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Alcoholism Screening Quiz
Do you have a drinking problem? Take this quiz developed by the Office of Health Care Programs, Johns Hopkins University Hospital.
What Is the Difference Between a DUI and a DWI?
Most states use either one of the terms or the other, but in states where both DUI and DWI charges are possible, there is a difference between the two.
Alcohol Withdrawal Symptom Quiz
Do you experience withdrawal symptoms when you try to quit drinking? Are your symptoms mild, moderate or severe?
How Long Does Marijuana Stay in the Body?
The effects of smoking marijuana fade very quickly, but THC metabolites can be detected in the body for a much longer time.
Adult Child of Alcoholics Screening Quiz
Have you been affected by growing up around someone else's alcohol problem? Take this quiz to determine if you have affected more than you realize.
Frequently Asked Questions About Anabolic...
Since the 1950s, some athletes have been taking anabolic steroids to build muscle and boost their athletic performance.
Are You Enabling an Alcoholic?
Have you enabled an alcoholic or addict to avoid the consequences of his actions? This quiz can help you determine if your actions are enabling.
10 Things to Stop Doing If You Love an Alcoholic
Here are 10 things that you can stop doing that may help relieve some of the stress involved in living with an alcoholic.
9 Tips for Cutting Back on Drinking
Here are some tips and tricks that others have used to succesfully cut down on the amount of alcohol they consume.
What Are the Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal?
Alcohol withdrawal refers to a group of symptoms that may occur from suddenly stopping the use of alcohol after chronic or prolonged ingestion.
Marijuana Problem Screening Quiz
Is your marijuana smoking causing you problems in other areas of your life?
10 Places Your Kids Hide Their Drugs
If you suspect that your kids are doing illegal drugs, don't hesitate to search their rooms for evidence, because you are ultimately responsible.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Alcoholism?
There are many signs and symptoms of drinking problems, but there are seven major symptoms of the most severe drinking problem, alcohol dependence or alcoholism.
How Long Does Alcohol Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long alcohol is detectable in the body depends on many variables, including the test being used.
What Are Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms Really Like?
When heavy or frequent drinkers suddenly decide to quit cold turkey they will experience some physical alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
Domestic Abuse Screening Quiz
Is your relationship like most other couples or has it developed into a truly abusive one? Take this quiz to determine if your relationship is considered abusive.
Marijuana Withdrawal Symptom Quiz
Do you experience withdrawal symptoms when you try to quit drinking? Are your symptoms mild, moderate or severe?
Depression Screening Quiz
Answer Yes to these questions only if you have had these symptoms for longer than two weeks or if the symptoms are severe enough to interfere with your daily routine.
Quiz: Are Your Drinking Habits Harmful?
If you consume alcohol it is important to know if your drinking is safe, risky or harmful. This test can help you decide if you have a drinking problem.
7 Telltale Signs of an Alcohol Problem
Certain behaviors are known to be possible early signs of an alcohol problem.
Of the 10 Things That Happen If You Get a DUI,...
There are a lot of things that happen if you are convicted of drunk driving in the United States, none of them are fun and most of them are expensive.
Are You Troubled by Someone's Drinking?
Millions of people are affected by the excessive drinking of someone close. The following questions are designed to help you decide whether or not you need Al-Anon.
How Long Does Ecstasy Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long ecstasy is detectable in the body depends on many variables.
Find Out How Long Ecstasy Can Stay in Your System
Determining exactly how long MDMA is detectable in the body depends on many variables.
Characteristics of Adult Children of Alcoholics
Some common characteristics are observed in adult children of alcoholics. Do any of these sound familiar to you?
What Makes Someone a Functional Alcoholic?
Many people think of alcoholics as disheveled, homeless winos who have lost everything, but there could be an alcoholic sitting near you at work.
Are Your Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms Mild,...
Do you experience withdrawal symptoms when you try to quit drinking? Are your symptoms mild, moderate or severe?
How Does the 12-Step Program Actually Work?
Over a six-month period, visitors to the Alcoholism site participated in a study of the 12 steps and 12 traditions by sharing their experience, strength, and hope.
Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions...
How is cocaine used? What are the short and long-term effects of using cocaine? Get the answers to these and other cocaine questions.
Quit Drinking? Why You Should Stay Away from...
Those trying to abstain from alcohol are warned against the use of non-alcoholic beer, now there may be scientific evidence to support the admonition
So How Much Alcohol Is Too Much?
How do you know if you are drinking at a safe level? How much alcohol can you drink and still be considered a low-risk drinker? How much is high-risk?
What You Should Know About Enabling an Addict
Many times when family and friends try to help alcoholics, they are actually making it easier for them to continue in the progression of the disease.
Are There Really Withdrawal Symptoms From...
Symptoms associated with marijuana withdrawal may be milder than withdrawal from alcohol and many other drugs, but they are intense enough to cause people trying to quit to relapse.
Key to Serenity
Accepting things exactly as they are can be the key that unlocks the door to happiness, according to a famous page from the A.A. Big Book.
Find an AA Meeting Near You With This Helpful...
Find an A.A. meeting with this list of state-by-state Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and schedules.
Don't Let Fear of Alcohol Withdrawal Stop You...
If t you have been hesitant to try to quit drinking because you are concerned the withdrawals may be too severe, there are ways to reduce those symptoms.
Where to Find Free Alcohol and Drug Treatment...
My husband lost his job and started drinking heavily and now he wants to get help to quit drinking. But we have little money and no insurance. What can we do?
How Long Does PCP Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long PCP is detectable in the body depends on many variables.
Quiz: Are Your Drinking Habits Safe?
Take this short quiz to help determine if your drinking is safe, risky or harmful.
How Long Does Oxycodone Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long oxycodone is detectable in the body depends on many variables.
How Long Does Hash Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long hash is detectable in the body depends on many variables.
Confidential Drug Abuse Screening Quiz
Do you have a drug abuse problem? Take this quiz to determine if you may have developed a problem.
How Long Does Psilocybin Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long psilocybin is detectable in the body depends on many variables.
What Emotional Damage Can Addicted Parents...
One major misconception that many alcoholics and addicts seem to have is that their drinking or substance abuse only affects them, not anyone else.
Why Using Urine to Test for Alcohol May Not Be...
A widely-used urine test, utilized by drug-testing laboratories to detect alcohol consumption, is too inaccurate to be reliable, according to an advisory issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Why Alcohol in Moderation May Be Bad for Your...
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Drink Too Much Last Night? What to Expect the...
A hangover is a collection of unpleasant physical and mental symptoms that occur after a session of heavy alcohol consumption.
DUI: Going to Court is Just the Beginning of...
If you have been arrested for drunk driving for the first time, you are probably wondering what is going to happen next.
What Exactly Do We Mean When We Say Alcoholism?
The term alcoholism refers to a disease known as alcohol dependence syndrome, the most severe stage of a group of drinking problems.
Cocaine Screening Quiz
Do you have a drinking with cocaine? Take this quiz to see how your cocaine use stacks up.
Quiz: Could You Be Enabling an Alcoholic or...
Often well-meaning efforts to help someone with an alcohol or drug problem actually empowers them to continue their path of destructive behavior.
How Long Does Meth Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long meth is detectable in the body depends on many variables, including the type of test being used.
How Long Does Amphetamine Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long amphetamine is detectable in the body depends on many variables.
How Long Does Codeine Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long codeine is detectable in the body depends on many variables.
Here's What Does and Doesn't Treat a Hangover
People who do not drink alcohol do not get hangovers. Therefore, the best cure for a hangover is to prevent it from happening in the first place by not drinking.
The Health Effects of Marijuana
Although legalization activists and many marijuana users believe smoking pot has no negative effects, scientific research indicates that marijuana use can cause many health problems.
Pictures of Marijuana for Parents
Pictures of marijuana in all stages of development and use.
How Long to Live? One Person's Experience With...
The following email exchange between a visitor to the About Alcoholism site and Guide BuddyT graphically illustrates the effects of long-time alcohol abuse.
Naltrexone: Can It Effectively Treat Alcohol...
Naltrexone is an opioid receptor antagonist used primarily in the management of alcohol dependence and opioid addiction. Naltrexone hydrochloride is sold as the brand name Revia and Depade. An extended-release form of Naltrexone is marketed in some countries under the trade name Vivitrol.
What Are the Symptoms of Oxycontin Withdrawal?
OxyContin withdrawal describes a wide range of symptoms that can occur after a person stops or dramatically reduces the medication after heavy use.
Read a Harrowing Account of One Man's Alcohol...
What is going through delirium tremens like? Most people who have endured them usually do not remember the experience.
How Long Can Heroin Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long heroin is detectable in the body depends on several different variables.
Drunk Driving Quiz - Drunk Driving Consequences...
Answer these question to find out what kind of consequences you may be facing when you go to court for drunken driving.
The Long-Term Effects of Alcohol on Cognitive...
Excessive drinking over a period of years may lead to Alcohol Dementia which affects memory, learning and other functions
Domestic Violence Danger Assessment Quiz
Answering these questions can help you determine how dangerous your abusive relationship may become.
Visible Signs of Methamphetamine Abuse
This is the photographic history of Bridgitte Matzke, whose progression into the depths of methamphetamine abuse is shown in a series of mug shots
How Does Campral Treat Alcohol Abuse?
Campral (acamprosate calcium) is the most recent medication approved for the treatment of alcohol dependence or alcoholism in the United States.
What Are the Long- and Short-Term Effects of...
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug, whether injected, snorted or smoked, that affects the brain and central nervous system. Meth has both short-term and long-term effects on the body.
What Can You Do to Help Someone With a Drinking...
When visitors to the Alcoholism site at About.com ask the above questions about the drinker in their lives the answer is not simple.
How Long Does LSD Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long LSD is detectable in the body depends on many variables.
Should You Cut Down on Alcohol or Quit...
If you have been drinking at a level that is considered high-risk, you may want to consider making a change in your drinking patterns -- or quit altogether.
Heroin 101: Get the Facts on This Highly...
Heroin is a highly addictive drug, and its use is a serious problem in the United States. Recent trends show a shift from injecting heroin to snorting or smoking because of increased purity and the misconception that only injecting heroin will lead to addiction.
Do You Have a Marijuana Problem? Answer These...
Some people smoke marijuana without any problem, but for others it can cause a lot of problems in their life.
Do You Recognize These Pictures of 7 Commonly...
If you found illegal drugs in your child's room, would you be able to recognize them? Would you recognize prescription drugs that can be abused?
What Is It Like Going to a Drug or Alcohol...
If you have never been to a residential treatment facility, you may have some misconceptions about what does and does not take place during rehab.
Do You Know How Long Drugs Can Be Detected in...
Many factors can affect how long a prescription or illegal drug can be detected in an individual's urine, blood or saliva tests. There is no pat answer.
Take This Quiz to See If You Were Affected by...
Did you grow up with a problem drinker? Those who grow up in homes where there is alcohol abuse or alcoholism are sometimes affected in ways they do not even realize.
The Personal Struggles of Someone With...
He knew the only way to save his life was to stop drinking, but he just couldn't stop, no matter how he tried.
How Long Do Benzodiazepines Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long benzodiazepines are detectable in the body depends on many variables.
State by State N.A. Meetings
The definitive source for finding lists of face-to-face Narcotics Anonymous meetings on the net.
3 Drugs Used for the Treatment of Alcoholism
There are currently only three medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration for the treatment of alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence.
What Is Dry Drunk Syndrome?
They haven't had a drink in years, but still haven't gotten to the Sober part. They are abstinent, but they are miserable along with those around them.
How Long Does Tylenol #3 Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long Tylenol #3 is detectable in the body depends on many variables.
Helpful Info for Friends and Families of...
Dealing with a love one's addiction can leave you lonely and frustrated. Here are resources and information for friends and families of alcoholics.
What's the Difference Between Substance Use and...
Substance abuse can simply be defined as a pattern of harmful use of any substance for mood-altering purposes, but in today's society is not that simple.
What You Should Know About Heroin Use
Heroin is used in various ways. It can be injected, snorted, sniffed and smoked, depending on the purity of the drug and the preference of the user.
6 Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning You Should Know
Answers to frequently asked questions from the About.com Alcoholism / Substance Abuse site.
Photographs of Cocaine and Crack Cocaine
Photographs of cocaine and crack cocaine in several forms.
What You Need to Know If the Court Orders You...
If you find yourself facing court mandated attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, you probably have questions about what is going to happen next.
Are Vicodin Withdrawal Symptoms Dangerous?
Vicodin withdrawal can produce a wide range of physical symptoms which can occur when someone stops or dramatically reduces the drug after heavy or prolonged use.
Is There a Difference Between Alcohol Abuse and...
What is the difference between alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence?
The Saddest Day In A.A. History
A fight over literature in Germany has caused controversy within the fellowship.
Should Parents Use Home Drug Tests?
Home testing kits have become popular in recent years for parents trying to determine if their children are using drugs, but are the tests really effective?
One of the Most Frustrating Symptoms of...
One of the most frustrating factors in dealing with alcoholism, as a relative, friend or professional, is it is almost always accompanied by a phenomenon known as denial.
Games Alcoholic Families Play
You are not the cause of someone else's drinking problem, but you can contribute to it by playing a role in the alcoholic family drama.
Here Are Some Treatment Options for Alcohol...
Most people who quit drinking alcohol experience mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms and can usually be treated by healthcare providers on an out-patient basis, but five percent experience severe withdrawal symptoms and must be treated in a hospital or a facility that specializes in detoxification.
How Long Does Percocet Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long percocet is detectable in the body depends on many variables.
How Long Does DMT Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long DMT is detectable in the body depends on many variables.
Chat - Alcoholism
24 HOUR 'OPEN CHAT' ROOMS Room 1 Sobriety Chat for Alcoholics Room 3 Friends & Family of alcoholics.
What's This New 'Shake and Bake' Method of...
A new method of manufacturing methamphetamine designed to get around laws restricting sale of the ingredients needs to make meth is spreading across the country.
How Long Does Norco Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long norco is detectable in the body depends on many variables.
What Is the Michigan Alcohol Screening Test?
Developed in 1971, the Michigan Alcohol Screening Test (MAST) is one of the oldest and most accurate alcohol screening tests available, effective in identifying dependent drinkers with up to 98 percent accuracy.
Understanding Step 1 of the 12 Steps of AA
After many years of denial, recovery can begin when with one simple admission of being powerless over alcohol -- for alcoholics and their friends and family.
Know the 11 Steps That Can Lead to a Drug or...
An alcohol or drug relapse does not begin when you pick up your drug of choice, it is a process that begins building long before you actually relapse.
7 Tips for Staying Clean and Sober
It stands to reason that if you quit alcohol or drugs and you continue with your same old routine and hangouts it will be much easier to relapse.
What Is a Standard Alcoholic Drink?
When they talk about having only one or two drinks a day, what do they really mean? What constitutes one standard alcoholic drink?
What Are the Treatment Options for Alcoholism?
For alcoholics who have decided to get help for their drinking problem there are many different treatment programs and approaches available, but there is no medical cure.
How Are Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms Treated?
About 95 percent of people have mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms, but they do not progress to full-blown delirium tremens. Such patients can nearly always be treated as outpatients.
Do These Traits of Adult Children of Alcoholics...
As a result of growing up in an alcoholic home, many children of alcoholics develop similar characteristics and personality traits.
How Heroin Use Affects Your Health
As with most illegal drugs, Heroin use has both short-term and long-term effects. Whether injected, snorted or smoked, heroin will begin to affect the body's central nervous system almost immeidately after it is used.
Having a DUI on Your Record Can Have Long-Lasti...
After you have completed your drunk driving sentence, you may find that merely having a DUI conviction on your record is punishment in itself.
How to Recognize a Meth Lab
The ingredients used to make methamphetamine in clandestine laboratories are generally household products that by themselves present little danger, but when combined can have serious toxic and explosive effects.
Marijuana Leaves
Pictured here are the distinctive leaves of a growing marijuana plant before it is harvested and processed. Page 12.
Is Drunk Driving Considered a Felony Offense?
In most situations a conviction for driving under the influence is a misdemeanor, but there are circumstances upon which a DUI can be a felony.
Don't Miss These Signs of an Alcohol Problem
What Are the Signs of a Problem?
Refusing a DUI Breath Test Will End Up Costing...
Refusing a breath test might reduce your chances of being convicted of drunk driving if it weren't for implied consent laws in effect in every state.
How Long Does Opium Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long opium is detectable in the body depends on many variables, including which kind of drug test is being used.
How Long Does Hydrocodone Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long hydrodondone is detectable in the body depends on many variables.
How Long Does Tramadol Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long tramadol is detectable in the body depends on many variables.
Alcohol Metabolism
Through oxidation, alcohol is detoxified and removed from the blood, preventing the alcohol from accumulating and destroying cells and organs.
The Health Effects of Cocaine Abuse
No matter how it is ingested, cocaine is a strong central nervous system stimulant which affects the brain's processing of dopamine.
How Long Does Fentanyl Stay in Your System?
Determining exactly how long fentanyl is detectable in the body depends on many variables.
Crack Cocaine
Crack cocaine ready to smoke. Alcoholism. Page 6.
What People Can Experience by Taking LSD
Although most LSD trips include both pleasant and unpleasant aspects, the drug's effects are unpredictable.
Can Alcoholics Learn to Drink Moderately?
One of the most common questions people who try to quit drinking ask is if they really have to stop forever. Can they learn how to drink in moderation?
Is Marijuana Withdrawal Affecting Your Ability...
The test is completely confidential and anonymous, your results are not recorded and are available only to you.
Driving Impairment Begins Long Before You Are...
It's not a question of whether you are legally intoxicated, it's a question of whether or not it is safe to drive when you have consumed any alcohol.
The Cold, Hard Facts About Drinking and Driving
Why drinking and driving increases the risk of having an accident.
Can Medications Reduce Alcohol Cravings?
Many drinkers who have become alcohol dependent then try to quit experience not only withdrawal symptoms but also report having cravings for alcohol.
Alcohol and Tolerance - Developing a Tolerance...
Tolerance means that after continued drinking, consumption of a constant amount of alcohol produces a lesser effect.
Had One Too Many? How to Identify Acute Alcohol...
Do you know what to do if one of your friends becomes unconscious due to alcohol poisoning?
Valerie's Story: Alcoholic Liver Disease
I stopped eating and finally ended up in ER a couple of times before they diagnosed the liver failure and the rest. I was dying. The doctors just gave up.
Do You Have a Drinking Problem?
There are many diagnostics tests available online that can help you self-evaluate your drinking, but none of them should substitute for professional medical advice.
What You Need to Know About Antabuse Treatment...
Antabuse, or disulfiram as it is also known, was the first medicine approved for the treatment of alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence.
drunk driving driving while intoxicated driving...
What fate awaits those arrested for drunk driving? The drunk driver may be surprised to find that penalties, even the first offense, have been increased drastically.
What Every Parent Needs to Know About Synthetic...
Synthetic marijuana or 'legal bud' is a mixture of dried leaves from traditional herbal plants that have been treated with chemicals known as synthetic cannabinoids.
Crack Cocaine Bags
Small bags of crack cocaine, ready for sale. Page 7.
The Four Stages of Alcohol and Drug Rehab...
If you decide to enter a professional alcohol and drug treatment program, you will begin a journey through four distinct stages of rehab recovery to learn to live a clean and sober lifestyle.
Get the Basic Facts on Cocaine
Cocaine is a powerfully addictive drug of abuse. Once having tried cocaine, a user cannot predict or control the extent to which he or she will continue to use the drug.
Is It Actually Illegal to Use Drugs Without a...
You may have heard that, unlike underage drinking and marijuana use, using and sharing prescription drugs is legal. That would be a myth.
What Are the Real-Life Benefits of Quitting...
When you quit after years of alcohol abuse, not only will your body begin to reverse the effects of excess alcohol, you will simply feel better.
What Is OWI?
The definition of 'OWI' from the Drunk Driving glossary at the About.com Alcoholism / Substance Abuse site.
Quiz: Do You Have Symptoms of Clinical...
October 9, 2014, is National Depression Screening Day. Do you have symptoms of depression? Take this quiz to see how your symptoms compare.
How a Drunk Driving Conviction Can Affect Your...
If you are convicted of drunk driving, in most states your automobile insurance rates are likely going to go up significantly for at least three years.
What You Can Expect at a 12-Step AA Meeting
Those who have never attended a 12-step meeting have some misconceptions about how the meetings actually work. A long-time member explains what you can expect at your first meeting.
Coca Leaves
Coca leaves from which powdered cocaine is manufactured. Page 9.
Alcohol and the Liver Research Update
Alcohol-induced liver disease is a major cause of illness and death in the United States, sometimes it is reversible, others not.
Do You or Someone You Know Have an Alcohol or...
If you or someone you know has an alcohol or drug problem, these quizzes can help you determine if it is time to reach out for help and support.
8 Ways to Get an Alcoholic Into Treatment
An alcoholic cannot be forced to get help except under certain circumstances, such as when a violent incident results in police being called or following a medical emergency.
Don't Ignore This Threat to Heavy Alcohol...
One of the largest threats to the health of chronic heavy drinkers and alcoholics is the damage that too much alcohol can do to their liver.
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