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Almost Alcoholic

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.

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.

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."

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.

'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."

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.

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.