May 28, 2008

Why do college students abuse alcohol?

The answers are probably many, but the simplest answer is this: Because they can.

DrAbusing Alcohol is Easy. When there are so few immediate consequences for excessive drinking, when repeat offenders are not disciplined, when parents are not notified about their children’s drinking activities.

When students get mixed messages from the college administration about alcohol, when students have seen their parents drinking alcohol in an irresponsible manner, when students are not informed about the long-tern negative consequences of alcohol abuse.

There are few alcohol-free social and recreational activities that are attractive to students, minors or intoxicated students are served alcoholic beverages by the local drinking establishments, and when the drinking activities in the sororities and fraternities are not monitored—drinking and excessive drinking become so very easy.

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May 26, 2008

Seek Medical Help For Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

DoctorMost people who give up alcohol abruptly end up experiencing mild to moderate alcohol withdrawal symptoms as a result of the body reacting to the sudden absence of something that it was used to or dependent on. Alcohol withdrawal syndrome is a term used for describing an entire group of symptoms that happen with a rapid withdrawal from alcohol after an extended period of drinking.

There are very few individuals that will be spared the experience of wide-ranging alcohol withdrawal symptoms and not only alcoholics but even heavy or regular drinkers will endure the effects when they stop drinking alcohol quickly.

There are varying levels of alcohol withdrawal symptoms anywhere from mild to moderate to even the extreme. This uncertainty is the most important motivation for receiving proper medical advice before beginning a new life alcohol free.

Deciding to quit drinking is a positive step towards a better tomorrow but is also a big one. Although you may be lucky enough to not have the most severe signs of withdrawal, circumstances can change quickly and the results could be extreme.

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May 23, 2008

Alcoholism – Definition

Brown BagAlcoholic drinks date back thousands of years. Although no one quite knows of their original discovery, it seems likely that they have been a part of history since the beginning. Magnus Huss first coined the word ‚??alcoholism‚?Ě in 1849, being the first to classify the systematic damage that was attributable
to alcohol.

The word ‚??alcoholism‚?Ě came to be recognized in the United States with the founding and growth of a support group in 1939 called Alcoholics Anonymous, or ‚??AA.‚?? Alcoholics Anonymous
does not place a definition on alcoholism, but compares it to an allergy and an illness, focusing on a team support method of accountability and responsibility.

E. Morton Jellinek, a doctor from New England, was the first to classify problems seen in chronic alcoholics. Jellinek‚??s definition of the alcoholic stated: ‚??Alcoholics are those excessive drinkers
whose dependence on alcohol has attained such a degree that it shows notable disturbance or an interference with their bodily and mental health, their personal relationships and smooth economic functioning or who show signs of such a development.

They therefore need treatment.‚?? This definition has seen many changes over the years by different medical affiliations. The American Medical Association currently uses the word alcoholism to refer to a particular chronic primary disease. Some minorities in the medical field, such as Herbert Fingarette and Stanton Peele, argue against alcoholism being considered a disease. But, critics of the disease theory acknowledge that the word “alcoholism” refers to a disease, and use the term “heavy drinking” when discussing the harmful effects of alcohol consumption.

With alcoholism’s uncertain definition, the disease is often hard to accurately detect. There is no physical or mental difference between someone who drinks habitually and an alcoholic.

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May 19, 2008

Drinking and Driving

BreathBeing intoxicated does not mean that an individual has to be above the legal limit designated by law to feel the effects of alcohol. In fact, research has shown impairments begin far before a person reaches a blood alcohol level that would be considered illegal.

With this is mind, should an individual who consumes any amount of alcohol be considered safe behind the wheel of a vehicle?

A blood alcohol level, or BAC, of .08 has been defined as the legal limit to be found guilty of drunk driving in all 50 states.

However there are many factors that will affect your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Size, gender, physical condition, how much you have eaten, how much sleep you have had, if you are taking any medications, and the actual alcohol content of your chosen
“drink” can all cause limit variations from person to person.

A “drink” is either one shot of liquor, a five-ounce glass of wine or one beer, all of which contain the same amount of alcohol.

Take a look at this Blood Alcohol Level calculator:

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May 16, 2008

Alcohol: the Slow, Relentless Killer

Alcoholism has become one of the most prevalent diseases in our society today. The everyday pressures of life and the burden of worries that we face every day have served as a catalyst for this growing affliction.

More and more people seek an escape from these modern demands and pressures many times at the bottom of a bottle without the realization that this will only worsen the problems they are experiencing in their social life or workplace.

Alcohol by nature acts as a depressant, which means that the more you drink, the more despair and unhappiness you will feel. Thus a vicious cycle begins.

An individual seeks escape in alcohol, the problems worsen, the individual seeks more alcohol for escape…so on and so on. This is the cycle that inevitably leads to alcohol addiction. The result of these actions on the body is disastrous as the body cannot keep up with the ever increasing levels of intoxication.

When you drink alcohol, it passes down through your esophagus and into your stomach, where it is absorbed into the blood stream. Your blood flows into your liver, the organ that is responsible for breaking down the alcohol into other chemicals.

These chemicals in turn are converted into water and carbon dioxide to be excreted. Although this process may sound simple, it is fact very complex as these functions are performed by your liver instantaneously. So, when you drink more alcohol than your liver can put up with, there is no way that your liver can keep up and your blood alcohol level rises.

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May 14, 2008

Alcohol: The Enemy in the Bottle

cup_bottles.jpgIt’s only one drink at a party, right? But there’s nothing wrong with stopping off for a couple beers after work. Sure, a glass or two of wine at night can help you relax. But eventually you can find yourself being the first one to raise your glass and even seek out the situations and occasions where alcohol will be present.

If you find that you are indulging in alcohol more frequently than you used to, it is time to seriously evaluate your drinking patterns. Many times these are the warnings leading up to a full blown addiction to alcohol.

Alcoholism defines itself in many ways. It is a step past simply wanting a drink to the compulsive level of needing a drink even when drinking begins to have negative effects. These effects can be health related, strained and tension filled relationships with friends and family, poor job performance all of which can increase the desire for drinking.

The builds a tolerance pushing you to higher levels of consumption to reach that “high” that alcohol can give. This in turn leads to the search for more alcohol sources and worrying about the ability to obtain that next drink. If you have to turn to a bottle to even feel and function ‘normally,’ then you are probably past the point of indulgence and have developed a dependency and addiction to alcohol.

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May 12, 2008

Drinking and the Problems it Causes

Not everyone experiences the same effects of alcohol and the same outcomes of alcoholism. However, the most common effects include changes in stability or emotional state, altered personality and behaviors.

These ranges in behaviors of an alcoholic can be from becoming angry and belligerent for some to quiet and withdrawn in others. Many also experience depression with feelings of sadness, confusion and even feeling tense and anxious.

Unfortunately, many alcoholics turn to increased drinking as a means of avoiding these feelings. This only makes the problem worse and they should instead seek treatments that are available.

Many people are unsure of what alcohol dependency entails and its symptoms are sometimes unclear since they do vary from person to person. Alcohol dependency can quickly develop into alcohol abuse and knowing when to intervene is important.

The following information is to serve as a guide to help you know when drinking has become a problem and treatment is necessary. Alcohol abuse, dependence and addiction are interchangeable terms for in individual who has a problem and need for alcohol.

It is characterized by several signs:

* Cravings – Compulsion or strong need to drink
* Loss of Control – Lack of ability to control amount of drinking at any point
* Physical Dependence – When the body has a physical reaction to the absence of alcohol.
Withdrawal symptoms can include nausea, sweating, shakiness and anxiety or paranoia
occurring after a period of heavy drinking has stopped
* Tolerance – The need for greater amounts of alcohol to achieve the same effects

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May 9, 2008

Addicted or Dependent?

Most addicts will tell you they don‚??t even have a problem. If you feel as if you need and want alcohol, you are dependent on it and its effects. Signs of alcohol dependency can include needing a drink every day, drinking alone, needing a drink to stop the shakes and trembles.

Sometimes alcohol dependency can lead to convulsions and constant need to drink as much alcohol as you can. When you are alcohol dependent sometimes you become more “tolerant” of the effects of alcohol. A tendency to drink more than intended to feel the same effect, or being unable to stop drinking once you start to drink alcohol is a sign of this tolerance. Just because you may not appear drunk does not mean that you aren‚??t.

Dependency at this level is serious and it will be much harder to stop both psychologically and physically. The withdrawal symptoms you will experience will be worse. Help is available and you do not have to go through this alone, but the most important part is to treat and stop the addiction.

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May 7, 2008

Teenage Drinking

Kids today battle an unimaginable amount of pressures from a multitude of sources. Facing the pressure of alcohol is probably one of the top issues on the list. Most typically it is the teenagers as opposed to the younger ages who feel the temptation as a result of pressure from their peers and even from adults. Seeing a parent drink at home may make them feel as if it is okay or expected. Teenagers want to feel as if they ‚??fit in‚?? with their friend and will drink to do this if their buddies are.

The resulting problems can be disastrous. Issues include drunken driving, fighting, grades dropping, and even long term health issues may occur. Schools and parents need to intervene early. Enforce rules and teach safe ways to avoiding alcohol to keep kids out of trouble and even an early grave. Be a part of your child‚??s life as a parent and teach them of the dangers associated with not only drinking, but with addictions. Try to avoid scare tactics that might actually drive your child to drinking. Education is not the only key, communication is also.

Bringing the topic of alcohol into discussions with your teenager will help keep the line of communication open. Knowing they can come to you might one day safe their life.

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May 5, 2008

The Path To Leave Addiction

The first step in deciding to quit drinking is simply that‚?¶decide to quit drinking. Once you have made up your mind, you have gotten past the first hurdle. From here, know that you can do it. Cast aside those negative doubts and think positively toward your goal of living without alcohol. With this in mind, get the alcohol out of your sight. Throw out any bottles you have because you are on your way to not needed them in your life.

Battle relapse by being strong willed. If your goal is clearly defined from the beginning, you will have less chance of allowing that goal to slip away. Know that if you give in and do relapse, you are not just cheating yourself out of dreams, but your loved ones also. By continuing to drink you are compromising your children‚??s college fund, your wife having to move up to full time to make ends meet, helping your parents out with medical bills, the car parked in your driveway‚?¶even the roof over you head. Is a drink worth all of that?

What would happen if you had no money or were without your job? How would you live? Is any company going to keep an employee who cannot perform to meet standards? And how would you suffer from this? Having to face all of these possibilities can harm your self-esteem and lower your sense of values. Your social standing could fall. This could mean more than simply your friends turning away from you. If your addiction is well known, it will affect how your children‚??s teachers see you, your landlord, and even your banker may not want to give you that loan you might need.


It is mind over matter when choosing to quit drinking. Instead to turning to a bottle that has nothing but emptiness at the bottom, occupy your time with other activities. Take your kids to the park. Tackle that honey-do list you‚??ve been avoiding. Even cleaning out the garage will keep both your mind and your body busy on other tasks turning thoughts away from alcohol.

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