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Dealing with addiction: Japan s drinking problem, The Japan Times

We admit we are powerless over alcohol and we need help to break the habit. We will participate in meetings and speak frankly about ourselves. We will reflect on our mistakes and accept the damage that alcohol has caused. We will strive to change and create a new life for ourselves. We will repent for the trouble we have caused our families and others. We will help others struggling with alcohol abuse by sharing the joy of abstinence. Japan is renowned for taking a tough stance on illicit substances, but when it comes to legal drugs such as alcohol and tobacco, it tends to turn a blind eye. People associate drug abuse with the criminal underworld, while alcohol is glorified for being an...

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What Young Women Need to Know About Alcoholism, Shape Magazine

You are here What Young Women Need to Know About Alcoholism Photo: Getty/ Luisa Sancelean / EyeEm From brunch get-togethers to first dates to holiday parties, it's undeniable that alcohol plays a central role in our social lives. And although many of us know the health benefits of drinking less ( Ed Sheeran lost 50 pounds just by cutting out beer), most people are reluctant to stop drinking for more than a month (lookin' at you Dry January!). But what most people don't know is that alcoholism is on the rise and that it's fast-growing in women, particularly among young women. If this is news to you, we're here to answer some crucial questions, like who exactly is at risk, what's behind the...

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Is alcoholism contagious? Can it be inherited? Did my behavior affect my children? — Quartz

This story is part of a series called Craigslist Confessional . Writer Helena Bala has been meeting people via Craigslist and documenting their stories for over two years. Each story is written as it was told to her. Bala says that by listening to their stories, she hopes to bear witness to her subjects’ lives, providing them with an outlet, a judgment-free ear, and a sense of catharsis. By sharing them, she hopes to facilitate acceptance and understanding of issues that are seldom publicly discussed, at the risk of fear, stigma, and ostracism. Read more here. Names have been changed to protect her subjects’ anonymity. Growing up, drinking was a favorite family pastime....

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Alcoholism Among Law Enforcement Personnel: Its Unique Challenges, Milestone Group

The College of New Jersey Alcohol abuse among police officers is a serious and widespread problem, with some studies estimating that it afflicts one-quarter of all police officers in the U.S. Research has revealed a strong connection between occupational stress and alcohol and drug abuse, but also a strong sub-cultural more among police officers that encourages drinking both for social and stress-reduction purposes. Alcohol consumption among police officers is also correlated with officer suicides and domestic violence, and many departments are beginning to recognize the liability in allowing this problem to go untreated. Mental health professionals have an opportunity to introduce...

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Commentary Alcoholism and Free Will, Psychiatric Times

Psychiatrists, like the rest of America, continue to have trouble with alcoholic and other addicted patients. We are comfortable when patients want to get better, tell us the truth and come to treatment of their own free will, but alcoholics often don't fit this profile. We respond angrily when patients manipulate us. We are surprised when their sincere desire for help evaporates after we suggest a plan that will bring about real change. We may agree that the drinking is a response to stress and, therefore, be tempted to think that a reduction in stress will bring about improvement in the drinking problem. We find ourselves feeling anger and some shame when the patient continues to drink...

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Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse Diagnosis and Treatment, Pat Moore Foundation

For many people, the facts about alcoholism are not clear. What is alcoholism, exactly? How does it differ from alcohol abuse? When should a person seek help for a problem related to his or her drinking? The following information explains both alcoholism and alcohol abuse, the symptoms of each, when and where to seek help, treatment choices, and additional helpful resources. For most people who drink, alcohol is a pleasant accompaniment to social activities. Moderate alcohol use—up to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women and older people—is not harmful for most adults. Nonetheless, a large number of people get into serious trouble because of their drinking...

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How To Tell If You Have A Drinking Problem Or Just Love To Drink

January 6 marked my seventh year of sobriety from drugs and alcohol. SEVEN FREAKING YEARS. It's even hard for me to believe I've gone that long without ingesting a substance stronger than caffeine. Like, are we sure I didn't sleep-snort some cocaine or something sometime in the past seven years? My seven-year coin, plus a free anchor tattoo I got in a bar! In the recovery circles I run in, January sobriety dates seem to vastly outnumber any other month, which leads me to believe that at least a few of you out there are probably wondering about your own drinking habits right about now. And look, despite being a recovering alcoholic, I'm not a prude about booze. I obviously think drinking is...

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4 Myths About Alcoholism Debunked!Holistic Recovery Centers

Common Myths & Facts About Alcoholism It seems like everyone has an opinion about alcoholics and addicts these days. 40 years ago, and maybe even more recently, the disease of addiction was something that was kept quiet and shrouded in shame. Meetings were usually only held in the basements of churches. However, the last few decades, and with the recent explosion of deadly drugs, has brought addiction and alcoholism to the forefront of many conversations, both at home and in the White House. Because of this new change, this alcoholic would like to set the record straight on a couple of myths about alcoholism. One of the most common misconceptions of alcoholics is that a person has to...

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What It’s Really Like To Be An Alcoholic, Thought Catalog

You’re 16 and hanging out with your buddies at a friend’s trailer because his dad’s out of town and you decide you’re gonna get f-cked up, so you drink a six-pack of beer in under a half-hour. The last things you remember are sitting down to take a crap then your buddies laughing you awake when you pass out with your pants around your ankles. The next day, along with your hangover come stories about all the hilarity you caused during your blackout. How you spelled “F-ck You” with your piss on the driveway of some chick who dissed you. How you told the waitress at the diner downtown to go to hell when she told your friends to get your drunk ass out of there before she called the cops. Man,...

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Alcoholism Facts: The Impact on Marriage Relationships, Promises

Alcoholism Facts: The Impact on Marriage and Relationships By Elizabeth Davies-Ulirsch, Primary Therapist at Promises Young Adult Program Alcohol abuse can slowly destroy relationships. It can erode even the most committed love, scar children and impact families for generations. If you suspect a problem with your spouse, it is important to know these alcoholism facts. Why People Drink There’s always a reason why people abuse alcohol and the alcoholic may even be aware of the driving factors. Here are some common themes. Attachment disorder. When people are born into unstable environments or have one or more primary caregivers who are unable to fulfill their needs, they experience a...

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