It’s no secret that many people with addictions can go years untreated because they deny they’ve got a problem, but now there are numbers to back it up. About 1 in 12 Americans are in need of substance abuse treatment, new research says, but only a fraction of people are getting it. Failure among substance abusers to recognize they need treatment is the overwhelming reason they don’t get help.
Nothing beats going out on the lake on a perfect, hot summer day, or enjoying the long summer evenings on the water with a sunset cruise. Unfortunately, too many people take alcohol with them on their boating excursions and the results can be disastrous, even fatal. Most people don’t take drinking and boating as seriously as drinking and driving. Fatalities are lower on the water simply because there are fewer boats on the water than there are cars on the roads. When you hit the water this summer, leave the alcohol on land.
In the 12-step rooms, there’s a lot of talk about hitting bottom, of coming to a place of total desperation, of admitting powerlessness. But how do you know if you’re really powerless? You wonder if maybe you just haven’t found the right solution. You don’t have a DUI charge, you haven’t lost your job and your family is still intact. Yet your drinking concerns you. Is that reason enough to get sober and stay sober? Or do you have to spend the next years of your life sinking deeper and deeper before you’ll qualify for recovery?
Alcohol in powdered form, known as “palcohol,” has been approved for sale, but there is a great deal of controversy about its potential risks, and it may not be legal for long. Critics of palcohol point out that the risks of underage consumption of the product are notable, and they draw attention to the fact that around 5,000 Americans under the age of 21 die from alcohol-related incidents each year. However, some—the company that makes it, at least—contend that there is no special risk with palcohol, instead arguing that its benefits for hikers and campers make it a potentially useful product. So, is palcohol an accident waiting to happen or a case of much concern about nothing?
In a new study investigating ethnicity as a factor in developing alcoholic liver disease (ALD), researchers have found that Hispanics who drink are at a significantly greater risk than Caucasians or African Americans. The research indicates that ALD, which is the most common type of liver disease in the U.S., is majorly impacted by ethnicity. Ethnicity is a factor in the age of onset of the disease, its severity and how it progresses. The news should serve as a reminder to Hispanics that drinking above and beyond moderate amounts carries serious health risks.
The ability to track your alcohol-related risk depends largely on your ability to accurately track your alcohol serving sizes. However, not all people are aware of what constitutes an alcohol serving or know how many daily or weekly servings increase their exposure to drinking problems.
In the years during which women rarely worked outside of the home, they did most if not all of the housework, cooking and childcare. These days, although both men and women typically work full-time jobs outside the home, women still do the majority of housekeeping, meal preparation and looking after the children.
Women are at a greater risk for both mental health and physical health problems from drinking. Women should drink less than men because they metabolize alcohol more slowly. Women are triggered by different factors than men are when it comes to drinking.
If you have worried about alcohol and how much you drink, it’s time to learn about how alcohol impacts you.