Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Why Should I Stop Drinking?

Though alcohol is often portrayed as the end-all / be-all of excitement and fun, regular and excessive alcohol abuse can lead to an array of issues. From social elements to health-related problems, the potential losses stemming from alcohol far outweigh any real benefit. In this entry, we will offer up a few reasons to lose the booze. 


Even a slight buzz can result in a loss of control, causing drinkers to say and do things they might normally not. This includes sexual encounters, hurtful comments, and engaging in activities that are embarrassing to both user and those surrounding them.


Alcohol use can be attributed to an array of dangerous life situations. Driving while intoxicated can result in a death or harm to both the drinker and others on the road. Additional possibilities including homicide, drowning and suicide.


As with other drug types, alcohol is an addictive substance. Alcoholism can effectively consume a life, while manifesting throughout a variety of unpleasant and unhealthy mental and physical symptoms, including depression, withdrawal, mood swings, dependence, anger, antisocial behavior, rage, relationship issues, shakiness, nausea, stomachaches, puffiness and blackouts.


An individual who drinks an excessive amount of liquor over a short period of time runs to risk of experiencing alcohol poisoning – a condition characterized by aggressive vomiting. Additional symptoms of poisoning include loss of consciousness, drowsiness, seizures, shortness of breath and diminished glucose levels. Extreme cases of alcohol poisoning may even result in death.

In the Long Term…

Alcohol abuse poses a threat to user health in a number of ways. In addition to liver damage, years of excess can pose serious harm to the heart, brain and pancreas. Those who have become severely dependent may also experience weight loss and malnutrition.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Effects of Alcohol on Body Weight

Though people commonly joke about the “freshman 15” and beer bellies, the simple truth is that alcohol contains calories; regular or excess consumption of which can result in unwanted weight gain. 
OJ vs Beer


When considering the effects of alcohol on body weight, drinkers should take a look at the average alcoholic beverage calorie count:

-Wine: (4-oz) 62 – 160 Cal
-Shot of Liquor: (1.5-oz) 115 – 200 Cal
-Beer: (12-oz.) 140 – 200 Cal
-Light Beer (12-oz.) 100 – 150 Cal


The main rule of weight maintenance and loss is burning the same or more calories per day than taken in via beverage and food. However, a few key characteristics of alcoholic beverages, in addition to calorie count, make them more prone to result in weight gain.

Alcohol consumption is typically associated with high-fat food choices: wine with steak – beer with pizza. Alcohol also lowers the body’s blood sugar levels, causing food cravings.


In addition to the extra meals and snacks ingested, alcohol’s “empty calorie” content holds little-to-no nutritional value. Though beer may seem filling to some, it is no substitute for a well-balanced meal.

Once alcohol has been digested, our bodies convert portions of it into fat. The liver is then tasked with converting the remainder into acetate, which affects our fat metabolism rate. Simply put, when the body is faced with high acetate levels, burning acetate – not fat - takes priority. As such, the body must store the fatty calories, resulting in weight gain.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

How To Spot A Binge Drinker

Alcoholism is a serious issue affecting millions of people throughout the world. But in some cases, it may prove difficult to tell whether a person actually has an issue. When it comes to binge drinking – drinking an excessive amount of alcohol in a short period of time – there are a few signs to look for when determining whether someone has a problem. 

1 – Understand the difference between social and binge drinking. Social drinking commonly occurs at public or group events, such as a dinner party, BBQ, or night out with the girls. Social drinkers may indulge in a drink… maybe two, for the sake of being social. Maybe that second drink turns into a forth or fifth; Perhaps the individual becomes loud and belligerent; Do we even know what the count is anymore?  At this point, you may be looking at a binge drinker.

2 – Keep an eye out for the “point of no return.” For many alcohol enthusiasts, a fork in the road will present itself: Full steam ahead or full stop. This point can be in the middle of a drink, between drinks, or full abstention. Maintaining the ability to control this decision is often a deciding factor in whether or not you are dealing with a more serious issue. 

3 – Take an empty bottle inventory. Towards the end of the evening, set out all of the night’s empty bottles and take an accurate count to determine how much has been consumed.

4 – Take a close look at the drinker’s health to help identify a drinking problem. Measuring hangover intensity is a great way to determine whether or not someone is binging. Light headaches and a little crankiness is one thing… A debilitating migraine, blackouts and “couch days” are another.

5 – To determine whether a real binge has taken place, take a look around the home the following day for “crossover” drinking signs. This form of drinking refers to instances in which an individual consumes all the booze they have brought to an event, before proceeding to invade other sources. An empty liquor shelf or wine cellar is a red flag. A dry keg is a much stronger signal.

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Stages Of Alcoholism

Alcoholism is viewed by most experts as a chronic condition, which must be addressed as such. Just as an individual with diabetes must manage their condition throughout life, so must the alcoholic.


Certain people are able to abuse alcohol for many years before slipping into the grasp of addiction. Others notice the beginning stages of alcoholism after only a few experiences. An array of factors come into consideration when determining who is at risk for alcoholism. Heredity is one.

First Stage

The drinker begins using to self-medicate. The alcohol serves to reduce anxiety and release inhibition in the individual, resulting in a minor dependence. In some cases, alcoholics will only take part in events that revolve around alcohol use; withdrawing from those where it is prohibited.

Second Stage

The pattern of addiction is now more apparent. The alcoholic drinks more regularly and lacks the discipline to control their intake. Blackouts, hangovers and stomach issues are common occurrences by stage two, and the alcoholic is immersed in denial. Stage two is also the period where employment and relationships begin to take a back seat.

Third Stage

Addiction is king and holds priority over all else, including friends, family, employment and even morals. The alcoholic often finds themselves struggling with finances and health issues.


An alcoholic who has reached the third stage of addiction must seek immediate help from a specialized addiction treatment facility. For friends and family members, this may be the time to consider an intervention or other form of pressure to help push recovery.