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Few things are more devastating for Christian parents than having their sons or daughters end up as addicts. Not only is there the agony for the child’s troubled condition, there is the personal shame and the constant questioning: Where did we go wrong?

There are an estimated 18 million children of alcoholic parents in the United States. About 7.5 million, more than 10%, are children under the age of 18. And, per the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA) every second of every hour, two more babies are born to addicted parents.

People who drink excessive amounts of alcohol can develop the symptoms of psychosis (hallucinations and/or delusional thinking) while intoxicated or in a state of withdrawal. They can also develop a distinct condition called alcohol-induced psychotic disorder or alcohol-induced psychotic syndrome (AIPS). The development of AIPS is a very serious occurrence that can lead to poor […]

One of the biggest risk factors for suicide is substance abuse. It may seem like an addict who has gotten help, gone through rehab and is in recovery would be safe from suicidal thoughts. Unfortunately, the addict in recovery still has a long and tough road ahead, and suicide is still a risk. If you […]

College students out-drink other young people, often with disastrous consequences, and schools and officials are fighting back. The goal is to change the culture of college drinking, to prevent underage drinking and limit dangerous binge drinking. The issue of binge-drinking students is not new, but the recent newsworthy stories of sexual assaults and other kinds […]

New findings from a team of French researchers point to a substantial increase in alcoholic hepatitis risks in alcohol-dependent people with severe vitamin D deficiencies. Significant numbers of people who routinely consume excessive amounts of alcohol will develop alcoholic hepatitis, one of three interrelated conditions jointly known as alcoholic liver disease. In a study published […]

New evidence from a multinational research team points to the existence of a genetic component in the chances that any given alcohol consumer will develop a severe form of alcoholic liver disease known as alcoholic cirrhosis.

A recent study maps out drinking county-by-county in the United States and finds that there are big variations in drinking patterns across the country, with binge drinking and other heavy drinking patterns on the rise overall. Published in the American Journal of Public Health, the study finds that heavy drinking among Americans is up more […]

As an adult, you may feel that consuming alcoholic beverages is your right. Drinking helps you relax. It lowers your inhibitions and helps you feel connected to others in social circles. You admit that you sometimes drink a little more than you should, but who hasn’t? Everyone you know has overindulged on one or more […]

When the love of your life has a drinking problem, it becomes your problem, too. Being the partner of a person addicted to alcohol increases your risk of experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, relationship turmoil and emotional and physical abuse. If you feel like you’re all alone with these concerns, it only compounds the risk.