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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.

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.

Can Psychedelic Experiences Cure Alcohol Addiction?

A new study hints at a novel and promising treatment for alcohol use disorder.

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.

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.

Reimagine Your Relationship to Alcohol

Here are some suggestions to help you navigate your relationship with alcohol or bring it to an end.

Can Medicine Help with Alcohol Use Disorder?

Few people know that medications are available to treat alcohol use disorder, the term for the condition that's been called alcoholism and alcohol abuse.

Effective Treatments for Alcohol Use Disorders

Thanks to years of research, doctors and health professionals now have a full menu of options to treat alcohol use disorders.

Ketamine Shows Potential as a Treatment for Alcoholism

Ketamine, a hallucinogenic drug that has already shown promise as a treatment for brain disorders such as depression, may also be effective at treating alcoholism, according to researchers at Columbia University.

Binge Drinking for Teens and Over-65S ‘Harms Brain Health’

Experts have pin-pointed three key time periods in life when the effects of alcohol are likely to have their greatest impact on brain health.

Dry: A New Treatment for Alcoholism Defies the Recovery Movement

A new treatment for alcoholism defies the recovery movement.

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