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What Are the 4 Stages of Alcoholism?

The vast majority of people who drink alcohol do not develop an addiction. For some people, however, drinking will always be problematic and should be avoided. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reports that around 14 million people in the U.S. struggle with alcoholism. Understanding and recognizing the stages that lead to […]




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5 Types of Alcoholism: Understanding the Alcoholic Subtypes

Alcohol is one of the most socially acceptable drugs in the United States and, likely, the world over. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reports that more than 86 percent of people 18 and older admit to drinking in their lifetime and nearly 60 percent say they had a drink in the […]




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High Functioning Alcoholic: 10 Signs That Booze is a “Behind-the-Scenes” Problem

The popular stereotype of someone suffering from alcoholism is a person that’s lost everything because of the bottle, his or her job, family, health, home and self-respect. Though there might be a grain of truth in that stereotype, the reality, as always, is more complex. Someone who is a high functioning alcoholic, sometimes called a […]




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Panic Attack vs. Anxiety Attack vs. Heart Attack

Though panic attacks, anxiety attacks and heart attacks are three very different things, it’s not always easy to discern the sometimes subtle differences in symptoms while in the midst of any one of these events. Seek immediate medical attention when experiencing sudden chest pain that spreads to other parts of the body, such as the […]




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Dry Drunk Syndrome : Sobriety Without the Relief of Recovery

Bodily injuries often require physical therapy during and after the healing process. The benefits of rehab are that a person experiences less pain, gets back some or all of their mobility and avoids further complications down the road. Forgoing physical therapy increases the risk of further injury. The same can be said about recovering from […]




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Sober Curious? A Hangover-free Lifestyle That’s Quickly Gaining Ground With All Ages

America’s booze-consuming culture is almost impossible to avoid. There are after-work drinks, drinks at professional networking events, drinks at office parties, drinks at regular parties, drinks with friends, drinks with family, drinks on a date, drinks before dinner, after-dinner drinks, drinks __________ (fill in the blank). There is now, however, a growing movement of “Sober […]




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SBIRT – Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment for Substance Use

The prevalence of addiction in the United States, from tobacco use to alcoholism, and the opioid epidemic to other illicit drug abuse, takes a costly toll on the nation’s physical, emotional and financial wellbeing. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimates the price of substance abuse-related issues, such as lost work productivity, crime and […]




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Utah Lowers Blood Alcohol Content Level (BAC) for Drivers to 0.05 – Will Other States Follow Their Lead?

With some of the nation’s strictest alcohol laws already on the books, Utah doubles down by lowering the threshold for motorists that can be charged with driving while under the influence. On December 30, 2018, HB155 went into effect, decreasing the legal blood alcohol level (BAC) for drivers from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. What […]




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How Does Alcohol Affect Aging? A Quick Guide to the Damage Caused by Excessive Drinking

Americans are drinking less alcohol than before, according to a 2018 survey. However, the sale of spirits – beer, wine, and liquor – increased by just over 5 percent during the same period. The industry report also notes that consumers 60 years and older are at least partially responsible for the increase in alcohol sales. […]




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Marijuana Beer? Breweries are Betting Big on CBD & THC-Infused Beverages

The sale and use of recreational marijuana in the United States, as of 2018, is legal in 10 states and the District of Columbia (DC). In total, 33 states allow for legal consumption – medicinal or recreational marijuana – in some regulated form or fashion. Despite the federal government’s Schedule I classification of the leafy […]




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