Category: Psychology

Alcoholism and Denial: a Serious Problem Faced by Alcoholics

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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?” …

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Confusing Correlation with Causation (Alcohol & Drinking Examples)

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Confusing correlation with causation is natural. We all tend to fall into the trap. The classic example is the correlation between high ice cream sales and drownings. Or the sale of sunglasses. But ice cream sales don’t cause either drownings or the sale of sunglasses.  The cause of these things is clearly warm weather. It’s …

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Life Process Addiction Help Program Now for Home Use

The Life Process Addiction Help Program is used in residential treatment centers with a consistent success rate of over 65%. Because of its high success rate, Dr. Stanton Peele adapted his program for home use. Thus, it’s now affordable and available to people in their own homes. The Life Process Program is not a 12-step …

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Alcohol Sometimes Reduces Aggression (Surprised? Learn More)

Alcohol consumption and aggression are sometimes related. What’s not so clear is just why drunks sometimes become belligerent. What is it about being intoxicated that sometimes makes fighting seem like a good idea? And do all intoxicated people get more aggressive? Or does it depend on the circumstances? Actually, drinking alcohol sometimes reduces aggression. The …

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Alcohol and Bad Behaviors: Does Drinking Cause Bad Actions?

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Do alcohol and bad behaviors go together? Does drinking alcohol cause bad behaviors? Control over Behavior Intoxicated people have much greater control over their behavior than generally recognized. For example, in some societies people don’t believe that drunkeness causes disinhibition. So in those societies, it never leads to bad behavior. 1 Despite common lore, there’s no …

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Abortions and Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy: Scare Tactics Can Backfire

Abortions and Drinking: Scare Tactics Lead to Abortions The Sun-News in Australia reported on scare tactics used to discourage drinking during pregnancy. Experts warned that such tactics can lead women to have abortions. Abortions and drinking alcohol is a serious problem. Scare tactics were abandoned in the Province of Quebec in Canada. That was after …

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Brief Intervention Techniques for Alcohol: How & Why They’re Effective

Interview with Dr. Jason Kilmer Psychologist Dr. Jason Kilmer describes Brief Intervention Techniques. He’s an expert on how and why they work. David Hanson interviews Dr. Kilmer.. Hanson– I understand that Brief Intervention Techniques are very effective in reducing alcohol abuse. Dr. Kilmer– Yes. Particularly in our work with college students, they’re an important piece of …

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Alcohol and Memory vs Water and Memory: You Might be Surprised

Can simply the belief that you have consumed alcohol affect your memory of an event? We know that alcohol and memory are connected. But so are water and memory. People who think they are drinking alcohol don’t perform as well as others on memory tests. Even when they’re only drinking tonic water with absolutely no …

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Intoxication and Memory: Are Intoxicated People More Accurate Witnesses?

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Drink to Remember? Some people drink to forget. But it might be smarter sometimes to drink to remember. Researchers have long studied intoxication and memory. But the findings can conflict with “common sense.” A British study of witnesses illustrates this. It shows that witnesses to a crime who drink afterward remembered details better than sober …

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Parental Supply of Alcohol and Alcohol Consumption in Adolescence

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Effects of Parental Supply of Alcohol Children whose parents serve them alcohol are more likely to drink full servings by age 15 or 16. However, they are much less likely to have over four or drinks on an occasion. (This is sometimes called binge drinking.) In addition, they generally have fewer drinks per occasion. In …

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