Monthly Archives: June 2012

What’s the Difference between Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Dependence?

Question: What is the difference between alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence? Answer: Alcohol abuse, in the simplest terms, is a pattern of excessive use of alcohol to the point of self-harm. You continue to drink even though adverse consequences–ranging from marital problems to DUIs–have occurred. An example would be frequent episodes of binge drinking, followed by … Read More

About the 12-Step Drawings

I was browsing Twitter today when I stumbled across a tweet from @TwelveDrawings. Having always been intrigued with art and drawing, I was instantly drawn to the tweet and soon found my way to And I found a treasure trove of encouragement and inspiration. Illustrating the 12 Steps The artist wishes to remain anonymous in the … Read More

Can Alcoholism be Predicted?

Question: Can you tell if somebody is going to be an alcoholic? Is alcoholism, like other diseases, predictable? Answer: James W. West, M.D. and author of The Betty Ford Center Book of Answers, says that while there may not be “absolute predictors,” there are “strong clues” as to whether or not a person will become an … Read More

Should We Use Alcohol to Increase Creativity?

Here’s one good reason you’re not an international pop star (besides the paparazzi of course)–being a musician could make you more vulnerable to alcohol addiction. Songwriters and artists often fall into a life-pattern of drugs and alcohol because they believe the substances get their creative juices flowing more easily. And recent theories argue that creative … Read More

What is Social Drinking?

Question: What is social drinking? Answer: Social drinking is very similar to moderate drinking. It could be defined as moderate drinking with friends or any other social setting such as parties, bars, or dates. Social drinking is not characterized by a loss of control. Generaly, social drinkers do not drink to chase after the “good feelings” that … Read More

I Am Your Addiction

This short, powerful essay explores our relationship with our addiction. I hate meetings. I hate your higher powers. I hate anyone who has a “program.” To all who come into contact with me, I wish you suffering and I wish you death. Allow me to introduce myself. I am the disease of addiction. I am cunning, … Read More