“When I walked into the house, I went in search of one of my dad’s bottles. Not that they were that hard to find. He hid bottles all over the house. I knew where they all were. That was one of my hobbies, finding where my dad hid his bottles. It was my version of looking for Easter eggs. In my house, Easter lasted forever.” Continue reading
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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
According to the 2017 Global Health Observatory (GHO) data, by the World Health Organization (WHO), 48 percent of the world’s population have never consumed alcohol, while 14 percent of the world’s population consumed alcohol earlier in life. The GHO also reported that nearly two-thirds of all women worldwide had abstained from drinking alcohol in 12 months prior to the survey and almost half of all men had abstained from alcohol during the corresponding period.
Although difficult to follow in certain circumstances, alcohol abstinence is the best way to attain a long-term sobriety. Many people tend to abstain from alcohol for life after rehab and recovery. With persistence and perseverance, one can achieve the goal of sobriety. However, it is utmost important to recognize the warning signs of alcohol relapse post the therapy. Identifying the possible triggers of chronic alcoholism and reaching out to family members and support groups post a relapse are key to defeating recurrent alcoholism.
It has been observed that “social pressure” makes it difficult for a person recovering from alcohol use disorder (AUD) to remain committed to one’s changing drinking behavior. It must be remembered that strengthening one’s alcohol refusal skills go a long way in helping someone cut down or control alcohol use.
Not giving in to temptation strengthens resolve to stay addiction free
In the past, health care experts frowned upon relapse as a sign of human frailty, however, most clinicians nowadays readily accept relapse as part of the recovery process. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), nearly 90 percent of people with AUD problem give in to the temptation of drinking alcohol even after four years into treatment. However, there are certain studies that strongly believe that if an individual managed to stave off alcohol for five years post detox and therapy, his or her chances of giving in to the temptation of drinking alcohol is negligible.
According to a 2016 report titled “Risk of Relapse Declines Significantly after 5 years of Abstinence from Alcohol,” published in Neuraptitude.org, individuals who achieved a five-year abstinence had significantly reduced possibilities of relapse as opposed to individuals who did not. Considering that alcohol consumption is rampant in the American society, building alcohol refusal skills is necessary post recovery and rehab. Identifying pressures or challenges whether direct or indirect is to key to deal with alcohol cravings. While direct pressures are easier to deal with, indirect pressures, which are self-induced wherein one is tempted to drink just by being in close proximity to others who are drinking, can be difficult to counter.
Road to recovery
Alcohol is one of the most addictive substances used by people across the world. It can lead to loss of life if not intervened at the right time. Detoxifying at home entails a trail of complexities, which can prove to be fatal. Hence, it is advisable to follow an expert’s advice in an alcohol detox center. Though the risk of death looms large, it often gets unnoticed by people who are addicted to alcohol. No matter what the reason may be to get dependent upon alcohol, seeking timely help to get rid of the dependence is of utmost importance. Alcohol abuse can prove fatal if not treated timely.
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The tendency to consume excess alcohol at one go is common among adolescents. Binge drinking, a practice prevalent among the youth, is as harmful as frequent or regular drinking. While drinking in any amount or at any rate is deemed inappropriate owing to its addictive and hazardous effects, a group of researchers from the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine has collected evidence and collated their findings regarding the impact of recurrent binge drinking habits in their study titled “Adolescent binge-pattern alcohol exposure alters genome-wide DNA methylation patterns in the hypothalamus of alcohol-naïve male offspring.” Continue reading
Feelings of constant stress, anxiety and fear of the unknown can make living difficult. In many instances, such people adopt drinking habits as a coping mechanism to deal with daily stress and incessant worry. Observations of prior studies though indicate stress as a potential risk factor for future alcohol abuse, not much is understood about the brain chemistry responsible for association between stress and drinking habits. Continue reading
Drinking culture though pervasive across most communities in the United States is now a major cause of concern as more and more Americans are succumbing to alcohol use disorders. Drinking habits are not limited to any particular age, gender or race but are most prevalent among youth. Underage drinking has become a major public health concern today. Continue reading
Patrick J. Kennedy, the youngest child of late Senator Ted Kennedy, is leading a political movement aimed at challenging the way people view and talk about mental health and addiction in the United States. According to Kennedy, mental disorders and substance abuse are medical issues and not moral flaws and should be treated with the same urgency as cancer and heart diseases. Continue reading
Fetal exposure to alcohol during pregnancy can account for devastatingly adverse effects on the development of the baby. However, data pertaining to the effect of alcohol and breastfeeding is scarce and controversial.
Keeping this in mind, researchers from the department of clinical chemistry and pharmacology, Odense University Hospital, Denmark, reviewed 41 different publications. The exhaustive review was published in the journal Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology. Here is a quick look at its findings. Continue reading
In the current stress-ridden world, developing a dependence on, and addiction to, any addictive substance is quite common among people owing to its stress-relieving effects. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), alcohol use disorder (AUD) affected approximately 16.3 million adults in the age group of 18 and above in 2014. The above eye-opening data once again presents the frightening magnitude of alcohol addiction in the society. Continue reading
Underage drinking is a “bane” for the individuals and the society, and is a serious public health concern in the United States. A constant feeling of being independent, risk-taking behaviors to get an adrenaline rush, peer pressure, and a transition in student life – all these contribute to an increasing urge to indulge in alcohol. Continue reading