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Alcohol

Stuff you should know about binge-drinking, alcoholism and sobriety.

The Colossal Scope of Our National Drinking Problem
2 years ago

The Colossal Scope of Our National Drinking Problem

By  • Alcohol, Data

Nearly three out of 10 Americans have shown evidence of a serious alcohol-related problem at some point in their lives, and only one-fifth of those have sought professional help.

Those …
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On America’s 80-Year Addiction to A.A.
2 years ago

On America’s 80-Year Addiction to A.A.

This June, millions of recovering alcoholics will not raise a glass to celebrate the eightieth anniversary of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). The centrality of toasting in our culture reflects AA’s near-impossible …
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A Supposedly Fun Thing He’ll Never Do Again
2 years ago

A Supposedly Fun Thing He’ll Never Do Again

At the end of 1989, David Foster Wallace was admitted to McLean Hospital, the psychiatric hospital associated with Harvard University, for substance addiction. He was twenty-seven years old and increasingly …
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Touch of Evil: Orson Welles’ Descent into Alcoholism
2 years ago

Touch of Evil: Orson Welles’ Descent into Alcoholism

At 25, Orson Welles wrote, directed, and starred in Citizen Kane. Perhaps it was this early peak and stunted potential that caused Welles to be consumed by his enormous appetite …
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Shame, Guilt and Continuance
2 years ago

Shame, Guilt and Continuance

Shame is just one challenge for survivors of alcoholics. But it’s nothing compared with the guilt…

Meeting someone for the first time since my husband’s death is difficult. There are …
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Drunk Like Don Draper
2 years ago

Drunk Like Don Draper

There’s no doubt that Don Draper likes a drink every now and again…and again…and again. The battle with alcoholism is the character’s main overarching problem. Alcoholism is often a sign of other underlying issues, but …
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Edgar Allan Poe and Alcohol
2 years ago

Edgar Allan Poe and Alcohol

By  • Alcohol, People

Edgar Allan Poe had a long problem with alcohol and said the stress and pain of his wife’s illness was the cause of both his alcoholism and his “insanity.” He joined a temperance …
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Are You a Functioning Alcoholic?
2 years ago

Are You a Functioning Alcoholic?

More than 30 percent of American adults have abused alcohol or suffered from alcoholism at some point in their lives, and few have received treatment, according to the National Institute of …
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Interactive Map of Alcohol Use in the US
2 years ago

Interactive Map of Alcohol Use in the US

By  • Alcohol, Data

Here’s an intriguing interactive map that details where binge drinking is most common in the United States. You’ll see that it’s abundant in the northern tier of states, and occurs less in …
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Adolescents’ Drinking Damages Future Memory
2 years ago

Adolescents’ Drinking Damages Future Memory

New research indicates that even moderate drinking by adolescents on a regular basis can cause potentially lasting changes to the part of the brain that affects memory.

Much of the …
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