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December 10, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Seven Tips To Stay Sober This Holiday Season

December 10, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Here are some sobering statistics. According to a survey of 1000 Americans, 47 per cent of men and 40 per cent of women binge drink more on New Year’s Eve than during any other holiday. In a study done by Alcohol Monitoring Systems, though they were fully aware that they were being monitored, over 450,000 DUI offenders still drank 33 per cent more between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Why is it so hard to stay sober during the holidays? [More]

September 3, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Why Is It So Hard For Alcoholics To Stop Drinking?

September 3, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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While you may certainly have heard of alcoholism, perhaps less so about alcohol use disorder (AUD). According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, AUD is a relapsing brain disease that is chronic involving the loss of control of alcohol intake. Alcoholism is a non-medical term and what most people use to describe AUD. Knowing the detrimental effects of drinking can have on one’s life, what drives someone suffering from AUD to continue to drink? That’s what researchers of a new study published in eNeuro wanted to find out. [More]

January 6, 2015
by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C.

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The Intersection of Genetics, Mental Illness, and Stigma

January 6, 2015 07:55 by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C.  [About the Author]

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As our understanding of the biological and genetic factors that contribute to the development of these disorders, it becomes easier to see these behavioral health disorders as real diseases—like diabetes or heart disease, which can also run in families. But, how might our relatively recent increased understanding of genetics and biology impact how people with mental illness are perceived and treated in our society? Will this understanding help to decrease stigma, or will it further fuel stigma for people living with behavioral health disorders? [More]