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The Definition of Alcoholism - Recovery First Treatment Center

The Definition of Alcoholism The strict definition of alcoholism is a body that is dependent on alcohol. The alcoholic is addicted to alcohol. It’s a chronic long-term disease because the people who have it are obsessed with the substance. They cannot control their consumption. This is opposed to alcohol abuse which refers to people who have not completely lost control over how much they consume and are not as dependent on it. So, the line is very thin between an alcoholic and an alcohol abuser. It’s just a matter of degree. In the US about 15% of the people are problem drinkers. (In the UK, the National Health Service estimates that 1 in every 13 people are alcoholics.) The World Health...

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What are drug and alcohol problems?, Barnardos Ireland

Parental Drug and Alcohol Problems What are drug and alcohol problems?  Drug or alcohol problems (sometimes also called substance abuse or misuse) is a pattern of harmful behaviour involving the misuse or overuse of substances for mood-altering purposes. This means that the drug or alcohol changes how a person behaves or feels. In order to understand drug and alcohol use, it is important to be clear about what we mean by the terms ‘drugs’ and ‘alcohol‘ and what are the differences and similarities between them. Drugs are chemicals which, when taken into our bodies, affect how our body works or how we think, feel and behave. Some drugs are legal, such as caffeine, tobacco/nicotine and...

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Binge Drinking: Terminology and Patterns of Use, SAMHSA

You are here Binge Drinking: Terminology and Patterns of Use A brief background on the various ways that binge drinking has been defined (currently and historically) A summary of binge drinking patterns in the United States Binge drinking among adolescents and young adults—both within and outside of college settings—is of great concern given the severity of the associated consequences. Consider the following statistics: “ Continuity of Binge and Harmful Drinking From Late Adolescence to Early Adulthood, ” a 2004 longitudinal study published in Pediatrics, found that males who were binge drinkers in adolescence were twice as likely to binge drink in adulthood. It also found that females who...

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Alcoholic Thinking - Understanding the Insanity of Alcoholism: How the Alcoholic Thinks

Friends and family of active alcoholics ask me to explain how the alcoholic thinks. I am happy to share what I have learned after we establish what their motives are. The Insanity of Alcoholism Sadly, well intentioned folks try to protect the alcoholic from him/herself (enabling) or try to predict what they will do next (no crystal ball available). There are hundreds of wise sayings amongst alcoholics in recovery. Some are meant to make you think and some are meant to be taken very literally. Alcoholics Anonymous refers to, “the insanity of our disease.” This is a very literal statement. I can tell you a bit about understanding the active alcoholic but I cannot make it make sense to you...

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Dry Drunk An In Depth Explanation Of The Dry Drunk In Recovery Discovery Place Nashville, TN

Dry Drunk | An In Depth Explanation Of The Dry Drunk In Recovery The syndrome is best described as someone who fits one of two conditions: 1. A person with chemical dependency issues who has given up alcohol and drugs, but made no internal emotional or behavioral changes. Essentially, the only difference in these individuals is the absence of a substance. The popular analogy in recovery is, “…if you sober up a horse thief, what do you get? A sober horse thief.” 2. A person with chemical dependency issues who is currently abstinent yet regressing in recovery. This may include little/no 12 step meeting attendance, minimal/no active sponsor relationship and little/no involvement in 12 step...

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The Truth About The Pink Cloud in Sobriety

If you have been sober for any amount of time and attended 12 step meetings then you have probably heard about the concept of the pink cloud. Some say that it lasted only a few months, some for a year or two, and others don’t even recall feeling it. Depending on the context and whom you are talking to, the utterance of the pink cloud could be a positive thing or a negative thing. Some people will say enjoy it while you can because when life shows up it’ll be gone while others tell you that it is a time to be careful, and tell you to not feed into the good feelings that you are currently experiencing. No matter what your current belief on the subject is, the truth is that many alcoholics and...

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Are You a Functional Alcoholic?, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Everyday Health

Are You a Functional Alcoholic? | Dr. Sanjay Gupta | Everyday Health Most people know that consuming too much alcohol is bad for your health. What you may not realize is that  excessive drinking  remains the third leading preventable cause of death in this country. It’s a disease that affects some 17 million U.S. adults, a staggering one-fifth of whom are “functionally dependent,” meaning they don’t fit stereotypical ideas about how an alcoholic looks or acts. “What it means to be a functional addict is that you can be addicted to drinking and still continue to function in certain domains,” says  Stephen Ross, MD, director of substance abuse in the department of psychiatry at New York...

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6 Sneaky Signs You Drink Too Much, Prevention

“What’s really alarming is that the intensity of drinking is dramatically increasing,” says George Koob, PhD, director of the National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism, an NIH agency that supported the study. “We’re seeing a 5% increase—that’s roughly a million more people than 10 years ago—who are knocking back more than 5, 8 or 10 drinks in one sitting.” Problem drinkers are not always who you’d think. More than 38 million adults binge drink an average of four times a month, according to CDC data, and while 18 to 34 year olds are more likely to go overboard than any other age group, it’s actually the over-65 set that...

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Heavy drinkers aren t necessarily alcoholics, but may be "almost alcoholics" - Harvard Health Blog - Harvard Health Publishing

Nearly one-third of American adults are “excessive” drinkers, but only 10% of them have alcohol use disorder (alcoholism). Those numbers, published yesterday in a national survey, shine a new light on alcohol consumption in America. “This study shows that, contrary to popular opinion, most people who drink too much are not alcohol dependent or alcoholics,” said Dr. Robert Brewer, Alcohol Program Lead at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and one of the report’s authors, in a press release. The term excessive drinking covers several different groups. Binge drinkers: men who have more than five drinks on one occasion or women who have more than...

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The Creation of Disease, The New Yorker

Elvin Morton Jellinek, known to his friends as Bunky, was born in New York in 1890, the son of a Hungarian actor and an American opera singer. When he was still young, the family moved to Budapest. By 1914, he had attended universities in his adopted hometown, as well as in Berlin, Leipzig, and Grenoble. Although he had studied philosophy, theology, anthropology, and linguistics, and learned to read twelve languages, he had never quite earned a degree. Back in Budapest, he got work as a currency trader, a post he kept until 1920, when he came under suspicion for having stolen a half million Hungarian crowns from his customers. He fled to the Serbian border, where guards refused him entry,...

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