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Alcohol and Drug Addiction Articles

Want to Cut Down on your Drinking?

Many people are concerned about the amount and frequency with which they are drinking – or are worried about similar behavior in someone they care about. Most of them are well aware of the harm that drinking can inflict upon our health and our lives, but they might not be clear on how much drinking is too much drinking – or how often is too often.

What is Alcoholism?

Alcoholism is a potentially life-threatening condition that is marked by a compulsion to consume alcohol, regardless of the consequences. Alcoholic individuals can become both physically and psychologically dependent upon alcohol, and exhibit an inability to control the amount and frequency of their drinking.

Making the Decision to Get Help for Alcoholism

Overcoming an addiction to alcohol can be a decidedly difficult process that often requires the professional supervision of a health care provider or addiction specialist. Accepting that one is incapable of dealing with this disorder on one's own may not be easy, but the sooner a person admits that he needs help, the greater the likelihood is that his recovery experience will be a successful one.

Alcohol Use & Other Risk Factors

As with almost all medical conditions, alcoholism does not occur in a vacuum – that is, it is almost always accompanied by disorders and behaviors that may have led to (or been exacerbated by) alcohol abuse.

Women's Treatment Must Address Co-existing Psychological Disorders

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has determined that women who are dealing with multiple challenges such as substance abuse, mental disorders, and trauma are best treated with an integrated approach that addresses all of these challenges.

Teens and Alcohol: The Risks

With the continued raising of awareness related to teen abuse of drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, Ecstasy, and prescription pills, some parents may feel relieved to discover that their teenager is "only" drinking alcohol. However understandable, this attitude is decidedly misguided, and ignores the reality that alcohol is a dangerous drug that has the potential to inflict considerable harm on individuals who misuse or abuse it.

Does Your Family History of Alcoholism Put You at Risk?

Alcoholism is a complex condition that can be caused (and exacerbated) by myriad internal and external factors – one of which is having a family history of the disorder. Considering that millions of Americans report having a close relative who exhibits signs of alcoholism, does this mean that all of these people are at risk for developing the disease themselves?

Alcohol & Motorcycles: Deadly Combination

It's no secret that drinking alcohol and driving a motor vehicle is a decidedly dangerous activity. But as the American Automobile Association (AAA), the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), and a host of other safety-based organizations are quick to point out, drivers of cars, trucks, and SUVs aren't the only ones who need to remain sober before hitting the road.

Study: Alcohol Most Abused Substance in Rural Areas

Many rural areas in the United States have been hit by an epidemic of methamphetamine use and prescription drug abuse in recent years – but alcohol remains at the top of the abused-substances list in these locales.

Defense Mechanisms & Substance Abuse

A natural part of normal human development involves the creation of “defense mechanisms,” or mental processes that are designed to provide psychological protection against the pain that can result from uncomfortable thoughts or fearful situations.

How To Get Help for an 'Unwilling Alcoholic'

Convincing an alcoholic individual to get what may literally be life-saving assistance can be a considerably challenging effort. While mired in the depths of substance abuse or addiction, most individuals are incapable of acknowledging the extent of their problem or reaching out for the help that they so desperately need.

Alcohol Remains a Problem on College Campuses

American colleges and universities are widely respected for their ability to introduce legions of students to the world of academia – but students' behavior outside the classroom continues to cause concern among health care experts.

Effective Options for Treating Alcohol Dependency

No simple and universally effective cure has yet been developed for alcohol dependency. However, the combination of a variety of approaches – including individual counseling; group, family, and marital counseling; certain medications; behavior modification; participation in recovery support groups (such as Alcoholics Anonymous) and ongoing, structured aftercare – has proved to be an effective means of helping alcoholic individuals regain control over their behaviors.