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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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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It’s usually in those bleary-eyed minutes after the overhead lights come on in the bar, when the clock hands are somewhere south of midnight but north of 6 a.m., that those of us who have a drinking problem start to consider just how bad it might be. If it’s the third or fourth or fifth…

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According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 15.1 million American adults, ages 18 and older, had what’s known as Alcohol Use Disorder. Based on 11 criteria regarding individual drinking habits, AUD can be classified as Mild, Moderate or Severe — the latter of which is what, in laymen’s terms, is considered…

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A good rule of thumb to keep in mind when it comes to determining whether an individual has a drinking problem: Those who don’t, don’t spend an inordinate amount of time wondering if they do. If your drinking concerns you, then it’s worth examining whether you may have a problem. There are varying degrees of…

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We live in a society awash in booze. Despite the inevitable taglines to “drink responsibly,” alcohol commercials permeate the airwaves. They’re splashed across colorful magazine spreads. They appear in online pop-up advertisements. And in each and every one, the laughter, the smiles and the jovial-looking individuals communicate a singular message: Life is better with a…

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