Category: Alcoholism


I found this article to be very interesting!! It talks about how immaturity may play a role in alcohol abuse into adulthood.



Of the many things that long-term alcohol addiction can steal — careers, lives, health, memory — one of its most heartbreaking tolls is on relationships. Alcoholics, researchers have long known, have a tendency to misread emotional cues, sometimes taking offense when none was intended, failing to pick up on a loved one’s sadness, joy, anger or disappointment.

Because I can speak about this issue from personal experience, I think that it is important for everyone to read. If you are dealing with someone who has or had a drinking problem one can understand the toll it takes not only on the addict, but everyone they’re around. I found this article that talks about alcohols ability to disrupt ability to read emotions and condict relationships.

Some issues that may arise in relationships between alcoholics and others include, financial problems, violence, communication problems, and poor judgment. I have personally seen some of these problems arise in the relationship that I previously had with my father, who is now a recovering alcoholic. Alcohol can truly tear people apart and ruin their relationships in the future, because when an alcoholic says that they have gotten better, the other person may not believe them and may not want to deal with the issues that they once had.


Alcohol abuse among adolescents is becoming a popular epidemic. It is proven that most teens have experimented with either drugs or alcohol starting at a very young age. Below I have posted some recent news articles that relate to underage alcohol abuse.

This article discuses the increasing risk of drunk-driving accidents involving young women.

This article discusses how alcohol in movies promotes underage drinking.

This article discusses how ‘tweens’ just say maybe to cigarettes and alcohol.

This article discusses how most teens have experimented with drugs or alcohol.


I was thinking about some of the confusion regarding the different terms used to refer to those that drink. Some of these terms include problem drinkers, social drinkers, and high-functioning alcoholics. However, although people may think these terms are the same, they are not and all describe a different level of alcoholism.

Social Drinker- individuals who drink in low-risk patterns. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), “low-risk” drinking for females consists of no more than 7 drinks per week and no more than 3 drinks per sitting. For males, it consists of no more than 14 drinks per week and no more than 4 drinks per day.

Problem Drinker- individuals that display clear differences between their drinking habits and those of alcoholics. In fact, according to the NIAAA, 72% of people have a single period of heavy drinking that lasts 3-4 years and peaks at ages 18-24 (typically occurs during the college years) that they phase out of. When problem drinkers are given sufficient reason to cut back on their drinking (ie, have a negative drinking consequence, debilitating hangover, becomes a parent), they are able to self-correct and return to drinking in a low-risk manner.

Alcoholics/High-functioning alcoholics- may be given countless reasons to cut back on their drinking but they are unable to permanently cut back on their drinking. Alcoholics may have occasions where they drank in a low-risk manner, but they inevitably return to their alcoholic drinking patterns. High-functioning alcoholics (HFAs) in particular tend to minimize their drinking by falsely labeling it as a “problem” or as “heavy” drinking because they often do not believe that they fit the stereotype of the typical alcoholic. However, what defines an alcoholic is a person’s relationship to alcohol and not how they appear to the outside world in terms of their personal, professional or academic life.



I found this article in the New York Times and it is talking about how alcohol played a part in the death of singer, Whitney Houston. However, because there were numerous drugs involved in her death, the alcohol receded from the focus, which it too often does. I think this is a very valuable article for all to read because although some people may think that alcohol does not do as much harm as other drugs, when used at the right time and place and in-taking the right amount, it can ultimately cause death.


I found this video that was posted a little over a month ago on YouTube. It discusses a US shelter that uses alcohol to combat alcoholism. I thought it was very interesting and something I have never heard of.


These are just a few questions one can ask themselves if they think they are on the verge of being an alcoholic:

1. Are people close to me complaining about my drinking?

2. Am I drinking before I go out to social events to get a “head start”?

3. How much time am I spending drinking alone?

4. How often am I nursing a hangover?

5. Is the time I spend drinking interfering with more important things I should be taking care of?


In relation to the previous poll, there is a significant difference between men and when who consume alcohol. Here is a short list of facts regarding women and alcohol.

-Women absorb alcohol into the bloodstream faster and metabolize it slower than men.

-Women who drink regularly are at significantly greater risk for liver damage than men even if they drink less or drink for a shorter period of time.

-Women develop alcoholic liver disease after a comparatively shorter period of heavy drinking and at a lower level of daily drinking than men.

-Proportionately more alcoholic women die from cirrhosis than do alcoholic men.

-The odds of women experiencing sexual aggression were nine times higher on heavy days of alcohol consumption compared with days of no alcohol consumption.

-A growing body of literature shows that substance abuse among women and the issues surrounding their abuse differ from that among men.3




Although many people may think that alcohol mainly affects the liver, there are other body parts that alcohol can affect tremendously. The link below discusses the various affects of alcohol and also talks about how alcohol can be damaging to the heart. Hope you all take time to read it and understand the dangers of such an addiction.


I chose this topic because it is something that was in my family for numerous years. My Dad suffered from alcoholism for nearly 30 years and is now clean and sober, living a healthy lifestyle; however, through his alcoholic years, he not only brought himself down, but all those around him as well. Through this time I learned alot about the disease and what it does not only to the person who is drinking, but to their family and friends as well. It is important to always stay positive and know that things with change with the proper treatment and encouragement.   Posting some of the more dangerous and unhealthy things that come about from alcohol may deter some people from engaging in the behavior.  With this blog, I hope to keep everyone informed of the more recent information and news, post statistics, and post discussions and polls about alcoholism. Stay tuned for more interesting information and news concerning alcohol abuse!