February 10, 2011

Drinking Help – 10 Tips To Quit Alcohol

Stop1) Distance yourself from places and situations where you might find yourself tempted to drink. Avoid bars and quit hanging around the “drinking buddies” who won’t support or understand your goal to quit drinking.

2) Throw out your alcohol. If you have it in your home, get rid of it. If you have a spouse or roommate who drinks, ask them to support you by not drinking around you. This is a step you must take if you’re serious about Quitting alcohol.

3) You may have heard this before, but it’s true… take it one day at a time.

4) Share with friends and family your decision to stop drinking alcohol. Keep people around you that will stand by your decision and support you and your goal.

5) Reward your successes to give yourself incentive not to drink. For every day (or even every hour) that you make it through without a drink, give yourself a pat on the back! Give yourself the praise you deserve for having the strength to quit drinking and share those victories with family and friends to keep your spirits up.

6) Picture yourself how you would look in the future when you’re completely alcohol-free. Visualization is very powerful in helping you make the right decisions.

7) Keep goals obtainable. Don’t set your goals so high that you can’t reach them and leave you frustrated. Maybe you can’t just quit all at once. At least set a goal of having one less drink today and then one less than that tomorrow. Small steps are better than no steps.

8 ) Face the psychological and emotional issues that may have led to and then that have become part of your drinking problem. Many alcoholics begin drinking to avoid facing an issue in their lives and for others alcoholism may run in the family. Find someone such as a support group or a counselor that can help you deal with these things.

9) Find positive and meaningful activities to engage in.

10) Last but not least, never, ever give up!

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Excessive Alcohol Consumption – How To Prevent The Anger, Rage And Violence

StopHundreds of medical studies prove that alcohol consumption changes the way we act; when we are sober we use a rational thought process when reacting to situations yet when we are under the influence of alcohol rational thinking goes out the window. Understandably not everyone is affected by alcohol in the same way, even though it does affect everyone’s brain chemistry.

Drinking becomes dangerous when alcohol inhibits your ability to control your temper while under the influence and if you find yourself becoming unreasonably angry while drinking you should seek help to prevent alcohol rage.

It should be obvious that the situation can become increasingly dangerous the when alcohol continues to be consumed and the potential for aggression increases.

Every day people are killed due to domestic violence that becomes out of control. In the majority of these tragedies alcohol has had some part in sparking the anger and aggression that turns deadly. Fearing for your life becomes a daily experience for those who live with someone who experiences alcohol rage.

While these are some of the more severe instances of alcohol rage they are obviously important to acknowledge. More often than not alcohol is one of the ingredients in the destruction of families since the alcoholic disregards the needs of the family because of their need to drink.

People should not live with fear as it not only destroys families but individuals as well. It is vital to find support immediately if you, or someone you know, is living with alcoholic rages or other signs that their drinking is out of control.

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How Alcoholism Can Result In Infertility

StopMany people are aware of the problems that arise as a result of alcohol but a little known consequence affecting alcoholic women is that of infertility. Studies have proven that a woman who has battled alcohol in any amount during any point of their lives can face potential infertility issues. Some women have found it difficult to even conceive while others have had pregnancies ending in miscarriage without ever being able to successfully carry a baby. Those women who do carry a baby to term many times experience complications during and after childbirth for both themselves and their baby.

Women need to know all of the infertility dangers associated with being an alcoholic or even just a “moderate” drinker. An over consumption of alcohol can interfere with or even stop the ovulation cycle resulting in the inability to conceive. Another outcome of alcoholism a woman faces is that of increased levels of estrogen and progesterone.

Men who are wanting to have children really need to think about the risks involved with alcoholism as well. Alcohol can cause men to have, what would be called, abnormal shaped sperm, which inevitably could lead to impotency. This could cause some very serious issues psychologically also, making the man feel inadequate, unworthy and less of a man really.

Men need to be aware that alcohol can in fact destroy the sperm producing cells at the same time having an effect on the hormone levels throughout the body. Should you want to have your own children in the future, you must at least slow down your drinking today if not stop altogether. Reducing alcohol consumption will increase the chance of having children one day.

If you or a loved one are battling alcohol, realizing all of the health risks and damage that drinking can bring about might help lead you to stop. From liver problems to infertility, the consequences to your health can be devastating. Research alcoholism on the Internet or talk to those who have been in the same situation themselves for support and comfort.

The most important thing you can do is to not put alcoholism off any longer. Face the fact that alcohol has become a problem in your life and for those around you to help bring perspective to quitting today. With determination and all of the support methods available, you can overcome alcohol and live a bright, healthy future.

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College Students And Alcohol Abuse

StopAlcohol abuse is an easy trap to fall into. Repeat offenders are not disciplined, there are so few immediate penalties for extreme drinking, students get varied messages from the college administration about alcohol, parents are not notified about their children’s drinking activities, students are not told about the long-term negative outcomes of alcohol abuse, students have seen their parents drinking alcohol in an reckless manner, minors or intoxicated students are served alcoholic beverages by the local drinking establishments, there are few alcohol-free social and leisure activities that are attractive to students, and the drinking activities in the sororities and fraternities are not monitored are all reasons leading to not only drinking but excessive drinking.

What might compel a student to drink alcohol? Without adding peer pressure or influence to the mix, when ignoring that drinking alcohol only temporarily removes a person from his or her problems, when overlooking the idea or perception that drinking alcohol makes it easier to interact with possible dating or sexual partners, when casting aside it being so tolerable to participate in activities that highlight the drinking of alcohol, when the “good feelings” or the “fun” of getting an alcohol high or buzz are not considered, and when the party atmosphere at college is no longer an expectation by students, only then does it become harder to determine what might cause college students to abuse alcohol. For all of the reasons above are factors in driving our college campuses to alcohol abuse.

Education is not enough. While drug and alcohol abuse prevention is the first step, education alone is not the only answer that an be implemented in the war against college drug and alcohol abuse. But what are some of the other means by which to get the message about self-destructive behaviors?

First, we have to look at being both proactive and reactive. With this concept in mind, alcohol abuse has begun to be dealt with in with many reactive and proactive measures at some colleges and universities. These measures have included the reducing of the availability and acceptability while punishing the irresponsibility of alcohol use on and off campus. The result has been a reduction of alcohol related problems started by students.

What are some more of these measures? Designating immediate consequences for excessive drinking, punishing repeat alcohol abuse offenders, notifying parents about their children’s drinking activities, ending the mixed messages by college administrators about lcohol (for example, removing alcohol advertisements from stadiums and from sports brochures), educating students about the long-term harmful consequences of alcohol abuse, increasing alcohol-free social and recreational activities that are considered desirable to students, having college administrators talk to the owners of local drinking establishments so that minors and/or intoxicated students are not served alcohol, and monitoring the drinking activities in the sororities and fraternities all serve to assist in decreasing the rate of college drinking.

While medical research and treatment are positive steps, they are not enough. The above proactive and reactive measures, most of which are not education-based, are needed to compliment educational approaches alongside medical intervention if necessary. Even if the advancements in medical treatments can eliminate addictions, there will still be those who need it that will make every opportunity to avoid the chance. They will choose to disregard medical warnings, ignore their health, and who will discount common sense as they involve themselves in alcohol and/or drug abuse.

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Alcoholism – A Disease That Affects The Entire Family

StopAlcoholism is a disease that affects every member of the family, to the extent that the kids who make it into the Alateen rooms report they generally have more problems dealing with the non-drinking parent than they do the alcoholic.

What? I don’t have a problem! He… him… he’s the alcoholic! He’s the one who is in trouble all the time! He’s the one who causes all the problems…

True, but he’s also predictable. Kids can read the alcoholic like a book. They know exactly when it’s the right time to ask for extra money, or to go somewhere with their friends, and also know when it’s time to make themselves scarce and get out of the way. They know the routine as far as the alcoholic is concerned. But they never know where the bedraggled non-drinking parent is coming from next.

One minute she (or he as the case may be) is screaming at the alcoholic — threatening him with everything from from divorce to death — and the next minute she may be compassionately rescuing him from the consequences of his latest episode — dutifully cleaning up his messes, making excuses for him and accepting an increasing degree of unacceptable behavior.

The reality of alcoholism changes the life of the entire family, the attitudes and thinking of everyone changes perhaps more dramatically than it does for the drinking spouse and is often hard to recognize. Why? Because it creeps up slowly.

Frog In The Water A few years back, there was a story going around the 12-step rooms about a frog in the water. It goes like this:

If you put a frog into a pan of boiling water, it will jump out faster than the eye can see. But if you put the frog into a pan of water that is the frog’s body temperature and then slowly turn up the heat the frog will stay in the water — even to the point of boiling alive. Why? Because the frog does not notice the gradual change in temperature.

Alcoholism works the same way… the heat is slowly and continuously turned up but nobody notices the temperature change. Cunning and baffling! It’s an ongoing, insidious disease. It normally begins with the casual acceptance of what would otherwise be considered unacceptable behavior. As time passes the behavior slowly grows more and more unbearable, but it is still being accepted and soon becomes the “norm.”

What you finally end up with is chaos that a few short years ago would have been unthinkable. If you looked out the window and saw the same kind of things taking place across the street at the neighbor’s house, you undoubtedly would pick up the phone and call 9-1-1 to get those people some help!

An Insidious Disease As that same type of behavior becomes routine in her own home, the last thing that would occur to her is to pick up the telephone and get help. She has slowly been drawn into the thinking that the alcoholic should be protected. She has learned to cover for him, lie for him and hide the truth. She has learned to keep secrets, no matter how bad the chaos and insanity all around her has become.

Few recognize that by “protecting” the alcoholic with lies and deceptions to the outside world we are, in fact, enabling him and creating a situation that makes it easier for him to continue in his downward spiral. Rather than help the alcoholic we actually enable him to get worse.

The heat increased so gradually, over such an extended period of time, nobody noticed the water was beginning to boil and it was time to jump out of the pan.

The disease will continue to progress for the alcoholic until he is ready to reach out and get help for himself. Waiting for the alcoholic to reach out is not the family’s only choice.

Other family members can begin to recover whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not. But it can’t happen until somebody picks up the telephone and asks for help. There is hope and help out there.

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Taking Steps To Begin Quitting Drinking

Today you can begin quitting drinking. The first step might be to see a doctor, contact a support group, or even set a date in the near future to quit. It is possible for some people to quit drinking on their own while others might need medical help to manage the physical process of withdrawal.

It is important to discuss with your doctor whether you will need to withdraw from alcohol under medical supervision. Your physician can give you medicine that will help you safely quit drinking alcohol. At times other medications might be prescribed to help maintaining sobriety. With your doctor’s help, withdrawal from alcohol is safer.

Stopping alcohol use can…

Avoid or decrease health problems that arise from alcohol use, such as liver damage. If you are pregnant you can prevent harm to your unborn baby. Assist in reducing related family concerns or relationship problems. Increase your ability to be productive at work, school, and home. Reduce any legal issues that you might have as a result of misuse of alcohol.

You may be wondering what resources are available to help you cut down on or stop alcohol use on your own. If you are thinking of quitting drinking you need education and emotional support, especially if you have abused alcohol or are alcohol-dependent. Some resources that can help you stop drinking include:

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Alcoholics Anonymous helps those all over the world who have a desire to quit drinking by arranging meetings with other people who have this disease. The various groups are made up of people who have had alcohol problems. Family physicians or other medical practitioners, psychologists, or other health professionals. Inpatient or outpatient treatment centers or hospitals.

There are many local and national alcohol treatment hotlines available (check your local white and yellow pages). You can also search for these organizations and health professionals by accessing their Web sites online.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) organizes meetings all over the world to help those who have a desire to stop drinking. You can also receive education, information, and support to help you stop drinking by asking your doctor, calling an alcohol treatment hotline, or asking your local hospital or alcohol treatment facility.

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The Tale Of An Alcoholic

StopThe best thing I have ever done in my life was to get sober, which I did over 9 years. I was 12 years old I began drinking. At that time I also started smoking pot. I recognize now that I was trying to escape my adolescent feelings of inadequacy, and I wanted to fit in with my peers.

It was the early seventies and everyone seemed to be getting high. I continued using for 24 years, till 1997, when I finally woke up one morning and realized that I just couldn’t do this anymore. I was very lucky, as bad karma was surrounding me everywhere I turned, but for some reason I was protected from any real harm. As I like to put it I was a medium bottom drunk. I lost my integrity and scruples, but got to keep my furniture.

I was earning very good money at the time, but a huge hole continued to build inside me, and I realized that I wasn’t going to stop using. My drinking and pot smoking turned to cocaine and then eventually crack. I was sinking fast. It was by the grace of God, a good therapist, and a caring doctor, who finally helped me get on the track to sobriety.

I committed myself into joining an evening re-hab, and completed the program in a few months. The important key to remember that I have a disease which is called alcoholism. It is a fixation of the mind which affects our physical, emotional, and spiritual states.

If you are traveling the same path, my suggestion is to truly turn your “will” over to a higher power, the energy of the universe, God, whatever you choose to call it. If you can recognize that there is a power greater than yourself, you are half way home. It causes an immediate sense of humility allowing you get out of your ego, and step into some sense of freedom. It is a new path, and a new day.

For me a twelve step program truly worked. Everyone has their own thing that will help them from picking up a drink or a drug. Find what that is, and stick with it. It also helped me to be reading spiritual literature. Books such as “Conversations with God” and anything by Marianne Williamson really helped.

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How Alcohol Abuse Causes Brain Damage

StopAlcohol abuse affects the body in many ways. In the brain’s case, the effects can be devastating and permanent. Long term alcohol abuse has been shown in many brain studies to actually physically shrink the portion of the brain that controls the memory and learning functions. This decrease in area is most apparent in the cortex of the frontal lobe, which is the center of higher intellectual functions. The shrinkage of these areas will continue to grow with continued drinking and with age. The first noticeable sign of alcohol associated damage is short-term memory loss.

A five year study that performed periodic imaging in alcoholics showed progressive brain shrinkage over the study span. Not only did the test show the level of brain shrinkage was directly correlated to the amount of consumed alcohol, but that the shrinkage was dramatically increased beyond anything in normal range.

Alcohol related brain damage possibly affect any alcoholic who consumes large amounts of alcohol over a period of time. Factors that determine the severity of the damage are the system of the drinker, the type and amount of alcohol consumed and the overall diet of the drinker.

Nutritional problems caused by alcohol consumption can also contribute to brain damage. If the individual drinks enough alcohol, malnutrition can actually be a result. Vital parts of the brain suffer damage due to vitamin deficiencies, particularly thiamine deficiency. Alcohol causes toxicity in the system during and after use, which damages vital organs such as the brain, liver, kidneys and pancreas.

The central nervous system also falls victim to the effects of alcohol.

If caught early enough, much of the alcohol damage can possibly be reversed and can sometimes disappear entirely. This reversal can be best supported by a complete abstinence from alcohol, an improved diet and by taking vitamins, especially B1 and thiamine. In addition, there is a vitamin called milk thistle that can ever help restore liver functions.

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The Different Stages Of Alcoholism

StopThere are three stages of alcoholism. As many people know, alcoholism can take years to develop. Alcoholism begins when drinking starts affecting the physical and mental health of the drinker – they have crossed that invisible line into alcoholism.

In alcoholism’s beginning stages, the drinker begins drinking for any number of reasons. They might drink to change their mood and escape the one they are currently feeling, the might drink due to a personal or work related problem or just as a way to alleviate stress. Early on, friends and family and even the drinker do not detect a drinking problem.

By the middle stage the drinker progresses to no longer needing a reason to drink and may even create reasons to justify having a drink. Now he or she is drinking way over socially and legally tolerable limits. They drink until reaching a point of control loss or even blackouts. Drinking may have led to a DUI. With signs being apparent, friend and family are aware of a problem with drinking. Should they try to intervene, the drinker becomes angry when the issue of drinking is mentioned and many times denies there is a problem. The drinker feels they can stop any time they want to and may even try. Alcohol has become such a part of the physical and mental part of the drinker’s life that should they try to quit, the craving and desire to keep drinking is overwhelming.

The advanced stage of alcohol is undeniable. Friends and family are now hurt and angry at the destruction the drinker has brought upon themselves and those around them. The drinker has inflicted permanent damage to their internal organs and may have lost their jobs or much, much more. Trying to convince the drinker to stop drinking now is usually pointless as these efforts go ignored by the drinker.

At this point it is going to take a catastrophic event to get the alcoholic to decide he or she really wants to stop drinking. At this advanced stage when the drinker makes a sincere attempt to stop drinking, he or she will find out that the addiction has completely taken hold, and there will be extreme withdrawal symptoms.

Quitting alcohol is a tremendous challenge. There are many success stories of people who were able to overcome their addiction to alcohol can be done. But for all of the success stories, there are those who battled alcohol and wanted to win that were unable to beat the strong hold alcohol has. The most important thing to remember is that you can do it and no matter what obstacles come, never give up.

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The Effects Of Drinking When Driving

StopAlcohol will effect a person well before the legal limit of intoxication is reached. The question stands that should a person be behind the wheel with any amount of alcohol in their system? Is ‘buzzed’ driving drunk driving or legal? There has been much research showing impairment of the system beginning at amounts far below the level required to be considered guilty of drunken driving.

All 50 states have designated a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 to be the legal limit for drunk driving. Reaching this limit can vary from person to person based on a number of factors such as 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.”

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

At a .08 BAC level, drivers are so impaired that they are 11 times more likely to have a single-vehicle crash than drivers with no alcohol in their system. But 25 years of research has shown that some impairment begins for both males and females even after one drink. .02 BAC Level At the .02 blood alcohol concentration level, experiments have demonstrated that people exhibit some loss of judgment, begin to relax and feel good. But tests have also shown that drivers at the .02 level experience a decline in visual functions, affecting their ability to track a moving object, and experience a decline in the ability to perform two tasks at the same time.

.02 BAC Level – At the .02 blood alcohol concentration level, experiments have demonstrated that people exhibit some loss of judgment, They start to experience altered mood such as feeling relaxed and good. But tests have also shown that drivers at the .02 level have a decline in visual functions which can affect their ability to track a moving object, and experience a decline in the ability to perform two tasks at the same time (divided attention).

These changes may be very subtle and barely noticeable to the person who has had only one drink, but in an emergency situation while behind the wheel of a vehicle, they could cause the driver to react (or not react) as they would without having had a drink.

.08 BAC Level When someone drinking is approaching the borderline of legal intoxication, studies show that he or she has poor muscle coordination — affecting their balance, speech, vision, reaction time and hearing — find it more difficult to detect danger, and exhibit impaired judgment, self-control, reasoning ability and memory.

If someone with a BAC level of .05 gets behind the wheel, they would be operating the vehicle with a further reduction of coordination. The ability to track moving objects would grow harder and there would be more difficulty in steering. The driver would have a markedly reduced response in emergency situations.

A driver with a BAC of .08 will find it more difficult to concentrate, judge the speed of the vehicle, experience reduced information processing capability and exhibit impaired perception. At a .08 BAC level, drivers are impaired to the point that they are 11 times more likely to have a single-vehicle crash than drivers with no alcohol in their system. But 25 years of studies have shown that some impairment begins for both men and women even after only one drink.

That’s why it is not a good idea to drive no matter how much or how little that you have had to drink.

For the drinker, the above impairments may be hardly noticeable at the time, but the slow reaction times that they can create could be fatal in a emergency driving situation. No matter the situation, it is not a good idea to drive no matter how much or how little that you have had to drink. Further consideration is alcohol tolerance. Alcohol affects people differently. Some people have a higher response to drinking alcohol than others. Simply put, Those drinkers with a high response to alcohol can experience signs of impairment at the .02 BAC level whereas others do not experience effects until the .05 level.

The Safe Limit For this reason, in some states drivers can be arrested for driving while impaired even if their blood alcohol concentration is lower than the legal limit, if the law enforcement officer believes he has probable cause based on the behavior and reactions of the driver. It’s simply not a wise choice to get behind the wheel no matter how much you have had to drink. The only safe driving limit is .00 percent.

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