Category: Drinking

Alcohol and Drug Use

Alcohol and drug use remain a problem for individuals, their loved ones and society at large as its harmful effects impact everyone. The problems that alcohol and drug abuse create can be divided into three categories: Physical problems, psychological problems and social problems. The physical problems range from various illnesses and diseases such various…

February 29th, 2012

How to Stop Drinking. Part One

If you or someone you know has asked the question: “How to stop drinking?” it can safely be assumed that the need to stop drinking is a very real one. Non-alcoholic drinkers that don’t abuse alcohol and have no problems with their drinking don’t find themselves wondering how to stop drinking alcohol. Let’s burrow…

June 23rd, 2011

Recovery from Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse is a very serious condition that is characterized by drinking too much alcohol despite the negative consequences.  Perhaps it’s yourself you’re concerned about? Perhaps a loved one’s drinking has turned a corner and is now detrimental to the family and the drinker’s career, finances or health. Whoever’s now abusing alcohol, recovery from alcohol…

May 2nd, 2011

How to Stop Drinking Alcohol

The sad reality is that many people do not know how to stop drinking alcohol even though alcohol abuse is causing real problems in their lives. There are many competing voices each claiming to have found some sort of “cure” or alcoholism treatment program that is better than all the others. Truth be told, however,…

January 29th, 2011

To Quit Drinking Alcohol or To Cut Down Gradually?

If you’re a heavy drinker and wondering whether you need alcohol addiction counselling to quit drinking altogether or whether it’s better to cut down gradually, and perhaps not even stop drinking entirely, here are a few issues to consider. A number of people who abuse alcohol are able to cut down on their alcohol consumption and successfully return to…

January 24th, 2011

An Alcoholic Rhinoceros in the Sitting Room

The beginning of alcoholism recovery is the acknowledgment of a problem.  Two people are sitting in the living room with a rhinoceros. They both stare at the huge beast. The one guy turns to the other and says, “Sshhhh, don’t tell. This is our secret. There’s a rhino in our sitting room but if we…

January 21st, 2011

Helping or Enabling an Alcoholic?

Friends and family often attempt to “help” an alcoholic, yet they can end up making it easier for the alcoholic to continue their drinking and everyone stands by helplessly watching the illness progress. Although they are desperate to help the person with an addiction to alcohol to stop drinking, they are also trying to keep…

January 14th, 2011

Unhealthy Roles in Alcoholic Families

In Practical Help for Families of Alcoholics we looked at how alcoholism is a family illness that needs us to change our behaviour to assist the alcoholic in beginning to accept treatment and recovery.  In this article we look at the unhealthy roles that we can play in alcoholic families and how these can ‘enable’ the…

January 4th, 2011

Overcoming Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol addiction is a terrible affliction that doesn’t receive much in the way of sympathy from the general populace. People are very quick to judge, saying that the alcoholic brought it on themselves, and that the only thing standing between them and a complete recovery from alcoholism is their own lack of willpower. Yes, it…

November 7th, 2010

Alcoholism Symptoms – Part 1

Recognising the symptoms of alcoholism is vital to diagnosing and accessing appropriate treatment and recovery. Many people believe that alcoholism symptoms are more than obvious but unless you’re a trained alcohol and addictions counsellor, recognising the difference between someone who may be drinking heavily from the alcoholic whose drinking has progressed to the point that…

November 3rd, 2010

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