Alcohol Problems and Solutions

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Control Your Alcohol Drinking: How to Drink in Moderation

You really can control your alcohol drinking. A popular myth is that if you have a drinking problem, you have to abstain from alcohol. But that simply isn’t true Most people who have a drinking problem are not alcoholic. But even many alcoholics can learn to drink in moderation. For example, federal government did nation-wide research. It found that 17.7% of alcoholics in the country are now drinking in moderation. Very few ever received any… Read more

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How to Help a Problem Drinker: Practical Tips and Suggestions

A  person with a drinking problem usually has a direct negative impact on 4-6 others. Most people don’t know how to help a problem drinker. In fact, most feel helpless. There are also two common myths. The first is that anyone with a drinking problem is alcoholic. The second is that those who are alcoholic can never drink again. To the contrary, those with drinking problems may only need to cut down rather than abstain.… Read more

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Alcoholism and Denial: a Serious Problem Faced by Alcoholics

Almost everyone has heard that alcoholism and denial are related. And probably everyone has heard the old “Have you stopped beating your wife” trick question. Answering either yes or no damns the respondent. Similarly, the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 12-step program also supports a “heads I win, tails you lose” trick question. Question: “Are you alcoholic?” Answer: “No.” Response: “You’re in denial. That provers you’re alcoholic!” People use this concept of denial to convince problem drinkers… Read more

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The Atlantic Is Nostalgic For The Anti-Alcohol Prohibition Era

The following article by Dr. Alex Berezow is reprinted by permission of the American Council on Science and Health. In it, he points out fallacies of an Atlantic anti-alcohol article. Completely banning alcohol would only prevent about 3.5% of cancer deaths. That, of course, means the other 96.5% of fatal cancers are caused by things other than alcohol. Given that cancer is the #2 leading cause of death in America, there’s a good chance that you’re going… Read more

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Prohibitionist Dogma Has No Place in Government Dietary Guidelines

Government dietary guidelines must be be reasonable and science-based. Imagine you’re at a friend’s party. You finish nursing your first beer and casually reach for a second. Everyone immediately stops and stares. Your friends start whispering to themselves, wondering if they should stage an intervention. Ridiculous and unjustified, right? Wrong! At least according to a proposal to significantly alter the U.S. Dietary Guidelines by recommending men drink no more than one alcohol beverage per day.… Read more

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DUI Trends in the U.S. (Drinking Under the Influence of Alcohol)

What are the DUI trends in the US? (DUI is driving under the influence of alcohol. Often defined as DWI or similar initials.) Fortunately, it has dropped greatly since 1980. However, it remains a major problem. That’s because even a single DUI death is a needless tragedy. I. The Study Researchers wanted to measure DUI trends over a 15-year period. To do so, they used data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health… Read more

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Alcohol and PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease): What We Know

Peripheral arterial disease is caused by plaque (fat and cholesterol) in the arteries that supply the extremities. The plaque narrows the arteries and decrease blood flow. It usually causes leg problems. The most common symptom of PAD is leg pain while walking (claudication). Over 200 million people around the world suffer the disease. This is important because PAD increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. People want to know the answer to a simple… Read more

alcohol and gallstone risk
Alcohol and Gallstone Risk: Moderate Drinking Reduces Risk

Many people are concerned about drinking alcohol and gallstone risk. Gallstones are hard bits from bile (digestive fluid) that can occur in the gallbladder. That’s a small organ just below the liver. Gallstones can be very painful if they cause blockage of bile by lodging in a duct. Thus, people want to reduce their risk of developing them. I. Gallstone Symptoms If a gallstone lodges in a duct, it may cause any of these symptoms.… Read more

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Alcohol and Cognitive Function in Ageing: Can Drinking Alcohol Help?

The relation between drinking alcohol and cognitive function in ageing (or aging) is important. Most people drink and most look forward to mentally active ageing. But is there a connection between the two? I. The Study Researchers wanted to learn the answer. Therefore, they looked at participants drawn from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). That’s a nationally representative sample of US middle-aged and older adults.  Participants had taken an initial cognitive test. Then researchers… Read more

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