- Cholesterol Education Month
Fact: Alcohol increases HDL (“good” cholesterol) and decreases LDL (“bad” cholesterol). That’s one of the many reasons drinking in moderation reduces the risk of coronary heart disease, including heart attack, by an average of 30% to 50%, according to the American Heart Association. To learn more visit Drinking Alcohol Protective Against Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)
- Healthy Aging Month
Fact: Drinking in moderation is associated with better physical health, lower risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and greater longevity than abstaining from alcohol. For more information visit Alcohol & Health
- National Alcohol & Drug Recovery Month
Fact: Alcoholics can recover from alcoholism and drink in moderation, according to the U.S. government. To learn more visit Alcoholics Can Recover from Alcoholism & Drink in Moderation
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Visit the new World Alcohol and Drinking History Timeline. This timeline presents events in the history of alcohol and drinking over the past 12,000 years.
Alcohol pre-loading (preloading, pre-drinking, predrinking, pre-gaming, pregaming, prefunking, home drinking, and prinking), the practice of drinking at home before going out for the night, appears to be an undesirable high-risk behavior.
No “masking effect” from the addition of either caffeine or energy drink on the subjective sensations of alcohol intoxication were found in a randomized, double-blinded, controlled, four treatment cross-over trial.
American Society for the Promotion of Temperance / Society for the Promotion of Temperance / American Temperance Society
The founding of the American Society for the Promotion of Temperance in 1826 was the beginning of the first organized national temperance movement in the United States.
Alcoholism isn’t a disease but a cluster of behaviors over which people can learn to have control. Both free and affordable programs are available to help drink in moderation or to abstain.
Control over alcohol and alcoholism is increased by the use of the Life Process Program, the HAMS alcohol program, SMART Recovery, Rational Recovery, or Moderation Management, any of which can be used at home without the travel, lack of privacy, life interruption, or great expense of attending an alcohol rehab or retreat.
HAMS (Harm reduction, Abstinence, and Moderation Support) is a free, peer-led support and information network for anyone who decides to change their drinking for the better.
The alcohol and drug treatment industry is enormous and highly profitable, but very competitive. To lure patients or clients, many rehabs and retreats use misrepresentation and deception. There’s little regulation, deception is common, and it’s a case of caveat emptor, or buyer beware.
Alcoholism is not a disease but a behavioral pattern that can be changed with effective non-12-step programs such as HAMS, the Life Process Program, Rational Recovery, SMART Recovery, and Moderation Management.
The St. Gregory Retreat Center for alcohol, drugs, anxiety, depression, addictions, and other problems is reviewed.
The effective Life Process Program developed by pioneering addictions expert Dr. Stanton Peele is self-paced, flexible, internet interactive, affordable, and enables people to avoid the unnecessary expense, travel, disruption to their lives, and anxiety of living among strangers in a retreat or rehab.
Rational Recovery is a free program for alcohol and drug addiction treatment that uses Cognitive Therapy to help people achieve permanent abstinence on their own.
SMART Recovery (Self Management for Addiction Recovery Training) is a free addiction recovery support group network. It teaches self-empowerment based on scientific principles and evidence and sponsors both face-to-face group meetings and daily on-line meetings.
Women for Sobriety is a non-profit self-help program helping women overcome alcohol and other substance addictions. Established in 1976, it is the only national self-help program specifically for women only and addresses the special needs of women in recovery.
- The alcohol contents of a regular beer, glass of dinner wine and shot of whiskey or other distilled spirit (80 proof) are all the same. This is alcohol equivalence.
- The U.S. government reports that moderate consumption of alcohol (beer, wine or distilled spirits) improves health and increases longevity.
- Parents have great influence over the choices their children make about alcohol now and in the future.
- Drinking alcohol by students in U.S. middle and high schools has declined to its lowest level in the 36 years that the federal government has surveyed the subject.
- Distilled spirits (whiskey, brandy, rum, tequila, gin, etc.) contain no carbohydrates, no fats of any kind, and no cholesterol. Get the nutrition facts.