New Study Reveals Alcohol is Never Safe During Pregnancy

*+-Opinions have varied widely on when it’s acceptable for a pregnant woman to drink. It wasn’t until 1973 that researchers identified Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), that collection of symptoms that show up in newborns when mothers drink, usually heavily, during pregnancy. FAS symptoms can include physical deformities to the head and face plus behavioral and learning problems. And it wasn’t until 1981 that there were definite warnings about drinking during pregnancy issued by the Surgeon General. One of the problems with collecting study data on the problem was that it was difficult to carry out a study that involved pregnant…

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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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Saving a Person from the Destruction of Alcoholism through Alcohol Abuse Rehab

*+-It’s a tragic situation when alcoholism or drugs addiction take over a person’s life. One of the defining characteristics of addiction is that it begins to control a person’s life rather than the person being in control. He or she cannot determine when to drink or do drugs. Instead, the person’s life becomes focused on the next drink, the next injection, smoke or pill. When this state is reached, everyone suffers. The addict, the spouse, the employer, family, community and other associates. The destruction can and does spread far and wide from just one addict or alcoholic. Sadly, many people…

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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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Even as Early as College, Some May Need Drug Rehab

*+-Curious about alcohol use in colleges? There’s an amazingly easy way to find out if this is a popular activity. Just follow this simple procedure. Decided on a well-known college. Go to Facebook and look for people attending that college. Look for profile pictures where young people are crammed together, grinning widely for the camera. Select a few of these people and check out the photos they have posted to their Facebook pages. It will not take long to find photo after photo that endorse the collegiate habit of abusing alcohol. Facebook alcohol endorsement may be supporting and furthering the…

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Giovanna’s Alcohol Rehab Story

*+-She Moved to New York With Her Siblings Giovanna is a lively, attractive 44-year old woman with a strong accent betraying her Colombian origins. With her siblings, she moved to New York City in search of the American dream when she was in her 20s. But her alcoholism threatened to steal that dream away. She started going to parties on the weekends at first. Every weekend, she was drinking a lot. Gradually, she added Thursdays to the weekend, drinking vodka, tequila and gin, straight up. It made her forget her loneliness after her divorce. But she began to accumulate a…

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Recovered from Alcohol Dependence

*+-He’s 26 now but he started drinking when he was twelve years old. He always ran with an older crowd in Bossier City, Louisiana. It became a way of life for him and his friends – stealing beers and the remainders of half-full liquor bottles out of the home. Of course, he got in trouble with his parents when they found out but it didn’t do anything to stop him. They could never have anticipated that the boyish pranks would turn into a full blown alcohol dependence that would require a long-term drug rehab to overcome. He wasn’t doing anything…

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Helping a Loved One Recover from Alcoholism

*+-There are times in life that the right thing to do to help a loved one is to be supportive while they work their way through their problems on their own. When you realize that someone you care about is alcoholic, you need to realize that this is very likely going to be a different situation requiring very different tactics. Most people working through difficulties in relationships or finances, for example, can benefit from some advice, a sympathetic ear, and patience. But alcoholism is in a different category. There is a time that you find out that how to help…

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