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Are Veterans More Likely to Develop Alcoholism?

Alcohol is at the top of the list of substances abused by veterans.1 Illicit drug use in the military tends to occur less often than in the civilian population due...

What is Binge Drinking and Why is it Dangerous?

The CDC describes binge drinking as one of the most costly, common, and deadly forms of alcohol abuse in the nation.1 In 2015, 1 in 6 adults in the U.S....

Mixing Amphetamines and Alcohol

An amphetamine is a potent medication that have a stimulant effect on the central nervous system. The trade names of drugs classified as amphetamines include the familiar drugs Adderall, Dexedrine, and Vyvanse...

Mixing Cocaine and Alcohol: The Effects and Dangers

Cocaine is one of the most famous “party drugs,” as it has been used illicitly at nightclubs for decades. Because it is often abused in social settings, people who abuse...

What Does It Mean to Stay Sober?

When people enter a drug addiction treatment program, their focus is mostly on stopping use of drugs and alcohol, managing whatever physical and emotional detox symptoms that result, and then...

How to Identify an Alcoholic

According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health’s Dietary Guidelines for 2015-2020, moderate alcohol consumption is considered up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks...

Dangers of Drinking Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol

Alcohol use disorder affects 7.2% of the adult population in the United States, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). That is about 17 million people ages 18 and older. People...

Dangers of Mixing OxyContin with Alcohol

Two of the most widely abused drugs in the US are alcohol and prescription opioid painkillers like OxyContin. Because they are both widely available, through both legal and illegal means, the...

Mixing Codeine and Alcohol

Some of the most popular and widely abused intoxicants are CNS depressants. CNS stands for central nervous system, which is the clinical term for the brain and spinal cord. Drugs that are central nervous...

Am I A Functioning Alcoholic?

Often, people think of someone who has a substance abuse problem as someone who isn’t able to work, take care of children, or hold down a household. However, not everyone...

What Are the Physical Effects of Alcohol Abuse?

Alcohol is the most widely consumed addictive substance in America, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) publishes. The National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) reports that close to 90...

Dangers of Drinking Alcohol While Pregnant

Prenatal exposure to drugs and alcohol is the main cause of preventable birth defects in the United States. While some believe there is a “safe” amount of alcohol to consume...

How Does Alcoholics Anonymous Work?

As an informal society, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has helped millions of people suffering from alcohol addiction to create better lives for themselves without the use of alcohol. It’s run by...

DUIs and Drugged Driving

The legal term DUI, the acronym of “driving under the influence,” can refer to alcohol and other drugs. Although alcohol is a drug, the phrase “drugged driving” specifically applies to...

Dangers of Mixing Valium and Alcohol

Valium is a brand-name drug that has the generic drug diazepam as its active ingredient. Valium is a benzodiazepine, a drug type that has a sedative effect. Valium is indicated for...

Finding Inpatient Alcohol Rehab

When you make the decision to enter inpatient alcohol rehab, your journey to a better life is just beginning. There are thousands of alcohol addiction treatment facilities available across the...

Common Signs of Alcohol Abuse

In the US, drinking is often a part of everyday life. From cocktails after work to beers at a baseball game, alcohol is present at the majority of social activities....

Alcohol Abuse and Genetics | How Does Alcoholism Start?

Most people who become dependent on alcohol didn’t intend to do so. Drinking was, at first, a way of socializing with others, celebrating a happy occasion, or just a way of winding...

Alcohol Withdrawal Timeline

Someone who engages in heavy, chronic alcohol use may become physiologically dependent on alcohol to feel okay and function as normal. When an alcohol-dependent person attempts to stop drinking or...

Rehab Options for Alcohol Abuse

For decades, the notion of substance abuse and addiction were considered to be separate but related concepts. There was a discreet difference between the formal diagnoses, with substance abuse occupying...

Vodka Tampon: Does It Work?

Soaking tampons in vodka or other liquor is an alleged trend that has been reported in numerous media outlets. However, most of the stories are unlikely to be true and...

The Enabler in Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

Many times the issue of alcoholism or drug addiction is not just one person’s burden. It’s a cross carried by two people—the abuser and the enabler. The enabler may be...

Alcoholism among the Homeless

Alcoholism among the homeless is a significant problem in the United States. A study conducted by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reported 58% to 68% of homeless...

The Roles Children of Alcoholic Parents Develop

Children of alcoholic abusers develop roles and tendencies defined by the situation they live in. That environment tends to foster households where life is chaotic. Household members tend to feel...

Drinking Hand Sanitizer to get Drunk

Drinking hand sanitizer to get drunk has officially been added the list of ridiculous and dangerous substances people have attempted to get high from. Although all of the reported cases...

Should Marijuana be Regulated like Alcohol?

It wasn’t that long ago that alcohol was treated the same as marijuana. During the American Prohibition, alcohol was persecuted just as violently – if not more so –as law...

Denial and its Effects on Addiction, Alcoholism and Relapse

Denial is the primary mechanism by which drug addiction, alcoholism and relapse are maintained, prolonged and worsened. In fact, some have questioned whether outright addiction could exist at all if...

Addiction and Alcoholism in Vietnam War Veterans

Addiction and alcoholism among Vietnam veterans has traditionally been very high since the conflict ended in 1975. War is extremely traumatic and often causes soldiers to develop Post Traumatic Stress...

The History of Alcoholism in America

America has a long history of alcoholism. In fact, early settlers here were alcoholics long before we fought for our independence from Great Britain. And though we as a people...

Alcohol Related Injuries and Deaths in the US

The data on this page is spread into 2 parts: an infographic featured in the top section and a comprehensive article featured in the bottom section. Each has important data...

The Neurological Nature of Addiction & Alcoholism

Addiction is a disease that is unlike any other. While most diseases are physical, mental or emotional in nature, addiction and alcoholism affect every aspect of the afflicted individual’s life,...

How Does Alcohol Misuse Affect Society?

The effects of alcoholism on modern society are vast and deeply rooted in our history. From the earliest times to present day, the consumption of alcoholic beverages has been alternately...

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