alcoholism

Books on Drug and Alcohol Addiction
March 9, 2020

5 Children’s Books That Discuss Drugs and Alcohol

Many people often refer to addiction as a family disease. This is because everyone in the family, especially the children, are impacted…

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Alcohol Addiction Treatment
February 3, 2020

Why People Drink on St. Patrick’s Day…and Why You Don’t Have To

When St. Patrick’s Day comes rolling around every year, people all over the world start getting their shamrocks and green beer ready….

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Avoiding relapse during the Super Bowl
January 22, 2020

Avoiding Relapse During the Super Bowl

With the 54th Super Bowl coming up this Sunday, everyone seems to be planning or attending a party to celebrate. However, there’s…

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Celebrating Dry January
December 18, 2019

Dry January: What Is It and How Can It Improve Health in the New Year?

New Year’s Eve is one of the drunkest nights of the year. Many will be waking up on New Year’s Day with…

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Sober Bars Making Partying in Recovery Easier
June 26, 2019

Sober Bars Making Socializing Easier For Non-Drinkers

Sober bars are starting to take the streets by storm, offering a variety of lavish mocktails and bar-like social atmospheres. The sober…

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Liam Payne from One Direction Discusses How Career-Related Stress Led to Early Alcohol Abuse
June 7, 2019

One Direction’s Liam Payne Discusses How Industry Pressure Led Him to Start Drinking Early

Ever since his band’s musical career took off after their fame from the X-Factor when he was 14, the music industry is…

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High rates of drinking on Cinco de Mayo.
April 29, 2019

Drinking and Cinco de Mayo: What You Need to Know

Recovery Unplugged concludes our Alcohol Awareness Month blog series by focusing on high rates of alcohol consumption on Cinco de Mayo. The…

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Can Oxytocin Help Treat Alcoholism?
April 23, 2019

Can Oxytocin Help Treat Alcoholism?

As Alcohol Awareness Month rolls on, one of the primary purposes of the event is to continue to find new treatment options…

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Recovery Unplugged Celebrates Alcoholism Awareness Month 2019
April 9, 2019

In Recognition and Observance of Alcohol Awareness Month

Poor April; for years it has had the dubious distinction of “Tax Season,” a “fool’s” month, and “showers” that are simply a…

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WHO Study Reveals Grave New Realities of Alcohol-Related Death
September 25, 2018

WHO Study Reveals Grave New Realities of Alcohol-Related Death

We all know excessive drinking is bad, even those who continue to practice it on a daily basis; however, a recent, comprehensive…

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Cranberries Singer Dolores O’Riordan Dies at 46
January 15, 2018

Cranberries Singer Dolores O’Riordan Dies at 46

International music star and former lead singer of 90’s rock fixtures The Cranberries, Dolores O’Riordan, died suddenly today of causes yet to…

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Alcoholism in Florida
November 14, 2017

Put Down the Glass: What New Blood Pressure Guidelines Mean for Alcoholism in Florida and the Rest of the United States

A third of the country just got diagnosed with high blood pressure. New guidelines from the American Heart Association have changed the…

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Austin Alcohol Treatment
July 26, 2016

Texas A&M Researchers Make Significant Discovery about How Drinking Affects the Brain

Those of us that have experienced alcohol addiction, as well as those of us on the verge through prolonged abuse, understand what…

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Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center Why Every Month Should be Alcoholism Awareness Month
April 19, 2016

Why Every Month Should be Alcoholism Awareness Month

As of today, we find ourselves right smack-dab in the middle of Alcoholism Awareness Month, an event created by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence to empower everyday people to promote grass-roots awareness toward alcoholism in their communities. Alcoholism Awareness Month, along with other events like it, is an opportunity to pay a little more attention to a matter that many of us don’t have to consider on a daily basis, because we may not be directly affected by it. We may have heard some story about a friend’s distant relative who was hit by a drunk-driver or we may have an uncle on the other side of the country that we never see that’s in and out of rehab. The widespread nature of alcohol abuse and addiction in the United States means it may only be a matter of time before we’re all personally affected. Given this revelation, perhaps we need a little more than 30 days to raise awareness….

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The Effects of Binge Drinking and Alcoholism
May 21, 2015

The Effects of Binge Drinking and Alcoholism

We’ve heard the term “binge drinking,” most likely attributed with college kids exploring their newfound independence. Binge drinking and excessive alcohol intake is so much more prominent than we imagine. This can lead to alcoholism. The effects of binge drinking can be detrimental on a person’s body and mind. What is considered binge drinking? Binge drinking is not just the act of drinking multiple days in a row, it is also characterized by drinking too much at one time, such as four or five alcohol-laden drinks or a six-pack of beer in one sitting. This type of consumption behavior is much more harmful to the body than having one drink a few nights in a row. You may be thinking about the harsh effects of an alcohol hangover that most people have experienced at some point in their lives when a night got a little out of control. Unfortunately, there are deeper consequences than just a headache and a morning of light sensitivity….

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Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center Alcohol Awareness Month
April 13, 2015

Alcohol Awareness Month

We are full on in April and we have to mention that it is Alcohol Awareness Month. The goal of this commemorative month is to increase public awareness, public understanding and to get people the drug rehab that they need for this illness….

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Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center Are you an "Almost Alcoholic?"
September 24, 2014

Are you an “Almost Alcoholic?”

Every day, millions of people drink a beer or two with friends or enjoy a glass of wine with a good meal. For more than 30 percent of these drinkers, alcohol has begun to have a negative impact on their everyday lives. Yet, only a small number are true alcoholics—people who have completely lost control over their drinking and who need alcohol to function. The great majority are what Dr. Doyle and Dr. Nowinski call “Almost Alcoholics,” a growing number of people whose excessive drinking contributes to a variety of problems in their lives. The difference between the “almost alcoholic” and the true alcoholic is a matter of degree, according to Dr. Robert L. Doyle, professor of behavioral health at Harvard University and psychologist Dr. Joseph Nowinski….

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Alcohol Addiction Treatment Austin
October 4, 2013

It’s just college, right?

Alcohol and college are closely associated with each other in the minds of students and graduates with plenty of nights they don’t really remember. Many people say, “Its college, have fun!” Very rarely are people judged by their habits in college as it is written off as the time to be crazy and irresponsible. The photos and stories that emerge from wild drinking nights are told over and over as people reminisce about the ‘good times.’

Unfortunately, in college, binge drinking is not given a title; it’s just called a weekend. Therefore, as college students drink overwhelming amounts of alcohol and test their limits, they rarely see it as a problem. Alcoholism in college goes virtually untreated because these tendencies are accepted as normal….

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Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center The Signs of Alcohol Addiction
September 11, 2013

The Signs of Alcohol Addiction

Due to the nature of our society and the prominence of ‘social drinking,’ many times, alcoholism goes undetected. But, in all actuality, alcoholism is a dangerous condition that can be deadly if untreated. It is hard to decide whether to approach someone about alcoholism because, oftentimes, the line between a good time and an addiction is blurred. If you suspect a family member or loved one is struggling with alcoholism, there are a few warning signs. The old saying of “nobody drinks alone” has some merit in this situation. If you notice that person goes from social drinking to hiding their consumption and being more secretive, it could be a sign. If you go out with that person and they often drink until the black out or cannot remember the happenings of the night before, they could be abusing alcohol. Many times, withdrawal will trigger noticeable symptoms and abnormal behaviors. Once they sober up and are unable to consume more alcohol, their body will begin to crave the alcohol….

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Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center Hereditary alcoholism, is it real?
August 2, 2013

Hereditary alcoholism, is it real?

As much as people think heredity is not a factor in alcohol abuse, hereditary alcoholism does exist in the sense that some people are genetically predisposed to abusing alcohol. It all starts in the brain. The simplest way to explain is that there is a substance in the brain called a “beta-endorphin” that has an analgesic effect on the body. The brain releases this endorphin in response to pain or other similar triggers. Some people have low levels of this endorphin from birth. When the brain experiences a surplus of beta-endorphins through the consumption of alcohol, it becomes dependent on the source. Therefore, those that have this low beta-endorphin level are predisposed to alcoholism. This is not to say this “predisposition” should be used as an excuse. As this blog often reiterates, it is important to know your personal risk factors to stay in-tune with your body and its limitations. So what does this mean? Not everyone with this predisposition will fall to alcoholism. For those that know they are more susceptible to the disease, it is vital for them to be proactive in prevention. They must be sure to limit alcohol intake and pay attention to their limits….

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