Alcohol

The Effects of Alcohol Use on Relationships

When someone with an alcohol problem is on the exaggeration side of low frustration tolerance, then all the expression occurs – and this is different from that flat, calm, expressing little way of acting. Not being able to handle what one formerly did, having that “low frustration tolerance” type of day, can mean a lot of emotion is coming out. And family, friends, etc are confused and affected by this.

Alcohol Awareness 72 hour Challenge.. without Cheating

Next week the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence is asking everyone to take a challenge. The “April is Alcohol Awareness Month” campaign includes an Alcohol-Free Weekend, April 5-7. This 72 hour “no alcohol” challenge could take place on any weekend, and in fact it does take place fairly often in many families across the country. …

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Why Can’t I Drink Or Smoke A Little Weed? I Was A Pill Addict!

Professionals refer to “addiction,” or “addictive disease,” rather than to heroin addiction, cocaine addiction, etc. The fact of the matter, little understood by the world at large, is that we don’t become addicted to drugs, but to the effects that they have on our brains — specifically on the pleasure center. The pleasure center is …

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What about “non-alcoholic” beer in recovery?

Q. I quit drinking about 6 months ago. Things are most certainly getting better but I was wondering what effects if any have you seen in regards to non-alcoholic beer? Beverages may be called non-alcoholic if they contain no more than 0.5% alcohol (one-half of one percent). That is roughly one 1/10th the percentage in a …

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From A Drunk Who’s Ready To Dump Alcohol

On a different site, I often get comments and letters from folks with questions about alcohol and their recovery.  The one I’m reproducing below, along with my answers, was especially interesting.  Since the writer gave me permission to use it, in the hope that it might help others, I answered with publication here in mind.  As they …

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The Meth Vaccine And Others Will Never Be The Whole Answer To Addiction

Every so often I read about a possible new vaccine for some form of addiction. The latest is a successful trial — in rats — of a meth vaccine. Leaving aside the fact that rats and humans are both millions of generations from our common ancestor of 160 million years ago, and that there is …

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Relapse Triggers — People, Places and Things

Knowing and avoiding relapse triggers is essential for folks in recovery from alcoholism and other addictions. We addicts are accustomed to making things better right away. In our addictions, relief of our discomfort was only as far away as the next pill, the next drink, the next trip to see the guy down on the …

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Happy Birthday Bill Wilson!

Bill Wilson’s 108th birthday anniversary is this week.  In this article from The Fix, Susan Cheever tells us a bit about the early years of AA’s co-founder. …Bill Wilson was born on Thanksgiving behind a bar. His father’s family owned an inn, the sprawling red-gabled Wilson House on the south side of the village green in …

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