Exploring Alcohol and Alcoholism

For many, beer, wine, and spirits conjure up thoughts of social gatherings and tipsy fun. But alcohol, a depressant, is also associated with damaging behavior and the emotional pain and physical ruin of addiction. Experts debate the benefits and risks of drinking and passionately argue over whether moderation or abstinence is the best option for alcoholics.

Recent posts on Alcoholism

Teach Your Teen About Alcohol

By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 17, 2017 in Open Gently
Twenty percent of U.S. high school students say they'll get into a car with a driver who has been drinking.

What You Need to Know About Relationships and Recovery

It is helpful to resist the urge to "fix" your relationships, and keep the focus on making progress in your recovery. As you do, over time, your relationships will likely improve.

Walking Through the Emotional Desert With Shaun Morgan

“You get super drunk or super high and you don’t feel anything. And that’s the whole point.”

When You Suspect Your Kid has a Substance Abuse Problem

If you find evidence that your child is using drugs or alcohol, here are some suggestions about how to take the next step and talk to your child.

Sobering Truth About Addiction Treatment in America

By David Sheff on May 08, 2017 in Overcoming Addiction
People blame politicians, drug dealers, and pharmaceutical companies for the overdose crisis, but blame doesn't doesn't help people get well. The addicted need quality treatment.

Brainwaves Different in People Addicted to Internet Gaming

After sampling only 10 minutes of brainwave patterns while Internet gamers sat doing nothing, researchers can see differences in their functional brain connectivity.

What the World Needs Now Is… Beer?

At a time when there is cause to be pessimistic, beer commercials suggest most of us want peaceful co-existence.

"Do's" and "Don'ts" for Loved Ones

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on May 03, 2017 in A Family Affair
Is your loved one wearing your out? Some "Dont's" and "Do's" can help you cope.

4 Questions to Ask Yourself If You Want to Change

Changing isn't easy, but these 4 questions from Motivational Interviewing may make the process a little easier.

Why Are Senior Citizens Using More Illicit Drugs?

Senior citizens are using and abusing substances at increasing rates.

Enough Is Enough Series, Part 6: LSD Reconsidered

Psychiatry is considering using LSD to treat psychiatric conditions. An extremely bad idea.

I Need Help Dealing With My Angry and Alcoholic Mother

How To Deal With A Very Complicated Mother

6 Myths About Women and Addiction

While biology and circumstances affect who is at risk for addiction in both sexes, gender can shape how trauma, loss and family influence that risk.

Wake-Up Call

How I became determined to shed light on addiction.
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Alcohol Causes Aggression. Can It Reduce Aggression Too?

Alcohol causes people to be more aggressive. But can drunk people be the least aggressive people in the room? Our research suggest that the answer is “yes.”

Ambulatory Detox Modality Delivers Better Results

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on April 06, 2017 in Sure Recovery
As America succumbs to an addiction epidemic avant-garde and cost-effective treatment program could help to dent the addiction curve.

Can Addictive Thoughts Be Useful?

Step 1: Recognizing and understanding the emotional forces underlying addictive behaviors.

How Some Beliefs Limit Loved Ones

By Fran Simone Ph.D. on April 02, 2017 in A Family Affair
You can identify and change beliefs that limit you.

Turning a Vice Into a Virtue Through Healthy Self-Soothing

There is nothing wrong with needing a little self-soothing so long as it is not detrimental to your health.

Prom and the Afterparty

Beyond the hype of prom, there are dangers that can turn one of the happiest nights into one of the scariest.

Preventing Teens From Abusing Alcohol

A child who feels a loving bond with a parent, will feel valuable and have more of an ability to withstand peer pressure.

Are You Addicted to Your Sibling’s Addiction?

Help an addicted sibling by first saving yourself.

Dietary Changes Reduce Alzheimer's Risk

Are you worried about developing Alzheimer's disease? Simple dietary changes can reduce your risk.

Is Mental Illness the Rule Rather Than the Exception?

We hear all the time that 1 in 5 people struggle with a psychiatric disorder. New research now suggests that we have it backwards.

The New Prohibition: The Hip Culture Wants You to Abstain

By Stanton Peele on March 19, 2017 in Addiction in Society
People encouraging others to quit drinking in the active neoTemperance movement have a heavy lift. Oh, and nondrinkers don't live as long and have less fun. So why do they do it?

Is Your Adult Child a Narcissist?

Is your adult child really a narcissist or more like the center of your universe? If so, why is he or she the focus of your life? Is there something you are avoiding?

The Solution to the Opioid Crisis

By Stanton Peele on March 16, 2017 in Addiction in Society
We struggle in the night to remedy opioid addiction, and in our thrashing about simply double down on the same old assumptions and failed solutions. Here is the answer instead.

Psychology of "Logan"

Does Logan suffer from PTSD? Finding meaning after trauma.

A Parent’s Guide to Surviving Spring Break

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on March 05, 2017 in Social Lights
12 suggestions from a college professor

Spring Break and Alcohol

It’s that time that hundreds of thousands of college students across the nation look forward to.