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Why do Some People Become Alcoholics?

Some people are more prone to becoming alcoholics than others are. Many factors indicate the person’s risk for alcoholism. Genetics, physical condition, mental health, and age can influence an individual’s problem drinking. Other contributors are how often a person drinks, how much he or she consumes, and the type of alcohol. A person who hasRead More

What Is IDAA?

International Doctors in Alcoholics Anonymous is, according to their website, “a worldwide fellowship of more than 9,900 healthcare professionals, and their families, who strive to help one another to achieve and maintain recovery from addictions. The organization is membership based. Memberships are open to: “doctorate level health care providers, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, certified registeredRead More

 What Signs Show Your Spouse has an Alcohol Problem?

When your spouse drinks too much alcohol and too often, he or she could be at risk of developing alcohol abuse or alcoholism. Some people have a genetic predisposition for becoming addicted to alcohol. Drinking alcohol can cause serious mental and physical health problems. Alcohol affects the brain and can lead to liver failure, heartRead More

How Does Alcohol Addiction Affect the Brain?

Alcohol affects the brain in the short term, but most of the effects of a night of heavy drinking disappear in a day or two. Prolonged heavy drinking, however, can cause longer lasting problems, some of them permanent. Addiction itself is the problem. It’s the condition that drastically increases the likelihood of all the otherRead More

What Does it Mean to be Allergic to Alcohol?

The “Big Book” of AA says that alcoholics can’t drink in moderation the way most people can because alcoholics are allergic to alcohol, and this is the basis for calling alcoholism a disease. The word “allergy” may be a bit confusing because we typically think of allergies as an inappropriate immune response that causes swelling,Read More

Why Can’t Alcoholics Only Have One Drink?

One strange aspect of alcohol addiction is that alcoholics can’t stop after one drink. Most people can have a drink or two and stop, especially if they know they have to drive later or get up early. Alcoholics, on the other hand, even alcoholics with years in recovery, can’t have one drink and stop. TheyRead More

How Does Binge Drinking Affect Professionals’ Mental Health?

Binge drinking is a common and sometimes celebrated practice for professionals across a variety of professions. For many professionals, “binge drinking” goes by another name, whether it is celebrating, networking, relaxing, grabbing “a drink” after work, and other identities. Problematically, like most of the population, professionals may not know what constitutes binge drinking and forRead More

Alcoholism And The Lawyer

Walk into a prominent lawyer’s office, a managing partner or a leader in his firm, and you’re likely to see some expensive bottles of alcohol. Attend any law office’s dinner, cocktail party, happy hour, celebration, holiday party, or other event, and alcohol is likely to be present. Lawyers have an alcohol problem and the industryRead More

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