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

What is ‘Self-Detox?’ Self-detox occurs when someone attempts to give up using drugs or alcohol without professional or medical intervention. They might taper their use of the substance or go “cold turkey” (stop immediately). In either case, they have no outside support or treatment. Most commonly, someone with a desire to stop using drugs or […]
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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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Consequences of Driving Under the Influence

Driving under the influence is dangerous to both yourself and others. Drunk driving can lead to serious injuries and even death.  In fact, about one-third of all crash fatalities in the United States involve drunk drivers. Every single day about 28 people in the United States lose their lives in car crashes that occur due […]
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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 it often feels as if it has a stimulating effect. Some consider it a false stimulant because initially, it increases energy, decreases inhibitions, and increases heart rate. But ultimately, it slows your body and affects your body as a depressant affects it. Stimulants vs. […]
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Alcohol Blackouts

What are Alcohol Blackouts? Alcohol-related blackouts refer to gaps in a person’s memory of events that happened while they were intoxicated. Too much alcohol can temporarily inhibit the transfer of memories from short- to long-term storage in an area of the brain called the hippocampus. This is known as memory consolidation.  Blacking out can happen […]
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