February 10, 2011

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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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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April 16, 2010

The Overwhelming Effects Of Alcohol Abuse

StopThe effects of alcohol abuse can be quite devastating, if it is consumed in large quantities. Unfortunately the social sanction that consumption of alcohol has in most parts of the world partly obscures the danger that it can pose to society. Putting that aside though, alcohol consumption is also fueled by its association with fun, a sense of freedom and a spirit of adventure.

But things need to be viewed in the right perspective and people need to be told about how severely the effects of alcohol abuse can impact upon one‚??s health if one were to become addicted to it. When a person consumes alcohol it is absorbed by the stomach, and enters the bloodstream and consequently reaches all the tissues. The effects of alcohol on a human are dependent on a number of factors including an individual‚??s weight, age, sex, and the quantity of alcohol and food consumed.

Alcohol acts as a depressant on the body and affects it in various ways. It increases the work load of the heart that results in irregular heartbeat and high blood pressure. The efficiency with which the heart pumps blood is therefore impacted. In extreme cases it can lead to irregular heart rhythm, shortness of breath and even cardiac arrest.

Alcohol consumption mainly impacts vision. It causes blurring of vision, and in the case of excessive drinking one may not be able to see at all. Alcohol also messes up one‚??s sleeping patterns. While alcohol does induce early sleep; it is not sleep of a good and beneficial quality. In fact alcohol induced sleep does not really relax your mind and body the way that normal sleep does, and in fact leads to fatigue and irritability.

Excessive alcohol consumption can severely damage one‚??s kidneys. Kidneys regulate bodily fluids and the supply of minerals to the body. Any disruption in this function will lead to drastic reduction in energy levels.

The devastating impact of alcohol on the liver is very well known. It can cause cirrhosis of the liver. The impact of excessive alcohol intake on the pancreas and gut can lead to severe inflammation in the case of the former and irritate the lining of the gut.

The loss of inhibition which consumption of alcohol can cause explains its popularity in social situations, where one needs to interact with other people. But at the same time, even moderate consumption of alcohol can induce slurred speech, disturbed sleep, nausea and vomiting. It also significantly impairs one‚??s ability to drive, and can also cause a man to indulge in acts of violence. To cap it all, there is the menace of nursing a massive hangover the next day.

As we can see the effects of alcohol include abuse to a whole litany of problems, and a rational person should pause and think if it, in any way benefits a man to be drinking it. Alcoholism is a major problem worldwide which has devastated whole communities, and sometimes even nations.


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July 3, 2009

How Alcoholic Parents Affect Their Children

StopIt is imperative that we teach our children about the dangers of alcohol and drugs. As parents it is our responsibility to educate our children with the dangers that alcohol presents to their health.

Do your research using the world‚??s largest library, the internet, and find the tools you need to speak with your child about the dangers of alcohol and drugs.

You want to be the first one to educate your child about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, which means starting early before their friends get to them first. Present a united front with both mom and dad giving the same advice regarding how alcohol can ruin their lives if they begin at an early age.

Encourage them to ask questions so you get an idea regarding how much they already know. You need to make it clear that alcohol is a drug and can be addictive which means that only one glass of beer could be the cause to a young child becoming an alcoholic.

You also want to emphasize that they should never take medicine, alcohol, or pills from anyone and if they are offered it they should feel comfortable telling you about it. An important thing to recognize is that if your children know that you will listen to them when they have trivial things to say they will feel more comfortable coming to you with the difficult things as well.

Studies have revealed that parents who listen to their child‚??s feelings or problems have fewer chances of their kids becoming hooked on drugs or alcohol. If you notice that your child has a sudden personality change or acts out in strange ways and you feel they are involved with drugs or alcohol please seek professional guidance immediately.

The best education you can give is through your own behavior so make sure that you limit your own habits and that alcohol is not accessible at home. Having the right environment in your home is the key for your child‚??s success against alcohol and drugs.


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March 15, 2009

Have I Got a Drinking Problem? – A Frequently Asked Question

StopBasically if this question is on your mind it is more than likely that you do have a drinking problem. If other people in your life are telling you that you have a drink problem, well they’re probably right. If you have experienced a negative reaction to your alcohol consumption habits and have then continued in the same matter, then listen – you do have a drinking problem.

The positive side to having in a drinking problem is that the majority of people can just stop drinking alcohol with self determination. So many people that drink regularly will reach a point that they get into trouble while drunk, and the next day they decide to just wipe the slate clean and to continue on with their lives without consuming alcohol.

The problem comes that there a few people that can’t get past the second day without having another drink. The drinking problem is now a real one that would fall into the category of Alcohol abuse or Alcohol dependency. The problem comes if people consider this to be normal behavior, for whatever the reason and now we have reached the point of becoming an alcoholic.

Having a drinking problem affects both you and your family, but the good news is that there is help at hand. First you should see your Doctor who will advice you which specialized health care centers can help you to stop drinking. Rehab centers and Alcoholic Anonymous are also excellent medical institutions that have helped so many people to cut alcohol out of their lives.

You will also find many forums and blogs on the internet that help to giving you the necessary will power to carry on with an alcohol free life, It is so important to relate to people that suffer from the same illness as you as a lifeline to carry out a normal life without alcohol messing things up again.

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January 27, 2009

How Can You Stop Drinking Alcohol?

StopHave you reached the point in your life when enough is enough with alcohol? Perhaps you have been drinking too much for years or are only now recognizing that you are starting to drink to excess. Whatever the reasons, the most important choice you can make is the one to stop drinking.

This can often be the most difficult decision to make. How can you possibly decide to stop doing something that seems impossible to live without? Won‚??t life become boring? Won‚??t your friends think you are weird and leave you? Won‚??t you become stressed and unable to relax?

Unfortunately this kind of thinking is what will undoubtedly find you reaching for another drink! Instead of looking at a lifetime without alcohol how about looking at quitting for the next 30 days? Can you do a month without drinking? Although it is a challenge, giving it a time frame will help you cope with the choice you have made.

The first step is to decide to go 30 days without drinking. Now you now need to plan how you are going to achieve this goal and what are you going to do instead?

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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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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: http://www.csgnetwork.com/bloodalcolevelcalc.html

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