Alcoholism

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

Howard Kerbel | Posted 08.06.2014 | 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 ...

Quebecois Smokers Don't Have Much Else to Live For

Yoni Goldstein | Posted 05.15.2012 | Canada
Yoni Goldstein

At first, I was rather annoyed at the two million Quebecers who are seeking reparations from Big Tobacco in a class-action lawsuit to the tune of $27 billion. These people, I told myself, are reaching for a scapegoat to mask their own poor decisions, and worse, expect to cash in on those mistakes.

Binge Drinking A Growing Health Concern: Study

CP | Romina Maurino, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.29.2012 | Canada

TORONTO - Students in Ontario are smoking fewer cigarettes, but binge drinking and driving while high are growing health concerns, according to a new ...

Vodka Tampons And 'Butt Chugging' Reported Among Teens

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.14.2011 | Canada Living

It would appear that nobody wants to use their mouth anymore to get drunk. Much to their parents' dismay, teens have long been known to secretly c...

Half Of Grade 12 Students Admit To Drinking In Excess

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.03.2011 | Canada

OTTAWA - Significant percentages of senior high school students report drinking to excess, and some admit driving under the influence of alcohol or ma...

The Beginner's Guide to Hangovers

Kaitlyn Kochany | Posted 11.14.2011 | Canada Living
Kaitlyn Kochany

There's a theme of youthful indiscretion and testing one's limits, because what's charming at 20 is worrisome at 30, and alienating at 40.

The Death of Amy Winehouse and the Failure of Rehab

Marcia Sirota | Posted 10.08.2011 | Canada
Marcia Sirota

It's incredibly sad that Amy Winehouse didn't live to see her 30th birthday. Some people are saying that it was inevitable she'd die from her addictio...