Tag Archives: Alcohol Abuse

Start the Talk With Your Kids About Drugs and Alcohol
It’s never too early to start talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol, and chances are your kids are already wondering about them. Our children are bombarded daily with images and ideas about drugs and alcohol. Whether through the grocery store, television commercials, friends, school, or even family members who take prescribed medications, our children are constantly being given ideas about these substances. With colorful prescription medications appearing like candy, flavored tobacco and alcohol products, and street drugs catching trendy nicknames, it can seem overwhelming to shield your children from the road to abusing drugs and alcohol. However, it is not too late ...

Expert Corner: How Do You Find the Motivation to Stop Drinking?
I’ve been an alcoholic for years now. I’ve had DUIs, been arrested, attended court-ordered AA and substance abuse therapy, among other awful consequences, but I just keep coming back. I’ve drank for years, but after I left the military, I really struggled. I was diagnosed with PTSD and have taken prescription benzos, but never abused them. It’s the drinking that spiraled out of control and hasn’t ever let go. Alcohol is like my best friend and my worst enemy. It has comforted me and ruined me. I don’t like who I am, but I don’t know how to live any ...

Elevate’s Dan Manson Explains: What Does Holistic Rehab Really Mean?
 How is holistic drug and alcohol treatment different from traditional rehab? Dan Manson, CEO of Elevate Addiction Services, recently discussed the answer with Ethan Bearman of KGO 810 radio on his weekly CEO Spotlight segment. Listen to The Entire Radio Interview, Or Read the Full Transcript Below: Removing Labels and Learning Who You Are Without Substances In response to Ethan’s question on what makes holistic rehab different, Dan points out the importance of removing labels and giving a person the opportunity to find out who they are without any substances in their system, legal or illegal. “Our goal is to remove labels entirely while ...

Does Alcohol Abuse Increase Cancer Risk?
Studies have shown that alcoholic beverages act as carcinogens, substances that naturally make body tissue more susceptible to cancer when consumed by humans. This research also notes that cancer risks are even greater when humans combine alcohol abuse with smoking cigarettes. The type of alcohol consumed had no effect on the outcome of the study, indicating that beer, wine and spirits are equally dangerous.   Several components found in alcohol are either known or suspected carcinogens, including nitrosamines, acetaldehyde, ethyl carbamate and aflatoxins. Likewise, carcinogenic arsenic compounds and asbestos are often found in alcohol. Many of these chemicals are safe on ...

The Facts About Men vs. Women and Alcoholism
Many of the physical differences between men and women are obvious, but one less visible physiological difference between men and women is how their bodies react to alcohol. How alcohol is metabolized, susceptibility to alcohol abuse and alcoholism, and even treatments for addiction can differ greatly based on the individual’s gender. Alcohol Metabolization Body composition plays a major role in explaining how men and women react to alcohol differently. Men typically have more muscle mass than women, which results in a larger volume of blood flow and the ability to dilute larger quantities of alcohol. Conversely, women exhibit less blood flow volume ...

How Alcohol Abuse Affects Bones, Increases Risk of Osteoporosis
Many people believe osteoporosis is only a problem for men and women over the age of 50, but the condition isn’t limited to seniors. While not all the risk factors for osteoporosis are controllable, there are many that can be influenced by diet and lifestyle.  That’s why it’s important for individuals of any age to learn more about osteoporosis and how to mitigate the potential risks. What Is Osteoporosis?  Osteoporosis is a bone disease characterized by a severe loss of tissue and a significant decrease in bone density. This gradual deterioration of the skeletal system makes bones easier to break, greatly increasing ...