Overdose Awareness Day Targets Opioid Epidemic

Alcoholism - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 15:01

Recognizing that the overdose frequency in Santa Barbara County, and across the nation, is increasing at an alarming rate, Good Heart Recovery with host a free Overdose Awareness Day event 6-8 p.m. Aug. 31 at Leadbetter Beach. "Overdoses take the lives of those we love the most and it affects communities, families, individuals and loved ones," said Courtney Tracy, Good Heart Recovery executive director.

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Study on rising alcoholism called out

Alcoholism - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:11

A study asserting that the rate of alcoholism in the US had increased by more than 49% between 2001 to 2013 has been criticised for using allegedly compromised data to reach its conclusions, with a fellow federal study finding that alcoholism was in decline. n Jama Psychiatry that examined drinking patterns between 2002 and 2013 based on surveys of tens of thousands of American adults, the In that time period, overall alcohol use among adults increased from 65% to 72%, it said, with instances of high-risk drinking rising from 8.5% in 2001 to 12.7% in 2013 - a 49% increase - suggesting that nearly 30 million Americans now suffer from alcohol addiction.

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Alcohol May Become Problem For Weight-loss Surgery Patients

Alcoholism - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 07:55

One in five patients who undergo one of the most popular weight-loss surgical procedures is likely to develop problems with alcohol, with symptoms sometimes not appearing until years after their surgery, according to one of the largest, longest-running studies of adults who got weight-loss surgery. The finding - reported online in Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, the journal of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery -indicates that bariatric surgery patients should receive long-term clinical follow-up to monitor for and treat alcohol use disorder, which includes alcohol abuse and dependence.

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Why Do Stories of Change Inspire?

Alcoholism - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 03:10

A staple of self-help groups like Alcoholics Anonymous is that people who have been through addiction and alcoholism will tell their stories of their journey from how they "hit bottom" to their road to recovery. These stories are meant to inspire change in other members of the community, and they do seem to have that effect.

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Demi Lovato loves cigars

Alcoholism - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 22:39

The 'Sorry Not Sorry' singer - who checked into rehab in 2010 to be treated for bulimia, self-harm, and drug and alcohol abuse - has turned her life around and admitted her only weaknesses now are an occasional smoke on a "special occasion" and sometimes a can of Red Bull. She said: "I love cigars.

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Can drinking a little bit help you live longer?

Alcoholism - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 18:07

Having a little wine or beer to unwind most days may help lower the odds of a premature death as long as that drink or two doesn't routinely turn into more, a new study confirms. Researchers examined health survey data on more than 333,000 U.S. adults, following them for an average of about eight years to see how their drinking habits influenced their survival odds.

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Rescue Mission Fundraiser to Honor Denny Wayman

Alcoholism - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 13:28

The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission will hold its 16th annual fundraiser 2 p.m. Oct. 7. at Rancho Dos Pueblos estate on Saturday, This year's theme Bonjour Bayou - A Tour de France features a casual outdoor event. Denny Wayman will be honored with the Lni F Bland Award.

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Government's 'cashless welfare' program has reduced alcohol abuse in...

Alcoholism - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 08:53

The Government has introduced two key bills into Parliament this morning on the eve of a fortnight's break - one to increase the Medicare levy to help pay for the national disability insurance scheme; the other, legislation allowing the roll out of the Coalition's so-called 'cashless welfare card' into new communities. The system, currently being trialled in Ceduna in South Australia and in East Kimberley in Western Australia, quarantines 80 per cent welfare payments for food and other essential items so it can not be used to buy alcohol or fund gambling.

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Church offers addiction recovery

Alcoholism - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 04:24

The Grove Church offers a Celebrate Recovery 12-step study for recovering addicts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at its Kingston location. Officials considered expanding to the Lenoir City campus, but that will be determined at a later date.

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The UK's Normalised Alcohol Problem

Alcoholism - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 00:02

Hospital admissions due to alcohol related problems are extremely high as excessive, episodic underage drinking is still prevalent in many parts of the country. In addition, a rise in young people applying for university paired with the unhealthy university drinking culture equals bad news for the UK's alcohol problem.

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Women Who Love Wine: Are You Binge-Drinking Without Realizing It?

Alcoholism - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:48

This thinking may help explain the findings of a new study that points to an increase in drinking among adults in the U.S., especially women. "We found that both alcohol use and high-risk drinking, which is sometimes called binge-drinking, increased over time," says Deborah Hasin , a professor of epidemiology at the Columbia University Medical Center and an author of the study.

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Another Study Suggests Drinkers Live Longer, But We Still Don't Know Why

Alcoholism - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:40

It's well known that too much alcohol can harm your health and even cause death, but a new study indicates that a little bit of booze may actually prevent early death. The exact reason isn't clear, but researchers said their findings still don't give you a reason to binge.

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Sarah Harding 'drinks too much' and 'hides wine' says CBB housemate...

Alcoholism - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:20

The Ex on the Beach star, who was the third person to be evicted from the Celebrity Big Brother house last night, didn't hold back when the subject turned to the Girls Aloud singer. Speaking to the spin-off show Bit on the Side to host Rylan Clark-Neal, Jordan said, " Sarah is as fake as they come.

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One glass of wine glass of wine a night can make you live longer, finds study

Alcoholism - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:57

A glass or two of wine every evening could cut your risk of developing various life-shortening diseases and illnesses by 25 per cent, a US study has found. It claims that those who regularly consume moderate amounts of alcohol lessen the likelihood of early death and developing cardiovascular disease.

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Thousands of urban overdose deaths linked to shocking increase of fentanyl in drug supply

Alcoholism - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 04:44

Art Gutierrez, 42, left, sits at a storefront in July, as another man sleeps on the sidewalk in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Fentanyl has been creeping into the heroin supply there, leading to a rise in overdoses.

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One in eight Americans is an alcoholic: study

Alcoholism - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:30

Nearly 13% of American adults - roughly 30 million - meet the criteria for alcoholism, as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders . The study, conducted from 2012-2013, surveyed 36,309 people and found that alcohol use disorder - aka alcoholism - rose by 49.9% since a previous study from 2001-2002.

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America's Drunk History: An Interview with Christopher M. Finan

Alcoholism - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 20:11

The Fix Q&A with Christopher M. Finan, author of Drunks: An American History , on our nation's history of alcoholism , recovery and AA. The origin story of America is typically told as a fight for freedom.

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Nuclear plant guard fired over drinking, paranoia can't have his job back, U.S. court says

Alcoholism - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 17:46

A federal appeals court have refused to reinstate a nuclear power plant guard who was fired after being diagnosed with alcohol and mental health issues. A federal appeals court have refused to reinstate a nuclear power plant guard who was fired after being diagnosed with alcohol and mental health issues.( An armed guard at a Pennsylvania nuclear power plant who was fired over alcohol abuse and mental health issues that blossomed into paranoia has failed to convince a federal appeals court panel he deserves to get his job back.

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This app uses an innovative technique to get people to feel...

Alcoholism - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 13:14

The app lets users be as anonymous as they want, even letting them pixelate their face and have an auto-generated username. Huddle is aimed at those suffering from addiction and mental health issues, but users can create support groups around anything from women's issues to being HIV positive.

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Gambling addiction health issues spike among SA women

Alcoholism - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:53

The South African Responsible Gambling Foundation said gambling addiction takes a shorter time to set in among women, as compared to their male counterparts. "This is typical of the condition, which is most often accompanied by other disorders.

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