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Study Links Teen Drinking With Computer Use

A new study claims teenagers who drink alcohol spend more time on their computers than teens who don’t drink. The study, published in the online edition of the journal Addictive Behaviors, looked at the drinking and computer habits of 264 kids between the ages of 13 and 17. It found that teens who reported drinking ….

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You Can’t Blame The Booze

As excuses for bad behavior go, “I’d been drinking” is on par with “the devil made me do it.” In other words, we assume the bad decision was the result of impaired judgment. So much so that it’s used to explain everything from a fight to a poor choice of sexual partner. A new study ….

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Deaths In North Dakota Lead To Emergency Banning

The North Dakota State Board of Pharmacy issued an emergency ruling to ban whole classes of compounds sold as synthetic drugs after the deaths of two teenagers. The drugs blamed for the overdoses had been legal in the state, where critics have argued was slow to crack down on chemicals sold to mimic the effects ….

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Female Drunk Drivers Are “Distressed”

A new study has come up with a profile of the typical female drunk driver – a woman who is turning to alcohol because she is “distressed.” According to a report from the Press Association, the study out of the University of Nottingham said women who drink and drive are more likely to be older, better ….

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How To Let Go And Let God

A fundamental principle of AA and NA is the recognition that we do not have power over our addiction and outside help is needed to maintain sobriety. The second and third steps of each program talk about this: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. Made a decision to ….

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What Is Motivational Interviewing?

Addiction counseling and treatment differs from traditional behavioral therapy in one important respect. Not all addicts want to give up their addiction. Because of this, treatment is often coerced or even enforced by court order. The difficulty for therapists then becomes, “How do I reach this person?” Motivational interviewing, at its root, attempts to find out ….

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Live One Day At A Time

There’s an interesting and deadly psychological trick alcoholism plays on us. It has to do with time and the horizon problem. You are already familiar with how urges work. We are surprised at the checkout counter when a sudden impulse strikes. We find ourselves buying some candy or other item we hadn’t intended simply because ….

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AA Sayings And Quotes

I like to think of them as little nuggets of wisdom. They are the distilled, hard-won knowledge of more than 70 years of struggle with alcohol. Some are short and precise, some general purpose. Most of us have our favorites – those sayings that got us past a critical hump, or the quote that sounded ….

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