tagged w/ Alcoholism
The prophecy says:
- What is the hangover, this will be the New Year
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edn4dFP5OTYThe prophecy says: - What is the hangover, this will be the New Year... more
Alcohol is more dangerous for humans than crack or heroin, according to a surprising assessment by a British drug expert. Professor David Nutt's ranking system, reached by a panel of experts and published in the Lancet, ranked alcohol three times more harmful than cocaine or tobacco. Ecstasy causes one-eighth of the harm of alcohol, according to Nutt's system. The rankings were created when experts listed substances based on harm caused to users as well as harm to others, reports the BBC. The panel concluded that heroin and crack were the most harmful drugs to individuals, but alcohol, heroin and crack were the most harmful to others.
When the rankings were combined, alcohol topped the list as the most harmful over all. The rankings demonstrate that "aggressively targeting alcohol harms is a valid and necessary public health strategy," the Lancet authors conclude. The findings run contrary to the government's long-established drug classification system, and Nutt was booted last year from his job as national drugs chief because of his views. He then established an Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs to examine substance abuse issues.Alcohol is more dangerous for humans than crack or heroin, according to a surprising... more
A dark side to Victorian society existed, in part as a reaction to the emphasis on restraint of pleasure and social propriety. Victorian society saw a rampant, though covert, use and abuse of drugs and alcohol. Developments in medicine and science made drugs such as heroin, chloral, and laudanum available and widely prescribed. Often the result was addiction http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/recent-news/6055-victorian-england-drugsA dark side to Victorian society existed, in part as a reaction to the emphasis on... more
ScienceDaily (June 23, 2010) — Alcohol abuse is highly disruptive of circadian rhythms, and circadian disruptions can also lead to alcohol abuse as well as relapse in abstinent alcoholics. Circadian timing in mammals is regulated by light as well as other influences such as food, social interactions, and exercise. A new study of the relationship between alcohol intake and wheel-running in hamsters has found that exercise may provide an effective alternative for reducing alcohol intake in humans.
Results will be published in the September 2010 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research and are currently available at Early View.
"Alcohol abuse, characterized by routine craving for and consumption of alcohol as well as an inability to function normally without it, disrupts both the timing and consolidation of daily circadian rhythms -- when to sleep, eat, and mate -- driven by the brain circadian clock," explained J. David Glass, professor of biological sciences at Kent State University and corresponding author for the study. "With continual alcohol use, one may go to bed too early or late, not sleep across the night, and have an unusual eating regime, eating little throughout the day and/or overeating at night. This can lead to a vicious cycle of drinking because these individuals, in response, will consume more alcohol to fall asleep easier only to complain of more disrupted sleep across the night and additionally have a greater craving for alcohol."
In other words, said Alan M. Rosenwasser, professor of psychology at the University of Maine, chronic alcohol abuse and circadian disruption become reciprocally destructive and result in negative effects on physical and emotional health. "It is therefore very interesting that access to running wheels or other forms of voluntary exercise in animal experiments has emerged as a powerful environmental factor influencing brain health, circadian rhythms, and emotional well-being," he said.
Glass agreed, noting that exercise is important in the non-photic regulation of circadian timing. "Restricting animals from exercising," he said, "such as blocking access to a running wheel as we did in this study, had a significant stimulatory effect on alcohol consumption."
Glass and his colleagues tested for three things: the effects of wheel-running on chronic free-choice consumption of an alcohol (20% v/v) and water solution; the effects of alcohol consumption on wheel-running in alcohol-naïve hamsters; and the influence of constant light (LL) on both alcohol consumption and wheel-running behavior.
"In this study, we found that the more the hamsters ran, the less they consumed alcohol," said Glass. "The 'lazier' hamsters that did not run as much had a greater craving for and consumption of alcohol, suggesting that exercise may be an effective, beneficial, and non-pharmacologic treatment option for alcoholism."
"It seems that alcohol intake and voluntary exercise represent two forms of inherently rewarding behavior," added Rosenwasser, "and the rewarding effects of these two behaviors may partially substitute for one another. This finding suggests that the two behaviors are regulated by overlapping systems in the brain."
Glass agreed, noting that exercise appears able to alter the chemical environment of the brain in a manner similar to alcohol. "Dopamine is the primary chemical released within the brain in response to any type of reward, including exercise, drugs, food, and sex," he said. "For humans, exercise may be an effective, beneficial, and naturally rewarding substitute for any type of addiction. It may also reduce the risk of addiction in individuals who have a family history of it, in addition to significantly reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and mood disorders. But like all rewards, exercise should be used in moderation, and not interfere with an individual's normal daily functioning."
A second key finding was that hamsters that displayed greater sensitivity to the disruptive effects of constant light on circadian rhythms also craved alcohol less. "Thus, there may be an underlying genetic predisposition for alcohol dependence and abuse that is expressed under challenging circadian conditions," said Glass, "such as shift work, sleep problems or repeated jet-lag exposure."
"Several research groups have recently become interested in relationships between circadian clocks, exercise, and alcohol and drug abuse," said Rosenwasser. "In general, research in this area has shown that alcohol abuse can dramatically disrupt biological rhythms, that these disruptions can promote subsequent alcohol abuse, and that exercise is an important environmental factor influencing both circadian rhythms and alcohol drinking. These studies have opened several new directions for alcohol researchers, and raise the hope that circadian-based and/or exercise-based interventions may be developed for improved management of the serious and debilitating disorders associated with excessive drinking."
"Many members of the general public, and indeed, many medical professionals, continue to view alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction as character flaws and as failures of 'willpower,'" said Rosenwasser. "Findings such as these help put alcohol abuse disorders in a broader biological context, and show that both physiological and environmental factors contribute to excessive alcohol intake. Accordingly, these physiological and environmental factors will need to be addressed in order to effectively control alcohol abuse and other forms of excessive behavior."ScienceDaily (June 23, 2010) — Alcohol abuse is highly disruptive of circadian... more
Glastonbury, Bestival, the Big Chill, Latitude, Reading? Which wristband will you be flashing at friends and work colleagues this summer?
It's safe to say music festivals are now an established part of British summer time. There are 450 in the UK alone this year and more people are going to them than ever before, says Virtual Festivals UK.
They used to be about leaving the social snobberies and constraints of everyday life at the gate. The mud and general madness was a great social leveller. Banker or buddhist, everyone was in it together. Now many are sponsored by big corporate brands and money can buy you luxury unimaginable years ago - tipi with shower and double bed for £3,000 anyone?
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8692313.stmGlastonbury, Bestival, the Big Chill, Latitude, Reading? Which wristband will you be... more
“Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we oft might win, By fearing to attempt.” William Shakespeare
Living the recovered life offers us a second chance at life. In active addiction our fear ruled our lives.
http://www.rehabilitation-center.org/blog/faith-is-not-faith-without-doubt/“Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we oft might win, By fearing... more
Is it alcoholism or alcohol-wasm?
http://www.examiner.com/x-45992-Ft-Myers-Addiction-Examiner~y2010m4d27-What-is-alcoholismIs it alcoholism or alcohol-wasm?... more
Was the transformative "religious vision" that Alcoholics Anonymous founder Bill W. had brought about by a psychedelic drug?
Here's the story from the New York Times:
"Long before Mr. Towns touted his cure for alcoholism, belladonna (as well as henbane) was known to cause hallucinations. The hallucinations brought on by alcoholic delirium tremens tend to be a transmogrification of things the alcoholic is actually seeing or experiencing into a realm of sheer terror. A stray coil of rope may appear to be a poisonous cobra; a pattern on the wallpaper seems to transform into a poisonous spider. But they can also be tactile, like the sensation of insects crawling on the skin. Other hallucinations associated with alcohol withdrawal, or alcoholic hallucinosis, tend to be brief and involve hearing accusatory or threatening voices.
A few days later, a drunken Wilson staggered back into the Towns Hospital. There, his physician, William D. Silkworth, sedated him with chloral hydrate and paraldehyde, two agents guaranteed to help an agitated drunk to sleep, albeit lightly. This was especially important because the medical staff members had to wake patients every hour for at least two days to take the various pills, cathartics and tinctures of the belladonna regime.
Belladonna hallucinations, on the other hand, are typically based on recent discussions the person had but become far more fantastic. Many times, these visions appear to fulfill the wishes one might have had during the inspiring experience.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/20/health/20drunk.htmlWas the transformative "religious vision" that Alcoholics Anonymous founder... more
A deep look inside the lost soul of a homeless Alcoholic. A small skit of what it's like when you turn homeless, drunk, and lonely. The posibility of YOU turning LOSER is only a step away from being TRUE. Watch your back, and keep your chin up, it's not as bad as you think....A deep look inside the lost soul of a homeless Alcoholic. A small skit of what... more
What kid doesn’t like candy? Not many. Research has recently found that children who have an ‘extra’ sweet tooth may be at risk for depression or alcohol problems as an adult. Reports have pointed to particular kids who are interested in sugary treats more than normal – they might become an addict one day. Apparently, these same kids usually have a family member who has an alcohol problem or depression issues. What isn’t clear is whether or not the attraction to sweetness is because of a chemical difference or their upbringing. Researchers report that sweet taste-buds and alcohol ignite several of the same reward circuits in the brain.What kid doesn’t like candy? Not many. Research has recently found that children... more
A rural county in Wisconsin is using the Media Arts to engage kids in their own learning, educate their community on a local problem and promote activism towards health and wellness. This project is about Binge Drinking and parents' misperceptions about what is happening at teen parties. Binge drinking is the current rage, can lead to alcohol poisoning and become fatal. www.taprootinc.comA rural county in Wisconsin is using the Media Arts to engage kids in their own... more
The Rose is a facility that would seem to be meant for celebrity women but is actually for treating any women who need help with addiction, alcoholism, eating disorders, and underlying issues (ie. depression, trauma, anxiety)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WvbCtmjQUM&feature=relatedThe Rose is a facility that would seem to be meant for celebrity women but is actually... more
From the Article:
"Russia’s government has raised the price of vodka in an effort to combat alcoholism, beginning Friday, the day after New Year’s eve festivities, when Russians usually drink heavily.
The price of the cheapest half-litre vodka bottle will nearly double to a new minimum of 89 roubles ($2.95), according to Russia’s official alcohol regulator."
In the states raising prices for unhealthy or undesirable goods (think tobacco and petroleum) has garnered a change in behavior, both at the individual and societal level.
As governments everywhere are scrambling for revenue in these trying economic times, will this capitalist, American tactic work in Mother Russia?
Ya nei iznayu!
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/b2fd2c48-f6e0-11de-9fb5-00144feab49a.html?ftcamp=rss&nclick_check=1From the Article: "Russia’s government has raised the price of vodka in... more
Don’t like the taste of alcohol, but still want to get wasted? Take a pill!
http://forbezdvd.com/blog/2009/12/02/scientists-make-pills-that-can-get-your-drunk/Don’t like the taste of alcohol, but still want to get wasted? Take a pill!... more
Drug addiction clinics say they are becoming increasingly concerned by the health risks associated with the chemical -- the only known example of the body forming a third drug following the ingestion of two others.
For not only is cocaethylene toxic in the liver, it is also blamed for heart attacks in the under-40s and a surge in social problems. But because so little is known about the drug...
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/nov/08/cocaine-alcohol-mixture-health-risksDrug addiction clinics say they are becoming increasingly concerned by the health... more
A single mum was branded Britain's worst mother today after she left her four children home alone - so she could go on a 24-hour drinking binge.
The 22-year-old woman knocked back an entire bottle of wine even before she left her home for the drink-fueled tour of town centre bars and house parties.
The alarm was only raised when her eldest daughter was spotted hanging out of the window sobbing: 'Where's mummy?'
A worried relative broke into the house and found inside a one-year-old boy soaked in urine in his cot in a bedroom on his own.
A three-year-old girl had managed to dress herself and the most upset was the oldest girl.
The four-year-old had attempted to mix a feed for the youngest child, aged just three months, who was crying with hunger.
The youngest baby was in a travel cot with no blanket and was wet through and wearing a soiled nappy.
There was dried milk and sick all over his clothing.
He was said to be grey, docile and his forehead 'sunken.'
Police later arrived at the property in Blackburn, Lancs, to find it littered with empty beer cans and bottles
Today the mum, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the children, was warned by a judge she faced jail after she admitted four charges of child neglect.
Her case was adjourned at Preston Crown Court whilst a report by social services is prepared.
The children are now in care and the mum is only allowed supervised access.
After all the recent studies in child neglect & abuse how can this ever be excused, this creature left her own vunerable children to engage in an alcoholic/drug session. I will be waiting to see what the outcome of her case will be will we have yet another child service review the last five were not that helpful.
The UK needs to stop this now if a child is indeed at risk put them on the at risk registar straight away dont wait, if they need to be removed into care do so how can any child care professional sleep if we have another "Baby P" incident that they could have prevented just like his death.
Are children need our help & support let us not fail them again!.A single mum was branded Britain's worst mother today after she left her four... more
People with a spiritual orientation gain support and a connection while trying to overcome an addiction to drugs or alcoholPeople with a spiritual orientation gain support and a connection while trying to... more
It's been suggested that too much alcohol can lead to depression. Now, new research shows that too little can do the same...for Norwegians, at least.
Is there any food, drink or activity left that hasn't proven to be simultaneously good and bad for you? Does all of the conflicting information make you more careful about what you consume and do? Is moderation in all things the answer, and is a moderate life worth living? I'd say definitely, maybe. Somebody pass the aquavit and Twinkies while I think about it.It's been suggested that too much alcohol can lead to depression. Now, new... more