point a direction for areas that need to be explored in treatment.

Think You Have A Drinking Problem? Read This

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 09.20.2013 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Sometimes too much Pinot Noir can be too much of a good thing. As daily consumption increases, the benefits of drinking alcohol are replaced by risks.

Drinking Can Kill You -- Especially If You're a Woman!

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 08.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

Understanding exactly why alcoholism is so much more lethal among women as compared to men will require further study. For now, these findings should amount to a red flag for women -- and not only those who are alcoholics.

Reconciling an Irreconcilable Past

Lillie Leonardi | Posted 08.10.2013 | Divorce
Lillie Leonardi

In providing my grown daughter with these words of wisdom, I felt the need to embrace the concept on my own.  

Turning The Tide On Workplace Drinking

Lauren Booker | Posted 07.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lauren Booker

Alcohol Concern's recent survey of MPs revealed that a quarter of them believe there is an unhealthy drinking culture in parliament. Not surprising, really. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but many of us don't realise that relatively low levels of consumption can have a significant impact on health and wellbeing.

'Friends' Star Reveals Past Drug Addiction

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.31.2013 | Celebrity

Behind the comedic one-liners and witty sarcasm, Chandler Bing was hiding a secret -- the actor playing the famous sitcom character on "Friends" was b...

Are Alcoholism and Addiction in Our Blood?

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 07.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

Probably the best information we have about the hereditability of alcoholism comes from studies of twins, and specifically those that compare identical twins with fraternal twins.

Worrying News About College Women And Drinking

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 05.21.2013 | Women

College women are drinking more alcohol than is good for them -- and they are doing it more often than their male counterparts are. A study forthc...

Do You and Your Spouse Argue Over Drinking? How to Avoid Armageddon

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

Over my 25 years of experience as a psychologist, I gradually came to realize that drinking may be one of the most common yet least talked about causes of marital conflict. Unfortunately, in the couples I've worked with this issue is often swept under the carpet.

Is Drinking More Of A Problem For Older People Than For Teens?

Posted 04.15.2013 | Fifty

Heavy drinking is never good for anyone. But alcohol consumption may be even more troublesome for older people than for teens, resulting in greater im...

Rejecting Addiction Over and Over Again

Therese Borchard | Posted 06.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Therese Borchard

It's been 24 years since I used vodka like aspirin -- to numb my pain. In fact, I've been sober 22 years more than I drank, since I quit before I was old enough to buy the stuff. So my brain should be used to ordering Perrier and shaking my head politely as the Merlot bottle comes my way.

Unexplained Symptoms? It's Not Necessarily 'All in Your Head'

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 05.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

Health and mental health practitioners need not see an alcoholic behind every symptom in order to recognize that there are indeed prodromal signs that may be evident years before a patient's drinking might be "diagnosable."

Can You Believe UN Reps Drink a Lot During Budget Sessions?!

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

We all know that if you drink a lot you become an alcoholic and can't function. This is -- if not God's will and written in the stars, the next best thing -- biologically and genetically determined, irrefutable, and irreversible.

Is This The Cause Of America's Gun Violence Problem?

Posted 03.19.2013 | Black Voices

On the heels of a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, which reveled last week that African Americans and Latinos may be more concerned about gun v...

When Your Friend Is An Alcoholic

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 05.07.2013 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

My friend Tammy had troubles, but it took me awhile to figure it out. She was a redhead who smoked menthols, loved music, dancing and beer. Her father was a judge, a real one, but she herself was totally non-judgmental.

5 Things Parents Do That May Encourage Teen Substance Abuse

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 05.04.2013 | Parents
David Sack, M.D.

Well-meaning parents sometimes do things that unwittingly encourage their teens to experiment with drugs and alcohol. Is there room for improvement in your parenting practices?

Self-Realization In Verse

Lester Brathwaite | Posted 04.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Lester Brathwaite

I had just quit my office job in an attempt to "find myself." I was unemployed and openly drunk in the middle of the day. This poem, "I Think I'm an Alcoholic," was an attempt at understanding, and making others understand, my precarious position.