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What Causes Addiction?

Experts on alcoholism widely agree that some people are genetically vulnerable to developing the disorder. Sons of alcoholic fathers, for instance, are at three to four times the risk of abusing the substance, according to research published by the National Institute of Health (NIH). In general, a predisposition to abuse one drug applies to almost all other drugs. Alcoholism, for instance, may be present in as many...

Autism and Process Addictions

The term “autism” is used to describe a variety of disorders that negatively affect the mental, emotional, and behavioral processes of certain people. There are many types of autism and each can range in severity from frustrating to debilitating. The most common forms of autism are as follows: Asperger syndrome Classic autism Childhood disintegrative disorder Rett syndrome Autistic development disorders not...

Substance Abuse as a Remedy for Chronic Jet Lag

At some point or another, most people travel across time zones on a leisure or work trip. They are likely to experience jet lag from the change in time and usually recover quickly. Some people, however, cross time zones on a regular basis, resulting in chronic jet lag. When this occurs, many people turn to substance abuse to cope with their jet lag. What Is Jet Lag and Who Gets It Chronically? Jet lag is a sleep...

How Does Narcissism Relate to Alcohol Addiction?

Alcohol is widely regarded as one of the most dangerous substances on the planet, as it is readily available at an affordable cost. For those who live with alcoholism, the ups and downs that come with the disease can be extremely varied, from negative health effects to the destruction of relationships. One of the most unexpected problems that comes with alcoholism is narcissism. How Narcissism Relates to...

Fraternity Life and Alcohol Abuse

The U.S. Department of Education reports that there is some justification to the long-held stigma of fraternities and alcohol abuse. The Harvard School of Public Health’s College Alcohol Study found that fraternity members drank far more often and in much greater amounts than non-fraternity students. The U.S. Department of Education reported that 75 percent of fraternity members engage in excessive drinking or...

Alcohol Abuse After Weight-Loss Surgery

In a nation where the obesity levels are growing at an alarming rate, more and more people are undergoing weight-loss surgery. As gastric bypass surgery works wonders in terms of losing weight, helping diabetes and improving heart health, a new con of the surgery has popped up–alcoholism. According to a study that came out of the University of Pittsburgh in June of 2012, nearly 11% of gastric bypass patients...

How America’s Drinking Culture Impacts Addiction

Alcohol is one of the oldest addictive drugs available: it figures prominently in the lore of many nations from many eras, from drinking songs for friendship to the stigma associated with being a drunk. However, America has a paradoxical attitude about drinking. Although it is restricted to people over 21 years of age, the attitude of adults drinking is highly permissive. Cultural Perceptions of Alcohol Alcohol and...

Drinking to Cope with New Parenthood

Drinking to cope with stress usually begins before you become a parent. If you have used alcohol as a way to deal with anxiety or stress in the past, these habits may continue after your child is born. Many people make resolutions to change when their child is born, but trying to change in the middle of a stressful situation and big life change is difficult. It is better to become sober and learn to manage stress in...

Stress as an Excuse for Drinking

Stress is challenging even for someone who is able to handle it with what appears to be grace and style. If you do not have strong stress coping skills, it can be easy to lean on alcohol as a crutch to get you through stressful periods. When stress and alcoholism meet, the result can have a devastating effect on your entire life. Stress and addiction can cause the following: Your personal relationships can...

Insomnia as an Excuse for Drinking

Insomnia can be described as an inability to fall asleep and stay asleep. Many people struggling with insomnia turn to sleep aids to help them get a good night’s rest. Others turn to illegal drugs or alcohol consumption. An alcoholic may find insomnia to be one more excuse for continuing destructive addictive drinking behavior. If a person addicted to alcohol is truly dealing with insomnia, an alcohol rehab...

Functional Alcoholism 101

When you think of an alcoholic, you may think of someone on the street drinking from a bottle wrapped in brown paper, but most alcoholics are still functional members of society. While some people don’t try to hide their problem, others may take extreme efforts to hide their alcoholism from the outside world. Secret alcohol abuse means a person can struggle with alcoholism for years with only their closest friends...

How Does a Person Become a Functional Alcoholic?

Alcohol and alcoholism has been a feature of human society for millennia. For some it takes months or years to develop a problem, while others become hooked after their first drink. Genetic predisposition seems to play a role as does environmental exposure. Regardless of how people become addicted, alcoholism comes to define people’s lives. Between the extremes of enjoyment and devastation lies the zone most...