Diagnosis of Alcohol Problems: Comparing DSM-IV and DSM-5

In the offices of psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric researchers, insurance companies, drug regulators, lawyers, and lawmakers around the country is a book known informally as the bible of American psychiatry and officially as the Diagnostic … [Read more...]

Seven Ways to Control Cravings

Just one drink. Just one. Or two. Just a couple of drinks and that maddening voice will shut up and you can get on with your day. Fortunately, there are a number of healthier responses to the cravings for alcohol.    .     Thinking differently … [Read more...]

Alcohol Recovery? A Comparison of Support Groups

Everyone has heard of AA support groups and its 12 step program. But most people are not aware of alternatives. One reason for this is that the AA philosophy is pervasive in our culture, and conventional wisdom considers it the gold standard for … [Read more...]

Health Risks of Excessive Alcohol Use

The list of health effects of heavy drinking isn’t limited to auto accidents and the delirium of long-term drinkers. Alcohol abuse is linked to more than 60, sometimes unanticipated, diseases.The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism … [Read more...]