July 23, 2008

7 Tips for Quitting Alcohol

StopThe decision to stop Alcohol addiction is a hard one. Here is a list of 7 helpful tips to help you on your path to a life without alcohol.

1) Do it for Yourself – You have to want it to make it work. If you don’t do it for yourself, you might find yourself starting out with a setback.

2) Importance of Physical Exercise – People who exercise regularly while trying to stay sober are less likely to relapse. Exercise has a tendency to lower stress and keep a person in a more relaxed state which is a plus when working toward sobriety.

3) Reward Yourself – Many people are so focused on reaching goals that they forget to reward themselves for the ones accomplished. Rewards keep your spirits up.

4) Don’t Feel Guilty Should You Fail – Guilt over a relapse or setback is only counterproductive to your end goal. Alcohol addiction is a major challenge and like most challenges, is not easy.

5.) Get some kind of outside help – Whether it’s A.A., therapy, or a proven formula to get sober. Left alone to ones thoughts and methods is probably not the best thing, since those thoughts and methods contributed to the addiction in the first place.

6) Seek Out Company – This can be a challenge for those who are single. If you can’t encircle yourself with people, get out more which helps create a brand new outlook on life.

7.) Develop a new daily routine that does not include drinking alcohol. Get up earlier, incorporate some exercise into the daily routine, the possibilities are endless. After all, to
stop drinking is to make a fresh start on its own.

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July 21, 2008

Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome – Are You a Sufferer?

WithdrawlThe majority of so called “social drinkers” or “alcohol consumers” who drink moderately are able to stop drinking immediately with hardly any will power and without suffering from any of the side effects.

Whereas heavy drinkers and alcoholics are guaranteed alcohol withdrawal symptoms, be it mild or severe. The symptoms suffered as a whole caused by the cessation of alcohol intake are known collectively as “alcohol withdrawal syndrome”.

The majority of withdrawal symptoms suffered are physical and include headaches, upset stomach, feeling sick and vomiting. There are also psychological symptoms caused through alcohol withdrawal such as mood swings, nervousness, jitters and anxiety. And just to add to these, your body can also experience body temperature and heartbeat increases as well as breathing difficulties.

A loss of sleep, insomnia accompanied by bad dreams, loss of appetite, sweaty or clammy palms and skin, uncontrollable eyelid movements and dilation in the size of the pupils are other common symptoms of sudden alcohol withdrawal. All these can be easily treated with prescribed medication.

Serious Symptoms: Just to add to the list there are also quite a few serious withdrawal symptoms. On the whole anyone who does manage to kick drinking won’t suffer from the following, but a small percentage do suffer from seizures, hallucinations and delirium tremens, all of which are accompanied by a state of anxiety, confusion and hallucinations. Don’t waste any time in going to seek medical advice.

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July 18, 2008

Alcohol Under Fire

MedicationWhen you hear people talk about the subject of alcohol it is normally regarding it’s negative aspects and it appears that alcohol is one of the leading causes of death in today’s society.

It is an unhealthy habit whether consumed in small or large quantities, but although governments do try and protect us to a certain degree, they just don’t seem capable of taking drastic measures.

Maybe they have to take into consideration the large wealth accrued through alcohol duty, but they certainly do not put our health first even though the damming evidence is on the table.

The rate that alcohol has spread through our society is quite alarming really and long gone are the days that somebody could only purchase liquor in a liquor store and be seen leaving with their purchase discretely in a brown paper bag.

Today alcohol is available in any store, club, hotel or sporting event and in certain countries you can now see kids out drinking in the street and they don’t bother about hiding it in a brown paper bag. It is quite sad how society depends more and more on alcohol and unfortunately the consumers are getting younger and younger every day.

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July 15, 2008

Alcoholics Anonymous

AAAlcoholics Anonymous, more commonly known as AA is the world’s largest self help group for people who want to kick their alcohol addiction.

Alcoholics Anonymous is a group of men and women who have suffered from or are themselves suffering from alcoholism, and who turn towards each other in order to help themselves get rid of their addictions. If you think that you are an alcoholic or are “addicted to alcohol”, then you can seek help from your local AA chapter.

They not tell you whether you are an alcoholic or not. So it is up to you to judge if you are one, in case there are any doubts. If you feel the urges or cravings to lay hands on your favorite poison, always end up drinking more than what you wanted to, or are physically dependent on alcohol to get you through the day or the night, then you are what can be termed an alcohol dependent or alcoholic person.

There are a lot of people who think that they are not alcoholics just because they have the ability to consume large amounts of alcohol without losing control of their senses, but in the true sense of the word, these people are also alcohol dependent.

Alcoholics Anonymous is the best kind of support group that anybody can ever think of joining, because it is one of those rare organizations in the world that is apolitical non-denominational and multiracial. The group has absolutely no social, political or religious leanings and the only leaning the group has is towards reaching a collective goal of non-alcoholism.

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July 9, 2008

Health Problems Caused by Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol Related Liver Complications: Millions of people across the world contract liver diseases such as hepatitis or inflammation due to alcoholic drinks. Complications born out of alcoholic hepatitis can sometimes lead even to death. Around 10 to 20 percent of the heavy drinkers develop or scarring of liver requiring in some cases liver transplants. Some heavy drinkers may also contract hepatitis C virus-HCV-infection which may cause liver cancer.

Nervous System: Alcohol drinking may seriously impact the nervous system in some cases. It may depress the central nervous system. Though alcohol may stimulate the mind initially, it may lead to sedation after a continuous use. Alcohol impairs your immune system. It may affect your logical thinking, emotions and judgment. It may affect your speech and muscle coordination. It may even cause a life threatening state of coma.

Problems with Diabetics: Alcohol impedes the release of glucose from the liver which can increase the risk of low blood sugar causing a disease called hypoglycemia. This disease can prove dangerous to your life if you are already taking insulin to regulate the level of your blood sugar.

Pancreatitis: Pancreas produces insulin that regulates the blood sugar level in your body. Drinking alcohol may also endanger your pancreas that produces hormones to control you metabolism. Pancreas produces enzymes that help in digesting the proteins and carbohydrates. Long time drinking of alcohol may cause or the inflammation of the pancreas. Acute pancreatitis may cause severe abdominal pain that can be fatal at times. It can also cause diarrhea and weight loss. So stop drinking alcohol.

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July 7, 2008

Alcohol and Medication

MedicationAlcohol with Medication: Even minor quantities of alcohol taken along with certain medicines can aggravate their adverse impact.

There are as many as 150 medicines which when taken with alcohol may prove detrimental to the health of the drinker. For example, if you take alcohol with antihistamines for cold and allergies, the sedative effect of the medication will increase. This can impair your ability to handle the machinery or drive a car.

If you take alcohol with painkillers like Tylenol, you run the risk of damaging your liver. Most of us who quite often buy over-the-counter medicines and take them indiscriminately with alcohol can become vulnerable to numerous health problems. It is advisable to check with your doctor about the advisability of drinking alcohol while you are on medication.

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July 3, 2008

How Families Suffer

UnhappyWe all know the basics of how to keep a relationship going, as it is mainly just plain common sense, but when you add alcohol into the equation then it’s not so straight forward. Alcohol is an illness that spreads throughout the family even though some members might not even touch the stuff.

The key to stopping alcohol ruining your family relationship is to spot the problem straight away. If somebody is dependent on alcohol it doesn’t just happen over night, as it is a gradual process and people slowly become alcohol dependent. The problem arises when the problem is spotted as a problem, as then it is probably too late for them to take the problem seriously and just opens the door to another alcoholic dysfunctional family.

In fact many dysfunctional families will just become blind to alcoholic related problems. The alcoholic will behave in such a way that they too become blind to the effects that they are having on their family. At this stage the amount of lies and excuses would have increased greatly as they need to spend more time down the pub or where ever they can get a drink.

Strangely enough although maintaining the same behavior pattern, a partner will even lie for their drunk other half when it comes to giving excuses for not attending work etc. If children are involved then no doubt their school work will be affected in a negative sense, due to the presence of alcohol in the family home.

The only way for an alcoholic and his family to get out of this delicate situation, is by the alcoholic admitting to his problem. Denying the problem will just make things worse, so the sooner an alcoholic starts to come to terms with their problem, the sooner they can stop hurting those whom they love the most. Denying the problem any further will just worsen the alcohol dependency symptoms.

It is completely wrong to cover up for an alcoholic partner as you are in a way preventing them from getting the help that they really need for a better life. You see no one else would cover up for them, and just suppose that you were the alcoholic…would you want someone to help you?

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