Out of Control Alcohol: Is Abstinence Required, or Will Moderation Work? Part I of II

Suzanne knew something was wrong when she woke up with a hangover on a Monday morning. She never drank on Sunday night, but her friends had come over to provide some company since her husband was out of town. Suzanne had gotten out a bottle of wine to go with …

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TED Talk: Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong

What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do — …

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Get Rhythm—What Women Need to Know About Afib

Do you have rhythm? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 2.7 to 6.1 million people don’t. Instead, they have a condition known as “atrial fibrillation”—also called “Afib” or “AF”—that causes the heart to beat too fast, too slow, or in an irregular way. The …

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The Life-Saving Reasons Women Need to Limit It to One Drink Per Day

Editor’s Update Aug 16, 2017: A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry reports on the drinking habits of Americans, comparing the years of 2001-2002 and 2012-2013. In that time, the number of Americans who consume alcohol increased 11% and the amount of high risk drinking increased close to 30%. However, …

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Women Over 50: How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

I’ve heard it said that we don’t need as much sleep as we get older. Some research seems to support the idea. When asked to stay in bed for 16 hours in the dark each day, younger people (18 to 32 years) slept an average of 9 hours, whereas older …

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The Toxic Bottle: Alcoholism And Women

Alcoholism is set of behaviors that many consider a disease, and others consider a disorder. The American Medical Association considers alcoholism as a disease and supports a classification that includes both physical and mental components. The biological mechanisms that cause alcoholism are not well understood. Social environment, mental health, family …

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