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April Is Alcohol Awareness Month—Here’s How You Can Celebrate.

Since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence has recognized April as Alcohol Awareness Month. While the original focus was on educating college-aged drinkers about the dangers of binge drinking and alcohol addiction, it’s expanded to bring alcohol awareness to communities nationwide. Lots of people recognize that alcoholism is “bad.” But they may not understand what excessive consumption looks like and how it affects their own lives or the world around them. The month of Ap

Marijuana Addiction Treatment: Medication Can Reduce Cravings

As the medical applications of marijuana become better known, and as more states have legalized both medical and recreational marijuana use, more people are likely to incorporate marijuana into their daily lives. But just because it’s legal, doesn’t mean it’s harmless. Cannabis abuse can lead to full-blown addiction, complete with cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Fortunately, it appears that cannabis use disorder may respond to some of the same medications used to combat alcohol addiction, incl

These 5 Medications for Alcoholism Can Help You Control Your Drinking

If giving up alcohol or reducing alcohol consumption was always just a matter of willpower, more people would probably succeed at it. But “white-knuckling” your way to sobriety or moderation often fails; there’s a host of complex psychological and biochemical forces working against you. Medication, however, can play a valuable role in aiding your efforts to assume more control over your health and lifestyle. Here we look at five medications for alcoholism, examining how and why they work and the unique benefits of each one.

How to Help an Alcoholic? Here are 4 Ways.

If your family member or close friend is caught in the clutches of alcohol addiction, you may not know how to help. How do you interact with them? What kinds of treatment options are out there? And how active a role can—or should—you play in the process? While each individual case of alcohol addiction may have its own unique circumstances, there are certain rules of thumb you can count on to help you provide the right kind and degree of support. Let’s examine four sensible rules for how to help an alcoholic.

St. Patrick’s Day: Why the Holy Holiday Is All About Drinking

Millions of Americans discover their Irish side every March 17. That’s when St. Patrick’s day is officially celebrated, most often with the aid of alcoholic beverages to get the party started. But why does this holiday always seem to involve getting drunk and losing control—and how can you regain some of that control for this year’s festivities? Let’s explore the odd, sometimes troubling relationship between this religious feast day and drinking, along with some ways you can celebrate more responsibly.

Avoiding Alcohol Withdrawal: How to Curb Your Drinking Safely

Maybe you drink too much, or at least you drink more than you want to be drinking. But what dangers await you if you simply lock your liquor cabinet and throw away the key? If you drink heavily or habitually, cutting off your alcohol consumption can have disastrous effects. These effects are known as alcohol withdrawal. Let’s examine the risks of this approach and look at some safer strategies for controlling your drinking habits.

Women Are Drinking More and "Mommy Wine Culture" May Be to Blame

Ever since the first National Women’s Day in February of 1909, this time of year has provided an opportunity to draw attention to women’s issues, concerns, and achievements. As we look forward to International Women’s Day on March 8, it makes sense to look at a growing phenomenon that has serious health implications for half of the human population. That phenomenon is binge drinking and alcoholism, and it’s on the rise among women.

Am I an Alcoholic? 4 Signs You're Drinking Too Much.

Battling alcoholism is hard for a lot of people. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about 16 million Americans have an alcohol use disorder, or AUD. If you noticed you’ve been drinking more than usual or that friends or family are commenting on your drinking habits, you may worry that you’re an “alcoholic.” But not everyone who likes to drink is an alcoholic; it takes more than just depending on alcohol as a way to unwind after work.

Discussing “The Abstinence Myth” with Dr. Adi Jaffe

How does someone go from a meth addict, to a Ph.D. in psychology, to a mental health professional intent on radically changing the way his peers treat addiction? To answer those questions and more, I spoke with Dr. Adi Jaffe, who recently published a book on bucking the “abstinence myth” in addiction treatment. You can watch our full interview below or read a transcript of it, which has been lightly edited and condensed.

The Sinclair Method Reviews: “It Totally Works”

The Sinclair Method, or TSM, is pretty simple—just take a dose of FDA-approved naltrexone one hour before the start of a drinking session to significantly reduce alcohol cravings. You can learn more about it here. And while TSM doesn’t work for everyone, it’s proven extremely effective for a lot of people. We recently surveyed Reddit and Facebook users to get their take on TSM and how it’s worked for them.

Alcohol-Related Cirrhosis Is Killing More Young People—But There's Hope

Cirrhosis deaths have grown significantly in recent years, and experts cite alcohol as a major cause of these fatalities. That’s according to a recent study published in the journal BMJ. The number of deaths linked to liver disease increased by 65 percent from 1999-2016. Moreover, adults aged 25-34 experienced the largest relative increase in mortality. Deaths rose in all but one state—Maryland—in the study’s timeframe.

Online Alcohol Treatment: Why Patients Prefer Telemedicine

Imagine coming down with the flu and being able to webcam with your doctor, even when you’re at work or on the go. It’s possible with telemedicine. And with Ria Health, the same thing is possible for people who want to regain control over their drinking. Why go to a doctor’s office or to a 12-step meeting when you can get online alcohol treatment? With telemedicine, physicians can meet with, diagnose, and treat patients remotely.

Want to Protect Your Brain? Mind Your Drinking Habits

Among all the major organs of the body, the brain is uniquely irreplaceable. While artificial devices and medications might fill in for an ailing pancreas or kidney, for example, there’s no artificial substitute that can do your thinking for you. Nor is the brain replaceable via organ transplant (outside of science-fiction movies). That’s why you need to understand what excessive alcohol consumption might be doing to your brain—and control your drinking so you can enjoy many more years of mental clarity and function.

What Is the Sinclair Method for Alcohol Addiction?

If you’re struggling to drink “normally,” but don’t want to quit drinking altogether, you should know that abstinence isn’t the only option. There’s also the Sinclair Method. The Sinclair Method can significantly reduce your drinking without requiring you to quit cold turkey. Although the treatment hasn’t gained much traction in the U.S. yet, it’s affordable, can be done at home and—most importantly—it works.

5 Reasons Moderate Drinking May Be a Better Goal than Abstinence

Alcohol abuse affects millions of people, a lot of whom want to change their drinking habits. But if you look around, you’ll find that most treatment programs—like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and rehab facilities—only promote complete abstinence. What a lot of people don’t know, however, is that, thanks to scientific breakthroughs of the last few decades and programs like Ria Health, they can choose to drink moderately.

Struggling with Alcohol Dependence? Don’t Go to AA, Go Online

We live in an age of informational self-empowerment. When you want the answer to a pressing question or problem, where do you look first? Many of us turn to the web for helpful tips, solutions, and guidance. And it helps if we know and trust the authenticity and usefulness of that information. Today, we can even have virtual consultations with skilled, experienced medical practitioners, a phenomenon known as telemedicine.
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