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  • One in 5 over-65s who drink alcohol do so at unsafe levels

    Alcoholism News -- ScienceDaily
    23 Aug 2015 | 6:53 pm
    One in five older people who drink alcohol are consuming it at unsafe levels -- over 21 units of alcohol for men and 14 units for women each week -- according to a new study. The research found these unsafe older drinkers are more likely to be of higher socioeconomic status.
  • Can you avoid hangovers after heavy drinking?

    Alcoholism News -- ScienceDaily
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:38 am
    Are some people immune to hangovers, and can eating or drinking water after heavy drinking prevent a hangover? The answers appear to be 'no' and 'no' according to new research.
  • A single cocaine dose lowers perceptions of sadness and anger

    Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs News From Medical News Today
    30 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    A single dose of cocaine can interfere with the ability to recognise negative emotions, according to new research presented at the ECNP conference in Amsterdam.
  • Hate Hangovers? Then Don't Drink Too Much

    MedicineNet Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Specialty
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Title: Hate Hangovers? Then Don't Drink Too MuchCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/28/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/31/2015 12:00:00 AM
  • Seth Meyers, Night Rider

    WebMD Health
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:10 pm
    The TV host stays up late – and stays healthy, too. He dishes to WebMD.
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  • 'IF You Drink Alcohol, THEN You Will Get Cancer': Investigating How Reasoning Accuracy Is Affected by Pictorially Presented Graphic Alcohol Warnings

    Zahra, D., Monk, R. L., Corder, E.
    15 Aug 2015 | 12:30 am
    Aims To investigate the cognitive processing of emotive pictorial warnings intended to curb alcohol misuse, using novel methodologies adapted from the reasoning literature to assess whether emotive pictorial warnings alter reasoning. Method In Study 1, individuals completed a version of the Wason selection task—evaluating warnings in which content type (Alcohol and Non-Alcohol) and emotional valence (Positive and Negative) were manipulated through imagery. In Study2, people evaluated the certainty of outcomes described by alcohol-related and non-alcohol-related warnings in the form of…
  • Beer Is Less Harmful for the Liver than Plain Ethanol: Studies in Male Mice Using a Binge-Drinking Model

    Landmann, M., Wagnerberger, S., Kanuri, G., Ziegenhardt, D., Bergheim, I.
    15 Aug 2015 | 12:30 am
    Aims Mechanisms involved in the less damaging effects of beer in comparison to hard spirits have not yet been fully understood. The aim of the study was to determine if the effect of beer intake on the liver differs from that of plain ethanol and if so to determine mechanisms involved. Methods Male C57BL/6J mice received either ethanol, beer (ethanol content: 6 g/kg body weight) or iso-caloric maltodextrin solution. Markers of steatosis, lipogenesis, activation of the toll-like receptor-4 signaling cascade and lipid export in liver and tight junction proteins in duodenum were measured 6 and…
  • Racial/Ethnic Disparities in the Risk of Injury Related to the Frequency of Heavy Drinking Occasions

    Kerr, W. C., Ye, Y., Cherpitel, C. J.
    15 Aug 2015 | 12:30 am
    Aims To estimate the risk of injury associated with the frequency of heavy drinking days overall and for black, white and Hispanic drinkers in a US sample. Methods Data are from the 2010 National Alcohol Survey and included 6506 respondents comprising the landline sample. Analyses utilize Cox proportional hazards models with age as the timescale in a retrospective cohort design. Life-course drinking is determined by age of onset and questions on heavy drinking by decade of life. The outcome measure is having had a serious injury at a certain age. Models estimate the risk of injury in relation…
  • Ethosuximide Reduces Mortality and Seizure Severity in Response to Pentylenetetrazole Treatment During Ethanol Withdrawal

    Riegle, M. A., Masicampo, M. L., Shan, H. Q., Xu, V., Godwin, D. W.
    15 Aug 2015 | 12:30 am
    Aims We recently demonstrated that T-type calcium channels are affected by alcohol abuse and withdrawal. Treatment with ethosuximide, an antiepileptic drug that blocks T-type calcium channels, reduces seizure activity induced by intermittent ethanol exposures and withdrawals. Here, we expand on these findings to test whether ethosuximide can reduce the sensitivity to pentylenetetrazole-induced seizures during ethanol withdrawal. Methods We used an intermittent ethanol exposure model to produce withdrawal-induced hyperexcitability in DBA/2J mice. Results Ethosuximide (250 mg/kg) reduced…
  • Alcohol and Chronic Disease: Doubt Remains About Evidence But Not About Prevention

    Connor, J.
    15 Aug 2015 | 12:30 am
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  • Are you ashamed of drinking?

    Tobin Hunt
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:55 am
    Unfortunately, drinking too much alcohol can make people feel ashamed, especially if you believe that drinking excessively suggests there is something defective about you. Or you believe it is... [ This is a summary only. Click the title link to see the full article on the site. ]
  • Harmful Drinking in the over 50s

    Tobin Hunt
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:56 am
    Research just published in the journal BMJ Open, studied the alcohol consumption levels of UK residents over the age of 50. Overall, levels of drinking in this age group are increasing, the report... [ This is a summary only. Click the title link to see the full article on the site. ]
  • How Mindfulness can help with your alcohol problems

    Tobin Hunt
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:58 am
    There’s been a lot of media attention on Mindfulness lately, but not so much on how useful it is for dealing with an alcohol problem. So how does mindfulness help us deal with mental health problems... [ This is a summary only. Click the title link to see the full article on the site. ]
  • 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. ]
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  • Medications and Recovery

    Gary Green
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:03 am
    A couple of days ago I posted about depression. After I posted I realized that I hadn’t mentioned anything about medications. I suppose that is because I didn’t use medications in my recovery from depression. There are two reasons for that. First, and foremost is the fact that I didn’t want to admit that I had a problem. I just thought I was stressed out. Interestingly enough, years later when I was the director of a residential treatment facility for mentally ill adults; I observed that many of my clients were of the same opinion. We have so stigmatized mental illness that people are…
  • Sometimes It Takes Hitting Rock Bottom

    All Hands Drug Treatment
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
    Sadly, it often takes hitting an extremely low point in life to make some alcoholics see that their drinking has become a problem. Even sadder still, is the fact that everyone who is involved in the life of a person with a Serious Drinking Problem can be negatively affected by it. Many alcoholics have to actually become the cause of an emotionally traumatic occurrence in order to see how their drinking affects everyone. This can mean losing a job, family, friends, and even losing everything they own. Each case is different, as are the levels of alcohol addiction. One of the worst things about…
  • Smirnoff Creamfields? Can't remember, too drunk..

    Padraic Guilfoyle
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:56 am
    Smirnoff ‏SmirnoffEurope 7h7 hours ago Thank you creamfields!! The SmirnoffHouse doors are now closed, what an epic weekend!! CREAMFIELDS2015 Mixmag
  • Smirnoff Ice. Getting the big binge going.

    Padraic Guilfoyle
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:46 am
    Smirnoff ‏SmirnoffEurope 12h12 hours ago It’s the last night Creamfields, drinks at the ready, let’s do this! CREAMFIELDS2015
  • Things You Do When You Love An Addict

    30 Aug 2015 | 10:26 am
    Keep your phone on loud ring at night in case of an emergency. Hide your money, valuables, and medicines. Keep track of all of the cash in your wallet at all times. Clean up after your loved one. Stay up until your loved one comes home at night. Cancel plans when your loved one is having a particularly bad day. Drive around town at sunrise to search in ditches when your loved one doesn’t come home at night. Call every hospital and jail in the area when your loved one doesn’t come home. Bail out your loved one from jail after they promise for the 100th time that they won’t…
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  • For real, though

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Last night I got to a Celebrate  Recovery meeting. It was like a breath of fresh air. I’v
  • Willingness to grow

    31 Aug 2015 | 7:51 pm
    Daily Reflections – September 1 WILLINGNESS TO GROW If more gifts are to be received, our awakening has to go on. Sobriety fills the painful “hole in the soul” that my alcoholism created. Often I feel so physically well that I believe my work is done. However, joy is not just the absence of pain; it is the gift of continued spiritual awakening. Joy comes from ongoing and active study, as well as application of the principles of recovery in my everyday life, and from sharing that experience with others. My Higher Power presents many opportunities for deeper spiritual awakening. I need…
  • Two Years

    31 Aug 2015 | 7:36 pm
    “Two Years?”  The speaker looks up at me, his heavily tattooed elbows on his knees. A vein visibly pulses in the center of his forehead, and I’m struck for a moment at how much like a rock star he looks. I lock eyes with him for an instant. I am stunned and stricken by a shared emotion: Rage. Loneliness. Desperation. Fear. Loathing. But mostly, just rage. He sneers at me, his nose ring glinting in the light, too much light for the tired eyes and secrets of this room. “Shit. Man. Shit. I…Fuck man. What makes you special? You haven’t drank in two years?” His voice trails off and…
  • When Plan A Doesn't Happen

    31 Aug 2015 | 5:39 pm
    I am in Week One of my divorce. The petition has been filed. Papers have been served. He’ll move out soon and the perfect life that I’ve imagined for myself will start happening. Scratch that. Rewind. Okay, the bit about the petition and papers is true but the magical falling into place of the rest of my life is not quite as I’d imagined. I’m a planner. And I love to heap expectations on people. It’s taken me to around 50 years of age to realize that I can’t do that anymore. Wish I could say it was great while it lasted but it cost me two marriages to alcoholics (with the same…
  • Help, a Two-Way Street

    31 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    A woman I helped who was in distress has proven to be an answer from God in helping me to make a decision which has been long in the making.  You just never know how relationships are forged and to what extent God will use them.  She heard me speaking and in time asked to speak privately with me, because she needed help in making a decision.  Weeks later, in an answer to my own question which I have held too long, she in turn became a vessel in God’s hand and provided an answer I needed. It is not hidden knowledge God uses relationships in order to make improvements in our lives.  I do…
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  • Secondhand Alcohol Harm

    31 Aug 2015 | 5:21 pm
    I often see PSA’s on the damage caused by alcohol to the user; this one is about its effect on others. IAS – Alcohol’s Harm to Others from The Institute of Alcohol Studies on Vimeo. The numbers here in America are much larger. Our friend Lisa, over at Breaking The Cycles has a great post on the subject Consequences of Secondhand Drinking to One’s Health – check it out.
  • The Downfall of Palcohol

    27 Aug 2015 | 5:12 pm
    We here at TDA have already given Palcohol a big thumbs down and predicted it’s doom, and now it seems most of our states are following suit.  Last week Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Friday that bans the sale of powdered alcohol, known as Palcohol, across the state.  The governor and supporters say the powdered alcohol would attract underage drinkers because it’s easier to hide than traditional liquor. They also fear that if ingested or mixed incorrectly it could lead to unsafe levels of intoxication. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved Palcohol…
  • Under The Influence

    24 Aug 2015 | 3:23 am
    Elle King’s follow up to her massive hit Ex’s & Oh’s, Under the Influence is probably about love, but then again a lot of people love alcohol and drugs.  She is the daughter of actor and comedian Rob Schneider, aka Deuce Bigalow, Male Gigolo.
  • Unite to Face Addiction Rally

    20 Aug 2015 | 5:25 pm
    Facing Addiction, a new, national organization that will serve as a voice for the over 85 million Americans impacted by addiction, is proud to announce the “UNITE to Face Addiction” rally, a free event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, October 4, 2015. The rally will find Facing Addiction teaming with 450 other organizations from around the United States to draw attention to what its reps characterize as “America’s denial about the most urgent health crisis facing our nation today – addiction to alcohol and other drugs.” Along with the musical…
  • Stockholm

    16 Aug 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Sorry to double down on Jason Isbell, but I am going to do it anyway.  His new album and last are chock full of recovery related material by his own admission.  You just have to listen with the ears of experience to pick up on some of it. My first introduction to his music was the song “Stockholm” off his previous album “Southeastern” a couple of years ago.  I really liked the song and thought it was literally about a place.  I wondered why an Alabama man who used to be in a band named The Drive-by Truckers would be so enamored by a city in Sweden.  But that…
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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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  • An Interpretation of A Lifetime of Drunkenness From the Other Side

    Kevin O'Hara
    19 Aug 2015 | 2:37 am
    It’s only once I quit drinking and my mind had been clear for a few months that I really started to think about the whole experience from a different perspective. What was happening when I got drunk? What changes was my body going through? …my mind? How did my body interpret the alcohol I was drinking? Here’s some thoughts! The post An Interpretation of A Lifetime of Drunkenness From the Other Side appeared first on Alcohol Mastery.
  • 5 Surprising Things You Should Know About Quitting Alcohol Failures

    Kevin O'Hara
    18 Jul 2015 | 4:16 am
    One of the most common themes among people who are quitting, especially in the first few days is the fear of failure. Here’s a few things you should know about failing. The post 5 Surprising Things You Should Know About Quitting Alcohol Failures appeared first on Alcohol Mastery.
  • Benefits of Stopping Drinking – To Be Less Self-Centered

    Kevin O'Hara
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:48 am
    We are all self-centered to a certain degree, it goes with the territory of being human. How can we not be? We are with ourselves 24 hours a day. Maybe that’s why a lot of people start drinking in the first place, it gives them a break. When your drinking becomes a bad habit, or an addiction, the self-absorption, the selfishness, self-indulgence, and narrow-mindedness just gets worse. The post Benefits of Stopping Drinking – To Be Less Self-Centered appeared first on Alcohol Mastery.
  • Benefits of Quitting Drinking: You Will Make Better Choices

    Kevin O'Hara
    23 May 2015 | 1:56 am
    Benefit of Quitting Drinking: You Will Make Better Choices If you had met me before I stopped drinking, you would not have listened to a word I had to say. It wasn’t that I didn’t have anything to say, I’m half-Irish, I always have something to say. I was leading a duel life. Half my Read More The post Benefits of Quitting Drinking: You Will Make Better Choices appeared first on Alcohol Mastery.
  • Alcohol Withdrawal Treatment: Do You Need It?

    Kevin O'Hara
    23 May 2015 | 1:54 am
    Alcohol Withdrawal Treatment: Do You Need It? I’ve written a few articles about alcohol withdrawal in the past. For the most part, I think I have managed to get my message across, that this is a habit, the vast majority of people with an alcohol habit stop drinking on their own, so the likelihood is Read More The post Alcohol Withdrawal Treatment: Do You Need It? appeared first on Alcohol Mastery.
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  • How Alcoholism Fucks Up Your Brain

    18 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    A brief overview I usually focus these posts on the spirituality of the 12 Steps as a path  of recovery from alcoholism and codependency, but today I’ve decided to look at a little medical research on this disease. You already know that chronic alcohol abuse causes brain damage – some of it permanent. Whether your brain can rebuild itself with prolonged abstinence depends upon the severity of the damage as well as correlated factors such as genetics, nutrition, and your life habits in sobriety. Alcoholism Shrinks Your Brain This is an indisputable fact. Prolonged abuse of alcohol shrinks…
  • Spiritual Essence: Sobriety, Growth, and Who You’ll Be on the Other Side

    28 Jul 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Because in AA and Al-Anon meetings we emphasize similarities rather than differences, I usually refrain from talking about my Near Death Experience. I don’t want some share of mine about going to the Light to discourage a newcomer from identifying as alcoholic or convince them AA is full of loonies. But my blog’s a different matter. It’s a place to share my whole experience, loony or not. When we get sober, we hear a lot of talk about ego as something in close cahoots with our addiction. In order to grow in sobriety, we strive to become conscious of those times (always?) when  it takes…
  • Just Say NO to Self-Pity: 10 Reasons

    14 Jul 2015 | 8:37 am
    “What we must recognize now is that we exult in some of our defects. We really love them” (12 Steps and 12 Traditions, p.66). Somebody or somethin’ done ya wrong?  Let’s stew on it.  After all, you’ve tried so hard for so long, earnestly doing what’s reasonable and right.  You had faith things would work out.  But then what did they do – this person or group or life in general?  Did they recognize the facts?  Did they acknowledge what was really going on, see their obligations, and grant you your just reward? No!  No, they did this other thing,…
  • Psychic Change

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:32 am
    Toward Alcohol When we hit bottom in our drinking careers, we’re pretty much forced to change.  We’re truly sick and tired of being sick and tired; we recognize, however faultily, that our way is not working.  We become teachable.  That is, we’re desperate enough to try out AA’s approach even though it feels foreign, artificial, and disorienting. For me this meant giving up the belief that I knew everything.  I’d always felt sure I could perceive the lay of the land in a snap and choose the best course, which I then acted on with chutzpah and a dash of…
  • Memoir Out in Paperback

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Just an announcement: For those non-Kindle readers interested in getting my addiction memoir as a hold-in-your-hands, physical page-turning book, it’s FINALLY available on Amazon here: Click here for paperback addiction memoir Click here for content description/reader reviews It reads just like an AA share.  You’ll feel like you’re at a speakers’ meeting where I’m telling you my story with that unique funny/sad tone we all use – except somebody gave me 12 hours to tell it!  I can promise you, it’s not dull.  I quote wet journal entries – I…
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