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Teen Drinking Statistics

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Sep 25, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Underage drinking is not a new development in the United States. Each year, approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking, including 1,900 from motor vehicle collisions, 1,600 homicides, 300 suicides, and hundreds from injuries sustained through reckless alcohol consumption. According to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there were an estimated 10 million underage drinkers in 2010. Among those 10 million, roughly 5.5 million were binge drinkers and 2 million were heavy drinkers. These statistics are astounding.

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The Deadly Truth About Alcohol Withdrawal

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Sep 14, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

“My hands shake uncontrollably. I am unable to write with a pen. Fever. Chills. Nausea. No appetite. I am getting 300-500 calories a day from food I force myself to eat. I am confused and have random thoughts running through my head. The other day I kept thinking I was dead and this was my afterlife. Stuttering Speech. Insomnia. Pain and soreness throughout my entire body. within 2-3 days of not drinking I cave because drinking is the only thing that alleviates my symptoms.” - Anonymous

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Everything You Wanted To Know About Alcoholics Anonymous

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Aug 29, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

For those suffering from the disease of alcoholism, there is hope in the form of Alcoholics Anonymous. This organization has helped people around the world struggling with alcoholism to find clarity, peace, and a positive framework for sobriety. Originally founded in 1935 in Akron, Ohio, A.A. defines itself as an international fellowship of men and women whose stated purpose is to enable its members to “stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety”. Support groups are available across the world, attendance and participation is free, and upwards of 2 million people are members.

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The Permanent Pain of Alcoholic Neuropathy

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Aug 23, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Of the many detrimental health effects of alcohol consumption, one of the most common and permanent effects is alcohol-induced neuropathy. Also known as peripheral neuropathy, this disorder arises due to excessive alcohol consumption causing nerve damage to the peripheral nerves in the human body. Peripheral nerves are responsible for transmitting signals between the body, spinal cord, and brain. Several vitamins, Thiamine, folate, niacin, and vitamins B6, B12, and E are all needed for peripheral nerves to function properly. Excessive alcohol consumption over a prolonged period depletes the body of vital nutrients and disrupts the way nerves acquire these nutrients.

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How To Help An Alcoholic

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Aug 22, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, more than 15 million adults in the United States meet the qualifications for an Alcohol Use Disorder. That’s nearly 6.2% of the adult population. Chances are, you’re either close to or know someone who struggles with alcoholism. Watching a friend, family member, or co-worker struggle with the difficulties of alcohol use disorder can be incredibly difficult, and you may think about the ways you can help.

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How To Stop Being An Angry Drunk

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Aug 15, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Alcohol is known for bringing out the drunk personalities of those who drink it. For example, you could be the emotional drunk, prone to weeping or pouring out your heart to your friends. Or you could be the flirty drunk who enjoys chatting up your romantic interests as soon as you start drinking. Then there is the dreaded angry or violent drunk. The angry drunk is infamous for having a few drinks and immediately turning too aggressive for the given setting. They escalate issues and quickly retaliate against any perceived threat or insult.

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Signs Of A High Functioning Alcoholic

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Aug 13, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Alcohol is a harmful substance that can take a devastating toll on someone’s life. For many, alcoholism can be the impetus for ruining a career or marriage and drive someone into a spiral of depression. For others, alcohol may be a daily part of life that helps them function. Rest assured, however, that long term alcohol dependency is anything but functional. 

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Is Alcohol a Drug?

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Aug 6, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Alcohol, chemical name ethanol, is a drug. According to the Food and Drug Administration, alcohol is classified as a central nervous system depressant, making its effects, not unlike other CNS depressants such as opioids and barbiturates. It comes in a variety of forms such as beer, wine, fortified wine, spirits, liquor, and whiskey. It is one of the oldest psychoactive substances known to man and has been used to induce feelings of intoxication since before written history. The breakdown of the different forms are as follows:

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Recognizing the Signs of Alcohol Poisoning

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Aug 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Alcohol poisoning is a serious consequence of binge drinking that can result in unconsciousness, liver damage, brain damage, and even death. Drinking more alcohol than your body can absorb in a short period of time is ill-advised. As a central nervous system depressant, alcohol can affect your heart rate, breathing, body temperature, and gag reflex. Any person with alcohol poisoning requires medical attention right away.

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Alcohol Abuse In Seniors

Posted by Sarah Edwards on Jul 26, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Individuals at any age can suffer from alcohol abuse. However, there has been a recent rise in alcoholism in senior citizens. Many times this alcohol abuse can be overlooked or go unnoticed. It can be mistaken for other health issues or conditions related to old age such as balance problems.

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