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Alcoholism

The More Friends At The Bar, The More You'll Drink

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 03.03.2015 | Healthy Living

If you've succumbed to sticking around at the bar for "just one more," you're not alone. A new study published in the journal Addiction reveals tha...

Saying Goodbye to My Former Best Friends

Allison Hudson | Posted 02.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

I had no idea that getting sober would allow me the opportunity to not be a bitch or a control freak, but it has. I came into the rooms of recovery to clean up. I had no idea of all the positive changes that seem to be common side effects of recovery.

Lower the Drinking Age Back to 18: We Don't Have Students Teach Each Other to Drive, Why Is Alcohol Different?

Elizabeth Glass Geltman | Posted 02.17.2015 | College
Elizabeth Glass Geltman

Learning how to drink socially and responsible was not just part of the college experience, it was an at least partially supervised college experience. Students would drink with faculty and staff, who could model appropriate alcohol-related behavior.

Episcopal Church Takes A Hard Look At Alcohol After Bishop's Drunken Driving

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 02.15.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Hundreds of American bicyclists die in collisions with cars each year, but a fatal December crash in Baltimore has triggered some ser...

Cartoon Humor: The Real Difference Between Men and Women

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 02.13.2015 | Women
Martha Rosenberg

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Mom's Theory About How Her Privileged Son Ended Up Homeless

Posted 02.13.2015 | Dr. Phil

Christopher, 27, grew up in a well-to-do family, went to college and landed a good job with a six-figure income. He lived in a beautiful home and drov...

Why a Mom Blames Her Family And Being A Suburban Housewife For Her Struggles With Alcoholism

Posted 02.12.2015 | Dr. Phil

Linda, a mom and wife who says she's an alcoholic, says her family contributes to the problem. Watch the video above as Dr. Phil reviews a list of why...

3 Sisters Open Up About Growing Up With A Mom Who Drinks

Posted 02.23.2015 | Dr. Phil

"My mom is an alcoholic, and it's really gotten out of hand. My mom drinks every day, all day ... I would definitely classify my mom as a hostile or m...

The Ambivalence of an Addict

Andrea Wachter | Posted 02.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Andrea Wachter

If you are struggling with an addiction and considering giving it up, you will likely have to deal with some ambivalence. With help, willingness and positive changes, you can learn to feel your emotions fully until they pass, retrain your brain till it's filled with kinder thoughts, and fill some of the spaces that addiction attempts to temporarily fill. You can challenge the powerful voice of addiction until your ambivalence turns into clarity, conviction and compassion.

New Feelings Two Years After My Father's Death

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 02.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Dean Dauphinais

Two years ago today, my dad passed away. He was 86 years old and his body finally succumbed to the wear and tear he inflicted on it with alcohol and c...

18 States Set to Legalize by 2020

Joe Schrank | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
Joe Schrank

Will we walk through Cheech-and-Chong-density marijuana smoke? Is it a risk to public safety? What about the kids, isn't it always about the kids?

Is My Isolating Teen Destined for Addiction?

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 01.27.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

The important thing is to gently steer him out of isolation and into activities that connect him with others, in ways that feel safe and manageable to him.

What Do You Mean I Have To Date Without Drinking?

Allison Hudson | Posted 01.26.2015 | 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?

To Thine Own Self: The Psychology of Authenticity

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.23.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

Some philosophers have argued that the desire to act in a way that is consistent with one's values and sense of self is linked to well-being. But others have argued that learning to express thoughts and feelings that obscure one's true inner state is an important adaptation for successful living. A team of psychological scientists has been working to resolve this issue empirically.

More Evidence That Alcohol Ads Are Linked To Teen Binge Drinking

Reuters | Posted 01.22.2015 | Healthy Living

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Young people who are more receptive to alcohol ads on TV may be at higher risk of problem drin...

So What Really Happens in an Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting?

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 01.15.2015 | 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.

Astoria Characters: The Man Who's Redrawing His Life

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 01.13.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

The painting, a brooding tattoo of black and white shapes flowing together like a raging river, is wrapped in a cage of thin clear plastic. Anthony Cardillo releases it and holds it in front of his body like a warrior's shield.

The Only Detox You Will Need in the New Year

Dr. Karuna Sabnani | Posted 01.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karuna Sabnani

Though nutrition is key to a proper detox, what is equally important is whether you are digesting your life or not. Is life nourishing you or eating you alive? Are you satisfied and fulfilled with the life you have created?

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 ...

The Russian Vodka Culture

Phil Latessa | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact
Phil Latessa

During the time I managed these two exchange projects, my U.S. volunteers were surprised at the low state of investment in the health system. Hospitals were run down and poorly equipped. They were even more surprised at the vodka culture.

Christmas in Rehab: 5 Things My Brother Learned

Sarah Griffith Lund | Posted 03.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah Griffith Lund

My brother Scott spent this Christmas in rehab thousands of miles away from home. In my book I share what it's like to be his sister and to witness hi...

Bishop Heather Cook, Sobriety, and the Question of Who Should be Clergy

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 03.04.2015 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

I believe that the church is sick when it makes people who need treatment hide out of fear for their professional lives.

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.

I'm Pretty Sure the Grinch Is a Dry Drunk

Allison Hudson | Posted 02.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Showing up to AA was like being surrounded by a bunch of happy-ass Whos -- all smiling and laughing and seeming like they didn't have a care in the world. Yes, I am convinced the closest place to Whoville is within the rooms of AA -- where there is a fellowship, friendliness and indescribable understanding that is unlike anything I have ever seen.

Grateful Musings on the Holidays and Hope for Addicts and Their Families

Richard Taite | Posted 02.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Richard Taite

The holiday season is a special time of year. Families, friends and even strangers share memories of their past along with expectations and dreams f...