Whether your partner has gone through rehab or continues to make promises that are never kept about cutting down his or her use of alcohol or drugs, you know the sinking feeling when you come face to face with the reality that the situation isn’t going to change. Now you’re faced with a tough decision. While you’re contemplating getting out from under, it’s important to know what to do if your partner continues to drink or use. Continue reading
Recent findings from an American research team point to a significant increase in the mind-altering effects of marijuana/cannabis in a person who also consumes even small amounts of alcohol.
Having adult children can be both a joy and a burden. What happens if your adult child is headed down a dangerous path? Do you feel like it is no longer your place to say anything? Do you fear you’re overreacting and may push him away? Our grown-up children may be adults, but they sometimes still need our support and intervention. If you think your adult son is drinking to excess, you should step in and say something. Offer to help and provide information to back up your concerns.
They might tell half-truths, even outright lie — anything to prevent a parent or concerned family member from discovering what’s going on. When this happens, what can you do? Eliminate much of the guesswork by learning how to identify alcohol problems in the family. Continue reading
Newly released findings from federal researchers point to a potentially significant increase in the number of American adults affected by diagnosable problems with alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence (i.e., alcoholism). Continue reading
New evidence from Chinese scientists indicates that loss of grey matter in certain key brain areas may substantially account for the impaired functional abilities of people affected by alcoholism.
Functioning alcoholics are sneaky. They drink enough and have the symptoms to be diagnosed as alcoholics, and yet they still manage to function every day. They are masters of denial and of hiding the truth. These are not the stereotypical alcoholics. They can get drunk and act sober. They can go to work with a hidden hangover and sneak drinks throughout the day. This type of alcoholic may be functioning, but he is hanging on by a thread. How can you recognize functional alcoholism in someone you care about? How can you help?
A new study—following over 40,000 participants for 18 years—has found that the social and psychological issues stemming from drinking are more predictive of mortality rates than physically hazardous behaviors like drunk driving. The results are quite surprising—for instance, suggesting that experiencing things like withdrawal jitters is less of a concern than something like losing a job in terms of the risk of dying—and underline the importance of taking the psychological and social aspects of alcoholism into account when considering the risks. The results also show that even light drinkers experience issues related to their drinking, suggesting that cutting down might not be enough to avoid problems related to alcohol.
According to a report by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), there is “strong evidence” that drinking three or more alcoholic drinks per day is a cause of liver cancer. Worldwide, liver cancer is the second most common cause of death from cancer, leading to around 746,000 deaths in 2012. The number of new cases around the world increased by around 25 percent from 2002 to 2012, with over 782,000 cases in 2012. Some may disagree with the specific number of drinks cited in the WCRF report, but the overall message from the report is unchanged: excessive drinking is a significant cause of liver cancer.