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  • Researchers ID potential prognostic marker for recurrence of head & neck squamous cell carcinoma

    Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs News From Medical News Today
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Molecular profiling may be useful for early diagnosis and treatment decisions, according to study published in the American Journal of PathologyA new study provides the first evidence that the...
  • Treatment of Depression

    Online Alcohol Therapy
    Tobin Hunt
    16 Oct 2013 | 6:26 am
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  • Public Health Responsibility Deal in UK unlikely to be an effective response to alcohol harms

    Alcoholism News -- ScienceDaily
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:05 pm
    Harmful alcohol consumption in England is unlikely to be reduced by the Public Health Responsibility Deal because the majority of its interventions are ineffective, poorly reported or were already happening anyway, according to new research.
  • Legally high? Teenagers and prescription drug abuse

    Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs News From Medical News Today
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Legal drugs such as OxyContin now kill more people than heroin and cocaine combined.
  • Dizziness

    MedicineNet Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Specialty
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Title: DizzinessCategory: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 2/17/2009 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 3/27/2015 12:00:00 AM
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  • Public Health Responsibility Deal in UK unlikely to be an effective response to alcohol harms

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:05 pm
    Harmful alcohol consumption in England is unlikely to be reduced by the Public Health Responsibility Deal because the majority of its interventions are ineffective, poorly reported or were already happening anyway, according to new research.
  • Interim report on UK alcohol industry's 'billion units pledge' is flawed, say researchers

    24 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    The UK's Department of Health's interim evaluation of an alcohol industry pledge to remove one billion alcohol units from the market is flawed, argue researchers. In 2012, the UK government announced an industry pledge to remove a billion units of alcohol from the market by December 2015. The pledge would be achieved, it said, "principally through improving consumer choice of lower alcohol products."
  • Link between genetic variation, alcohol dependence found

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    A biological clue that could help explain why some drinkers develop a dependence on alcohol and others do not has been discovered by researchers. The findings move researchers closer to identifying those at risk for addiction early and designing better drug treatments to help people stop drinking.
  • Legally High? Teenagers and Prescription Drug Abuse

    24 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    Legal drugs such as OxyContin now kill more people than heroin and cocaine combined. While awareness of the dangers of illegal drugs has increased, many teens are still ignorant of the significant physical danger posed by legally prescribed drugs, according to a new study.
  • Thinking of drinking and driving? What if your car won't let you?

    20 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    If every new car had a built-in blood alcohol level tester that prevented impaired drivers from driving the vehicle, the US could avoid 85 percent of crash deaths attributable to alcohol-involved motor vehicle crashes. In just 15 years, that would mean preventing more than 59,000 deaths.
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  • Being depressed may not be an ‘illness’

    Bright Eye
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:51 am
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  • How to stop worrying

    Tobin Hunt
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    Worry is a normal human activity – we all do it from time to time. But for some people, it dominates their life. So how can you stop worrying? The initial answer is that it’s unlikely... [ This is a summary only. Click the title link to see the full article on the site. ]
  • Treatment of Depression

    Tobin Hunt
    16 Oct 2013 | 6:26 am
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  • Increased death rates from alcohol in women

    Bright Eye
    25 Jul 2013 | 6:12 am
    A study published last week in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found a concerning increase in the number of women in their 30’s and 40’s dying from alcohol-related... [ This is a summary only. Click the title link to see the full article on the site. ]
  • What causes depression?

    Tobin Hunt
    14 May 2013 | 5:12 am
    There is often some misunderstanding of what it really is, so we should perhaps briefly describe what the medically agreed symptoms of depression are: low mood most days (feeling sad or empty) lack... [ This is a summary only. Click the title link to see the full article on the site. ]
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  • Youth & Parents Survey Results: Underage Drinking

    Burke Substance Abuse Network
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:19 am
    Thanks to ALL who participated in our YOUTH and PARENT surveys, assessing availability and attitudes around underage drinking in Burke County. Your responses have certainly sparked interest. Below are some of the results. Please share this widely, and get involved in BSAN’s Underage Drinking Initiative by emailing According to our youth survey (319 middle- and high-schoolers): ** 15.8% have had an alcoholic drink at least once in the last 30 days; ** 6.4% said that they’ve had alcohol four or more times in the last 30 days. ** 43.8% said that alcohol is…
  • Its #vodkila Friday.

    Padraic Guilfoyle
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:23 am
    Provocative, suggestive, callous exploitation Vodkila is heavy alcohol, a toxic, addictive drug Alcohol associated with 40% of all violent crime in US 37% of rapes
  • ‏@GuinnessGB Never underwhelming #eclipse2015

    Padraic Guilfoyle
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:13 am
    Guinness made of alcohol. Nothing more Alcohol a toxic, addictive, depressing drug
  • Jim Beam ‏@JimBeam 49mReady for Tipoff #FiredUp

    Padraic Guilfoyle
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    Covert marketing by Jim Beam heavy alcohol/ethanol Alcohol a toxic, addictive, destructive drug Alcohol associated with 40% of all violent crime in the US 37% of rapes
  • Cheers Jameson 40% alcohol/ethanol

    Padraic Guilfoyle
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:04 am
    Jameson whiskey is 40% alcohol/ethanol Alcohol a toxic, addictive, psychoactive drug Hide the alcohol. Deceive the consumer
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  • Drunk in Public

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:23 pm
    Today we started out at the treatment center with a documentary film called Drunk in Public. The film is very powerful and not for the weak of heart. It follows Mark David Allen over a period of 18 years with his downward spiral involving alcoholism. I missed the first part of the film to meet with my individual councilor so I can’t give you his back story. What I can tell you about David is he is a complete mess. The level of his alcoholism is almost beyond belief. In his lifetime he was arrested over 500 times(no exaggeration) for being drunk in public. He suffered several other…
  • Middle-Aged Men and Alcohol

    Jim Rose
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Everyday Sociology Blog: Middle-Aged Men and Alcohol.
  • Laundry Day

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:51 pm
    I hate doing laundry. I am so far behind that I brought a load with me yesterday to the library to do across the street. Today I felt brave and brought almost all of it… I’m not as smart as I think I am. Thankfully my brother will be picking me up after he has dinner at 1/2x with his fiance so that I don’t have to walk all the way back with all of it… Still got some time to go… fml, Thank God for Pandora and Dorito’s. Next time I’ll wait and take the bus here during the day so I can get a ride back, instead of walking. Now I have to be that guy that…
  • Free

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Free (Galatians 5:1) For I am free He did this for me Took to the cross To conquer the grave So we c
  • When You Have Interruptions…

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Don’t stress.  You have put into place a plan, goals to achieve and then all of a sudden you get hit with a period where you cannot do anything to forward your purposes.  Whatever it may be, bad emotional upheaval, disappointment, tiredness, lack of energy or just plain procrastination, it will end and when it does, get back to working your life goals.  Don’t allow a period of inactivity to define you.  It is a period of time which passes.  Let it pass and then rejoin whatever it is which is important to you. Too many of us have thought this period of time is when we think we…
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  • The Intelligent Alcoholic – Debunked?

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:29 pm
    One of the more popular posts here in the past couple of years - I’m So Smart I Became An Alcoholic , a commentary on  Are More Intelligent People More Likely to be Alcoholics? published in Psychology Today – is being challenged by a new study  that shows a link between a lower IQ and alcohol consumption in men. For alcoholics like myself, who would like to take some solace in our plight and believe that we drank because we are sooooo smart… think again.   It should be obvious, that killing yourself with a personal poison is not a smart thing to do.  From…
  • Advice From A God

    24 Mar 2015 | 6:10 pm
    I found this accidentally in an obscure corner of the interweb; a forgotten slideshow about ancient Greek vases  
  • Madonna’s New Anti-Drug Anthem

    19 Mar 2015 | 6:56 pm
    I listened to Howard Stern interview Madonna this week and it was very interesting. They spent a good portion of the talk about her view on substances, her past experiences with them (limited but bad i.e Ex’s), and her disdain for them. She has a new album, hence the interview, and it has an pointedly anti-drug song on it. The album is number 2 on the Billboard charts. Way to go Madge! Out-take from a Rolling Stone interview she gave earlier this year after the song leaked premature to the album’s release this week. RS – “Devil Pray” is at risk of being…
  • A Collective Effort of Heroes

    14 Mar 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Neato assist by TDA favorite Robert Downey Jr. But, the real heroes here are Albert Manero of The Collective Project and of course Alex. For more on The Collective Project. I know we toot his horn a lot here, but it’s only because his story is a shining example of redemption through recovery. The above act of kindness and his current good fortune would never have been possible had he not kicked his bad habits. Most likely he would not be here at all. His may be an unrealistic outcome for us mere mortals (just kidding), but his real story of addiction is easily forgotten now that he is…
  • The Return of The Toolbox

    12 Mar 2015 | 5:59 am
    As promised some time ago, we are bringing back the Sober Toolbox feature. Sober Toolbox Additions are where we revisit posts from the past that were more focused on the nuts and bolts of recovery, or something you should not have missed just because your new here, and re-post them in our new Sober Toolbox tab. All these posts are from the spring of 2009. No actual toolboxes this time, but the two tools pictured are the oldest known tools ever found. These two hand axes found in Kenya are estimated to be around 1,300,000 years old. Dang. All these posts are from spring of 2009.  Three are…
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  • Unhappy Hour-A Story of Alcohol and Alcoholism and Survival

    1 Jul 2016 | 2:56 am
    A Story of Alcohol and Alcoholism and Survival I looked like death yet still, something deep inside wanted me to be well thought well of. Symptoms of Anxiety Depression and my Psychotic behaviour and Drunk with Addiction meant I was not a reasonable man. I stood up very slowly. "I'm off to the shops. I'll see you later." Much to my relief there was no answer and I took that as
  • Inside the Electric Shock Chamber- A Psychiatrist saves me

    25 Dec 2015 | 2:25 am
    The Actual Electric Shock Chamber Experience-ECT for my Anxiety. Whatever they had given me had worked like a charm and I was awoken by a different nurse telling me that it was time to get ready. Time for the Shock Doc to do his thing. Depression People like me do not sleep well so last night was a bonus. Anxiety and Depression disorder and my Depression Behaviour over the months had exhausted
  • Anxiety Symptoms/Disorder/Attacks-A Great Infographic

    23 Dec 2014 | 5:37 am
    Thanks a lot to Maggie Danhakl over at Healthline. Great info! Please have a look at my own Recovery Stories from Alcoholism and Depression Inside the Electric Shock Chamber  After ECT for Alcoholism/Depression/Addiction- My Story Part 2 Alcoholism and Depression - My Recovery Part 1 Unhappy Hour-Drying Out from Alcoholism/Depression - My Story Part 2  Also please have a
  • Going Cold Turkey or Getting Rehab Help?????

    22 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    Stop Drinking By Yourself, or Get Help? Maybe Alcoholic/Alcoholism Blogs Can Help Point You In The Right Direction By Leslie Vandever (Gratefully published as a Guest Post) You’ve realized that you have a problem with alcohol, that yes, you’re an alcoholic. It’s taken a long time to get to this point, and it hasn’t been easy. This was the first step toward your recovery, though, and
  • Alcohol Recovery Groups - Why Bother?

    9 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    Maybe this Photo will help you get Help!!!!! Alcohol Recovery Groups: Why Bother? By Leslie Vandever You’ve decided to stop drinking. You probably already know that very few people are able to stop without help and support. Addiction to alcohol isn’t just a bad habit. It has nothing to do with your morals or lack of willpower. You may be geneticallysusceptible to alcohol, making
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    Alcohol Mastery

  • Alcohol Mastery Podcast Session 10

    Kevin O'Hara
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:24 am
    In this session, I talk about how you can be your own therapist. You are the only one who can truly get what's going on inside your head. A therapist or a coach can only take you so far. They can only guide you. At the end of the day, it is you who must take the action. In truth, you are your best therapist. Once you have the right tools, you know immediately if something is working or not. You're right at the heart of it all. The post Alcohol Mastery Podcast Session 10 appeared first on Alcohol Mastery.
  • How Do I Have Fun After Stopping Drinking?

    Kevin O'Hara
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:44 am
    In this video I talk about: How did I have fun before I stopped drinking? Where was the real fun in my life? If you want to see real solid fun, take a look at kids playing. Do they need to be stimulated? We’ve just forgotten how to have fun, but like most things about quitting alcohol, having fun is something we can relearn. I was in the same situation as you, fun meant alcohol. The two went together like apple and pie and they seemed inseparable. They’re not. There’s plenty of fun to be had in life. What do I do now to have fun? The post How Do I Have Fun After Stopping Drinking?
  • Alcohol Mastery Podcast Session 9

    Kevin O'Hara
    8 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    Session 9 of the Alcohol Mastery podcast is all about other people and quitting. There's also a bit about positivity and determination.... it's a real rambling podcast. The post Alcohol Mastery Podcast Session 9 appeared first on Alcohol Mastery.
  • How to Get Rid Of Alcohol Reminders When You Leave Drinking Alcohol Behind

    Kevin O'Hara
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:33 am
    Is willpower real or a trick of the mind? I know there are times when you need to use all the power of your will to get something difficult done or to avoid doing something you shouldn’t be doing. If you are on a diet, for instance, and you have to work in a bakery, that’s a lot of temptation and a lot of willpower. But what if you’re in a situation where you just can’t indulge. If you have to drive, you can’t drink. It might bother you a little, but you get on with it. When you quit drinking you need to create this environment around yourself, one where the temptations are kept to…
  • What Are Your Alcohol Use Triggers?

    Kevin O'Hara
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:27 am
    Now that you know what triggers are, it’s time for you to find out what triggers are causing your alcohol use to fire off. Everyone’s triggers are different. I could present you with a long list of triggers that used fire off my alcohol drinking urges, but you might only agree with a few of them. You’ll find your own triggers in the things, places, times, and people in your life that make you want to use alcohol. The post What Are Your Alcohol Use Triggers? appeared first on Alcohol Mastery.
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    A Spiritual Evolution

  • Trashing AA as “Irrational”

    23 Mar 2015 | 8:12 am
    Maybe you’ve seen Gabrielle Glaser’s Atlantic Monthly article entitled, “The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous.”  Glaser, a self-proclaimed normie (i.e. non-alcoholic), attempts to illuminate the scam of Alcoholics Anonymous, which passes itself off as the sole antidote to alcoholism, and advocates instead for newly developed drug treatments as a solution more “scientific” than AA’s program of abstinence and spiritual growth. Maybe you’re indifferent to both this article and AA.  But if you love AA for having saved your life and yet this…
  • What the Heck is a Spiritual Path?

    16 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
    A number of people dear to me in AA just can’t seem to stay sober.  Their recovery looks hopeful at times: they’ll string together a few months or even a year, but then they go out again.  At some point they drag themselves back looking haggard and beat up and often shockingly aged.  They share about being totally defeated, about knowing they can’t drink, and about their rock solid determination to stay sober this time.  Sadly, though, a few months or a year later, they’re gone again. The Big Book tells us why: they “failed to enlarge [their] spiritual…
  • Searching for Honesty

    9 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am
    Honesty is such a lonely word. ———————-- Billy Joel It seems as if nothing should be easier than knowing what we want, knowing what we feel.  We should be able to look inside and, fast as checking what time it is, say, “Gosh, I feel angry,” or  “I fear change,”  or maybe “I want ____ more than _____.”  Based on that information, we should have no trouble making big decisions in our lives.  Happiness should twinkle straight ahead as clear as the North Star, and we should be able to navigate toward it.  Drop…
  • People, Places, and Pain

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    Recently, someone I trusted betrayed my confidence deeply.  Or rather, I just found out about it last week.  Before then, I’d have said such a thing could never happen – and I’d have staked my life on it.  In a way, I did.  Maybe some day I’ll write about the specifics, but right now I’m too shocked to have any perspective.  I haven’t slept more than a few hours at a time all week; my heart pounds so I feel each beat; I have no appetite.  Sure, it’s great to drop five pounds in a week, but not with shaking hands you have to hide from clients or…
  • ‘Coming Out’ as Alcoholics? The Anonymous People

    23 Feb 2015 | 8:28 am
    I finally watched The Anonymous People.  It’s a 2013 documentary on the history and current status of the Recovery Movement – something I, at 20 years sober, had never even heard of.  The “War on Drugs,” I was vaguely aware, has caused drug incarcerations to soar, such that today the vast majority of convicts are serving time for addiction-related crimes.  The film’s creators are striving to get addiction recognized and treated as a disease by the health care and judicial systems.  Such a controversy opens a can of worms way too wriggly for me to address in…
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