Tuesday, March 31, 2020


Apology to the Young AddictApology to the Young Addict by James Brown

If you think you've had it with addiction memoirs, James Brown will change your mind completely. Brutally honest, tender, forthright, challenging, these essays lay bare the day-to-day struggle to overcome addiction and the remarkable, perhaps unearned second chances we can create for ourselves. A compelling read.

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Severe Addiction Linked to Vivid Dreams in Withdrawal

Relapse dreams during recovery: What do they mean? 

Science News features a fascinating look at the topic:

Click HERE

Thursday, September 6, 2018

A Night of Serious Drinking: The Results

"A systematic review of the next‐day effects of heavy alcohol consumption on cognitive performance"

The latest scientific rundown on the ramifications of hangovers, in the journal Addiction, can be found HERE.


Friday, August 24, 2018

There Is No "Safe" Amount of Alcohol

 Moderate daily drinking will not improve your health.

As a growing number of addiction and alcohol consumption researchers have been pointing out, the notion of a safe and even beneficial level of daily drinking is outmoded and in error. In an article published in Lancet, researchers offer strong evidence against the theory, based on data from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study of 195 countries and territories.

 In an accompanying commentary, researchers note that the data "clearly demonstrate the substantial, and larger than previously estimated, contribution of alcohol to death, disability, and ill health, globally." Moreover, the Chief Medical Officer of the UK announced that there is “no safe level of alcohol consumption” and suggested that policies designed to decrease daily drinking should receive top priority.

(See my post from 2015 predicting the death of the "moderate drinking" meme.)

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Drug Epidemic Nobody Talks About

U.S. death rate from alcohol-related liver disease is soaring.

"Deaths from liver disease have increased sharply in recent years in the United States, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. Cirrhosis-related deaths increased by 65 percent from 1999 to 2016, and deaths from liver cancer doubled, the study said. The rise in death rates was driven predominantly by alcohol-induced disease, the report said.

"Over the past decade, people ages 25 to 34 had the highest increase in cirrhosis deaths — an average of 10.5 percent per year — of the demographic groups examined, researchers reported.

Here's a link to the Washington Post article.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

The NIAAA and Big Alcohol

Officials halt government study on moderate drinking funded by alcohol industry

The New York Times reports: “The extensive government trial was intended to settle an age-old question about alcohol and diet: Does a daily cocktail or beer really protect against heart attacks and stroke?

To find out, the National Institutes of Health gave scientists $100 million to fund a global study comparing people who drink with those who don’t. Its conclusions could have enshrined alcohol as part of a healthy diet.
As it turned out, much of the money for the study came from the alcohol industry. Earlier this year, The New York Times reported that officials at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) part of the N.I.H., had solicited that funding from alcohol manufacturers, a violation of federal policy.

On Friday, an advisory panel to Dr. Francis Collins, director of the N.I.H., recommended that the trial be stopped altogether. Shortly afterward, Dr. Collins agreed.”

for the rest of the story, go HERE.

Friday, May 25, 2018

The Myth of Healthy Drinking

Another meta-study demolishes decades of wishful thinking.

Vox notes that "an impressive new meta-study involving 600,000 participants, published recently in The Lancet, suggests that levels of alcohol previously thought to be relatively harmless are linked with an earlier death. What’s more, drinking small amounts of alcohol may not carry all the long-touted protective effects on the cardiovascular system."

Readers of Addiction Inbox will not be surprised by this finding. Back in 2014, I wrote a blog post entitled "Alcohol and Your Heart: Health benefits of moderate drinking come under fire." The post referenced studies suggesting that recent findings were bringing “the hypothesized cardioprotective effect of alcohol into question.”

Also in 2014, I published a report with the headline "Single Bout of Binge Drinking Linked to Immune System Effects."

It's not at all surprising that research touting alcohol's health benefits has been heavily pushed by the alcohol industry. See my post, "Alcoholic Deception: Big Alcohol Wants a Piece of the Health Market".

In the end, the myth about the health effects of moderate drinking made its way into the public consciousness for one obvious reason: People very much wanted it to be true.

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