How Aware Are We That America Has a Drinking Problem?

In a recent article in The Atlantic entitled, “America Has a Drinking Problem,” author Kate Julian begins by pointing out alcohol consumption in the U.S. has risen steadily since 2000, and the longstanding societal effects of COVID-19 have shifted our nation’s drinking habits in the ‘more so’ direction. “(Prior to the pandemic) you might have…

Doctor introduces woman to drugs that are helpful with alcohol detox

Recent Study Indicates Benefits of Gabapentin for Alcohol Detox and Abstinence

A study published in March 2020 in the Journal of the American Medical Association – Internal Medicine[1] shows the use of the nerve pain reliever gabapentin—with brand names such as Neurontin, Gralise, and Horizant—may be helpful in treating people with acute alcohol withdrawal symptoms. The study’s results also demonstrated gabapentin is effective in promoting abstinence…

Facts to Consider Regarding Alcohol Detox if You Think You Have a Drinking Problem and Want to Quit

One of the primary symptoms of having an alcohol use disorder (*: see below for definition) is it tells us we don’t have a problem. Even when we reach for a bottle to “take the edge off.” Even when we lie to a loved one, employer or co-worker about our drinking. Even when we find…

A “Reality Check” for Healthcare Professionals Who May Actually Be High-Functioning Alcoholics – PART TWO

[Note to Reader: See “PART ONE” of this 2-part blog-post in the archives.] When a doctor, nurse or any other healthcare professional regularly drinks an unhealthy amount of alcohol, the fact that they’re sustaining some level of professional and personal success may inhibit them from acknowledging they have an alcohol abuse disorder and getting help…

woman using microscope to see genetic influence in alcohol use disorder

New Study Finds Genetic Influence in Alcohol Use Disorder

It is commonly held in modern science that a person’s genetics influence the risk of psychiatric disorders. But while genetic factors underlying addiction—i.e., alcohol and substance abuse disorder—clearly play an important role in the disease’s development, it can be hard figuring out the specifics of those factors in any given individual’s case (e.g., how does…