Special Authored Article by Rose Locking Over the years, there have been many ways of approaching individuals struggling with addiction. From mental institutions to prisons to high-end rehabs that rival many vacation resorts, addiction has been approached by medical professionals, law enforcement, neurologists, clergy and psychologists alike. Addicts have been punished, medicated, prayed over, bribed, analyzed, … Continue reading 7 Approaches to Treatment We’re Thankful No Longer Exist
I have memory lapses from my first few weeks of being sober. So, it's not hard to imagine that drinking took a toll on my brain. I haven't had a drink in 20 years ... I like to think that I stopped before I did too much damage. But, I can't be sure. Yes, I know about the reported … Continue reading Alcohol’s effect on your brain
Can You Function as an Alcoholic? I could not. My drinking was a full-time job, so naturally any kind of employment got in the way. That is not everyone's story. Some folks can drink heavily without consequence. Others can obtain high achievements while drunk. If you can drink whenever you feel like it, get up … Continue reading Functional Alcoholism
Most hard-core drinkers are not classified as alcoholics. Can this be true, or Is this the start of redefining alcoholism, so that insurance plans will not have to cover treatment?
The body chemistry of a non-problem drinker has only one difference than the body chemistry of a problem drinker. The non-problem drinker does not create a physical craving for alcohol once they ingest alcohol and therefore can often be heard making statements like “I am starting to feel it I better stop now, no thank … Continue reading Stages of Alcoholism
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) website is a great source of information. The site is simple to navigate and the information is easy to read. Not at all, what I would expect from a government website. They publish a booklet called "Drugs of Abuse" a DEA resource guide. You can access it here. The section … Continue reading The Drug Enforcement Agency – 5 Classes of Drugs
There are a variety of reasons: Age, Gender, Race or Ethnicity. Physical condition (weight, fitness level, etc). Amount of food eaten before drinking alcohol. How quickly they drink the alcohol. Use of other drugs, legal (prescription medicines) or illegal (marijuana etc.) Family history of alcohol problems. The current mainstream scientific and medical view is that … Continue reading Why do people react differently to alcohol?
Alcohol can produce detectable impairments in memory after only a few drinks and, as the amount of alcohol increases, so does the degree of impairment. Large quan tities of alcohol, especially when consumed quickly and on an empty stomach, can produce a blackout, or an interval of time for which the intoxicated person cannot recall key details of events, or even entire events.
If you are a heavy drinker that has not developed alcoholism, you are not doomed. You can cut back your drinking, or not drink at all and prevent alcohol problems, in the future.
Isn't drinking a little every day healthy? Alcohol may have a few beneficial effects when taken in very small amounts. But, there are a lot of exceptions. From what I have read, the health benefits seem to only relate to a "healthy heart". The negative list of problems from drinking is a lot longer. The bottom line … Continue reading Alcohol as Healthy, Abusive and Deadly