Friday, January 24, 2014

Tips For Alcohol Sobriety While Celebrating

Tips to stay sober while celebrating
It can be difficult for many people to practice alcohol sobriety while attending celebrations. It may seem that no matter where you look, you will find people drinking and celebrating with various types of liquor, and you may feel the familiar sense of temptation to have a drink. However, if you are a recovering alcoholic, it is important to remember that even one drink can send you on a slippery slope down the road of alcoholism.

However, as a celebratory or sobriety survival guide will tell you, the important thing about staying sober during a festivity is to simply follow a few easy tips, each of which can help you fight away temptation while still celebrating with your friends.

Tips To Stay Sober 

Reconnecting with an AA group or its former members is an excellent way to get and provide much needed support during this difficult time. Invite each other over and share stories and talk about your personal successes over temptation. Even if you find yourself struggling just a little bit, you can call an AA friend and know that he or she will be there for you. There is no reason to feel alone while attending a party, because for as many people that will be drinking, there will also be those who will not be.

Depression is not an uncommon symptom of past alcohol abuse. Even a recovering alcoholic may feel depressed, and for such times, it is important to keep your spirits up without resorting to alcohol. This involves starting a hobby, finding an interesting television show, or grabbing a new book and immersing yourself in the story. If the depression becomes too severe, then it is a good idea to speak to your doctor about the possibilities of an antidepressant.

Offer to be the designated driver for people during the party. This helps in the tremendous way that it gives you an important sense of obligation to stay sober for the safety of your friends and family. By assuming responsibility for getting them home, you will be able to hold off on drinking.

Treatment For Alcoholism

Treatment for alcoholism can be as simple as living one day at a time. Even if you go one day without a drink, you have made an important improvement for that day. The days will continue to add up, until you will have gone a week without alcohol, and then a month, and then a year, and the feeling of pride and self satisfaction will be more than worth it.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Surprise! Why Alcohol And Tylenol Just Don’t Mix

Mixing even light alcohol consumption with Tylenol can do more harm than any intended good, say researchers.

A new preliminary study shows that using a small to moderate amount of alcohol alongside the recommended Tylenol do
Liver, Kidney Disease And Alcohol, Tylenol Acetaminophen Use
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sage can result in a 123% increased risk of kidney disease.

“Most people take this medication without any input from pharmacists or physicians, and that’s where the public-health concern is,” said researcher Harrison Ndetan. “People buy acetaminophen over the counter, and they also are casual alcohol users, and they don’t know that there is a harmful interaction.”

Alcohol, Acetaminophen Use And Liver, Kidney Disease

Chronic alcohol abuse and chronic acetaminophen use have each been tied to liver and kidney disease separately.

“What has not been well-studied until now is the link between some regular alcohol use and regular acetaminophen use and increasing your risk of kidney disease above the risk of either of those used separately,” said Dr. Martin Zand, medical director of the pancreas and kidney transplant programs at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York.

Results From Large Tylenol, Alcohol Use Study

During the study, data was analyzed from over 10,000 participants in the ’03-’04 United States National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Those surveyed were asked questions regarding acetaminophen use, alcohol consumption and health issues.

The research concluded that neither light to moderate drinking nor normal acetaminophen use separately posed any viable threat to kidney health.

However, roughly half of those who combined alcohol and acetaminophen reported kidney dysfunction.

It is not currently known whether similar interactions will occur with other types of painkillers.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

John Travolta Speaks Out Against Hollywood Drug And Alcohol Abuse

Travolta Speaks Out Against Hollywood Drug And Alcohol Abuse
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As the Hollywood community mourns recent losses due to drug and alcohol abuse, actor John Travolta is seeking support for measures to counteract the ongoing issue.

“Something needs to be done about all the artists we’re losing to drugs, because I’m tired of it,” Travolta said recently.

The two-time Oscar nominee, who’s graced dozens of films since the 1970’s, said that his interest in the issue prompted him to offer an impromptu speech at the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre’s 44th Anniversary Gala, asking friends and attendees to take action.

“I don’t want to lose any more artists. It’s too much already,” Travolta said. “There’s people that are looking for solutions, and their solutions are drugs and I understand completely. But when you have a program that is designed to help you solve those problems differently, but more immediately getting you off of drugs – cleaning your body of the adverse effects of those drugs, and then getting a new start, it’s not just a detox program; it’s a detox program that takes full responsibility for the reasons you started to begin with.”

Travolta’s wife, Kelly Preston has also spoken in regard to her own struggles with substance abuse, saying, “I’m so different… Now I don’t drink anymore. I don’t smoke anymore, I don’t do drugs anymore. All of those come with an ‘anymore.’ I used to do everything and a lot of everything.”

“With drinking, I just decided that I wasn’t always at my best.” said Preston. “It’s different in that I’m so much wiser. I know myself so much more now.”

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Friday, September 6, 2013

The Missing Link - Drinking and Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is a vicious disease found primarily in older males, which negatively affects the prostate gland – located in the male reproductive system. A variety of factors have been shown to contribute to development risks, including exposure to particular chemicals and family genetics. New research shows that heavy drinking may also play a part


According to the World Health Organization, an individual who consumes alcoholic beverages will increase the risk of cancer development in later life. Research shows that the risk remains even in individuals who do not consume enough alcohol to get drunk. Individuals who consume a moderate amount of alcohol on a consistent basis still appear to incur similar risks.


Connection between drinking and prostate cancer
Scientists have come up with a number of theories as to how alcohol consumption increases cancer risks. Some research suggests that the body actually converts alcohol into toxic chemicals – the cause of hangovers in heavy drinkers. This chemical is also theorized to cause irreparable damage to DNA cells, ultimately resulting in a cancer diagnosis. Alcohol can also increase estrogen, testosterone and other hormone levels while decreasing the body’s folate supply, all factors that contribute to cancer risks.

Prostate Cancer

In recent years, researchers have located a specific link between prostate cancer development and alcohol consumption. A study performed by scientists from Australia and America appears to indicate that males who consume a mere two drinks per day increase their risk of prostate cancer development by a whopping 20%! The study also concluded that the risk factor would increase alongside additional routine consumption. 

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Astonishing Effects of Smoking and Alcohol on the Brain

Read this before you have another drink or smoke another cigarette
Alcohol and tobacco consumption can result a variety of long- and short-term health issues. However, the most extreme risks lie in the potential for permanent neurological damage. In this entry we will discuss the toll of tobacco and alcohol on the human brain.

Nervous System

The chemicals found in tobacco products may cause white blood cells to attack healthy cells, resulting in the potential for disorders and neurological issues down the road.

State of Mind

Studies have found smoking to result in a decline in cognitive function 5x the rate of non-smokers. Diminished cognitive functions may eventually lead to mental deficiencies and dementia in later life.

Brain Damage

Prolonged and excess alcohol intake may lead to brain damage. As an example, numerous alcoholics eventually develop Wernicke—Korsakoff syndrome, causing an array of debilitating symptoms, including memory issues, confusion, and paralysis of the nerves responsible for eye movement.


Alcohol’s effect on the brain can be seen after only a drink or two. With excessive intake over a long enough use period, drinkers will experience increased memory deficiency.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy places the fetus at risk for developmental issues both early and later in life. Of these issues, perhaps the most difficult to stomach is fetal alcohol syndrome; a condition where children are born with fewer brain cells and smaller brains.

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