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Alcohol Addiction



Alcohol addiction can manifest in different ways, from daily consumption to infrequent but intense binge-drinking sessions. Having a need to consume alcohol, in whatever manner or form, is one of the biggest signs that we have a drinking problem. This shows that the circumstances around our drinking have created patterns in our brain that are very difficult to resist, and they must be resisted with intention and effort. But if we don’t have the tools and support we need to identify and circumvent those patterns—and address the challenges that were temporarily alleviated by the alcohol in the first place—we can become stuck in the nightmare of addiction.

If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.

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What We Get Wrong About “Alcoholism”

There are a lot of stereotypes and stigma surrounding alcohol that prevent both understanding and adequate care, and the spectrum of symptoms that alcohol use disorder can include is a lot more complicated than you might think.

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Alcoholics Anonymous: The Big Book

Many thousands have benefited from "The Big Book" and its simple but profound explanation of the doctrines behind Alcoholics Anonymous, which was founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith.

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Overcoming Alcohol Addiction

Are you ready to quit drinking or cut down to healthier levels? These tips can help you get started on the road to recovery.

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FindCenterNot all addictions are rooted in abuse or trauma, but I do believe they can all be traced to painful experience. A hurt is at the centre of all addictive behaviours. It is present in the gambler, the Internet addict, the compulsive shopper and the workaholic.

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Alcohol Dependence & Withdrawal

In this video, Dr Mike discusses how alcohol changes our brain and the specific neurotransmitters involved in dependence and withdrawal.

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This Naked Mind

This Naked Mind has ignited a movement across the country, helping thousands of people forever change their relationship with alcohol. Many people question whether drinking has become too big a part of their lives, and worry that it may even be affecting their health.

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Increase in Pleasurable Effects of Alcohol Over Time May Predict Alcohol Use Disorder

A first-of-its-kind study found that people who developed an alcohol use disorder did not seem to develop a tolerance to its pleasurable effects—contrary to prevailing theory.

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FindCenterIt is impossible to understand addiction without asking what relief the addict finds, or hopes to find, in the drug or the addictive behaviour.

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Alcohol Withdrawal Explained

Today’s educational video will discuss Alcohol Withdrawal. Alcohol withdrawal is what occurs to the mind and body when someone has developed a tolerance to alcohol and decides to stop drinking or cut back on their drinking.

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The Difference Between Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Dependence

Until the publication of the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), substance issues were generally divided into abuse and dependence. The DSM-5 combines these categories into a single substance use disorder, measured on a continuum from mild to severe.

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