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
When it comes to alcohol, drinking and addiction, the differences between men and women are stark. Women metabolize alcohol differently, become alcoholics at a different pace than men and are more susceptible to the dual diagnosis of addiction and mental illness. Women are even triggered to drink by different things than men. Women need to be aware of these differences, as much of the research conducted on addiction has focused on men. Understanding how alcoholism develops in women is crucial to making the right choices about drinking.
Women participate in heavy drinking less often than men. However, when they do drink heavily, women commonly experience alcohol-related harm more rapidly than their male counterparts. In a study scheduled for publication in 2014 in the journal Addiction Biology, researchers from Indiana University looked at what happens to the decision-making processes of women who develop the symptoms of alcoholism. These researchers concluded that alcoholic women lose a substantial portion of their ability to efficiently make choices when faced with situations that require them to assess the risks of their alcohol intake-related decisions. Continue reading
Binge drinking is generally thought of as being part of the college scene. When heavy drinking is mentioned, we often think of college campuses and students partying on the weekends. It is a behavior typically associated with young adults breaking free of the strict rules enforced at home by their parents. Continue reading
You may think you’ve heard it all, but when it comes to excuses for drinking too much, there are always some new ones. It really doesn’t matter how young or old a person is, how educated they are, their financial, social status or familial status. Some of these excuses people come up with are really lame, however, especially if they have been drinking. Continue reading