Alcohol addiction – Heed the signs

Alcoholism is a deadly disease. It so main stream media acceptable these days that many don’t even realize the lives lost daily due to this deadly disease.

It not only destroys the abuser, but in some instances the entire family unit.

It is a disorder of physical and psychological dependence on alcohol daily or binging on a regular basis.

It can be a gradual progression, and the individual is not heeding the warning signs. When the threshold is passed, unfortunately, there is no going back.
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How Much Alcohol is too Much?

How Much Alcohol is too Much?

How Much Alcohol is too Much? – Source www.cdc.gov

This is a question that almost everyone from college students to lawyers (and everyone in between) ask themselves at some point.  It is a very difficult question to answer, and honestly the answer will be different for each person and each situation.

A 100 pound girl can handle much less than a 250 pound grown man.  How much is okay at a bar with your friends is very different from what might be okay at your conservative grandmother’s 65 birthday party (maybe none is best).

Different cultures also have varying views on alcohol.  Europe tends to have a slightly gentler view of alcohol consumption than the United States.  The easiest approach to answering this question for you and your life style is by examining how your life is affected by it.
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Addiction: Friends and Family

Worried about family or friends?

Worried about family or friends?

Addiction is different for everyone, so there is no easy way to tell if someone you care for is struggling with drug use.

Just because a loved one is struggling with substance abuse does not mean the need to go to rehab, either.

Simply talking to your loved one may help.  There are both physical and emotional signs of addiction, so simply paying attention may cue you to your loved one’s need for help.
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Mad Men and The ‘Glamor’ of Smoking in the Film and TV Industry

We’ve all seen the anti-smoking ads. We know what the consequences are of cigarettes. And it’s not pretty. So why is it that whenever we see the en vogue members of the silver screen lighting up, we want to do the same?

The thing is that each and every one of us is part of a malleable species that’s influenced by even the most blatant of messages. Celebrity endorsements are often ridiculed, but there’s a reason they’re consistently churned out despite the ‘laughing stock’ image: they work incredibly well.

Film and television has always been the perfect platform for product placement and subtle nudges towards buying certain products. Unfortunately, tobacco has often been used as both a marketing gimmick and a representation of trendiness that the producers are trying to get across. From the very start of the silent film era to the modern-day blockbusters, smoking has often taken center stage.

Mad Men is perhaps the best example of the glorification of smoking on television and film. Yes, it’s set in a time where the effects of smoking were still being debated, but it’s nevertheless been a blatant choice by producers to put smoking right at the forefront the show’s premise (tobacco ad execs doing their thing). Call it satire, call it social commentary, people are still seeing smoking as fashionable.

Don Draper: Definition of Cool

So what is it that makes Don Draper a character that many guys would love to be? It’s that inexplicable charisma, that undeniable charm, the fashionable 60s suits and classic good looks. But it’s not just that. Don Draper also ticks the ‘smoking box’, representing the ultimate visual of a man that approaches life with reckless abandon and confidence to spare.

Whenever Don does something that’s the benchmark of a gentleman, he’s always smoking. The consequences? Women, booze, and a party at every corner. Perhaps a more accurate timeline for Draper would be smoking > party > ends up in a hospital attached to a wide variety of machines keeping him going while his body is slowly killed by lung cancer.

While the actors on Mad Men didn’t actually smoke real cigarettes – they went for the ‘healthy’ herbal variety – they very much impact viewers to grab a pack (or two) of the full nicotine type. And no, that’s not a good thing.

Stating the Obvious: Advertising Works

The simple fact of the matter is that advertising works. We’re feeble creatures that fall victim to this type of influencing, even if it’s blatantly obvious that we’re being pitched to. Mad Men execs are probably not even doing it on purpose (conspiracy theories aside), yet they’re still very much actively promoting it.

Many studies have shown that smokers are particularly susceptible to these kinds of messages, perhaps even more so than your blatant tobacco ad. If you’re an ex-smoker and are battling addiction, we suggest watching Mad Men with some serious caution. It may sound a little silly, but addiction is easily fuelled by inspirations such as these.