January 29, 2007

Kids and Why They Shouldn’t Drink And Drive

It happens and sometimes it is a tragic choice.  If you know that your child has a problem with alcohol and has been drinking and driving you need to take measures to put an end to this behavior.

What can you do if you discover your teen has been drinking and driving and is not willing to get help?  You have grounded the teen, taken away the car, enforced a curfew and made sure there is no alcohol in the house.  You are sure there is still a problem and don’t know what to do next.

Here are a few suggestions:

Stop all the excuses.  Many times family members will make excuses to try and cover up or protect the drinker.  It is hard to come to terms with the fact that your son or daughter has a drinking problem but it won’t do anyone any good to keep covering up the truth.  Your child needs to start taking responsibility for his/her actions.

While there may not be a perfect time to talk to your teen there are times that are better than others.  It won’t help to talk to your child while she is drunk.

The best time may not be when he is surrounded by friends.  Talk to your son or daughter shortly after the alcohol-related incident.  Try to stay calm and discuss the problem without getting really angry and raising your voice.

You should be very specific when talking about the problem.  Let your son or daughter know exactly why you are concerned and use examples of the ways in which his/her drinking has caused problems.  Talk about the seriousness of drinking and driving.

Tell your child what you will and won’t do concerning the situation.  If both parents will be involved in the conversation make sure you are in agreement of what will happen if the teen does not agree to getting the help needed.  Don’t use any threats that you can’t or won’t go through with.

Have information with you.  Research all the options before you talk with your teen.  Talk to your family doctor or an counselor who specializes in alcohol treatment.  Know what help is available and which one you think would be the best.

Be prepared for a battle.  Most teens will not want to admit that there is a problem.

They do not consider drinking and driving to be especially dangerous because they are pretty sure nothing will ever happen to them.  They will not want to change their lives, make new friends and stop drinking.  Be prepared to stand your ground.

Find support for your child and also for the rest of your family.  You need to know that you are not alone and there are all kinds of resources for families.  Drinking can cause broken relationships and these need to be mended.  Counseling can help put families back together.

If you have been having recurring problems with your teen, alcohol, and drinking and driving, there are ways to provide the help he/she needs.

Want to find more information on how to stop drinking then visit http://www.stopdrinkingadvice.org/ 

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January 25, 2007

Do we really understand Alcoholism?

It may be that many people do not have a good understanding of alcoholism. In this article you will find information about what alcoholism is and what can be done to treat it.

Another definition of alcoholism is alcohol dependence. Alcoholism is a disease that is characterized by four symptoms.

The first symptom is a craving or strong or need to drink. The second symptom is the loss of control. This is when a person can not stop drinking once drinking has begun. The third symptom of alcoholism is physical dependence.

After a person has stopped drinking they experience nausea, anxiety, shakiness or sweating. The fourth symptom is tolerance or the need to drink more and more alcohol to get high.

There are people who do not understand that alcoholism is a disease. These people think that a person could stop drinking if they really wanted to or had more self-control. When a person is an alcoholic their craving for alcohol can be as strong as the need for food or water.

Alcoholism is a chronic disease which means it lasts a lifetime. A person who is an alcoholic will keep drinking even though serious family, health and legal problems develop. Two main things put a person at risk for developing alcoholism; a person’s genes and his or her lifestyle.

It is true that the risk for developing alcoholism tends to run in families. It does not mean that if a person has a father or mother who is an alcoholic they themselves will become an alcoholic.

The genes we inherit partly explain the pattern of alcoholism in families but lifestyle also plays a part. Other things that may increase your risk for alcoholism are the people you spend time with, the stresses in your life and the amount of alcohol that is available on a day-to-day basis.

There are also people who think that alcoholism can be cured. They find it hard to understand why an alcoholic can’t just go the doctor or through treatment, get better and be cured.

While there are millions of recovering alcoholics who have not had a drink for weeks, months or years, there is still a chance that a relapse can occur.

While alcoholism can’t be cured, the disease can be treated. There are many treatment programs available. Some may work well for certain people and other alcoholics may need a different type of program. There are medications that can help as well as counseling.

Most people who are alcoholics need help with recovery. It is a very difficult process. Many alcoholics do best when they have support and treatment.

As with any chronic disease there are different levels of success concerning treatment. There are alcoholics who can quit drinking on their own and never have another drink. Other alcoholics may go through treatment and remain sober for the rest of their lives.

Some may go for a long time without a drink and then suffer a relapse. Still others have very little success at all.

Alcoholism is a tricky disease and one that can cause serious problems for the person who drinks and also for families, friends, coworkers and even total strangers who may be injured at the hands of an alcoholic. There is help available and the longer a person is able to stop drinking the better chance he or she has of staying sober.

Want to find more information on how to stop drinking then visit http://www.stopdrinkingadvice.org/ 

 

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January 23, 2007

Famous Drinking Quote

A drunk mans words are a sober mans thoughts. 
 - Steve Fergosi

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January 22, 2007

Don’t Drink and Drive

Drinking and driving kills lives.

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January 19, 2007

10 Great Tips to Stop Drinking

1 – Establish Your Goals. What are your personal reasons for wanting to drink less alcohol? Write down your thoughts and let this be a guide for setting some goals. Whether it is to stay away from drinking events, participate in controlled drinking, or stop drinking altogether, make sure you know why you are doing this and make sure the reason is for you, not anyone else, or else you won’t be as successful.

2 – Pick a day in the next week to start cutting down. Go for a day when you are likely to be relaxed and not under pressure. Plan ahead for a day when it is easier to avoid alcohol.

3 – Don’t Give Up. Nowhere in this article did we say it would be easy to stop drinking! Keep your goals in mind along with the reasons you even set these goals in the first place. If you have too many drinks one night, don’t let it spoil the goal you’re reaching for. Just get right back on track the next day. When you fail yourself, just remember this quote by Robert F. Kennedy: "Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." You will succeed if you truly want to get your drinking habits under control or stop drinking altogether.

4 – Share your plan with others. Talk with your family members and trusted friends about your plan. Let them know how they can help you to be successful.

5 – Ask for Support from Your Family and Friends. Those who are truly supportive of your recovery will be happy to help you throughout the holidays. Be up front and tell them your concerns.

6 – Take a Break. In the quest to reduce your alcoholic intake, try setting aside one day a week where you won’t be drinking alcohol. Once this single day becomes easy, make it two days, then three days, then a week. Breaking up your larger goal into smaller goals is not any less of a commitment. Instead, it may actually help you to stick with your goal much longer.

7 – Determine when you are most likely to drink and then make up a plan to avoid them. When at home or at parties you should find a substitute drink instead of alcohol to stick with your plan. You can also replace your drinking habits with hobbies that are constructive to you personally such as exercising, reading, painting or other things.

8 – Ward off Temptations. When do you tend to drink? Is it at parties or is it when you’re alone? Make sure you understand what your temptations are and then devise simple plans to avoid them. Try substituting yummy non-alcoholic drinks and do the same at home. Otherwise, replace your drinking habits with other constructive hobbies, such as exercising, reading, painting, or whatever it is that you enjoy.

9 – Reward yourself. Use the money you once spent on drinking to do something fun with your family or friends. Go out to eat, see a movie, or play sports or a game.

10 - If you continue to find it difficult to cut down drinking and need more help to quit, with new strategies, just head over to www.StopDrinkingAdvice.org/Guide
 

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Alcohol and your Body

Once you have taken Alcohol within minutes it enters the following parts:  Bloodstream, the brain, pancreas, kidneys, liver, and other organs and tissue system.

But it all depends on what the drink is your drinking and how strong it is. The strength of drink will have an impact
on the absorption rate. Stronger and weaker drinks are absorbed more slowly.

Just take time out for a minute and think about this, and what major parts of the body does Alcohol effect.

- Your Liver
- Your Blood
- Your Muscles
- Your Endocrine system
- Your Gastrointestinal tract
- Your Central nervous system

The above are the most important parts of our body, once these have been shot at by drinking to much Alcohol, your then on the slippery slope downwards. So just think before you drink.

Sprits tend to have the most effect on our body, if sprits are consumed in large amounts, they can irritate the stomach
lining, this will cause a delay in the absorption of the Alcohol.

Temperature of any Alcohol plays a major part, because the warmer the Alcohol, the faster it is absorbed.

Once Alcohol is consumed it seems to effect on out central nervous system. With immediate effect it starts depressing the inhibitiry centres of the brain. Most people feel more relaxed and confident. Alcohol also brings about that "let loose" feeling.

Alcohol effect’s people in different ways, some people become more of a talking person, perhaps increasing their
attractiveness to other people, other people become more aggressive and just go looking for trouble.

Once the Alcohol has worn off, there is always a negative rebound effect. These will include guilt, depression, and
anxiety.

So just why do we drink, if we now know how it effects us.

  Want to find more information on how to stop drinking then visit http://www.stopdrinkingadvice.org/guide/

 

 

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January 18, 2007

Alcohol and the effects it has on your Brain

Alcohol affects the brain centres, but the more alcohol you have the more parts in your brain are effected.
 
Alcohol affects the brain in a set order, starting with:
Cerebral Cortex
The Limbic System
Cerebellum
Hypothalamus
Medulla

 
1 – Cerebral Cortex
This is the largest piece of your brain. This is where all the processing is done, it also controls most of the muscle movements. Alcohol affects these parts in the following ways:
 
Your pain is numbed if you hurt yourself
Your senses are affected – taste, touch, vision, hearing and smell
Your thought process is slowed down and your movement becomes slower
Makes a person more louder and talkative.

The more alcohol you drink the increase in your blood level increases.
 
2 – Limblic System
This part of you brain is where it controls you outer memory and emotions. When Alcohol enters this part of your brain it affects your emotions and you suffer memory loss.
 
3 – Cerebellum
This is where the muscle movement is co-ordinated. Affected by Alcohol and your movements become uncontrollable, simple things like touching your nose and standing on one leg become very hard to achieve. Cerebellum controls everyone’s balance, that’s why you’re always seeing drunken people falling over.
 
4 – Hupothalamus and Pituitary Gland
There are two very noticeable side effects Alcohol has on this part of your brain. This part of your brain controls the chemicals and endocrine functions like sex hormone secretion, growth and thyroid.
 
-         Your sexual functions or easily affected, like your sexual performance decrease’s  and your arousal increases.
-         Increased urine excretion.
 
5 – Medulla
This is the most important part of your brain, this controls your bodily functions, such as heart rate, breathing, temperature and consciousness. To much Alcohol effects all these parts, this is because your BAC (Blood Level Content) keeps increasing.
 

 Want to find more information on how to stop drinking then visit http://www.stopdrinkingadvice.org/guide/

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January 17, 2007

Famous Drinking Quote

One reason I don’t drink is that I want to know when I am having a good time.
- Nancy Astor

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January 15, 2007

6 Facts about Alcohol and How it Affects Others

Just how many people out there are involved in the life of a Alcoholic?

Many people don’t release this but affects everyone around them, from familes, co- workers, friends, etc. Just think for a minute the problem is not just for the Alcoholic, and something he has to deal with, but it’s also everyone who comes to contact with him on a daily basis.
 
1-     Around 17 million days of absenteeism from work are Alcohol related.

2-     Half of all violent crimes are Alcohol related.

3-     Between 16,000 and 24,000 deaths each year are associated with Alcohol and it’s misuse. These range from cancer suicide, strokes and accidental injuries.

4-     There are around 10 million children who live in families which have one or both parents which have alcohol misuse.

5-     Approximately one third of all domestic violence at home is Alcohol related.

6-     150 million people drink above the recommended daily guidelines, this is figure has been going up and up over the last few years. This is down to a number of things, stress, money, relationships, family, deaths.

Want to find more information on how to stop drinking then visit http://www.stopdrinkingadvice.org/guide/
 

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January 14, 2007

6 Important Alcohol Questions You Should Ask Yourself.

1 – Alcohol do we really need it?
People use substances such as alcohol they like the way it makes them feel. Pleasure is an all consuming force. All drugs that are addicting, including alcohol, can activate and affect the brain’s pleasure circuitry. Our brains are wired in such a way that if we do come thing that gives us pleasure we tend to want do it again

 2 – Alcohol addiction how do I know if I’ve got one?
This is a disease that affects your brain. It also affects your behaviour. Once you become addicted to alcohol, you drink without thinking of the consequences, such as health problems, money problems, relationship problems and poor performance at work.

 3 – How do you know if you have a problem?
Yes, you have a problem with alcohol if you continue to drink even when it causes problems with your health, money, work or with your personal relationships. You have a problem if you have developed a tolerance to alcohol. Remember, this means you need to use more to get the desired effect.

 4 – Is there treatment for an Alcohol addiction?
Yes. But remember, addiction is a disease. It is chronic, which means it can go on for a long time. It may take a several attempts to stay free of alcohol or to maintain a goal of controlled drinking.

 5 – Are there treatments available for your Alcohol problem ?
Stop drinking advice offers you a chance to stop drinking alcohol with a highly proven system, which many people have tried over the last 3 years. If your after more information on this system then please visit: http://www.stopdrinkingadvice.org/guide/

 6 – Is there a way to cut down or stop your drinking problem.
First, understand that you are in charge of your addiction. You are in charge of your positive self talk. You are in control of your choice to drink or not to drink. Ultimately, this is the question.

Want to find more information on how to stop drinking then visit http://www.stopdrinkingadvice.org/guide/

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