October 31, 2006

The Evils Of Alcohol

"Like every drug, alcohol alters mood. It influences behavior and carried to the extreme, it kills."

The most abused drug in our country and the world over for that matter is alcohol. Though legal, it causes more pain and death than any of the drugs if abuse. It is precisely because alcohol is legal and accepted in our society that it is so easy to abuse. Its availability and the highs that it brings make it tempting for young people to get into. Once hooked, they can go on drinking openly for a lifetime. Unless they get into trouble with the law, they can drink themselves to death and do so legally. Drug addicts get arrested while alcoholics can stagger past policemen without being bothered.

Read the rest of Part 1 of "The Evils Of Alcohol" here

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October 30, 2006

3D Dialogue: Alcoholics Anonymous

Jesse Hirsh host of 3D Dialogue interviews a member of Alcoholics Anonymous about his experiences and the organization’s structure and success:

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October 28, 2006

The Challenge of Communicating with an Alcoholic Spouse

This is something we get asked a lot, so here’s a great resource for you.

alcoholism can take its toll on many aspects of life. Healthy communication is often one of the first casualties of this family disease, not only for alcoholics, but for everyone around them.

One of Al-Anon’s first books, The Dilemma of the Alcoholic Marriage (B-4), addresses the distressing and difficult situations that are part of marriage to an alcoholic. Although it was first published in 1967 and reflects the time in which it was written, the book remains a great resource of pertinent, useful tools for anyone living with an alcoholic spouse.

The fourth chapter, "What Manner of Communications Are These?" discusses in depth the challenges of communicating in an alcoholic marriage. Although this chapter refers to the spouse of an alcoholic as the wife, it is understood that most of the material applies to the husband of an alcoholic as well.

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Practicing Acceptance

Sometimes I just want to scream at my spouse, "Don’t you know the logical thing to do?" Then I stop and remember that the disease of alcoholism is present. In my desire to relate to my spouse as an adult, I realize that my words express criticism, judgment, sarcasm, or acceptance—depending on what I say and how I say it. When I have responded negatively, I have lost my acceptance.

When I realized my spouse’s way of thinking was different than mine, I discovered that communication is a big part of acceptance. My husband’s problem-solving and communication skills are different from mine. Is he wrong? No, he’s just different.

The Serenity Prayer and meditation help me to calm down so I can practice acceptance. By turning a situation over to my Higher Power or calling my Sponsor, I become accepting, too. These tools help me work through any problem in my life. I am thankful that I have Al-Anon tools—that’s the reason I keep coming back!

—Susan H., Florida
The Forum, January 2005

Improving My Relationships

I have found Al-Anon to be useful in my relationships with alcoholics, friends, and family when I use the tools of the program. My relationships improve when I mind my own business, take only my own inventory, and work on accepting others. I still react at times to what others say or don’t say to me, but I’m getting better. I thank Al-Anon for this growth.

—Andi M., Florida
The Forum, December 2002

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October 27, 2006

Who here believes that alcoholism is a disease?

Feedback #1

There are psychical and mental diseases. Alcoholism and drug addiction are mental diseases. It falls into the category of obsession – compulsion disorder.

Is O.C.B. classified as a disease?

There is evidence of studies that has been going on for years that show it can be hereditary. Studies in the 90′s show there is a gene that predisposes one to be a alcoholic, but they have a chose.

Sometimes all it takes is a few times drinking to unleash the obsession, the compulsion to have a drink comes next. Over time that O.C. becomes stronger and they give up the ability to stop on their own. Some people do stop on their own, very few, most continue on the road where their lives are centered on getting and using more. They may cover it up with denial,that "I can handle it" or " I can stop when I want to", as they pour another drink.

Some people feel they control their drinking by only having a few when they come home from work, but through out the day that’s all they think about (obsession) the compulsion is when they come home from work "to unwind", and they may do this for years and never miss work and their life is not unmanageable, They are called functional alcoholics.

Over time they will be taking "liquid lunches", just a few to hold them over, or it may be in their desk,locker or car. It is not a personality or weak will person as to why they drink. Look how many presidents, C.E.O.’s, famous people are alcoholics.?

Source(s): Manager in a Recovery House.

Feedback #2

Bill Wilson did not call it a "disease" in the Big Book, and at a conference for clergy in the 60s said he did not believe it was a disease is the strict sense of the word.

It became a disease mostly for medical and insurance reasons. Alcoholics were treated pretty poorly by hospital staff back when AA was getting started. And if the hospitals and doctors wanted to get paid for alcohol treatment, it was to their advantage to classify alcoholism as a disease.

Dr. E.M. Jellinek pushed the disease concept (It was later discovered that a large portion of Jellinek’s credentials were non-existent: http://www.peele.net/lib/jellinek.html… )

Marty Mann, often touted as the first woman to get sober in AA studied under Jellinek. She went on to form what eventually became the National Council on Alcoholism, using the Yale School of Alcohol Studies under Jellinek to establish scientific legitimacy for the disease concept. Her former occupation was in publicity.

Source(s):

http://www.indiana.edu/~engs/cbook/chap6…

http://www.nvo.com/hypoism/diseaseconcep…

http://abcnews.go.com/nightline/story?id…

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October 25, 2006

Alcoholics Anonymous Video: “It Can Happen To Anyone”

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Sudden freedom from parents brings even more access to alcohol

Each fall, universities and colleges across the country welcome a new batch of first-year students. And at this time, amidst choosing between "Human Anatomy 101" and "Introduction to Economics," or which fraternity party to attend, college freshmen will face choices involving a substance with an arguably ubiquitous presence on college campuses nationwide: alcohol.

Some students may choose to stay away from alcohol, while others may decide to dabble. Other students may choose to engage in activities like funneling and binge drinking or drinking games like beer pong and flip cups.

Making decisions about alcohol can be crucial in a student’s first year. According to a 2002 college task force report to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, some first-year students are among those who drink the most in college.

Anecdotal evidence also suggests the first six weeks of the first semester are crucial to freshmen academic success, according to the NIAAA report. And because the early part of freshman year is when many students engage in heavy drinking, it may interfere with successful adaptation to campus life, the report read. About one-third of first-year students fail to enroll for their second year.

Full story here…

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October 23, 2006

Relationship Between Parents Who Drink and Their Children

Here’s some detailed and reliable data about the relationship between parents who drink and how it affects the likelihood of the children being drinkers as well.

You can download the full PDF document here:
http://www.phc.bris.ac.uk/phcdb/pubpdf/pubs/365.pdf

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Alcohol consumption by adolescents of parents with and without
alcohol problems
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                     Parental alcohol             No Parental              
                         problems                alcohol problems
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Usually drink 2
times a week
or more                        22.8%                   16.5%
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Was a little drunk
In past 3 months                67.5                    61.2
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Was seriously drunk
In past 3 months                44.0                    35.7
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Will drink in
next 2 weeks                    54.1                    51.1
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Will get little
bit drunk in
next 2 weeks                    36.0                    30.1
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Will get seriously
drunk in next
2 weeks                         18.2                    11.1
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Usually drink
with friends                    65.0                    58.7
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Usually drink
with relatives                  59.2                    64.1
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Usually drink with
girlfriend/boyfriend            18.5                    14.5
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Usually drink alone              9.2                     5.1
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Drink to get a
little bit drunk                30.5                    33.7
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Drink to get
seriously drunk                 21.1                    12.0
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Drink to forget my problems     15.8                     6.4
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Drink because
like the taste                  32.6                    47.9
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October 21, 2006

Steps You Can Take to Help Yourself Stop Drinking

The first step anyone must take to stop drinking is to identify your reasons. Put together a list of all the reasons you have for why you should stop drinking. To make the list complete you may also want to consider asking family members or a close friend for help. From time to time you should use this list to renew your commitment to stop drinking.

Once you have a list of reasons it is important to put your plan into action by setting a date for when you want to stop drinking. To stop drinking alcohol you should complete a plan. Post this date on your refrigerator or bathroom mirror, anywhere you can see it often. If it will help you can also consider placing it in more than one place. A good idea is to put it in your purse or wallet on a card.

A plan isn’t successful without help, so you should share your plan with others. Tell your family members and close friends. Let them know how they can help you turn your plan into a success.
Mark specific dates in your plan and set them aside as days to evaluate your progress.

To make this new behavior a habit you should plan it for every thirty days. On these days you should look over your list of reasons to stop drinking. Add to this list the various benefits you are beginning to notice as you stop drinking.

It doesn’t mean you’ve failed if you have a relapse after you stop drinking. Many people will experience a relapse. Rather than get discouraged, use your experience to learn and start your plan again with a determination to stick to it. Continue to use your new behaviors.

After successfully following them for a period of thirty days do it again for another thirty days. Even with your best interest in mind you can have a hard time changing behaviors. However, new behaviors will become habit’s the more you use and practice them. If you are still unsuccessful after this plan then you should ask your doctor for help in other ways to stop drinking.

Other ideas to can try that may help you stop drinking include avoiding anything that can stumble your plan. There are many things in your life that can cause you to stop attempting to meet your goal. This might mean you have to make changes in your life that are related to your alcohol use including finding new friends or a new lifestyle.

Always stay focused on your goal and you will eventually succeed.

Another good idea is to find a self help group. These will usually help you to stick to your goal. To find out if a group is for you, you should attend at least three meetings before making your final decision. If the group doesn’t meet your needs then don’t give up, rather try another meeting. There are many different types of groups from men and women groups to discussion groups. Take your time and eventually you will find a self help group that is right for your needs.

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October 20, 2006

A Guide To Alcoholism

Substance addiction is one of the most difficult diseases to treat because this kind of addiction is chronic and progressive in nature, which means that the longer and more you are hooked on the substance, the harder it is to overcome. One example of this kind of addiction is alcoholism, which is an illness that is characterized by excessive ingestion of ethyl alcohol in the form of alcoholic drinks or other substances that contain it.

Causes and symptoms

Studies on the disease have shown that there are a number of factors that can cause alcoholism, which can be psychological, social, genetic or physiological. Studies have also shown that some people use alcohol as a coping mechanism in response to various stresses such as psychological and emotional stresses. What causes the problem is when the addiction lasts for a prolonged period of time to the point of physical dependence.

Alcoholism is usually characterized by four common symptoms. The first symptom is the craving for alcohol, wherein a person usually feels a strong urge to drink. The second symptom is loss of control, where the person feels that he is unable to stop drinking once he starts to drink. The third symptom is physical dependence, wherein the person exhibits withdrawal symptoms when he does not drink, which includes nausea and anxiety. The fourth symptom is tolerance, which is described as an urge to drink more in order to get a certain “high.”

Some effects and treatment

As a result of this dependence, the alcoholic’s main pre-occupation would be to get the next drink and nothing else. This can lead to various physical, psychological and emotional effects that need to be addressed. One of the physical effects includes being susceptible to liver disease, which can be very serious. Psychological and emotional effects include being detached from people, which results to a general decline in productivity and relationships. One of the most effective treatments for alcoholism is to undergo a rehabilitation program in a rehabilitation center, which usually starts with alcohol detox and followed by therapy and other forms of treatment.

Alcoholism is a chronic and progressive disease that can have very detrimental effects and it can also be fatal. Given this, there is a need to identify the disease through its symptoms at the soonest possible time so that the addiction can be easily overcome.

Alcoholism provides detailed information on Alcoholism, Alcoholism Treatments, Signs Of Alcoholism, Effects Of Alcoholism and more. Alcoholism is affiliated with Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

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October 18, 2006

More (disturbing) teen drinking facts

Saying `No’

Q: What problems can teens encounter from drinking?

A: For starters, it’s against the law for people younger than 21 to buy or possess alcohol. Beyond that, the brains and bodies of teenagers are still developing. Alcohol use can cause learning problems or lead to alcoholism. People who begin drinking by age 15 are five times more likely to abuse or become dependent on alcohol than those who begin drinking after age 20, according to the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information.

Q: How can I say no to alcohol?

A: It’s easier to refuse than you think. Simply try: "No, thanks." Or "I don’t drink. Or "I’m not interested."

Declining Numbers

Nationally, teens who reported consuming at least one drink of alcohol on one or more of the past 30 days:

2005: 43 percent

2003: 45 percent

2001: 47 percent

1999: 50 percent

1997: 51 percent

1995: 52 percent

– SOURCE: Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 1995-2005

Tips for Not Drinking

- SIGN A CONTRACT. Make a pact with yourself never to drive after drinking alcohol or to ride with someone who has.

- TALK WITH YOUR PARENTS. If your parents don’t bring up the issues of substance use or peer pressure, you should.

- JOIN A GROUP, CONNECT WITH OTHER TEENS. Talk to your school adviser or go online to learn how to start a Students Against Destructive Decisions chapter. For more information, go to www.sadd.org

– SOURCE: Students Against Destructive Decisions (formerly Students Against Driving Drunk)

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