Maintaining Sobriety During Halloween

Maintaining Sobriety During Halloween

Tips and Tricks for those in Recovery This Halloween Halloween was once a holiday dedicated to candy and costumes, today it has become one of the biggest drinking days of the year.  For those in recovery, Halloween can present some difficulties.  At every corner is a place advertising an alcohol-infused evening or a house party where alcohol is one of the main beverages.  Preventing relapse during these times can be overwhelming, but it is achievable.  With some planning and understanding of your specific triggers you can get through this and other holidays without any issue.  Tip 1: Find a Sober Halloween Event.  Halloween does not have to be all about booze.  Many places and organizations gear their Halloween festivities to children.  Few people get the day after Halloween off from work, so many places recognize that a hangover is not ideal.  Haunted Houses and amusement parks usually have separated alcohol...

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Can You Be Allergic to Alcohol?

Can You Be Allergic to Alcohol?

Understanding Alcohol Allergies and Alcohol Intolerance A person can be allergic to alcohol but the actual occurrence of it is somewhat rare.  What is more likely is that someone has developed an alcohol intolerance or that they are allergic to something in alcoholic beverages.  According to Healthline, some potential allergens in alcoholic beverages include: Wheat Barley Rye Hops Yeast Grapes As with any food allergy, the reaction can range from mild to severe if the substance is swallowed.  Depending on the severity of the allergy and the amount ingested a person could experience a number of symptoms.  In rare cases, a food allergen, whether it is alcohol or an ingredient in the alcoholic drink can cause death.  Anaphylaxis, which can occur within minutes of ingesting an allergen, occurs when your body goes into shock, narrowing your airways and preventing you from breathing. It is uncommon for an alcohol allergy to...

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Does Alcohol Use Disorder Run in Families?

Does Alcohol Use Disorder Run in Families?

Do Genetics Make It More Likely that A Person Will Have AUD? Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) is a problem affecting millions of people across the United States.  Researchers have spent decades trying to determine if there are AUD risk factors such as a predisposition based on genetics.  The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has funded a study on genes that could influence a person’s susceptibility to AUD.  The study which started in 1989 has been focused on “identifying the specific genes that influence alcohol use disorder.”  In addition, NIAAA researchers have been studying the “interaction of genes and the environment” to help develop effective treatments. Researchers believe that genes undoubtedly play a role in whether a person will develop AUD, however the issue is complex.  Both genetics and a person’s environment may have an impact.  NIAAA’s Collaborative Studies on Genetics of Alcoholism (COGA) Study has worked with...

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Alcohol and Dementia

Alcohol and Dementia

How Heavy Drinking Can Increase Your Risk of Dementia and Alzheimer’s According to the UK Alzheimer’s Society “excessive alcohol consumption over a lengthy time period can lead to brain damage, and may increase your risk of developing dementia.”  It is well-established that heavy alcohol consumption can seriously impact the brain.  Heavy alcohol consumption over a long period of time has numerous health risks, both short- and long-term.  The impact prolonged heavy alcohol consumption has on the brain is not fully known, but scientists believe that it could do severe damage and may be a contributing risk factor for dementia and Alzheimer’s.  What is Dementia? Dementia is a broad term used to describe diseases or conditions which impact a person’s memory or ability to perform everyday tasks.  Alzheimer’s Disease is one of the most common causes of dementia.  Most people suffering from dementia experience memory loss, trouble speaking and an inability...

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Alcohol-Impaired Driving

Alcohol-Impaired Driving

Injuries and Deaths Related to Drinking and Driving According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Every day, 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.”  This means that every 50 minutes a person is killed in an alcohol-related accident.  Research shows that young people are more likely to be involved in an alcohol-related accident than older people particularly those between 25 and 34 years of age when their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was .08% or higher. Drinking and driving, even after consuming only a couple of alcoholic drinks, is dangerous.  According to the CDC, after consuming around 2 alcoholic drinks, you could experience some loss of judgment, decline in visual functions and decline in divided attention.  At just 3 alcoholic drinks a person is more likely to have difficulty steering and a reduced response to emergency driving situations.  This...

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