Canada Alcoholism

Bring The Human Toll Of Addiction To Light

Allan McDougall | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Living
Allan McDougall

Addiction is misunderstood, and it leaves those suffering from the condition stigmatized. Society makes the assumption that an addict has a personal problem, not a medical one.

Finding Your Way Back From Sexual Violence

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

I want you to see the 'real' me -- a man who has been running his entire life, a man who has travelled so far, only to come back to himself. My name is Jean-Paul, and I am a survivor of sexual violence, but I am so much more than that. I am a husband. I am a father. I am a writer. I am an elite athlete. I am an advocate for survivors all around the world.

This Is How I'm Climbing Out Of Addiction

Street Haven | Posted 10.26.2015 | Canada
Street Haven

I'm one of those alcoholics who became an alcoholic from my first drink. My life truly went downhill from there. I made bad decisions, made myself a bad reputation and drank more to ease my depression. Having alienated myself from people to stop them from witnessing this mess I was, I started to drink alone. I would binge for days at a time. Enough drinks in me would get me into the beds of complete strangers. It would not be considered consensual in a legal sense with my state of intoxication, thinking back to it now. The guilt and shame overwhelmed me. I had to keep myself intoxicated to keep my depression and anxiety at bay.

The Beauty in Missing

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

I love the subtlety and ambiguity of words, and that no doubt had a lot to do with why I taught English for 23 years, and why I am now pursuing a care...

Fat, Chain-Smoking, Beer-Swilling Men Are Costing Canada HUGE

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Living

Newfoundland and Labrador have the highest proportion of smokers. Quebec, the drinkers.

Recovering From Addiction Means Learning to Live With it

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 06.03.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Within the literature of Alcoholics Anonymous, the word "recovered" comes up at lot, and come to think of it, why wouldn't it? Many an addict latches on to that idea as a desperate lifeline of hope. I, on the other hand, have grown to embrace the fact that until the day I die, I will be a recovering alcoholic. I long ago decided to make peace with this disease, but that in no way makes me immune to feeling frustrated and angry by the circumstances surrounding my relationship with the addiction.

Becoming a Mother Saved Me From Alcoholism

Stephanie McDougall | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Stephanie McDougall

Giving up drinking for nine months was easy. It was a no brainer. Plus I was so nauseous I don't think I could have had a drink even if I had wanted to. But here's the kicker. I've officially given up alcohol. For good. My son is almost one year old and I'm coming up to two years sober.

Is it All or Nothing For You?

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

I just finished reading Gretchen Rubin's latest book, Better Than Before: Mastering The Habits of Our Everyday Lives in which she puts forth the argum...

Once I Stopped Drinking I Fell, Upwards, Into Life

Keeley Milne | Posted 04.29.2015 | Canada Living
Keeley Milne

I don't want to tell you the story of my drunkenness. You've heard it before, or seen it before, or a version of it. It is not unique. I don't have a tale to weave for you of bizarre miracles and angels and heavenly choirs. I want to tell you of simple amazement. I fell, upwards. I fell into a life, once I stopped shaking and twitching and seeing things and vomiting. This has not just been a sobriety lesson, but a life one. At school, with loved ones, even (perhaps especially and most simply) on my writing journey -- honesty, being open and willing to accept some guidance goes a long way.

A Conversation With BJ Thomas: Love, Near Tragedy And A Song That Saved

Howard Kerbel | Posted 10.06.2014 | Canada Music
Howard Kerbel

For the series It's About The Words & Conversations, BJ Thomas talks about that special night he heard Jackie Wilson sing "To Be Loved" and how thankful he is to have been exposed to those lyrics. They have stayed with and supported BJ through the pleasures of launching a career, falling in love, starting a family and battling addiction.

My Father Is an Addict and a Good Man

Kinnie Starr | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada Living
Kinnie Starr

Dad's recent bout with sobriety was four or five years ago, and lasted over a year. During that time, he was very good to his family. Dad's wellness certainly did not last long though, and within just over a year, he had determined he 'didn't need help anymore' and was back inside the cycle of pills and alcohol. At this point in my life, my father is still an alcoholic and an addict, and he has survived tremendous odds. He is a good man. Addiction is nasty company.

My Years Of Alcoholism Gave Way To Mental Illness (BOOK EXCERPT)

Mike Pond | Posted 07.13.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Mike Pond

I claw at the head of the stinky, stained mattress, hanging on to life and wishing for death. The room is dark and claustrophobic. But not dark enough. My eyes refuse to stay closed. They burn and sting. My jaw aches continuously from anxious teeth-grinding. Normally, this far along in withdrawal, I'm through feeling hyper-anxious and hyper-vigilant. This time is different and frightening. I cannot sleep. If I do, I'll suffocate.

How A Dirty Couch Lifted Vancouver Man Out Of Addiction

The Huffington Post B.C. | Sara Harowitz | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia

After 20 years of helping others battle their addictions, Mike Pond succumbed to his own. It was 2008, and he had lost everything to alcoholism: hi...

Crack Pipe Vending Machines? Are You Kidding Me?

Candace Plattor | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Candace Plattor

In my lengthy experience with addiction, both as a practicing addict and as a professional therapist, I've seen that controlled drinking and/or using just doesn't work because, as we who work in this field well know, addiction is a progressive condition that becomes worse over time.

It's Official: James Bond Was An Alcoholic

CP | Maria Cheng, The Associated Press | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Living

LONDON - He may have a license to kill, but is he sober enough to shoot?British doctors who carefully read Ian Fleming's series of James Bond novels s...

Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol

Ann Dowsett Johnston | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada Living
Ann Dowsett Johnston

2013-09-24-drinklittle.jpgThis is an excerpt from Anne Dowsett Johnston new book Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol. Thanks to the creative, targeted marketing of the alcohol industry, alcohol has a prominent, stylish presence in the lives of women today. However with this newfound popularity over the last decade comes the disturbing rise of binge drinking, DUIs, "drunkorexia" and alcoholism.

Alcohol: The Modern Woman's Steroid?

Marilyn Linton | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada Living
Marilyn Linton

Red or white? It's the first thing you're asked when you walk into a party. Booze is everywhere, and women are now a big part of the drinking culture. Is that a problem? Well, yeah, says writer Ann Dowsett Johnston who wrote about her own struggles with the bottle within the pages of her new book, Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol.

Ford Scandal's Biggest Casualty: Toronto

Shireen Jeejeebhoy | Posted 07.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Shireen Jeejeebhoy

The public needs to be engaged in order to resolve the humungous problems facing the city, such as crappy public transit, insane traffic congestion, aging and inadequate infrastructure, and so on. Just as an alcoholic derails a family so that no member can function adequately even at work, so has Mayor Ford derailed us.F

Canadians Drink More Than 50% Above The Global Average

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 03.04.2013 | Canada Living

You might not be able to tell from all those beer commercials, but on a global scale, people are actually abstaining from alcohol. Even if the rest of...

I'm a Cancer Veteran, Not a Survivor

Phil Froats | Posted 04.16.2013 | Canada Living
Phil Froats

I never was comfortable with being called a cancer survivor. To me it gives too much power to cancer and not enough to the person. I like the term cancer veteran. Veteran is a much more active and participatory term than survivor.

What Can Help Russia's Drinking Problem?

CBC | Posted 04.09.2013 | Canada Living

Peter Solomon has felt the pressure Russians put on others to drink. At a party or banquet, bottles of alcohol are piled on a table, and t...

Alcoholics' Body Language Predicts Relapses: UBC Study

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.02.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Recovering alcoholics always hope they won't fall off the wagon, but researchers say they have now found a way to predict if that plunge w...

Will Higher Alcohol Prices Help People Stop Drinking?

CBC | Posted 01.27.2013 | Canada Living

Alcohol prices in Canada should be raised to reduce the problems of excessive drinking, policy researchers recommend. The Canadian Centre...

Is Alcohol Hurting You Or Helping You?

Everyday Health | Beth W. Orenstein | Posted 10.10.2012 | Canada Living

By Beth W. Orenstein; Medically reviewed by Cynthia Haines, MD A large number of studies have shown that moderate alcohol intake can lower the ...

How to Recognize Alcoholism

Everyday Health | Posted 08.22.2012 | Canada Living

By Linda Foster, MA, Medically reviewed by Niya Jones, MD, MPH When someone you know has a drinking problem, you might wonder at what point he ...