Alcohol Addiction

How Dry January Can Jump-Start Your Recovery

By |2019-01-25T16:49:35+00:00December 31st, 2018|

Whenever the start of the year comes around, about 40% of Americans will make New Year’s resolutions. They take this time as an opportunity to reflect upon themselves and their lives. They find out what they’re lacking, and resolve to make changes that will benefit their lives. About 45% of those who make New Year’s resolutions want to either lose weight or get in shape. 16% want to quit smoking, and 53% want to save money. You can lose weight, become healthier and save money if you participate in Dry January. In fact, Dry [...]

Alcohol Withdrawal – What Is Delirium Tremens and Is It Dangerous?

By |2018-11-26T16:01:18+00:00November 5th, 2018|

Alcohol withdrawal occurs when someone who’s dependent on alcohol stops and experiences side effects. There are a variety of symptoms and side effects that range in severity. The most dangerous of these side effects are delirium tremens. This symptom of alcoholism is a result of heavy drinking for a long period of time. It is why someone should get professional detox when they abstain from alcohol. Recovering from alcohol addiction should always be managed properly to avoid the risk factors. While there are addictions that come with their challenges, recovery from drinking is a [...]

Alcoholic Neuropathy: The Hidden Alcoholism Effect That Can Last a Lifetime

By |2019-02-05T00:19:24+00:00September 30th, 2018|

Alcoholic Neuropathy: The Hidden Alcoholism Effect That Can Last a Lifetime We’ve all heard the devastating effects of alcohol dependence on the body and the mind. Cirrhosis of the liver, pancreatitis, mouth and throat cancers, hepatitis – these are just some of this disorder’s risks. One of the lesser–known effects, however, is alcoholic neuropathy, a damaging of the nerve cells that can cause pain, burning sensations, numbness, and a variety of other problems as well. And these can be permanent. And as with most diseases, spotting the signs early is absolutely key to mitigating its harmful effects. So, before you have another drink, you may [...]

Anthony Hopkins: From Alcoholism to Knighthood

By |2019-03-29T19:23:49+00:00August 6th, 2018|

Did you know that Sir Anthony Hopkins is in recovery from alcoholism? While today, the Academy Award-winning actor is known for such iconic roles as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, President Richard Nixon, Methuselah, and Odin, among others, there was a time when his fondness for drink threatened the career that he was building. But in an industry infamous for permissiveness and enabling, Hopkins overcame his addiction to alcohol and has been able to successfully maintain his sobriety for more than 40 years. Let’s take a closer look at the inspiring story of a man who [...]

Combining Cocaine and Alcohol and the Dangers of Cocaethylene

By |2018-11-15T16:01:18+00:00March 18th, 2018|

Cocaethylene is a rare production that occurs within your body. Using alcohol and cocaine simultaneously causes a third drug to form. Your liver is responsible for detoxifying your body. Substances you abuse like cocaine and alcohol will pass through your blood and into your liver. When alcohol and cocaine meet in your liver at the same time, cocaethylene may be produced. Combining Cocaine and Alcohol and the Dangers of Cocaethylene The production of cocaethylene is the only known example where your body creates a third drug when cocaine and alcohol are combined. The euphoric [...]

Alcohol Withdrawal Management: How Clinical Guidelines Should Be Improved

By |2019-04-17T21:05:59+00:00February 27th, 2018|

Alcohol withdrawal is a serious condition. Someone who abuses alcohol habitually can experience tremors, insomnia and even seizures when attempting to ween themselves off booze. Unlike other forms of drug withdrawal, it can be potentially deadly if not treated properly. This past summer, the American Society of Addiction Medicine announced that they would be working toward the improvement of alcohol withdrawal management. Many doctors find the common protocols for treating patients to be inadequate. “There is a current lack of guidance,’ says Dr. Kelly Clark, President of the ASAM, “that has led to inadequate [...]

Alcohol’s Effects on Hormones

By |2019-04-04T17:30:50+00:00February 23rd, 2018|

Hormones help regulate bodily functions and keep everything running smoothly in your system. How does alcohol use impact your body’s hormonal systems? Many Americans come home to relax at the end of a long day with a glass of wine or bottle of beer. As with everything, moderation is always key. Studies have shown various effects alcohol has on health when taken in small quantities. When it comes to your hormones, though, even moderate alcohol intake has an effect. What is moderate consumption in terms of impact on your hormones? What role does alcohol [...]

A Review: The Stages of Alcoholism and Alcoholic Subtypes

By |2019-03-28T17:21:13+00:00February 11th, 2018|

       The four stages of alcoholism and the five alcoholic subtypes are scientific definitions that are proven to be true. The stages describe the way that alcoholism progresses in an individual, and the subtypes give a kind of bird’s eye view of different categories of alcoholics. In this article, we will cover both topics, as well as some of the cultural myths and stereotypes surrounding the reality of alcoholism. The Four Stages of Alcoholism        When we think of alcoholism, the picture that springs to mind is often the ailing [...]

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: A Preventable Tragedy

By |2018-07-06T06:04:30+00:00February 7th, 2018|

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, or FAS, is often overlooked when people discuss the consequences of drinking. Alcohol addiction has devastating consequences for individuals. However, alcohol abuse can also have dramatic and tragic consequences for the most vulnerable elements of society: babies. One of the most severe results of using and abusing alcohol while pregnant is fetal alcohol syndrome or FAS. Most people learn about FAS in health class. However, this education is usually cursory at best. It mostly consists of tragic fetal alcohol syndrome pictures and squeezed into a general message about why alcoholism is [...]

EtoH Withdrawal: The Latest Science and Medical Techniques to Safely Manage Alcohol Detoxification

By |2019-03-29T19:40:21+00:00February 1st, 2018|

Ethanol – medically abbreviated as EtOH and also known as drinking alcohol – is a severely-addictive substance that, when chronically and heavily abused, causes profound changes in the physical and chemical structure of the brain. Consequently, alcohol detoxification must be closely supervised to be either safe or effective. Why Is Quitting Alcohol So Dangerous? Over time, the user’s brain becomes accustomed to the presence of EtOH and adapts. As a result, the person becomes physically dependent on alcohol. In other words, they lose the ability to even nominally function when [...]