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DUI: The Aftermath

If you have recently been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), you are facing an expensive and challenging road ahead. If you have managed to go undetected while driving drunk, your luck may soon run out; if you happen to kill someone, the monetary cost of driving while intoxicated is the least of yourRead More

Alcoholism and Liver Disease

Alcoholism is a progressive and fatal disease. It negatively affects every aspect of a person’s mental, physical, and spiritual health. The reality of the way that alcohol affects and the liver and the consequences of alcoholism is truly frightening. As casual drinking becomes heavy drinking and heavy drinking becomes alcoholism, the damage caused to theRead More

What is Binge Drinking?

Binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks in two hours for men and four or more drinks in two hours for women. While this may seem normal, especially for young adults and college students, it can be incredibly damaging to one’s physical and mental health. Binge drinking can easily lead to alcoholism andRead More

The Risks of Combining Alcohol and Drugs

Whether drugs are prescription, illicit, or over-the-counter, mixing them with alcohol can be extremely harmful and, in some cases, lethal. Alcohol is a depressant and combining it with other drugs or medications can easily disrupt the body’s ability to regulate itself. When combines with other depressants, the threshold for overdose becomes much lower and canRead More

Alcoholism, Genetics, and Heart Failure

Genetics are capable of causing an individual to have a predisposition toward developing problems with alcoholism and addiction. Recent research into the genetics of alcoholism has found that there may also be a genetic component that causes one to be more likely to die from alcohol-related heart failure. The research shows that faulty versions ofRead More

Is Alcoholism Different for Women?

Alcohol consumption and alcoholism may affect women differently than men, according to researchers. The rate of heavy drinking among American women has been steadily increasing. The high rates of alcoholism among women may be caused by a combination of both biological and social factors. The ways in which alcohol affects women and current advertisements forRead More

How Does Alcohol Affect the Heart?

Alcoholism is a powerful and complex disease that affects an individual’s mental, physical, and spiritual health. Research into the effects of alcoholism consistently show that it is one of the leading causes of preventable death. The heart and nearly every other organ in the body is negatively affected by high rates of alcohol consumption andRead More

Can I Learn to Control My Drinking?

Alcoholism is a disease characterized by chronic and compulsive use despite negative consequences. We often recognize that our drinking has become a problem, but feel that one day we may be able to drink in moderation. The disease is such that any attempts to regain control over our drinking will ultimately end in powerlessness andRead More

What is ACoA?

ACoA stands for “Adult Children of Alcoholics.” ACoAs are likely to have developed certain mental health traits as a result of growing up with a parent suffering from alcoholism. ACoA is a fellowship of men and women who have been affected by having a parent with alcoholism, and utilize the Twelve Steps of recovery toRead More

Breaking Up with Drugs and Alcohol

Addiction is an unhealthy relationship. The way that drugs interact with the brain mirrors those of love and attachment. Like any long-term relationship, when we finally end it there will be a process of grieving. After all, our relationship with drugs was often stronger than any relationship we’ve ever had. Addiction mirrors feelings of loveRead More