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Category Archives: Alcohol addiction and abuse

Why Medical Students Abuse Alcohol Twice as Much as Other Students

It’s pretty well known that students, of any kind, are a high-risk group for alcohol abuse. Studies show that 16 percent of students are classified as either drinking far too much and even being dependent on it.  But for students in medical school the number who need help with their alcohol problem is more than double other students – more than one-third of medical students are hitting the bottle far too often and would be in a difficult position without it. Read more

What Drug Addiction Rehab Programs Work?

harm reduction - needlesI frequently read articles about harm reduction programs in Vancouver, B.C. They have more than most cities in North America – safe injections sites, methadone programs, naloxone – and in some cases they were the first in North America to have them. Why are they so focused on just the bare minimum of keeping people alive instead of actually getting people through an alcohol or drug addiction rehab program so they can stop being addicts?

Because the vast majority of the so-called alcohol and drug rehab programs they have there just don’t work. Read more

Is Binge Drinking Really An Epidemic?

binge drinkingIt’s amazing how many people now think of binge drinking as normal.

In colleges and universities, for example, a recent survey showed that 93% of men in fraternities and 85% of women in sororities think of drinking as part of college life.

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Family Dinners Reduce Kids’ Chances of Alcohol and Drug Use

family dinnerFamily plays a big part in whether or not kids get on drugs and drink alcohol. If parents educate themselves and their kids about drugs, for example, the kids are 50 percent less likely to get involved in drugs than kids who don’t have that advantage. But another aspect of family life that makes a huge difference is whether or not kids eat with their parents. In fact, the more often they do, the lower the chances of them taking drugs, and even being associated with those who do. Let’s look at the research.

This is from a survey conducted a few years ago by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.
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Marijuana Ban Causes Alcoholism? What?

MarijuanaA friend who is a journalist started as a very young man on a small town newspaper. After having several arguments about headlines like “Snowstorm Causes Multiple Vehicle Pile-Ups Across the City,” he got fired. From his viewpoint, the snowstorm didn’t cause anything; the multiple vehicle pile-ups were caused by drivers who didn’t know how to control their car in a snowstorm. The editor didn’t want to hear it.

Every once in a while I see a headline that reminds me of that situation. Today, for example, I saw the headline “Legalise Weed To Fight Alcohol Addiction…”. The first sentence said “The rise in alcohol addiction in India is the result of the ban on cannabis.”

I don’t think so. The rise in alcohol addiction may be a result of marijuana ‘addicts’ switching to alcohol but the real problem is whatever is causing the addictions in the first place.
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Can Carly Fiorina Help the U.S. Drug Addiction Problem?

police with parentAs we all know, Carly Fiorina is running for President of the U.S.  I’m not going to discuss all the pros and cons of her winning the election, but there is one pro that warrants a close look: She’s been through the worst of it with alcohol and drug addiction in her family, has a personal understanding of it, and, I believe, a sincere desire to get people through drug addiction rehabilitation.

According to a recent New York Post article , written by Fiorina, her step-daughter Lori died from alcohol and drug addiction.

According to her article, the problem seems to have started with alcohol. Fiorina didn’t say when Lori started drinking, but she did say that she and her husband were worried that Lori was drinking too much while in college. But they didn’t think of it as addiction.
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What Can You Do to Help You Drink Less?

weddingAccording to a new study, getting married may help get your drinking habit under control. This is especially true for men – in fact, other studies have shown women drink more after they’re married – and even more true for men who were heavy drinkers before they tied the knot. Why is that?

Some researchers say that the reason men drink less after they’re married is that they now have responsibilities and they’re taking life more seriously.

However, the researchers who did the study showing that men drink more and women drink less concluded that women are pretty good at getting their husband’s bad habits under control, but men are not able to exercise the same control over their wives.

I don’t think this is any real mystery. Read more

An Addict’s Life – Day to Day

alcoholicI recently read an article by a former alcoholic about what he doesn’t miss about drinking. It’s a very interesting take on what living as an addict – whether the problem is alcohol or drugs – is really like.

Here are a few points he made. Read more

Early Good Habits May Prevent Alcohol Abuse in Later Years

happy alcohol-free familyA recent study found that whether or not an adult turns to alcohol to relieve stress depends on whether or not they did that as a kid, and how early they started. Parents who instill good habits in their kids may avoid the horror of their kids becoming alcoholics – which means both the parents and the kids are much more likely to live longer, healthier lives that aren’t fraught with constant stress and worry. Read more

Powdered Alcohol: Don’t Be Fooled by the Founder’s Claims

powdered alcoholPowdered alcohol has, so far, been banned in six states and 30 others have legislation underway to either ban or restrict it. The major concern seems to be that it will provide under-21’s with easier access to alcohol. That could have disastrous consequences—more drinking and driving, more binge drinking, more health problems, more accidents and injuries, and an even greater need for easy access to alcohol rehab programs. Mark Phillips, the founder of powdered alcohol (Palcohol is the brand name – patent pending) has a video on youtube that disputes this and other allegations that powdered alcohol is unsafe. Let’s look at his arguments for easier accessibility to under-21s. Read more