Dry January: 5 benefits of giving up alcohol for entire month

Dry January: 5 benefits of giving up alcohol for entire month

For millions across the globe, the month of January not just signifies the beginning of a brand new year, but also a monthlong break from alcohol consumption. The practice of ‘Dry January,’ an annual tradition that involves abstaining from alcohol for the entire month of January, brings along with it many benefits. While the reasons may vary, most people participating in the event to leverage numerous benefits, like fewer drinking bouts, proper sleep, improvement in skin and huge savings. Read more

SantaCon brings alcohol ban on LIRR trains during weekends

SantaCon brings alcohol ban on LIRR trains during weekends

Christmas is around the corner and people are busy preparing to make the festival joyous. In the run-up to the Christmas, many enjoy SantaCon — the annual pub-crawl thronged by thousands of Santa Claus lookalikes who come together ahead of the festival. Thousands of ‘Santas’ have been parading across the cities since the event started on December 9.

To ensure the safety of the participants and to maintain orderly travel, the U.S. Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) imposed a temporary alcohol ban on all Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) trains during the event over the weekends. The 24-hour ban prohibited any Santa traveling to Manhattan for the event from consuming or carrying alcohol during their transit. Read more

NCAA hopes to reduce alcohol abuse by educating student athletes about its consequences

NCAA hopes to reduce alcohol abuse by educating student athletes about its consequences

Drinking on the campus has become a ritual among college students. In fact, it is widely considered as a rite of passage into adulthood. The college students jump into this ritual without a second thought to the dangerous consequences. Many students already come with prior experience in drinking and the college environment only serves to exacerbate the problem. Read more

Combination of moderate alcohol consumption and moderate sleep restriction lead to greater drowsiness

Combination of moderate alcohol consumption and moderate sleep restriction lead to greater drowsiness

The indulgence in alcohol and lack of sleep are the main causes of motor vehicle accidents that result in grave injuries or fatalities to both the person on the steering wheel and people on the road. Since driving involves complex behaviors, such as motor control, cognitive processing and visual attention, even moderate alcohol consumption (within the legal limits of driving) can prove disastrous when combined with moderate sleep restriction that triggers drowsiness. Read more

Foods that help reduce alcohol cravings

Foods that help reduce alcohol cravings

Hitting a bar after long hours of work seems tempting to most of the people but for someone trying to quit alcohol, this might be very challenging. Accompanying friends to the bar when one is trying to stay sober may result in acute withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Controlling the urge necessitates not only a strong will-power but also adopting life practices that are beneficial in the long run.

Keeping oneself engaged in meaningful pursuits, indulging in a hobby or joining a support group, practicing group therapies etc. are some of the ways by which one can improve during the recovery period. Along with these, food also plays a major role in helping a person keep his or her cravings under check and continue on the path to sobriety. Read more

Warning signs indicating alcoholism in partner

Warning signs indicating alcoholism in partner

Alcohol is a legal substance in nearly all countries and is a socially accepted beverage on almost all occasions. Therefore, it becomes almost near to impossible to avoid drinking and developing alcohol-related problems. It is quite challenging to identify the signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction in a partner as drinking is legal and getting drunk is largely acceptable and even condoned in many societies and cultures.

In the United States, alcohol has gained a strong foothold in nearly every social event, such as New Year’s Eve parties, sporting events, college get-togethers, birthday bashes, etc. Under these circumstances, it is easy to overlook the red flags of alcohol addiction. In the entire spirit of celebrations, one steadily becomes dependent on alcohol. Read more

Getting to understand alcohol myopia

Getting to understand alcohol myopia

“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.”

­F. Scott Fitzgerald

The American novelist and short story writer, probably, knew how alcohol provides a temporary relief from loneliness and painful memories, but, eventually, puts reputation, reasoning and life at considerable risk. Besides causing a host of health problems, excessive consumption leads to a condition called alcohol myopia or shortsightedness. Drinking narrows the focus of a person in a way that one is able to process only some part of an information excluding important consequences or stimuli. Alcohol myopia is characterized by a person’s ability to only process clues in the immediate environment. Read more

Getting to organize a teen party sans alcohol

Getting to organize a teen party sans alcohol

Alcohol is the most widely abused substance among the youth in the United States, making them susceptible to a host of safety and health hazards. Underage drinking, a big problem in the U.S., can contribute to driving under the influence (DUI) offenses, crashes, serious injuries, violence, property damage and even death. Keeping these points in mind, parents of teenagers are in a fix whether to serve alcohol or not when they are hosting a teen party. Read more

Subtle signs of alcoholism that are easy to miss

Subtle signs of alcoholism that are easy to miss

As alcoholism is experienced in myriad ways, it has a different face for different people. Moreover, people avoid admitting the demonic side of drinking due to the underestimation of their challenges and problems. Read more

Is alcohol addiction a problem of willpower?

Is alcohol addiction a problem of willpower?

Those addicted to alcohol are believed to lack willpower. It is said that they can cure their addiction if they have a stronger willpower. On the contrary, it can cause more problems. There is a strong resemblance between the way the brain of a person who is highly attuned to his or her goals and a person who is compulsively addicted to alcohol functions. Both of them accord high priority to their objectives. If a person craves for a drink late at night, he or she will most likely brave the weather and time to crawl into some alley that is open all night and has a bootlegger selling alcohol. Such is the strength of strong determination. Read more