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Military Personnel and Binge Drinking

In 2005 the Department of Defense surveyed over 16,000 active-duty military personnel to study their health-related behaviors. The University of Minnesota and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the following results in relation to military personal and binge drinking behavior: 43 percent of active duty personnel admitted to binge drinking during the past month. This means an estimated 30 million...

Depending on Alcohol to Solve Your Problems

The human brain uses a complex system of chemical signals to manage countless physiological and psychological functions. From appetite and eating to sexual attraction, optimism, motivation, pain management, anxiety control and motivation, this system reinforces behaviors by releasing trace amounts of a naturally occurring chemical called dopamine into the bloodstream. A specialized part of the brain called the...

Situational Alcoholism or Real Alcoholism?

There is disagreement in the medical community and the recovery community about how addiction is defined. Some experts contend that true addiction requires a physical dependence on a substance and observable withdrawal symptoms upon termination of use. Others may point to brain scan research that shows similarities in thought patterns between those with a physical addiction to a substance and those who are addicted...

Seasonal Affective Disorder and Functional Alcoholism

Those who struggle with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) may turn to drugs or alcohol as a means of trying to cope with the symptoms of this mood disorder. Without effective treatment for SAD and the addiction that has taken control of your life, you may find that your outlook on life is pretty bleak. You will soon find that your life and spiraling out of your control. The good news is that when you reach out for...

Embarrassed about Being Unable to Stop Drinking

Are you afraid that people are negatively and harshly judging you for your inability to stop drinking? Many alcoholics feel embarrassed and ashamed of the fact that they struggle on a daily basis to stop the drinking that has become such an overwhelming force in their lives. The reality is that without an effective addiction recovery program guiding you along the way, even the most determined person is going to find...

Accepting That You’re an Alcoholic

If you are coming to terms with the idea that your occasional drink here and there may be developing into addiction, it can help to learn the signs and stages of alcoholism. While your friends, family members and an alcohol rehab program can help you on the pathway to addiction recovery, only you can make the decision that there is a problem and that it needs help. The Stages of Alcoholism There are stages of...

Alcoholism and Young Professionals

One of the most difficult times in a young adult’s life is the transition from college to the working world. College involves challenges, but typically housing, food and some sense of structure are provided. Students do not have to worry about finding an apartment, paying utilities and preparing meals. Young adults in college focus on getting to class, doing homework and enjoying a social life. Drinking is often...

Union Workers and Alcohol Addiction

For those working in a factory it can prove incredibly dangerous and even life-threatening to deal with alcoholism. Alcoholism in union workers can go beyond affecting the health and well-being of the factory worker who is drinking: it can also affect the safety of those she works with. While using alcohol in factories is sure to be against company policy, the reality is that alcoholism on the job is a lot more...

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