January 28, 2008

Al-Anon/Alateen

When dealing with alcoholism, the Alcoholic isn’t the only one who suffers from the disease. Friends and family are also  greatly effected. But there is help. Al-Anon and Alateen are programs designed to help support those who have alcoholic loved ones. This understanding support can be of tremendous value to those in need.

It’s important for those close to an alcoholic to educate themselves not only about the disease but about the effects it can cause. These programs allow these friends and family members to understand they are not alone. Sharing experiences, feelings, and ideas for dealing with the disease can be a vital part of the coping process.

If you are a friend or loved one of an alcoholic, or know someone who is, please direct them to this site:

http://www.al-anonfamilygroups.org/english.html

Here you can find more information about the program as well as a schedule of meetings in your area. Alcoholism is a family disease, everyone needs to be treated for such. Get the help you need and very much deserve.

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January 25, 2008

Excuses to Drink

What is the difference between a reason and an excuse? Reasons are reasonable. Excuses are what we create in an attempt to justify actions we know are not reasonable. There are no valid reasons to consume alcohol but below are some over-used excuses many of us make to fool ourselves into believing we’re not doing anything we shouldn’t be doing.

  • It’s the weekend! – Yeah…so use the time to spend with family and friends doing something productive
  • I’ve been so stressed.  – Get a massage or light an incense
  • It helps me overcome my shyness – Take a course on public speaking
  • I can stop any time I want. – Yeah? Prove it
  • Everyone else is drinking.  – and if everyone else jumped off a bridge?
  • It helps me forget my problems. – Does forgetting them make them go away?
  • Its rude to refuse. – Its rude to believe that!
  • I’ve never had a problem because of drinking.  – But you may have a drinking  problem.
  • I just like the taste. – There are ‘virgin’ drinks that taste just as good.
  • Its here, I may as well drink it. – The commode water is there too!
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January 23, 2008

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a serious condition caused by the consumption of alcohol during pregnancy. Because it is unknown how much a mother-to-be can safely drink, its recommended to avoid all alcohol during pregnancy.

The effect of FAS can range from minor, if there is such a thing when dealing with a child’s health, to very severe:

  • Bahavioral problems
  • Small head circumference
  • Epilepsy
  • Poor coordination
  • Lack of creative thinking skills
  • Poor socialization skills
  • Facial disfigurement
  • Low birth weight
  • Learning difficulties
  • Mental disabilities

The sooner a woman stops drinking during her pregnancy, the better the chances of her having a healthy child. If you even suspect you could be pregnant, refrain from drinking until you find out otherwise. Having a child with FAS not only effects the child, but the entire family.

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January 21, 2008

Do I Have A Problem With Alcohol

Do I have a problem with Alcohol? This really is a very simple and straight forward question you should be asking yourself, but would someone really know if they have a serious drinking problem?

Well the simple answer is NO the majority of people around the world who have a serious alcohol drinking problem are unaware of it. They seem to have the blinkers on and are only really interested in seeing what’s in front of them instead of stepping outside there box. People like this rarely admit that alcohol is a part of there life.

So how would know for sure that you have a drinking problem? You need to start taking steps and asking yourself some serious questions about your behavior. You might think diagnosing any illness like drinking is simple, and it is if you follow the right process like diagnosing anything else.

Below are 11 questions which you should be asking yourself. If by any chance these might apply to yourself then you need to take further action, and start treating your alcohol problem today!

1 – When I drinking alcohol does it cause problems?

2 – I’m I always looking for more alcohol once I’ve exceed my limit?

3 – Have tried quitting alcohol before?

4 – Do I try and hide alcohol in or around the house?

5 – When I get drunk do I always forget what I’ve done?

6 – When I’m drinking does my personality change and I become a different person?

7 – When I’m drunk do I become frightening or get angry with other people?

8 – When you’re in a sad mood, or you’re alone are you always looking for the bottle?

9 – Do you fall out with the people around you, like family and friends when you’ve been drinking?

10 – Does your health suffer from drinking to much alcohol?

11 – Have you ever thought how much your life would change for the better if you stopped drinking?

Okay now you have read and answered all the questions openly and honestly, how many did you say "Yes" to? If you have answered yes to at least 3 or more of the above questions then you need to seek help.

Most people who seek help for there alcohol addiction does either quit drinking altogether or drink on a very rare occasion.

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The Aftermath of Drunk Driving

                                                                                                                                                                                                         We all know drinking and driving is not a good idea. We’ve all heard stories or know people who have been killed or seriously injured by drunk drivers. Yet people choose to drive while impaired all the time. Even if you’re one of the lucky ones who don’t end up hurting or killing someone, getting caught can have a serious impact on your life.

The penalties vary from state to state for convicted drunk drivers but here are some what you can expect if caught:

? Loss of driving priveledges from 60 days to 6 years

? Fines ranging from $200 to $5000 plus lawyer fees, court costs and damage assessments

? Jail time even without causing injuries or damage

? Vehicle towing and impound charges

? Increased insurance premiums and deductibles

? Criminal record – which may affect your career, finances and reputation

There is no excuse for drunk driving.  Have a designated driver, take a cab, call a friend or get a near-by room. The decision you make can effect your life forever or at the very least, a long time to come. Make your plans ahead of time so you won’t have to depend on your impaired judgement which could ruin your life.

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January 18, 2008

How to Say No to Drinking

When dealing with close friends and family, telling them that you’re trying to refrain from drinking should be enough said. But its understandable one would not want to announce to everyone that they feel they have a problem with alcohol. In those situations, here are some handy ‘excuses’ you can give for not drinking.

? I’m the designated driver

? I have an appointment in the morning

? I can’t mix alcohol with my medication

? I ate too much, I’m full

? My spouse/significant other will kill me

? I want to stay up late to catch a movie

Regardless of the reason you choose to give, stick to it. Don’t be bullied or coerced into drinking. If your companions continue to insist on your drinking, simply call it a night and find something else to do. Preferably with people who are also not drinking.

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January 17, 2008

Does Alcoholics Anonymous Work

Alcoholics Anonymous is probably one of the oldest forms of dealing with an alcohol addiction, and anyone who has an alcohol addiction has likely to have heard of Alcoholics Anonymous also simply known as AA.

I have been to a few of there meetings and spoke to a number of people who have also attended there classes and most people seem to be giving me maixed feelings "It’s a bunch of unserious people that have no effective means of dealing there problems (Alcohol)". People have even told me that there techniques there use are not to modern day life, and they still live back in the old times.

So should you seek help from Alcoholics Anonymous? Here are a few questions which I can answer for you which might help you make the right decision.

What is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)?

Alcoholics Anonymous is a long-standing organization of people which are out to help alcoholics recovery from there alcohol addiction. Remaining sober is the goal for all those attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. But does this happen? More times than not most people do slip back into their old habits and hit the bottle again. The program they offer you is known as the twelve-step-program, which is aimed at helping alcoholics over come there drinking problem.

Just what does Alcoholics Anonymous do?

Alcoholics Anonymous offers hope and help to people who can’t afford to attend a private health clinic. In fact you’ll never be asked to put your hand in your pocket for money because it’s free. Basically you can attend as many times as you like or as few meeting as you like.  

You’ll find Alcoholics Anonymous hold meetings in nearly every major metropolitan city, and the meetings can be daily or just once a week, it all depends just how busy that alcohol rehab centre is.

If you have an alcohol addiction its worth attending a meeting, you don’t have to participate, you can just sit there and listen to the group leader as he addresses other peoples problems.

Just how does Alcoholics Anonymous help people?

Alcoholics Anonymous helps people by running an alcohol rehab program which is tailored with there twelve-step-program designed to stop you from drinking alcohol. But what is very interesting is that most people who run these programs are ex-alcoholics or had problems with drinking alcohol sometime in there life.

Now before you go off rushing to pick the phone up and find out where your nearest Alcoholics Anonymous rehab centre is, I advise you to do your research first, there are plenty of reputable website on the Internet which can help you, and some even offer 100% money back guarantee’s if they can’t help you over come your alcohol addiction. Remember you have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

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January 16, 2008

Is Alcoholism Hereditary?

                           Children of alcoholics are more prone to have drinking dependency issues than children of non-alcoholics. Though certain studies have shown a certain hereditary tendency, especially for sons of alcoholic fathers, for developing alcohol problems, this is not the only factor.

Alcoholics are more likely to pass on the bad habits than to pass on a bad gene. Children of problem drinkers are exposed to the lifestyle of heavy drinking. They can become depressed which can heavily influence they’re decision making about drinking as they get older.

It is important to discuss the effects of alcoholism with your children, especially if you have a dependency yourself. The sooner the adult stops drinking, the better the child’s chance of not becoming an alcoholic themselves. Removing alcohol from the child’s environment can greatly reduce the risk of them having the same problems in the future.

http://www.stopdrinkingadvice.org/guide/

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Why Do People Drink?

People drink for a variety of different reasons at the onset. The majority do so simply to be social. For many of us this happens in high school or college. Its continued when we surround ourselves with fellow drinkers as we become adults. But the reasons we continue to drink go much deeper for each of us.

Depression and stress can be a large factor in our drinking habits. We drink to forget, to relieve mental anguish, to feel that temporary happiness found in the bottom of a bottle.

For some of us, it simply becomes a habit. Just like some people enjoy a Coke or Pepsi after dinner, others enjoy an alcoholic beverage. Habits, in moderation, aren’t necessarily bad but when they become consistent and more frequent, there may be an issue.

The real problem develops when you can no longer feel good when you are not drinking. If you have to drink in order to have a good time, it may be time to take a closer look to see if your habit has become an addiction.

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January 15, 2008

Affects of Drinking Alcohol Is There a Treatment

Here are some common and interesting facts about alcohol.

Did you know that alcohol is the cause of around 100,000 deaths in the United States alone? In Canada it’s around 50,000 deaths per year. Alcohol is also one of the biggest reasons why families split up and this figure is well into the millions.

Alcohol is also one of the leading causes of deaths on the road with teenagers. You will find that people who drink alcohol have very poor grades, can’t perform 100% at there job, smoke (which is a leading killer it’s self), experiment with other types of illegal drugs.

If you find yourself drinking everyday and your becoming dependent on alcohol to get you through the day then you have a serious alcohol problem which needs to be sorted out now before it’s too late.

What do I mean by it’s too late?

After studying and doing research into alcoholics for the last 5 years I have found out that long term heavy drinking is the major cause of the following chronic diseases:

High blood pressure, damages your liver, effects your nervous system, your heart (heart attacks) slows your brain down (lack of memory), stomach problems, cancer, sexual problems, I think you get my drift; alcohol just about affects every part of your body. You’ll also find the miss-use of alcohol leads to other things such as violence, accidents, and personality change.  So why do we drink so much alcohol?

You’ll find most people do it because they think it looks cool and to impress there friends, and little do they know that they are knocking years off there lives and slowly destroying there health. What you need to remember is your only here once, so get the most out of your life while you can.

Once you become alcohol dependent it becomes very difficult to stop drinking without someone’s help. If you’re looking for a way-out or you might know anyone that is looking to quit alcohol for good, help is always available. Recognizing you have a problem is the first step to finding a solution.

If your are alcoholic dependent and looking for FREE resource or an alcohol treatment, then a can honestly say with my hand on my heart the best website I have come across is stopdrinkingadvice.org. I know Ed personally and he has helped to cure more than 2000 people with serious drinking problems.

The best thing about Ed’s site is his information and resource is FREE and it shows you the critical steps to beating your nemesis.

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