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Alcohol Abuse

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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

Nearly 1 In 5 High Schoolers Drink, Smoke, Use Drugs During School

Posted 08.23.2012 | Education

About 17 percent of American high school students are drinking, smoking or using drugs during the school day, according to a new study by the National...

Women Who Drink

Kristen Houghton | Posted 09.15.2012 | Women
Kristen Houghton

Women are becoming the new face of alcoholism for the 21st century and we need to find a way out of this "ad campaign."

Addiction And Divorce

Henry Gornbein | Posted 08.30.2012 | Divorce
Henry Gornbein

In many marriages where one spouse is the addict, the other spouse becomes the enabler. This can become a major part of the problem.

To Tell or Not To Tell?

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 08.20.2012 | Women
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

Intimacy isn't necessarily equated with complete honesty. Here are five commonly kept secrets and suggestions about whether it might be best to tell -- or not tell -- your partner about them.

The Myth of the 'Fine Line' Between Healthy and Unhealthy Drinking

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 08.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

It is a myth that the drinking world is neatly divided into two categories of people -- alcoholics vs. "everyone else" -- where "everyone else" has nothing to be concerned about.

Turning a Blind Eye to Underage Drinking

Linda Flanagan | Posted 07.23.2012 | Parents
Linda Flanagan

Just as Twitter and Facebook enabled young revolutionaries to gather together for instant protests, social media has helped modern kids mobilize promptly against snooping grown-ups.

What Is Your 'Relationship' With Alcohol?

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 07.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

Just as our interpersonal relationships can differ in terms of intensity, so can our "relationship" with drinking. Moreover, these differences aren't separated by sharp lines; rather, they tend to blend into one another.

The History of Intoxication

Stanton Peele | Posted 06.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

Is there something valuable -- essentially human -- in becoming intoxicated?

Alcohol in the Workplace: Cool Trend or Risky Policy?

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 06.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

Is making alcohol available at the workplace justified by arguments such as long work hours, the blending of work and home life, or the expectation that employees will act responsibly? I would argue that it is not.

Is 'Almost Alcoholic' a Useful Concept?

Stanton Peele | Posted 06.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

There is a tradition in America of expanding a problem further down the spectrum, a name for which is "problem inflation." One way this is done is to link any signs that people have an incipient problem with the cases of people who suffer the worst forms of that problem.

Over 50 and 'Almost Alcoholic'

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 06.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), drinking among seniors age 50 and older is on the rise. In fact, seniors make up the segment of the population for whom drinking has been increasing most.

Almost Alcoholic: Could Your Drinking Be a Problem?

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 05.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

No one sets out intending to become an "almost alcoholic." Similarly, people do not become almost alcoholics for the same reason. There are many pathways into the almost alcoholic zone, and for that reason there needs to be many solutions.

Boston Sorority Suspended After Alleged Hazing

Posted 03.22.2012 | College

Boston University officials have suspended a sorority at the center of an investigation for alleged hazing. On March 3, BU campus police found thre...

Parents Build Nightclub For Kids Inside Their Own House

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 03.22.2012 | Parents

It's 5 a.m., do you know where your children are? For Claire Farrow, 44, and Ian Hogarth, 56, from West Kensington, England, it's much less of a c...

Keeping Alcohol in the Spotlight: 6 Facts

Deni Carise | Posted 05.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

Cocaine, heroin and now prescription drugs continue to occupy the headlines -- as indeed they should -- but alcohol deserves the same attention. Our nation's alcohol problem may not seem as scandalous, but it's just as serious.

Alexander Eichler

Executives In Rehab Won't Quit This Habit

HuffingtonPost.com | Alexander Eichler | Posted 02.27.2012 | Business

When Natalie was in rehab last year, she noticed a lot of people on the phone. Many of the other patients at Passages Malibu -- the California trea...