May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

Written by liam on May 9th, 2017

Since May 1949, an organization by the name of Mental Health America has observed every subsequent May as Mental Health Awareness month. Everyone has their own crusade in life and the catchment of mental health disorders is quite large therefore the idea of an awareness month can go unnoticed, especially with hundreds of awareness days,…
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Federal Law Protects Patients with Mental Illness and/or Addiction: Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

Written by Sean on April 7th, 2017

When it comes to the medical side of health insurance, it is safe to say we have all experienced frustration – whether it be figuring out what’s covered, cost, or trying to figure out what all the fine print means. Some things make it worse. If you or someone you love has a mental and/or…
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A Joystick that Stops Drinking Relapses

Written by Sean on December 30th, 2016

Relapse is the biggest problem recovering alcoholics face. An overwhelming 90% of alcoholics will relapse within their first four years of sobriety. The stats are the same for tobacco users and heroin addicts. What this suggests is that addiction is the same disease, regardless of one’s drug of choice. It also suggests that relapse is…
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More Alcohol Ads, More Underage Drinking

Written by liam on October 4th, 2016

No other substance is abused more by our youth than alcohol. One third of 15-year-olds have abused alcohol at least once, and the same goes for 60% of 18-year-olds. Among those between ages 12 and 20 last year, over 7.5 million had abused alcohol (more than a couple drinks) within the last month. To place…
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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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Is Alcoholism Hereditary? Studies Suggest Yes

Written by liam on September 2nd, 2016

We all have a choice to drink or not. Whether you come from a long line of hard alcoholics or from a long line of perfectly sober health-nuts, the choice to consume alcohol is the same for us all. Gene Heyman, a psychologist and professor at Harvard, discovered that “less than 20% of alcohol users…
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Uber Prevents Drunk Driving? Study says no

Written by liam on August 23rd, 2016

There are 121 million occurrences of drunk-driving in America each year. Only one percent of the drunk drivers get arrested each year. Someone dies in a drunk-driving accident every 53 minutes. This means drunk drivers aren’t getting caught, but are killing people at an alarming rate. For ages now, taxicabs and buses have been crucial…
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Alcohol Research Being Funded by Alcohol Companies: Bad Idea

Written by liam on August 18th, 2016

It is not an uncommon practice for industry research to be funded by the companies that make what’s being researched. For instance, Colgate may fund toothpaste research. In a perfect world, this makes perfect sense, but unfortunately profit is all too often a company’s main concern. If the results of the research are in favor…
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CARA FINALLY PASSED INTO LAW!

Written by liam on August 8th, 2016

CARA, the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act, utilizes treatment and science-based recovery methods for addicts, and spreads education regarding abuse prevention through grants. As a bill, CARA was drafted and passed to the Senate on March 10th, 2016, with a vote of 94 – 1. The Senate approved and passed CARA to Congress on July…
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The Rise of Alcohol Free Bars & Clubs

Written by liam on August 5th, 2016

The drinks look good: vibrant reds and greens; fresh mint and crushed ice bursting from the glass; petals; a rim of salt. The drinks taste good, too. But there is something missing. The soporific burn of alcohol. As anyone coming to the Redemption bar in east London is warned on arrival, these drinks are dry….
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