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December 2019

Moderate Versus Excessive Drinking: Know Your Limits

It’s a no-brainer that alcohol should not be taken in excessive amount because it can pose harmful effects to a person’s body and mind. Drinking alcohol is part of our cultural and social practice. In some countries, drinking alcohol is part or included in their everyday diet and not only during special occasions. Medical research even presented the therapeutic effects of drinking certain alcoholic drinks to physical and psychological health.

For example, drinking two glasses of red wine every day can decrease the risk of cardiovascular disorders among women. Moderate drinking of alcoholic drinks can also reduce the risk of having ischemic strokes and diabetes in adults. Despite these positive claims, it is still essential to impart the adverse and harmful effects of alcohol if taken excessively. “Drinking represses the negative emotions that affect the mental well-being of those with diagnosed mental health concerns and those who simply feel emotionally flooded. While it may allow for a short-lived relief from anxiety, depression, or overwhelming feelings, drinking alcohol is not a smart choice in the grand scope of mental well-being,” says Jesse Viner, MD.

 

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Debunking Some Myths About The Alcoholic Anonymous

Alcoholic Anonymous or commonly known as AA forms the cornerstone of treatment and recovery of every alcoholic or individual with problems in addiction. The practice was started in the late 1930s and continues to help every individual with an alcohol problem to recover and live a meaningful and healthy life. This article will bring us closer to understand what goes around when a person enters this exclusive group and myths or fallacies concerning AA shall be corrected.   

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How To Prevent Underage Alcohol Drinking 

Alcohol drinking is undeniably a part of everyone’s culture. Even our television and internet are bombarded with advertisements and subliminal messages that target every household, but teenagers are the vulnerable age group that answers to the invitation of alcohol. It can penetrate teenagers’ mind where the main point of using alcohol shown in commercials is for social benefits. It is a fact that teens still do not have strong intentions to choose what is truly beneficial or not. As long as it satisfies their desires, they will go with it.  “You should know that while alcohol often causes a “good mood” at first, it is a central nervous system depressant. Its depressant effects can carry over into one’s mind, being a contributing factor to a person’s continuing depression,” says Mark Jacob, M.D. 

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When Your Husband Has Video Game Addiction 

When you are in a relationship with a man who finds happiness in playing video games, you are in for an emotional ride. Be prepared for the times he wouldn’t be able to answer your calls or messages. There will be times when he will forget special occasions. And most of the time, he just wouldn’t have time because he would be busy playing video games. When his hobby is already affecting your relationship, it is somewhat an addiction.  

“Gaming disorder is characterized by a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior (also referred to as digital gaming or video-gaming), that may be primarily conducted over the Internet (online) or primarily conducted not on the Internet (offline),” according to John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

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