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What is Alcoholic Myopathy?

Often in recovery, a person will experience numerous physical and mental effects of alcohol abuse and alcoholism. The toxic effects of alcohol on the body and mind are well documented. Far more than lack of muscular coordination and other issues, there is a lesser known challenge called alcoholic myopathy. This is a debilitating condition thatRead More

How Does Alcohol Change the Brain?

What happens when alcohol enters the system and changes the brain makes a huge difference in how a person responds. Primarily, it is a depressant. Alcohol is also an indirect stimulant, and plays a few other roles. The brain chemistry of a person who is drinking shifts neurotransmitter levels, the chemical messengers that transmit signalsRead More

At Risk Occupations for Alcohol Use Disorder

Alcohol addiction is quite prevalent in the United States, with more than 17 million adults having an alcohol use disorder. There are many factors that contribute to developing an alcohol use disorder. Occupation is one of the factors that influence addiction and drug dependence. Whether it is on the job, during breaks, or before andRead More

This Brain Receptor May Block Alcohol Addiction

The activation of a specific receptor in the brain cells may ease certain alcohol withdrawal symptoms. This may help treat alcohol addiction for millions of people who struggle each year. Find out more about how this brain receptor works and why it can have such a positive impact on alcohol addiction. Brain Receptors The receptorRead More

Why Do Some People Start Using Drugs and Alcohol?

Some people who turn to alcohol or drugs to numb out turn away from the causes of their initial problems. Understanding why some use drugs and alcohol is a complex issue but one that is worth exploring as it can lead to answers of how people become addicted and how to best support their journeyRead More

What is a Teetotaler and How Does it Help My Recovery?

A teetotaler is someone who has vowed to completely give up all alcohol and substances in recovery. Society stigmatizes people who have addiction while at the same time seems to glamorize drinking, telling everyone how fun it is to go ‘out on the town. The moment a teen turns 21, they can drink legally, usuallyRead More

Who Gets to Decide Whether I am an Alcoholic or Not?

There are many questions and opinions about alcohol and addiction. Sometimes people are confused about consumption guidelines and wonder if they fall into the category of being a problem drinker who struggles with alcoholism. There are some clues and cues as to whether a person has a drinking problem. Drinking Habits Versus Addiction When aRead More