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Ten Signs of Binge Drinking: How Much Is Too Much?

10 sings of binge drinking

There are a lot of terms associated with the consumption of alcohol, but not all of them equate to alcoholism. Binge drinking, in fact, is considered a “serious but preventable public health problem,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite the popular association of alcoholism with alcohol over-indulgence, “most people who binge…

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Ten signs you may be drinking too much

Lush. Rummy. Stewbum. Tosspot. Drunkard. Alcoholic. They all amount to the same thing: colloquial descriptions of an individual who suffers from Alcohol Use Disorder, or AUD. Medically, AUD is defined as “problem drinking that becomes severe … a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive alcohol use, loss of control over alcohol intake, and a…

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Ten signs you may be addicted to opioids

signs you may be addicted to opioids

In 2012, medical professionals dispensed more than 255 million prescriptions for opioids. That came to 81.3 prescriptions for 100 people — a mind-boggling amount that had steadily increased over a six-year period, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Although those numbers have declined since then, the prescribing rates remain high — 58.7 per…

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YUCK MOUTH: Alcohol is doing what to my body?!?

Alcohol Is Doing What To My Body?!? Just in case you need another reason to examine whether you might have a drinking problem, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper published a story last year detailing how “heavy drinkers may actually experience higher levels of ‘bad’ bacteria in their mouths, including bugs linked to gum disease, heart disease…

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Ten signs you may be addicted to benzos

It’s pharmaceutical title is innocuous enough, but Alprazolam doesn’t roll off the tongue as easily as some of the other street names for Xanax. Footballs. Xannies (or Zannies). Totem poles. Handlebars. Z Bars. They’re all interchangeable terms for the prescription drug that’s the most recognizable of the benzodiazepine family, and one of the most commonly…

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Ten signs you may be an addict

signs you may be addicted to opioids

So check it out: Addiction is recognized as a disease, but the official diagnosis is called a “substance use disorder.” According to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, “Substance use disorders occur when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes clinically significant impairment, including health problems, disability, and failure to meet…

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Ten signs you may have a substance abuse problem

On its surface, the definition of substance abuse seems fairly straightforward: “Overindulgence in or dependence on an addictive substance, especially alcohol or drugs.” When it comes to a self-diagnosis, however, there’s a lot of prevarication. The idea of dependence on a drug, to the point of abuse, is terrifying — because acknowledging the problem means…

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