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New Years Eve Drinking, Embarrassingly Drunk?

An honest assessment from one who's "been there:"

I used to get embarrassingly drunk on New Year's Eve. Then I quit drinking at all | Melissa Petro | The Guardian".... There was a time that I drank to relax and have fun. Then I discovered that the nervousness that crippled me at cocktail parties and the financial pressure I felt knowing I’d spent too much money on holiday gifts dissolved in my in my vodka seltzer (easy on the seltzer). I even found I could ignore the concern for my waistline when I ate that third or fourth canapĂ©, so long as the eggnog was spiked. When drugs and alcohol were on the scene, I was doing them. People drink to soften the edges, I often told myself – but my edges were too jagged to be smoothed away with one beer and being under the influence only made my anxieties worse. Other areas of my life deteriorated: I gained weight, I went deeper into debt and, worst of all, I made a mess of many of my relationships. So then I got sober. But it didn’t fix everything – let alone make for an enjoyable holiday. My first New Year’s Eve after getting sober, I was fighting with my live-in boyfriend at the time and deeply unhappy with my life. In tears, I’d locked myself in the bathroom, and cried because eight months of abstinence from alcohol had done as little to wash away my problems as drinking had. That was seven years ago. I learned that sobriety is about more than putting down the glass – it’s about addressing the issues that made me feel like I needed the drink in the first place, which I’ve done with some assistance. But the issues still resurface every holiday. The temptations are everywhere. From endless parties and family gatherings you feel obligated to attend, to the rich foods you regrettably indulge in, and the expensive presents you feel compelled to purchase but can’t afford, it’s a time of year engineered for consumption. For a “more” girl like me, it can be hard to say “no”...." (read more at the link above)

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Middle-Aged People More Likely to Die From Drinking Than Students

Informative study reported by Bloomberg:

Middle-Aged Are More Likely to Die From Drinking Than Students - Bloomberg: "Middle-aged Americans are far more likely to die from alcohol poisoning than college students, belying the notion that binge drinking mostly plagues younger adults. Three-quarters of alcohol-poisoning deaths occur in people ages 35 to 64, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today in a report. Most of the deaths are among men and non-Hispanic whites. “This study shows that alcohol poisoning deaths are not just a problem among young people,” Robert Brewer, the CDC’s alcohol program lead and the report’s coauthor, said today in a statement. “It also emphasizes the importance of taking a comprehensive approach to reducing binge drinking.” More than 2,200 Americans die from alcohol poisoning a year, an average of six a day, the CDC said." (read more at the link above)

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Drug Use by Children, Hospital Admissions Rise

Jerusalem Dispatch

Drug use by children leads to hospital admissions rise
BBC News
"But any increase in hospital admissions relating to illegal drug misuse ... He added: "Gone are the days when those suffering from drug addiction ...
Increase in child drug admissions - The Courier

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Stillwater Gazette
“A lot of times I would walk down these halls blacked out on drugs.” ... Opiate addiction rarely starts by sticking a needle of heroin in your arm, and law ...

WSMV Nashville

Those struggling with addiction often seek help during holidays
WSMV Nashville
When it comes to addiction, the numbers are staggering. Each year, about half a million people die from drug abuse. About 100 people die each day ...

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Breaking the Chains of Addiction

More people seeking help to break chains of addiction
SINGAPORE - More people here are seeking help to kick their addictions, which include drugs, alcohol and gambling, according to Singapore's ...

Grant to boost Hall inmates' drug treatment
Gainesville Times
As the program currently operates, New Hope Counseling comes in twice a week to give drug counseling with a certified addiction counselor. The new ...

Raising awareness about addiction
So Md News
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