Category: Alcoholism

Alcoholic Politicians From Around the World (Any Surprises?)

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There are, and have been, many alcoholic politicians. Today, some have reported themselves to be alcoholic and have sought treatment. For alcoholic politicians of the past, it’s harder. Therefore, historians base their judgements on accounts of those who knew the politicians and their actions. However, it’s safe to assume that there are many politicians who …

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Alcoholic Musicians (They Died from It, Quit, or Continue Drinking)

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I. Background Alcoholic musicians are not unusual. In fact, alcoholism occurs in every occupation. Also, musicians often work in settings conducive to drinking too much. Indeed, people often push drinks on them. Some alcoholic musicians have died from its effects on their bodies. Others have quit drinking. And many alcoholic musicians continue to drink. In …

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Alcoholic Athletes (Do Any of the Names Surprise You?)

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Alcoholic athletes? Of course. Athletes are people, and alcoholism cuts across society. It doesn’t respect occupation, race, income, or other demographics. (Be sure to visit Famous Alcoholics and Alcoholic Musicians.) Perhaps you’ll be surprised at some of the names. Please see the disclaimer note at the end of this page. Now on to the list …

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What is Alcoholism? A Disease? A Behavior? Decide for Yourself

 Exactly what is alcoholism? Alcoholism isn’t a “thing” but a cluster of behaviors. It’s often called a disease. However, the overwhelming evidence suggests that it is not. Indeed, many doctors reject the theory that alcoholism is a disease. They do so for lack of evidence supporting it. Visit Is Alcoholism a Disease? to learn more about …

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Tips for Entertaining Alcoholics in Recovery for Thoughtful Hosts

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Don’t worry about entertaining an alcoholic who’s in recovery. Here are some tips for entertaining alcoholics in recovery. There’s no reason to be self-conscious about entertainment plans that include a guest who is an alcoholic in recovery. The Caron Foundation offers some “recovery etiquette” tips for thoughtful hosts. Tips Feel free to serve alcohol beverages …

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Moderation Management is for Problem Drinkers Who Want to Moderate

Moderation Management (MM) is for problem drinkers who want to reduce their drinking. MM is non-profit and offers peer-run, non-12 step support groups. It’s an alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and other 12-step programs which demand total alcohol abstinence for life. Courts consistently hold AA to be a religious group. This is a problem for …

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Alcohol Self-Help Groups List (Free or Very Inexpensive)

This alcohol self-help groups lists free or very inexpensive groups. All groups are non-12 step. It has links to more information along with other resources. I. HAMS alcohol harm reduction program The name HAMS stands for Harm reduction, Abstinence, and Moderation Support. HAMS harm reduction is effective in reducing alcohol and drug problems. This is …

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Treatments for Alcoholism: Resources, Descriptions, & Links

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There are many treatments for alcoholism. Some are effective. Unfortunately, most are not not. And popularity is completely unrelated to which work and which don’t. Here’s a list of treatments for alcoholism. It includes descriptions of their effectiveness or lack of effectiveness. Statements of effectiveness are based on peer-reviewed scientific publications. Each heading is a link. …

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Many Doctors Reject Alcoholism as Disease (Theory Lacks Evidence)

Many doctors reject alcoholism as a disease. There are many public pronouncements that alcoholism is a disease. However, as Dr. Lynne Appleton observes, “medical practice rejects treating it as such. Not only does alcoholism not follow the model of a ‘disease,’ it is not amenable to standard medical treatment.”1 Dr. Appleton explains that “medical research …

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Alcoholism is a Behavioral Pattern Best Helped by Behavioral Treatment

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A substantial proportion of doctors in the U.S. believe that alcoholism is a behavioral pattern. They reject the theory that alcoholism is a disease. So they don’t treat it themselves. Instead, they typically send their patients to Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.). A.A. Beliefs In A.A., alcoholics are taught that they Suffer from an incurable disease. Must …

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