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Denial as a Coping Strategy for Alcoholism

Denial as a Powerful Symptom of Alcoholism  Chances are you likely have an idea of what coping is – we all have coping mechanisms we automatically use daily. But did you know that denial can keep you alive? Therapists and psychiatrists often talk of denial as if it is something terrible or unnatural. However often if you’re in denial, you’ll likely be trying to protect yourself by refusing to accept the truth about something terrible happening in your life. In the short term, denial can be a good thing as it can give you enough time to adjust to painful…

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10 Things I Don’t Miss About my Alcohol Addiction

Living an Alcohol-Free Life – Why It’s Better than Ever From feeling constantly angry and depressed to being permanently broke, my alcohol addiction caused a series of bad decisions that I will always regret. Only the other day, someone asked me if I missed alcohol. Almost a decade ago, I had my last drink after twenty years of drinking anything I could get my hands on. No, I didn’t miss drinking – sometimes, my depression tries to tell me that I’m happier with a bottle in my hand, but I know that’s not true. When I was drunk all the…

Understanding the pain of Alcohol Induced Panic Attacks

Understanding The Pain of Alcohol Induced Panic Attacks

Alcohol and Anxiety: Panic Attacks After or During Drinking Are you suffering from alcohol-induced panic attacks? More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling Consuming alcohol can trigger panic attacks, while others experience extreme nervousness after drinking. However, regular panic attacks induced by alcohol is a serious matter that can lead to addiction. If you start drinking and cannot always stop or predict the outcome, you might need professional help. Why does alcohol cause panic? Many stimulants, including alcohol, result in a relative rise in adrenaline and a delayed increase in noradrenaline concentration. Noradrenaline is a chemical produced naturally…

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Quiz: Could you have an alcohol abuse problem?

Alcohol Self-Assessment Test Are you concerned that you might be drinking too much alcohol? Have you asked yourself “am I an alcoholic?” This self-evaluation for an alcohol use disorder will screen you for symptoms of alcohol addiction. The below self-assessment questionnaire screens for dangerous or harmful alcohol consumption, which can help you identify whether you have a problem with alcohol or not. Take the test When you’ve answered the questions we’ll provide you with some advice about alcoholism and what you should do next. You can also explore some more options below. Alcohol unit guide: Small glass of red/white/rosé wine…

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Do you Suffer From Depression After Giving up Alcohol?

Does Giving Up Alcohol Make You Depressed? Depression and alcohol abuse are interconnected in many ways. More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling For some, depression causes alcoholism; for others, it comes from drinking. And for some people, depression hits after giving up alcohol. You might be asking then, what’s the point of becoming sober if you’re only going to feel worse? But this post-alcoholic depression is often only temporary. For instance, alcohol withdrawal can cause depression symptoms. For another, it can take time for you to adjust to coping without alcohol. Many people in recovery claim that…

How Long Does Alcohol Stay in Your System? Blood, Breath, Hair, Urine

How Long Does Alcohol Stay in Your System?

How Long Does Alcohol Stay in Your System? Blood, Breath, Hair, Urine The process of alcohol metabolism is a complex one. More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling There is no straightforward answer to how long alcohol stays in your system. As a guideline, you may have heard that a person processes about 1 unit of alcohol per hour. For a guesstimate, this is pretty accurate. Of course, how much you drink will determine how long alcohol remains in the body, but one’s weight, gender, metabolism, tolerance and other factors will also affect it. If you’re struggling with…