Known to have the toughest laws for underage drinking, the state of Michigan has recently reclassified the Minor in Possession (MIP) law. While the former law imposed a $100 fine and up to 90 days in prison with convictions permanently staining the criminal records with misdemeanors, the new law will keep the fines flat, lower the offense to a civil infraction and enforce a mandatory community service or a substance abuse treatment. Continue reading
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There are studies that have found a direct relationship between income and alcoholism. Those who are financially strong can indulge more in alcohol yet have the necessary resources to enhance health thereafter, while individuals who are economically weaker may have to face financial hardships and other consequences owing to drinking. It may thus lead to a higher risk of developing alcoholism among the low-income individuals. Continue reading
It is that time of the year again when people rush home to spend holidays with their loved ones. Many people eagerly wait for holidays to unwind and bond with their close friends and family members. While merrymaking and hanging out with loved ones, people also like indulging in substances like wine, beer and other booze. Continue reading
The dangerous ritual of drinking on college campus has become ubiquitous. In the parleys of campus life, drinking is widely hailed as ‘a rite of passage’ into adulthood. The college students jump into this ritual without giving a second thought to the dangerous consequences that underage drinking might lead to. Many students already come with prior experience in drinking and the college environment only serves to exacerbate the problem. Continue reading
Drinking is an integral part of an American’s social and personal life and for a person addicted, imagining a life without it could be next to impossible. But, if one looks at the benefits of an alcohol-free life, taking a chance might not appear to be that difficult. Continue reading
Alcohol-induced sickness is common among people who drink too much regularly or gulp down more drinks than their body can absorb. But the symptoms of alcohol intolerance is different from alcoholism or addiction. According to Dr. Russell Surasky, a neurologist in Great Neck, New York, intolerance may develop due to a person’s genetic makeup and deficiency of enzyme acetaldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH2) or if the enzyme isn’t functioning. The non-functional variant is more commonly found in people of Asian descent. Due to the absence of functional ALDH2, when a person consumes alcohol, a buildup of acetaldehyde occurs as it cannot be broken down further into acetic acid in the body. This leads to a condition known as alcohol intolerance. Continue reading
Drunkorexia is formed from two words — being drunk or excessive intake of alcohol and orexia meaning appetite. This is one of the dangerous trends among teens and young adults. Individuals struggling with this disorder skip meals and purge forcefully before a drinking session to increase their capacity. In addition, some teens also believe that absence of food is likely to cause greater alcohol kick therefore, they limit their food consumption. Some also indulge in self-induced vomiting after eating to create space for greater alcohol consumption in their stomach. Drunkorexia might predispose an individual towards higher risk of developing unconsciousness, anxiety, alcoholism, feeling of isolation, sudden heart attack or death. The risky behavior stems from an intense desire to drink, stay slim and often from peer pressure. Continue reading
Zen had recently joined an upscale New York-based law firm and it was his first official party with one of the prestigious clients. Dressed in a smart tuxedo, he looked confident. In the small gathering, everyone was relaxed and enjoying. When he was offered a glass of vodka, he was initially reluctant worrying about professional decorum but at last, he shed his inhibition. He thought if his client could drink, it would be impolite on his part to refuse the offer. Little did he realize that soon one drink changed into one bottle and he completely lost his control. He talked silly, made rude remarks and behaved indecently. The law firm had a hard time bringing that client back to business and Zen was warned of staying away from drinks. Continue reading
Recovery from drug or alcohol addiction is a critical phase in one’s life. The period is marked by emotional and social withdrawal, and heightened chances of relapse. A person in early recovery should set some clear-cut boundaries with his/her loved ones and with oneself for the treatment to be fully effective.
Establishing boundaries can help a person to keep the communication transparent and avoid manipulation or dominance from either side. Listed below are few strategies that can help someone to create healthy boundaries and ensure that these are respected and adhered to by their loved ones: Continue reading
Managing the excess time on hand that was earlier utilized for drowning in alcohol is a big challenge for people in recovery. One is thoroughly engaged until one undergoes detoxification and treatment for alcohol addiction. However, the second lease of life actually commences when one is able to lead a sober life using all the coping skills. This can get overwhelming for a person who has absolutely no idea of how to put that time to constructive use and this lack of schedule can increase the chance of a relapse. One must be careful of creating a routine which is easy to follow because attempting too many things can get taxing. Continue reading