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Is My Drinking a Problem?

Sometimes people drink more than they intended or become embarrassed about their behavior while drinking. When this happens more than once in short period of time, they may wonder if they are developing a problem with alcohol. Even with what is considered normal alcohol use, some people may worry about preventing a problem from developing. The following factors may be a sign of an alcohol problem: Guilt about...

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...

Dangers of Using Aspirin and Drinking

The risks of combining alcohol with painkillers are widely known. However, many people would not think twice about combining over-the-counter painkillers with alcohol. The fact is that combining alcohol with aspirin can result in serious medical complications, especially in the elderly and in alcoholics. Medical Risks of Combining Aspirin and Alcohol Aspirin by itself can cause stomach and gastro-intestinal...

What Using Alcohol Takes Away From You

It is hard to stop drinking alcohol, and it is even harder to enter recovery once you are addicted. However there is nothing more important than overcoming a drinking habit or alcohol addiction problem. Alcohol can destroy your health, your life and your future. How Alcohol Affects Quality of Life When you are drinking alcohol, your body is stressed. Regular drinking can lead to liver disease, liver failure and...

Low Self-Esteem Related to Drinking

There is a clear, multi-faceted connection between self-esteem and alcohol abuse. A healthy life requires emotional and physical wellness that a poor sense of self and drugs will compromise. It is almost impossible for a person with a significant emotional disorder to end alcoholism if her self-esteem issues are not addressed. How Low Self-Esteem Leads to Alcohol Abuse Low self-esteem can be caused by any of the...

Bartenders and Alcohol Addiction

For bartenders, sobriety is harder to maintain than for those who are not regularly surrounded by alcohol. Still it is possible to bartend and remain sober, but you may need professional help. Sobriety in Bartending Being sober while serving alcohol is increasing in the food service community. Many restaurants no longer allow workers to drink on the job and they no longer pay for employee’s drinks after work. Some...

How Has Functional Alcoholism Touched Your Life?

Alcoholism can cause many personal, professional and health problems for the addict. For many addicts, the addiction affects whole communities, families and other organizations. Many alcoholics believe that they can stop drinking when they choose to; in their eyes, the drinking habits do not damage either themselves or others around them. However, their addiction can devastate whole communities. How Alcoholism...

Five Potential Alcohol Abuse Relapse Triggers

Alcohol addiction is a powerful force. Alcoholism often occurs as a means of escaping stress, pressure or emotional pain. The habit of turning to alcohol to cope with daily life can become deeply ingrained, and, when recovering alcoholics are faced with any of the familiar issues that caused them to drink in the first place, it can be hard to avoid the temptation to fall back into old habits. Why Do Alcoholics...

Legal Consequences of Functional Alcoholism

A functional alcoholic is a habitual, daily drinker with a physical dependency on alcohol who nonetheless continues to manage responsibilities. A functional alcoholic will hold down a job, maintain a residence, pay bills and may even have a family. However, the term “functional” can be misleading, as these people only appear to function successfully. Chronic drinking takes its toll in subtle, possibly unseen...

Binge Drinking in Adults

Binge drinking in adults is becoming increasingly common and has the potential to become a severe problem nationwide. While binge drinking is commonly associated with college students, it has become a rapidly growing problem for adults from all age groups and walks of life. Adults may be tempted to begin binge drinking due to a number of factors, including the following: Financial stress – The stress related...

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...

When Alcohol Destroys Your Marriage

If you have been in a relationship with an alcoholic spouse, or if your alcohol consumption has affected your relationships, you know that alcohol can destroy marriages. When alcoholism has begun to take over your life, know that there is help available and you can save your marriage and yourself. How Alcohol Affects Marriage There are a number of ways that alcohol can affect your marriage. Alcohol consumption can...

How Does My Alcohol Abuse Affect Others?

While some individuals have the financial resources to allow their addiction to continue indefinitely, for most people an initial wake-up call is when they realize that, because of their chronic alcohol use, they are no longer able to care for themselves or the people they care about. If you have become addicted to alcohol, you already know first-hand how expensive the habit can be. You may or may not have already...

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...

How Alcoholism Affects Families

Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. When alcohol is ingested, it is absorbed into the bloodstream. Blood alcohol content (BAC) is the degree to which the blood circulating throughout the body is saturated with alcohol. For example, a BAC in the range of 20-99 mg produces feelings of drunkenness in the user. These feelings are associated with loss of coordination. An increase in a person’s BAC is...

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