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Alcohol Abuse

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.

A Year Above the Influence

Tommy O'Malley | Posted 04.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Tommy O'Malley

First post, this is tough. Mainly because I'm stone sober and the words don't yet come as easily as they do when I throw a little liquid or smoke on my brain, the mind-altering fuel that feeds my fingers as they type.

Alcoholism and Hollywood: In Denzel Washington's Flight, Saving the Passengers Was the Easy Part

Stewart J. Lawrence | Posted 04.12.2013 | Entertainment
Stewart J. Lawrence

With Denzel Washington's gritty performance -- the most harrowing, perhaps, since Michael Keaton's in Clean and Sober -- and such a strong supporting cast, don't be surprised if Flight's final touchdown is somewhere in Oscar-Land.

Nuclear Sub Crew 'Drunk Out Of Their Minds'

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 01.10.2013 | World

A hearing into a drunk sailor's fatal shooting of an officer aboard a British submarine cast an eye toward the entire crew's alleged drinking habits. ...

WATCH: How To Save Mom And Dad From Their Alcohol Abuse

Posted 04.12.2013 | Fifty

Boomers have a far different relationship with their parents than their children have with them. While their kids may feel comfortable talking to them...

Psychiatry Takes a Step Forward in Understanding Alcoholism

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 02.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

The changes that are being proposed to substance abuse diagnoses in the DSM -- especially as they pertain to alcoholism -- may open the door to many people understanding that they have a problem and seeking help for it sooner than later. This would be a good thing.

Preventing Impaired Driving During the Holidays

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 01.30.2013 | Healthy Living
David Sack, M.D.

Sometimes it seems as if holiday celebrations and booze are inexorably intertwined, that seasonal parties and alcohol go together like milk and cookies and Santa and his sleigh.

Ego: A Big Challenge to Sobriety

Carole Bennett, MA | Posted 01.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Carole Bennett, MA

The other day I went to the movies and saw Flight, a wonderful expose of an alcoholic airline pilot portrayed beautifully by Denzel Washington. I knew I wanted to write about it, as it hit many similar chords in my life and my struggle with the alcoholic in my life.

Why Some Seniors Are Trading Booze For Pot

Laurel Dewey | Posted 01.14.2013 | Fifty
Laurel Dewey

For those who have made the "pot plunge" and quit drinking, the benefits outweigh any stigma. "I never thought I'd say this but pot makes my head feel less muddled than booze," one woman told me, adding with a smile, "and it makes sex incredible."

The Bible vs. The Bottle

John Shore | Posted 12.18.2012 | Religion
John Shore

God definitely pitches in once we roll up our sleeves and actually do something to improve the life of ourselves or anyone else. But before then? Before then all he can do is acquiesce to our manifest desire to keep things exactly as they are.

"What the Hell, They're Only Indians"

Tim Giago | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics
Tim Giago

The abused, as often happens, became the abusers and another generation of children experienced the trauma of their parents. It is a cyclical thing that the Indian people themselves are trying so hard to break.

Almost Alcoholic?

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

The United States Preventive Services Task Force just issued a report and an advisory that all sensible men and women would do well to take heed of. This panel reviewed a large body of research on drinking patterns among adult men and women.

The 'Lowdown' on Richie Sambora: His Music, His Struggle, His Triumph

Dustin Fitzharris | Posted 11.07.2012 | Entertainment
Dustin Fitzharris

Richie Sambora has gotten used to seeing his life through tabloid headlines. At any given moment these stories and much more about singer and guitarist for Bon Jovi have helped sell papers around the world. But what is the truth?

'Almost Alcoholic': Diagnostic Overreach or Fair Warning?

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 10.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

As a society it seems that we have, over time, come to think of drinking in terms of a dichotomy. In other words, we see the "drinking world" as divided into two categories of people: There are alcoholics, and then there are "the rest of us."

Confessions Of An Ex-Priest: Learning To Drink Like A Catholic Cleric

Tom Rastrelli | Posted 10.30.2012 | Gay Voices
Tom Rastrelli

Priests have the right to drink alcohol. But when they provide alcohol to minors, drive while drunk, and sexually assault children, we must never get used to it. Instead of promotions and prayer vigils, Archbishop-elect Cordileone and Father Perez deserve prosecution to the full extent of the law.