Blacking Out: Alcohol-induced Amnesia

Written by liam on November 2nd, 2016

A blackout caused by alcohol is defined as “amnesia for the events of any part of a drinking episode without loss of consciousness.” Blacking out is not the same as passing out, because those who black out are still able to engage in activities, including “driving for long distances or carrying on normal conversations…” However,…
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Effects of Alcohol on the Brain

Written by liam on October 21st, 2016

DAMAGING EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL ON THE BRAIN The effects of alcohol on the brain are known to cause permanent memory damage. There are three forms of memory. We have the sensory memory, which lasts a few seconds, the short-term memory, which lasts a handful of minutes, and the long-term memory, also known as storage, which can…
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Xanax and Alcohol – Not to be Mixed

Written by Sean on September 14th, 2016

Combining Xanax and Alcohol is among the most harmful drug combinations for the body and brain. Each substance increases the effects of the other, intensifying the associated dangers. Even a normal-sized, legally prescribed dose of Xanax should never be combined with alcohol. Despite being a highly risky combination, alcohol is the most common substance abused alongside…
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DUI VS DWI: Bad Idea Either Way

Written by liam on September 7th, 2016

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is different than driving under the influence (DUI) in a couple of ways. How they are different depends on the state the crime occurs in. Some states use the term ‘DWI’ for alcohol-impaired driving and use the term ‘DUI’ for drug-impaired driving. Other states simply use DUI as a lesser crime…
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Children of Alcoholics Characteristics

Written by liam on August 22nd, 2016

Being children of alcoholics can be extremely stressful. Your parent(s) may get angry a lot, may threaten you, may forget lots of things, and may even abuse you. The important thing to know is that there is help, and that you are not alone. We will discuss some of the possible effects of being the…
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The Importance of Alcohol Education

Written by liam on August 16th, 2016

Let’s say you were never taught anything about candy. You know it exists, but you don’t know anything about it, not the taste, the brand names, the dangers, nothing. You’ve never even held a piece of candy. Then one day you come across a whole bag. Your natural human curiosity gets the best of you,…
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Alcohol and Domestic Violence

Written by liam on August 9th, 2016

The link between alcohol and domestic violence is not shocking.  The feelings of anger, volatility, hostility, aggression and violence associated with alcohol abuse provoke abuse in spouses capable of or already engaging in abuse. The same is true for both male and female abusers, and the facts are astounding.  The Journal of the American Medical Association recently…
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Partying with Depression: Not so far apart?

Written by liam on August 6th, 2016

It’s not a party if it happens every night. Many addicts tell themselves they are ‘just partying’ when in reality the addiction is being fed. Also, many people who are clinically depressed, about 10% of Americans according to the Centers for Disease Control, use substances to self-medicate. Here we explore the relationship between partying (alcohol…
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From Drunk or Drugging to Jail: A Strong Possibility

Written by liam on August 3rd, 2016

It’s been said there are only three endings for a lifetime of drug addiction: a mental institution, prison, or death. Facts show this to be awfully true. Of all inmates as of June 2016, 46.3% are incarcerated for drug-related offenses. Over 25% of inmates commit their current offenses in order to obtain drug money. Approximately…
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PTSD & Alcohol Abuse in US Veterans

Written by liam on July 21st, 2016

Something widely known and non-stereotypical is the fact that post-traumatic stress disorder occurs throughout the military. This condition occurs due to some sort of life-threatening event, such as sexual assault, major accidents, or warfare, among countless others. PTSD is relatively rare to develop, and obviously does not occur after each and every life-threatening event. However,…
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