Chronic Alcohol Abuse is an International Problem that Just Won’t Go Away

-+*Alcohol abuse and addiction could be the world’s oldest drug problem. But excessive drinking and alcohol abuse continue to be serious problems that cause illness and kill people every year. The World Health Organization estimates that more than two million people lose their lives each year for reasons that relate to their chronic alcohol abuse. Accidents, illness and direct overdoses contribute to these deaths. In April 2012, the World Health Organization encouraged communities to pay more attention to chronic alcohol abuse, as it contributes to so many deaths. In fact, in the Western Pacific region, alcohol is considered to be…

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Alcohol Withdrawal Dangers Mean that Getting Sober Requires Professional Help

-+*For most people who are addicted, there are those moments where the addicted person wants sobriety more than anything in the world. It might be early in the morning, when the person is starting to sober up and they realize that once again, they were out of control of their drinking. Maybe it’s when their spouse announces that they are leaving with the children – or after they are gone and the addicted person realizes what he or she has lost. Or the job is lost or the business is bankrupt, it’s a different moment for everyone. Alcoholism comes with…

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Could LSD be Offered as a New Treatment for Alcoholism? Is That Even a Good Idea?

-+*Those trying to overcome alcoholism may struggle with this problem for years before they find the right treatment to help end the battle. But along the way, they could encounter treatment that does more damage than the disease. In a new report, LSD has been tested in Norway as a treatment for alcoholism and is being touted as a solution to the chronic, relapsing nature of the problem. In this study, more than 500 alcoholics were studied to determine their response to treatment with the hallucinogenic drug LSD. Two-thirds received LSD while the others received different treatments, and then their…

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Alcoholism as a Great Equalizer

-+*The Societal and Health Problem That Exists in Every Corner of the World You can go to every corner of the globe and find alcohol problems. In some countries where religious beliefs ban alcohol consumption, they will be less frequent and more concealed. In other countries, the social patterns of the population seem almost to be based on alcohol consumption and use of this addictive drug will be fully out in the open. But the fact is that excess and lengthy alcohol consumption can turn into alcoholism and can destroy or kill, no matter how rich or poor, no matter…

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How Much Does Alcoholism Contribute to Traffic Fatalities?

-+*It’s a good guess that pretty much everyone knows that drunk drivers are dangerous to themselves and everyone in their environments. Amazingly, this doesn’t stop tens of thousands of people each year from driving off in their cars when they have had too much to drink. A major reason for this is that alcohol not only impairs ones ability to drive safely, it also impairs judgment. So one can very erroneously decide that they are fit to drive. This is why many states mandate electronic locks for the cars of those who have been convicted of DUIs and DWIs. The…

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Parties and Overuse of Alcohol

-+*Underage Parties and Overuse of Alcohol Prepares Many Young People to Need Alcohol Abuse Rehab There’s two easy ways to find out how much drinking is going on among college students, most of whom are underage. One is to read reports, studies and appeals from people like the US Surgeon General and the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA). The other is to visit the fraternity or sorority row in any major university on a Saturday night. Either one should provide a pretty good understanding of how extensive the problem really is. In 2007, CASA reported that half…

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Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

-+*The options for alcohol addiction treatment vary hugely, from the prescription of drugs that are intended to make a person sick if they drink, to a continuous course of hundreds of meetings at support groups. In this area, there has been no standardization of treatment that has proven to be successful. Across the nation, the success rate for recovery at most treatment programs ranges from 16% to 20%. Some programs run at an even lower success rate than this. This singular lack of success can be very difficult for the family of an alcoholic who desperately wishes for his or…

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Where Does the Need for Alcohol Abuse Rehab Start?

-+*For some young people, the need for alcohol abuse rehab starts with the very first drink. They never really leave liquor or alcohol alone after that. They continue to drink and most of them will add other drugs to the mix. If use continues steadily and quantities climb, the person is surely looking at a need for addiction rehabilitation. In 2010, the average age people started using alcohol was just a little over 17 years. However, this figure includes everyone, even those who started drinking after they turned 21, which would increase the overall average. If you just look at…

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Narconon Program Provides Alcohol Abuse Rehab by Repairing the Damage

-+*In the field of alcoholism recovery, it is unfortunately considered the norm for one of three things to happen: A person goes to a drug rehab center for alcoholism, finishes the program and returns home, only to relapse and go back to the drug rehab again and sometimes multiple times. Or a person goes to hundreds of meetings that do provide some support but he or she never seems to be able to leave the addiction behind and move on. Or both happen together. There’s not many places where it is expected that a person will be able to make…

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How to Treat Alcoholism

-+*Unfortunately from the viewpoint of treatment, alcoholism has as one of its characteristics that the drinker will almost always deny that he has an alcohol problem. This fact makes it frustrating for family members who want to help the alcoholic cease his alcohol consumption and face his drinking problem. It also is sad that this very behavior often continues the addiction without end. It is only when the alcoholic finally does decide he needs help to handle his perpetual addiction that family members can then assist him to find an effective treatment and rehab program. Families often find out that…

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