Category: Alcohol

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How Can I Help My Friend Stay Sober on July 4th?

We’ve all been there trying desperately hard to encourage our loved one—parent, friend, father, mother, sister, brother—to remain sober and enjoy their life of recovery. But it isn’t aways easy, especially when holidays come around. It’s so easy to assume that just because others enjoy alcohol on the holidays, our loved should be “able to … Read More

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

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

Can Alcoholism be Inherited?

Answer: Yes. There is convincing evidence that alcoholism can be passed along through the generations by way of a biologic pathway called genetic predisposition. These “addiction genes” are biological differences that may make someone more or less vulnerable to addiction. These genes may also be the ones that make it harder for some to quit or easier to … Read More

What Does Proof Mean In Alcoholic Beverages?

Question: What does proof mean when referring to alcoholic beverages? Answer: Proof is defined as twice the alcohol (ethanol) content by volume. For example, a whisky with 50% alcohol is 100-proof whiskey. Anything 120-proof would contain 60% alcohol, and 80-proof means 40% of the liquid is alcohol. What’s the History of Proof in Alcohol? The word proof came about … Read More