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How to Safely Detox from Alcohol at Home (7 Tips)

What is ‘Self-Detox?’ Self-detox is when someone tries to stop using drugs or alcohol without professional help. They might taper their use of the substance or go “cold turkey." In either case, they have no outside support or treatment. Often, someone with a desire to stop using drugs or alcohol chooses a quit date. They […]
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Is Alcohol a Drug?

Is Alcohol Classified as a Drug? Yes, alcohol is a drug. It’s classified as a central nervous system (CNS) depressant. Although drinking alcohol can feel good, take the emotional “edge” off, and help you feel confident in social situations, it works as a depressant. Alcohol increases the production of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which is an […]
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How to Prevent a Hangover

What is an Alcohol Hangover? The term “hangover” describes a variety of symptoms that occur after someone drinks too much alcohol. Any amount of alcohol affects your body, but when you drink enough to feel “buzzed” or “drunk,” you’re likely to experience a hangover as your body eliminates the alcohol from your system. There’s no […]
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How Long it Takes for Alcohol to Leave Your System

How Long Does it Take to Get Alcohol Out of Your System? Alcohol, also known as ethanol or ethyl alcohol, is the ingredient found in beer, wine, and spirits that causes drunkenness. Once swallowed, alcohol enters the digestive system, travels to the stomach and small intestine, and is absorbed into the bloodstream. Once in the […]
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Tapering off Alcohol

What Does “Tapering Off Alcohol” Mean? Alcohol use disorder (AUD), more commonly known as alcoholism, is a chronic relapsing brain disorder. Long-term alcohol use can lead to alcohol use disorder, making it hard to quit or taper your alcohol intake. Tapering off alcohol refers to cutting back on your alcohol intake (to none). You may […]
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Drinking Rubbing Alcohol

What is Rubbing Alcohol? Rubbing alcohol is a common household liquid chemical. It is used for general cleaning purposes (disinfectants, hand sanitizers, solvents, etc.) and personal care.  In fact, rubbing alcohol has a number of uses: Rubbing alcohol can be used to disinfect tick bites and other insect bites Rubbing alcohol can help to disinfect […]
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How Long Does a DUI/DWI Stay On Your Record?

The federal legal driving limit in the United States is a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08%. This means 0.08 grams of alcohol per deciliter (g/dL) of blood. In 2018, 1,878 people were killed in crashes where drivers had even lower BAC levels. 10,511 people died in all drunk-driving accidents. Men are more likely than […]
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Do You Drink Too Much?

Do You Drink Too Much Alcohol? To determine if you are drinking too much alcohol, you must understand the difference between moderate drinking and heavy drinking. Although “how much is too much” varies from person to person, if you are regularly drinking moderate to heavy amounts, it is probably too much. Some doctors define light […]
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Is Alcohol a Stimulant or Depressant?

Is Alcohol a Stimulant or Depressant? Alcohol is a depressant but can be mildly stimulating as well. Consumed in small quantities, it can increase energy, decrease inhibitions, and increase heart rate. As more alcohol is consumed, it slows your body down, and its depressant effects become more apparent. Stimulants vs. Depressants: How They Affect Your […]
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Alcohol Blackouts

What are Alcohol Blackouts? Signs & Symptoms The term blackout refers to an instance of short-term memory loss when a person was intoxicated. Too much alcohol can temporarily inhibit the transfer of memories from short- to long-term storage in the brain. This is known as memory consolidation.  It's important to note that blackouts are not […]
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