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5 Ways Your Drinking Affects Your Kids

Alcohol addiction doesn’t only affect you. It affects you family too, and especially your kids. It’s easy to forget that kids see the world differently from adults. Kids are dependent on their parents, so whatever you do becomes magnified. You may assume they don’t notice your drinking or don’t care, but they almost certainly do.Read More

Alcohol Doesn’t Kill Brain Cells But It Does Strip the Wires

A persistent myth about alcohol is that it kills brain cells. For the most part, this isn’t true. Decades of alcohol abuse may cause Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, which may cause cell death, but Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome is caused by thiamine deficiency. Alcohol causes poor absorption of thiamine, but it doesn’t directly kill brain cells. Alcohol can alsoRead More

5 Traits Common in People with Alcoholic Parents

Growing up with a parent who is addicted to alcohol or other drugs can be chaotic and stressful. Children don’t react to things the same way adults do. Behavior adults merely find obnoxious or irritating can frighten children. This is especially true of their parents’ behavior at home. For children, the kind of erratic, negligent,Read More

A Lesser Known Danger of Alcohol: Cancer

Most people know about the negative effects of alcohol. In the short term, it impairs your judgment, self-control, coordination, speech, and memory, which can lead to problems ranging from minor embarrassment to fatal car crashes. In the long term, alcohol can cause liver disease, cardiovascular disease, obesity, heart failure, and brain damage. There’s one majorRead More

Do I Need Therapy if I’m Already in AA?

AA and other 12 Step programs are free and abundant. Wherever you are in the world, there is probably a meeting not far away. As a result, 12 Step meetings are the only help many people get for addiction, and they often work. You might wonder whether 12 Step meetings are all you need toRead More

How Motivational Enhancement Therapy Can Help You Stop Drinking

Motivational Enhancement Therapy, or MET, is a therapeutic approach that tries to help people find their own internal motivation to quit drinking. One common impediment to sobriety is that people are often not sure whether they want to quit. This is perplexing to an outsider who sees how destructive the addict’s behavior is, but theRead More

Adult Children of Alcoholics

If you have struggled with addiction to alcohol or other substances, there’s a good chance you had a parent who did too. Addiction runs in families and having a parent who is an addict is a good predictor of future problems. Addiction is just one problem adult children of alcoholics frequently have. There is, inRead More

Can I Go to Al-Anon Meetings if I’m an Alcoholic?

Everyone knows AA meetings are for alcoholics and Al-Anon meetings are for their families. In reality, though, that distinction isn’t always so clear. If you are an alcoholic, it’s likely someone else in your family is also an alcoholic. That might mean you grew up with an alcoholic parent or grandparent, or it might meanRead More

How Do I Know if I’m an Alcoholic?

We live in a drinking culture and sometimes the line between drinking a little too much and having an actual problem is hard to define. If someone you know has expressed concern about your drinking or if you just feel like you’ve been hitting it a little too hard lately, here are some indications thatRead More

What is a “Functional Alcoholic”?

A “functional alcoholic” is someone who appears to live a normal, or even successful life despite having an alcohol use disorder. While the word “alcoholic” evokes an image of someone whose life is falling apart, that image is not always accurate. It might not even be mostly accurate. Alcohol addiction tends to develop more slowlyRead More