New Study Shows Even Moderate Drinking During Pregnancy Can Lower A Child’s IQ

According to a new study by led by the Universities of Bristol and Oxford, even moderate exposure to alcohol in the womb (1-6 drinks per week) can negatively affect a child’s IQ. Fetal Alcohol Exposure and IQ at Age 8 Previous research on the effects of moderate alcohol consumption during pregancy and child IQ led [...]

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Why Does It Get Harder To Recover From Hangover As You Get Older?

If you’re older and you still drink heavily, you’ve probably noticed that bouncing back from a hangover isn’t as easy as it once was.  There was probably a time back in college where you can go out, get hammered, and wake up and go about your day.  What happened?  Is it all in your head? [...]

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What Is Dry Drunk Syndrome & Strategies To Overcome It

Dry drunk syndrome describes a recovering alcoholic who isn’t currently drinking or abusing drugs, but who has already relapsed on an emotional level. Symptoms & Behavior A dry alcoholic will show signs of discontent, irritability, and restlessness. Other dry drunk symptoms include feelings of hopelessness and even depression. A dry drunk’s behavior will often start [...]

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Do You Feel Depression After Drinking?

Most of us think of alcohol as a fun, social drug.  In fact, most of us don’t think of alcohol as a drug at all (even though it is). If you’re like most people, you turn to alcohol to lose your inhibitions, to forget about your troubles, and just have a good time. But, if [...]

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Are You An Enabler? – Hindering Your Loved One’s Recovery

Could your well-meaning actions to “help” your friend or family member actually push them further on the path of addiction?  It’s very possible. Enabling behavior can take many different forms, but it all has the effect of shielding the alcoholic/addict from the consequences of their own actions.  Enabling behavior encourages alcoholism because the alcoholic knows [...]

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Is Alcoholism a Disease?

There are certainly arguments on both sides of the coin.  Alcoholism is officially classified as a disease by: The American Medical Association (AMA) The American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). The World Health Organization (WHO). The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) The American Hospital Association (AHA) The American [...]

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Is There Such Thing As An Alcoholic Personality?

Do you have an alcoholic personality?  Does such a thing even exist? The answer is both yes and no.  Alcoholics generally have the same kind of personalities as non-alcoholics.  Alcoholics come in all shapes and sizes, but there are certain personality traits that do seem more common than usual amongst alcoholics. 1. A Low Sense [...]

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Alternatives To AA

Although there are millions of people who swear by AA (alcoholics anonymous), its not for everyone. With so many variables involved, and so many self-interested parties, there really is no scientific consensus on whether AA has better success rates than other forms of treatment. Even though AA has helped a lot of people, there are [...]

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Alcohol Detox At Home – Why It’s A Terrible Idea That Can Kill You

Did the title grab your attention?  Sorry for the fear-mongering, but I thought it was critical to really grab your attention if you’re thinking of detoxing from alcohol at home.  You need to know why it’s a terrible idea that can cause you permanent harm or even death. Can Alcohol Detox Really Kill You? In short, [...]

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Be The Hero Of Your Own Movie

A lot of people struggling with addiction feel hopeless.  Just climbing out of the massive hole they’ve dug themselves, kicking their addiction, and putting their life together can seem like an insurmountable challenge – forget about actually accomplishing goals and being happy.  Everyone wants to know – “I’ve been wasting away my life for the [...]

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