Alcoholism

Drunk on Alcohol or High on LSD: How to Know the Difference

Drunk on Alcohol or High on LSD: How to Know the Difference

LSD is a psychedelic drug that is one of the most potent mood-changing chemicals available. This drug is sold in the following forms: Tablet Capsule Liquid Blotter paper Although LSD most commonly is ingested, it can also be sniffed and injected.1 LSD is a semi-synthetic drug made from a fungus called ergot, which is found on common grains, including rye.2 LSD interrupts the interaction between nerve cells and serotonin, a neurotransmitter that promotes positive feelings. This interaction triggers an altered state that begins within the first hour or two of taking the drug and can last up to 12 hours. […]

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How Much Alcohol Is Too Much?

Man at bar with shot of whiskey

By Wesley Gallagher A glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away – that’s what they say, right? Well, maybe that’s not the phrase, but one of the prevailing thoughts about alcohol is that one or two drinks per day is completely harmless. And in some cases, it’s thought to be good for you. Well, new research is showing that may not be the case. A recent meta-study published in The Lancet involving a total of 600,000 participants suggests that even low levels of alcohol are linked with earlier death, and drinking small amounts of alcohol may not have […]

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Is Alcoholism Genetic?

Mother confronting alcoholic son

Many things are handed down through families, from your dad’s blue eyes or your mom’s musical ability to your grandparents’ antique trunk or cherished set of China. But could alcoholism — or the genetic predisposition toward it — be something else you inherit? Scientists have long researched how significant a role genetics play in determining whether children and grandchildren are at risk of inheriting this destructive disease. And the answer, while still up for some debate, is as complex as the gene pool is deep. Is There an Alcoholism Gene? According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, […]

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How to Start the Intervention Process

Stanger, Coones, Plant, Westinghouse

By Patti Richards You see her sliding deeper and deeper into the abyss of her addiction. Each day brings some new disaster. Her job went first, and then money started disappearing. You’ve tried to cover her absence from family gatherings and the children’s events at school, but it’s getting harder and harder to make excuses. And just yesterday, the police called with the news that she was in the hospital after wrecking the car. You know that, if things don’t change, she won’t      survive. You’ve read about families holding interventions in cases like these but aren’t sure where to begin. […]

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Is There a Link Between Gastric Bypass Surgery and Alcohol Addiction?

Doctors performing surgery in operating room

By Jenni Deming If you’re considered medically obese — or have been at some point in your life — you know firsthand how cruel such a small word can be. At times, it feels like you’re no longer a person at all. You’re a health condition. But obesity isn’t a medical classification to you. It’s a personal label you’ve had to contend with for years. You know what it’s like to go to the doctor for a sinus infection and suffer through a condescending lecture on diet and exercise. You’ve felt the stabbing pain of airplane armrests digging into your […]

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