June 30, 2008

Is your Partner an alcoholic?

PartnerDo they change character when they drink? Are you fed up with their double personality? Are you about to explode? The best thing you can do is stop trying to get them to give up alcohol.

It really doesn’t make any difference whatsoever, nagging on them to give up as all it leads to is making you emotionally stressed out and therefore less able to help that person who is so special to you. It is impossible to verbally over power an alcoholic as you need a delicate control over the situation. With this in mind you can reach inside an alcoholic and have some effect on their life.

You must always bear in mind that you are helping the person that you married and loved and not the alcoholic. Ignore them when they have got a drink inside them and they are looking for an argument and ignore any form of emotional nonsense. Make sure it sinks into them the fact that you will not be provoked when they are drunk and stick to your guns.

If they insist on provoking, you should just leave the situation by going into another room, go and visit somebody you know, go out for a long stroll or just listen to your MP3. You need to maintain a strong mind as you are the one who has the power to stop them drinking by making them see for themselves that they really do have a problem.

It is a very sad fact that the person on the receiving end is as mentally and emotionally ill as the alcoholic himself. This is why the innocent party must set their own limits for what they are going to take from their partner while they are drunk.

Whatever you do, don’t allow them to see that their behavior is affecting you as their whole ploy is to irritate you, so make sure you don’t give them that satisfaction. When they do get into a state turn your back on them and try and see right through them to the person you used to know and love.

Now comes a long list of DON’TS so you don’t encourage their behavior. Don’t assist them to bed. Don’t allow them to drive while under the influence. Don’t allow them to argue with you while drunk. Ignore them and Don’t be forced into anything. Don’t supply them with any booze even if they get down onto their hands and knees. Under no circumstances Don’t treat them with understanding and certainly do not pay them any extra attention.

When they are sober you need to do the exact opposite(except buying booze), and tell them just how much they mean to you and that you are concerned about their health. Tell them or remind them of the terrible things that you and the rest of the family have to support while they are drunk as they really do need reminding.

All these points will make life living with an alcoholic just that little bit more easier and it will aid the burden of their abuses towards you. Sadly in a way you are not alone and you can discover other peoples experiences on stop drinking alcohol related blogs and it will soon come to light that your world can change and your partner too.

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June 25, 2008

Be Responsible, Stop Drinking

Breath TestMake sure that you understand the connection between your drinking and your daily habits. If you normally drink when you are upset or stressed, pay attention to the things that make you upset and try to either eliminate them, or deal with them in a different way.

For instance, if you are experiencing stress at work, and usually drink after work, try something else that relieves stress, such as taking a walk after dinner or listening to your favorite music. You can also take advantage of meditation to clear your head and calm yourself down.

This may feel strange to you at first but after a while, you will become accustomed to using alternative methods to make yourself feel better. It is also best to substitute drinking with positive activities as soon as possible. Even if you feel that you are just a social drinker and only drink when you are out with friends, you should use things like physical activity, your favorite television show, or spending time with loved ones to replace your tendency to drink.

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June 23, 2008

Breath Alcohol Self-Test

Breath TestAn estimate of your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is determined with a breath alcohol test. This test measures the amount of alcohol in the air stream that you breathe out (exhale). A simple hand-held device is available enabling you to measure breath alcohol level on yourself. The device can provide a correct estimate of your blood alcohol level if calibrated and used in accordance to the manufacturers instructions. This home machine is similar to, though not as exact as, the type of test used by police for suspected drunk drivers.

Your blood alcohol concentration begins to rise within minutes of alcohol consumption. Alcohol is absorbed directly through the walls of the stomach, going into the bloodstream, traveling throughout your body and to your brain. This direct line allows blood alcohol levels to increase quickly.

Alcohol levels in your blood reach its highest level approximately 60 minutes after being consumed. However, food in your stomach may slow down the absorption rate, taking it longer for the blood alcohol to reach its highest level. Alcohol is mostly broken down in the liver and the rest of it is passed out of your body in urine and your exhaled breath. You can purchase breath alcohol devices to measure your breath level at many pharmacies or through the Internet.

The manual appliance is a glass tube (or a balloon and a glass tube) that contains color changing crystals activated when exposed to alcohol from your breath. This device is easier and less expensive than electronic meters.

The electronic meter displays the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) percentage in a digital display window after the glass mouthpiece attached to the meter is used. This type of meter is more expensive than the manual type.

More and more restaurants and bars are offering the use of one of these two breath test methods at no charge for customers. These devices are also instrumental in alcohol rehabilitation facilities and hospitals.

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June 18, 2008

Alcohol and Mixed Messages

whiskeyIf it is that alcohol brings about such a number if negative issues, why is it not only legal, but in some cases accepted?

Although it is that we have placed a limit on what we as a society will tolerate, we still allow the use and consumption of a potentially unhealthy, dangerous, and even deadly substance when consumed at sometimes even moderate amounts. So why is it that there is even the mixed message that exists in our society?

Alcohol has made its way over time out from just the taverns and bars from coast to coast. Once you also factor in the number of restaurants, sporting events, fairs and festivals, hotels, and night clubs, just to name a few, alcoholic beverages have become a typical part of everyday choices. Liquor stores and package shops are not the exclusive venues any longer for purchases.

Now with a simple trip to the grocery store, or at a stop to get gas at the local convenience store, an adult can make a legal purchase of anything from cans to bottles, cases and in some locations even kegs of whatever alcoholic beverages they may want.

Alcohol exists in many places throughout our advertisements today and they all help to reinforce the concept that alcohol is both acceptable and “cool”. These ideas combined with accessibility can be confusing. From glitzy and sophisticated magazine advertisements to some of our funniest, and most memorable television commercials, alcohol is advertised for no other purpose than to get the product sold.

We look forward to our favorite band’s tour that’s sponsored by a liquor label, or watching during Super Bowl halftime to see which beer commercial makes us laugh the hardest, never thinking that the promotional product could be harmful. People we look up to such as professional athletes and movie stars who affiliate themselves with alcohol either by their actions or advertisements can also send the message that alcohol is “cool.”

Warnings have not stopped alcohol usage, so we need to create other deterrents in addition to the ones currently in place.We as a society can choose not to glamorize alcohol, in turn making it less “cool.” We can say no to advertisements and commercials promoting alcohol usage. The message can be sent out emphasizing and supporting a healthy and safe lifestyle free from the use of alcohol.

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June 16, 2008

Alcohol and Cancer – As Dangerous as Smoking?

cig&alcoholSome basic facts concerning alcoholism include: the disease afflicts nearly 14 million people nationwide, or nearly one in every 10 adults; it kills nearly 20,000 Americans each year, both directly and as a result of alcohol-related incidents and conditions.

Nearly one-third of people diagnosed with psychotic disorders show a history of alcoholism and alcohol-dependency. Clearly this disease is devastating in its scope and impact. It is a strain on the public health system and a trauma for countless families nationwide…

However, even these staggering numbers may be an actual understatement of the true damage inflicted by alcoholism. A new international study has found that the cancer risk associated with heavy alcohol consumption has long been under reported and may rival even the risks posed by smoking. The study, conducted by the France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer, was recently published in The Lancet Oncology journal.

Based on the results of the study, researchers have concluded that excessive drinking and alcohol dependency can significantly raise the risk of a host of cancers, including those of the breast, colon, esophagus, larynx, liver, and mouth. There may even be an association between alcohol consumption and lung and pancreatic cancer, although the findings of the study were not entirely conclusive on those two forms.

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June 9, 2008

Alcohol Abuse

whiskeyThe overuse or abuse of alcohol (alcoholism) or other drugs is called substance abuse. It is common and costly. It can cause or worsen many medical problems and destroy families and lives. Alcohol abuse causes over 100,000 deaths in the United States and Canada each year.

It is the drug most commonly abused by children ages 12 to 17. Alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death in teenagers. People who drink alcohol are more likely to engage in high-risk sexual behavior, have poor grades or job performance, use tobacco products, and experiment with illegal drugs.

Alcohol and drug use may be an unconscious attempt at self-treatment for another problem, such as depression. You have an alcohol problem if your use of alcohol interferes with your health or daily living. You develop alcoholism if you physically or emotionally depend on alcohol to get you through your day.

Alcohol abuse patterns vary. Some people get drunk every day; others drink large amounts of alcohol at specific times, such as on the weekend. It is common for someone with an alcohol or drug problem to call in sick for work on Monday or Friday.

He or she may complain of having a virus or the flu. Others may be sober for long periods and then go on a drinking binge that lasts for weeks or months. Someone with alcohol dependence may suffer serious withdrawal symptoms, such as trembling, delusions, hallucinations, and sweating, if he or she stops drinking suddenly (“cold turkey”).

Once alcohol dependence develops, it becomes very difficult to stop drinking without outside help. Medical detoxification may be needed.

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When to Confront an Alcoholic

interventionThe decision to confront an alcoholic is never an easy one to make. The most important thing is you should never attempt it when the alcoholic is currently under the influence of alcohol. The confrontation should be planned when he or she is sober.

Confronting an alcoholic is sometimes called an intervention and must be carefully planned according to recommended expert guidelines, preferably those issued by a knowledgeable organization like Al-Anon which is the support group for family members of alcoholics.

Also, prior to confronting an alcoholic, you should check with the personā??s doctor or a specialist in treating alcoholic disorders to determine how to prepare yourself and any others who might be helping you to confront a drinker about whom you are concerned. We have listed nine tips that may be helpful in preparing for an intervention.

See what the experts advise by speaking with the Al-Anon association in your area. People there can provide useful resource information as well as advising you on how to plan the. If there is no Al-Anon available in your area try to make an appointment with a licensed therapist, counselor, or psychologist to discuss the problem and how to best approach it.

While in general interventions have similar characteristics, each situation has unique circumstances and each individual has personal characteristics that make each intervention different.

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June 4, 2008

Naltrexone

HappyThere are a variety of methods for treatment for alcohol dependence. Some of these methods include education and support to stop drinking, medicines to reduce withdrawal symptoms and stop alcohol cravings, and professional counseling to work through relationship issues.

However there is a new method on the market, a drug with the brand name chemical ReVia [formerly called Trexan], Vivitrolnaltrexone. This drug is taken as an injection, usually into a muscle once a month. Naltrexone is also available in pill form.

The general purpose of this drug, Naltrexone, is to interfere with the part of the brain which is involved in producing the pleasure sensation you get from drinking alcohol or other drugs.

Basically, Naltrexone is used to reduce the pleasurable effects received from alcohol. This drug can be used alone or it can be combined with other medicines to treat alcohol dependence.

To be most effective in treating alcoholism Naltrexone works in conjunction with counseling.

1 Most studies show that Naltrexone significantly reduces your chance for relapse after you have stopped drinking.

2 It might not be effective in treating men with severe, ongoing alcohol dependence.

3 Some side effects of Naltrexone include nausea, dizziness, and fatigue. It can also cause headaches and make you feel anxious, sleepy, or nervous.

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June 2, 2008

Choose To Be Happy

HappyHappiness is a lifestyle choice. You may think that you are the victim of circumstance, that you have no control over how happy you feel. You’re wrong.

Being happy is about choosing an outlook. An optimistic outlook will protect you from the stress and strains of life. Being happy is about accepting your situation. No matter how bad your life seems right now you can take comfort in the knowledge that life is constantly changing. You cannot be miserable forever. Having an outlook like this is actually beneficial for your health. Stress is a major contributing factor in cases of heart disease and cancer.

Having positive relationships with people around you will promote your happiness. Accept people’s flaws as nobody is perfect. Acceptance will get rid a lot of the conflict in your life. Consider what really matters in the greater scheme of things, and approach your life with a perspective founded in humility.

Being grateful for what you’ve got is a great outlook to have. After all you have so much to be thankful for. People take so much for granted, but everything is lavished on us today.

Think about what influences your mood. Television brings drama and conflict into our lives because it is emotionally stimulating. But this may negatively affect your feelings, so limit what you watch. By reducing the amount of time you spend absorbing stressful news, you will give your mind space to adjust to being content.

This will also give you more time to spend constructively for instance on working hard. Setting goals and achieving them will give you a great sense of satisfaction.

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