Raging Alcoholic http://ragingalcoholic.com Wishful Drinking Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:47:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 Drunk Driving http://ragingalcoholic.com/drunk-driving/ Fri, 19 May 2017 02:35:28 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=7235 Drinking and driving effects nearly every American.  If you drive or walk (bicycle, skateboard, etc.) along the streets drunk drivers are a threat.  Maybe it is not close to you. Maybe you only know a victim. Or, maybe you are a perpetrator.  I used to be. Here is a drunk driving fact for you. “Each day, […]

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3 Things That Make Alcohol Withdrawal Dangerous. What Is Happening? http://ragingalcoholic.com/alcohol-withdrawal/ Wed, 17 May 2017 23:13:18 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=7205 Acute alcohol withdrawal symptoms can occur in any habitual drinker. Of all the mood altering substances people can detoxify from, alcohol is the most life-threatening. In rare cases (like during Delirium Tremens) the symptoms can lead to death. Acute alcohol withdrawal is made more troubling due to the fact that estimates show that barely 10-20 […]

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Relapses and Slips in Alcohol (or any Addiction) Recovery http://ragingalcoholic.com/relapses-slips/ Fri, 12 May 2017 01:07:33 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=8039 Relapses A relapse is when you return to using alcohol (or drugs) in the manner you did before you quit. Slips This is when you drink but put an end to it right away. There is evidence that approximately 90 percent of alcoholics are likely to experience at least one relapse over the 4-year period […]

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You drank too much alcohol. Now you have diarrhea. Here’s why! http://ragingalcoholic.com/alcohol-diarrhea/ Mon, 08 May 2017 15:52:11 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=8664 If you have ever drank a little, or especially way too much, alcohol and ended up losing the rest of the night to the toilet with a horrible bout of diarrhea, you are probably wondering why. This is a rather commonplace complication of drinking for many.  For many others the do not begin until the next […]

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US 9th Circuit Court Overrules God http://ragingalcoholic.com/9th-circuit-overrules-god/ Mon, 16 May 2016 20:13:42 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=9033 The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found that alcoholism is a medical condition, not an aspect of moral character. http://philosophicaldisquisitions.blogspot.com/2012/04/morriston-on-god-and-ontological.html Source: Appeals court rules against immigration law linking alcoholism to low morals | Fox News Latino   Here is what the Bible, a compilations of books that is considered the absolute authority on moral […]

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Alcohol Advertising and Teens http://ragingalcoholic.com/alcohol-advertising-teens/ Sun, 01 May 2016 16:43:28 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=9091 “Despite alcohol company reports in a 2012 Federal Trade Commission summary that they pay little for brand placement of their products, highly advertised brands appeared commonly in some TV shows popular with underage youth.   “The current approach to alcohol self-regulation in television media represents a failure of our government to protect children from alcohol […]

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Drunk on Donald: Here’s why members of Alcoholics Anonymous can’t vote for Trump http://ragingalcoholic.com/donald-aa/ Tue, 26 Apr 2016 05:07:48 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=9078 Source: Drunk on Donald: Here’s why members of Alcoholics Anonymous can’t vote for Trump I will let this article do the talking for me.  The important thing to know is that AA does a great job of starying out of politics. But The Donald has changed that.  Apparently AA just plain don’t like him.

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Poems About Addiction http://ragingalcoholic.com/poems-about-addiction/ Wed, 20 Apr 2016 02:59:27 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=9071 Poems about addiction are rampant in rehab groups.  It seems to me that every drug addict under the age of 30 or so takes a stab at telling the world what it was like through verse and rhyme.  People older do it too, but it is not as frequent or maybe it is because they […]

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Homeless Man in YouTube $100 Challenge Dead — Dies From Alcoholism | TMZ.com http://ragingalcoholic.com/homeless-man-youtube-100/ Tue, 19 Apr 2016 00:14:53 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=9062 The $100 homeless man who became famous for his generosity has died … TMZ has learned. We’re told Kenni Thomas Nickel — featured in a YouTube video… Source: Homeless Man in YouTube $100 Challenge Dead — Dies From Alcoholism | TMZ.com   I just wanted to put this up here. This man died from chronic […]

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Substance Use, Abuse and Addiction: A Visual Representation http://ragingalcoholic.com/great-video-addiction/ Fri, 15 Apr 2016 19:09:26 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=9030 Here is a great video on what substance abuse looks like. It bypasses all the concerns over the definition of addiction. It does not get itself embroiled in the arguments over physical or mental disorder.  It does not discuss whether treatment should involve medication or not.  It does not ask questions about co-occurring disorders.  It […]

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Anti Drunk Driving Campaigns South Africa http://ragingalcoholic.com/anti-drunk-driving-south-africa/ Mon, 21 Mar 2016 01:18:20 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=8988 These guys are awesome.  See the comment below for further explanation. Here is a better link to where I found it. Advertising Here is a comment from the page: somecopywriter Mar 12, 2012 – 8:46 Makes so much sense. To clarify: In South Africa if you drink and drive you could end up with hardened criminals, […]

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Drunk Driving and Life In Prison http://ragingalcoholic.com/drunk-driving-life-prison/ Sat, 12 Mar 2016 00:52:23 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=8678 I have a big write up on drunk driving elsewhere on this blog. Please see it. Does life in prison seem like justice for someone who has not killed anyone. Admittedly, he probably would hurt or kill someone, someday, because of his utter disregard for out society and the laws that govern it, but life […]

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Mental Health Update: Is there such a thing as passive drinking? http://ragingalcoholic.com/mental-health-update-thing-passive-drinking/ Sat, 05 Mar 2016 01:16:54 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=8548 Here is a study done in New Zealand on passive drinking.  Passive drinking is something like second hand smoke.  It is concerned with how heavy drinkers effect those around them.  It is a fairly loose study and it does not tell us much that we could not learn at an Al-Anon meeting but it might […]

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Cigarette Smoking: The Side Effects of Nicotine http://ragingalcoholic.com/smoking-side-effects-nicotine/ Sat, 16 Jan 2016 23:22:53 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=8361 Smoking cigarettes and the destructiveness of nicotine’s side effects are not really helpful, on a personal level, unless they teach us how to stop smoking cigarettes. When I drank I smoked like a chimney. Nearly all the other drunks I knew smoked too. So I thought I would put something on the blog about it. To answer the question, […]

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Stop a Panic Attack – Natural, Safe, Complete Relief http://ragingalcoholic.com/stop-panic-attack/ Tue, 05 Jan 2016 05:16:10 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=10255 Panic attacks can be terrifying.  Even if you have had them before. If you have had one, then you know worrying about the next one can be debilitating. What if your at work, or need to drive the kids home, at home alone, etc. Want Information: Read On NeedA Solution Now: Click Banner     […]

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How To Help An Addict http://ragingalcoholic.com/how-to-help-an-addict/ Tue, 29 Dec 2015 06:44:21 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=10160 Understanding addiction is important to success. I cannot overstate this. Generals study their enemies to look for weaknesses but, they also study their own army to know its strengths and weaknesses. They work to strengthen the areas they know they are weak in. Then they use their strengths to attack the enemy in his weak […]

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How Alcoholism is Affecting Your Family http://ragingalcoholic.com/alcoholism-family/ Wed, 24 Jun 2015 06:38:22 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=8156 This is an article Mel Carrison asked me to put on the blog. It is very good so I agreed.  The introduction below was written by Mel and the article was published on the rehabs.com site by the author Marni Low. How Your Alcoholism Is Affecting Your Family According to the National Institute on Alcohol […]

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I was raised by an alcoholic. http://ragingalcoholic.com/raised-by-an-alcoholic/ Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:15:52 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=8145 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Raised by an alcoholic is from a contributor.  Being raised by an alcoholic is something that happens to many, many people so I thought that the experience should be included here. This is one persons experience. Not everyone raised by an alcoholic has the same story. I have heard some truly terrifying stories.  Anyway, […]

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Federal Trafficking Penalties – DEA Chart http://ragingalcoholic.com/federal-trafficking-penalties/ Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:17:03 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=8133 This Federal Trafficking Penalties for Schedules I, II, III, IV, and V (except Marijuana) is from the Drug Enforcement Agencies site (even the html is from them). On the DEA’s website you can download these schedules in PDF form. http://www.dea.gov/druginfo/ftp3.shtml (last accessed 03/03/2015) Federal Trafficking Penalties for Schedules I, II, III, IV, and V (except […]

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20-Question Addiction Questionnaire John Hopkins http://ragingalcoholic.com/20-question-addiction-questionnaire-from-john-hopkins/ Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:38:15 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=8121 Johns Hopkins University developed the following self-test for identifying alcoholism. It has been modified to include drugs as well as alcohol. Please answer the questions as honestly as possible. 1. Do you lose time from work due to drinking or drug use? 2. Is drinking or drug use making your home life unhappy? 3. Do you drink […]

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Alcohol Poisoning Kills 6 Americans a Day, a Federal Report Finds – NYTimes.com http://ragingalcoholic.com/alcohol-poisoning-kills-6-americans-a-day-a-federal-report-finds-nytimes-com/ Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:13:49 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=8118 Alcohol Poisoning Kills 6 Americans a Day, a Federal Report Finds – NYTimes.com. I don’t touch too much on deaths from alcohol poisoning.  Compared to other known killers it didn’t seem like much of threat. It looks like the CDC new reporting methods put the death rate at 6 persons per day. And that alcohol […]

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T-ACE Alcohol Evaluation http://ragingalcoholic.com/t-ace-alcohol-evaluation/ Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:09:36 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=8104 T   Tolerance: How many drinks does it take to make you feel high? A   Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking? C   Have you ever felt you ought to cut down on your drinking? E   Eye opener: Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or […]

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9 out of 10 heavy drinkers don’t have alcoholism, says CDC http://ragingalcoholic.com/9-out-of-10-heavy-drinkers-dont-have-alcoholism-says-cdc/ Tue, 16 Dec 2014 03:47:40 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=8101 9 out of 10 heavy drinkers don’t have alcoholism, says CDC.   This is a very interesting report. I agree with it but am sure most people in the rehab industry won’t. I just wanted to point it out.

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Types of Alcoholism Treatment http://ragingalcoholic.com/alcoholism-treatment/ Fri, 05 Dec 2014 20:02:40 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=8091 Types of Alcoholism treatment Rehab facilities are where alcohol and drug users go to stop their uncontrolled or destructive use of a substance. These recovery facilities focus on both the physiological and the psychological aspects of addiction. Most treatment facilities have the ability to help with co-occurring disorders like depression or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder […]

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Vast majority of Americans who drink excessively http://ragingalcoholic.com/most-americans-not-alcoholics/ Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:32:55 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=8078 Take a look at this article claiming that most heavy drinkers are not alcoholics.  They do not meet the definition requirements for alcoholism.  I guess the disease model crowd will get another definition change so there can be more “real” alcoholics. Here is the article. Vast majority of Americans who drink excessively are not alcoholics, […]

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Stop Drinking Naturally, Most Alcoholics Do http://ragingalcoholic.com/stop-drinking-alcohol/ Thu, 20 Nov 2014 04:27:11 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=8064   Most people do stop drinking without any help from other people. They quit cold turkey. They have to. Because: Rehab is a problem. Don’t believe me? Believe the professionals. You Have A Better Chance of Ending Your Addiction If You Are Never Exposed To Treatment Programs or 12-Step Programs. CleanSlate AND “There’s no such […]

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Definition of Addiction: Why is the Answer so Elusive? http://ragingalcoholic.com/definition-addiction/ Tue, 18 Nov 2014 06:35:36 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=7808 Alcoholism Definition Alcoholism is a chronic and often progressive disease that includes problems controlling your drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol, continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems, having to drink more to get the same effect (physical dependence), or having withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking. If you have alcoholism, […]

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Drug War Clock http://ragingalcoholic.com/drug-war-clock-2/ Wed, 12 Nov 2014 02:43:07 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=7678 This is from DrugSense.org Category: Drug War How To Stop Drinking Alcohol Home: Physical Signs of Alcoholism

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High Functioning Alcoholics – How to Help an HFA http://ragingalcoholic.com/high-functioning-alcoholic/ Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:04:13 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=7620 HFAs. Only Lucky for so Long High Functioning Alcoholics are successful  in daily life and manage to find a way of covering up their substance dependency. These people are described as ‘high functioning’ because they are able to carry out their commitments, social roles, and routines while also fighting a dependence on alcohol. These folks […]

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Field Sobriety Tests – You Do Not Want to Fail . . . http://ragingalcoholic.com/field-sobriety-tests/ Sat, 11 Oct 2014 05:29:40 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=3408 Field Sobriety Tests -Pass these and you probably won’t be arrested. Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs)are how law enforcement determine if you should be brought in on suspicion of drunk driving. These tests are used to gather evidence against possibly impaired drivers and to send unimpaired drivers on there way. Generally speaking, if you get asked […]

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Is Alcoholism A Disease Or A Choice? http://ragingalcoholic.com/is-alcoholism-a-disease/ Sun, 05 Oct 2014 21:44:02 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=7529 Is alcoholism a disease or a choice is a good question. It is something many people are interested in. Alcoholics want to know if alcoholism is a disease because they want to explain what is happening, or what happened, to them. Insurance companies want to know so they can determine how to pay for it. […]

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Stages of Alcoholism – Disease Models Inevitable Progression http://ragingalcoholic.com/stages-alcoholism/ Sun, 05 Oct 2014 20:25:09 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=7520 Defining the Stages of Alcoholism The stages of alcoholism are not as predictable as blood alcohol concentration. It is not a steady 0.02 for each beer (minus what the liver metabolizes). It is far less predictable. Generally each stage of alcoholism takes a few years, but they do not have to. They can escalate rapidly, […]

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EM Jellinek on Alcoholism http://ragingalcoholic.com/jellinek-alcoholism/ Sun, 05 Oct 2014 18:38:04 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=7501 EM Jellinek did the initial research that gave us the disease concept of alcholism. He used very flimsy research and came up with the foundations of how we view and treat alcoholism today. Introduction below courtesy of Wikipedia. Elvin Morton “Bunky” Jellinek (1890–1963), E. Morton Jellinek, or most often, E. M. Jellinek, was a biostatistician, […]

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Signs of Alcoholism – Behavior That Indicates a Problem http://ragingalcoholic.com/signs-of-alcoholism/ Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:42:55 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=7265 Signs of Alcoholism for Diagnosticians Snip from NIAAA brochure. Click to get full .pdf. Signs Of Alcohol Dependence For The Rest Of Us Alcoholism is a sneaky disease.  It progresses slowly and it is usually too late before you acknowledge that you show the signs of alcoholism.  You think you’re just abusing alcohol because you are young […]

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Alcohol Quotes – Quotes on Alcohol Abuse http://ragingalcoholic.com/alcohol-quotes/ Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:35:30 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=3416 Alcohol Quotes I’m tired of hearing sin called sickness and alcoholism a disease. It is the only disease I know of that we’re spending hundreds of millions of dollars a year to spread. Unknown Source The worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunk they are sober. William Butler Yeats 1865-1939, […]

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Alcohol vs Marijuana http://ragingalcoholic.com/alcohol-vs-marijuana/ Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:13:21 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=4833 Alcohol vs Marijuana is a struggle many small employers wish marijuana would win.  How many hangovers keep people home from work while their pot smoking brothers got up and came into work just fine?   How much productivity is lost due to hangovers?                                                                                                               Alcohol vs Marijuana In the Alcohol v. Marijuana struggle I wish I […]

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Effect of Alcohol on the Brain http://ragingalcoholic.com/effect-of-alcohol-on-the-brain/ Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:13:20 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=5913   Direct Effect of Alcohol on the Brain Alcohol affects the brains chemistry by changing the levels of neurotransmitters ( the brain’s chemical messengers i.e. dopamine, acetylcholine, there are many more) in your brain. Alcohol effects both stimulating and depressing neurotransmitters. Alcohol is both water and lipid soluble; it goes everywhere. Most drugs are site […]

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Dopamine and Addiction Connection http://ragingalcoholic.com/dopamine-addiction/ Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:13:19 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/target/dopamine-transporter-stampede-supercomputer-used-to-study-common-link-between-addiction-neurological-disease/   Dopamine and addiction are two words used together frequently today.  It is the increase in dopamine that is what we like.  It makes us feel good.  It is the increase in dopamine (among other things) levels that allows things like online gaming, porn, and gambling to be called addictions.   Increased dopamine and addiction […]

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Harm Reduction – Minimizing the Risk http://ragingalcoholic.com/harm-reduction/ Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:12:16 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=3478 What is Harm Reduction Harm reduction simply tries to minimize the dangers of alcohol use. They don’t require abstinence, they just try to keep all the negative consequences from happening. For instance, a drunk will walk to the bar instead of driving. This way when they want to go home. They have no car to […]

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Victim Impact Panel http://ragingalcoholic.com/victim-impact-panel/ Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:12:14 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=5975 Below is MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) on Victim Impact Panels. The DUI Victim Impact Panel Program is an awareness program for offenders convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.  The panels consist of a non-confrontational presentation consisting of crime victims telling their own personal stories of how impaired drivers forever […]

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Myths of Addiction http://ragingalcoholic.com/myths-addiction/ Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:12:13 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=7034 The myths of addiction create considerable problems for society.  The biggest problem, of course, is the myth of addiction that it is a big monster and eats up everyone it comes into contact with. This is not true. It takes a number of simultaneously occurring circumstances to lead a person into drug abuse that can […]

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Effects of Binge Drinking Infographic http://ragingalcoholic.com/effects-of-binge-drinking/ Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:12:12 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=4969 http://www.bestinfographic.co.uk/2013/01/17/binge-drinking-infographic/  Binge drinking is defined as men who drink 5 or more alcoholic drinks and women who drink 4 or more in a short period of time. Read more at http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1112714361/effects-of-binge-drinking-brain-impairment-101612/#UzivQJJ5sHIUmiP0.99 Binge drinking is defined as men who drink 5 or more alcoholic drinks and women who drink 4 or more in a short period […]

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Women for Sobriety http://ragingalcoholic.com/women-for-sobriety/ Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:12:08 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=3460 Women For Sobriety (WFS) is a self help group specifically for women. That’s pretty obvious, you probably didn’t need me to point that out for you. It’s founder, Jean Kirkpatrick, put it together as an alternative to AA. She felt women already spend too much time hating themselves. WFS usually like a group of from […]

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Rapid Detox Centers http://ragingalcoholic.com/rapid-detox-centers/ Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:12:06 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=5621 Rapid detox centers are normally used for opiate detoxification. Alcoholics, however, sometimes use the same detoxification process. Especially if they are rich and in a hurry. Normal alcoholics don’t usually even consider this option. For alcoholics, I do not recommend it. For the alcoholic it is good to remember the pain and the shame. Side […]

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The spiritual person: Alcohol releases the ‘beast within’ http://ragingalcoholic.com/the-spiritual-person-alcohol-releases-the-beast-within/ Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:12:05 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/target/the-spiritual-person-alcohol-releases-the-beast-within/ Here is an interesting and, according to the study,  unexpected result from a study on alcohol abuse and violence in religious (spiritual) people.  I don’t know why the article would find this unexpected.  Most people have very strong feelings regarding their spiritual convictions.  For Christians it is a matter of eternal bliss or damnation.  I […]

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Drunk Driving Property Damage http://ragingalcoholic.com/drunk-driving-property-damage/ Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:45:24 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/dui-issues-property-and-other-collateral-damage/ Drunk Driving Property Damage . Information regarding crashes associated with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, known commonly as a drunk driving accident, mostly offer statistics resulting from personal injuries or fatalities. Almost no research furnishes details concerning the monstrous amounts of property damages that are involved in these accidents. After all, millions […]

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Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) http://ragingalcoholic.com/mothers-against-drunk-driving-madd/ Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:45:23 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=5524 The only organization more hostile to drunk driving than Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is law enforcement.  Click Here This post cannot hope to do MADD justice.  I just want to point out how effective the measures they have pushed for have been.  Anyone who drives a car or walks along a street can thank […]

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Alcohol, Death, and the Devil http://ragingalcoholic.com/alcohol-death-and-the-devil/ Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:45:22 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=5092 A historical photo of artwork used by members of the Temperance Movement.  It is of Alcohol, Death, and the Devil.  It is meant to show people the dangers of alcohol and the need to have a national prohibition of its use. This copy of Alcohol, Death and the Devil is from the Library of Congress.  […]

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DUI Consequences, Sentencing Grid Washington State 2013 http://ragingalcoholic.com/dui-consequences-wa/ Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:45:18 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/?p=4984 Being convicted of driving while impaired gets you to this point Court – DUI Sentencing Grid (RCW 46.61.5055 as amended by statute effective September 28, 2013, and January 1, 2014) BAC Result < .15 or No Test Result No Prior Offense1 One Prior Offense1 Two or Three Prior Offenses1 Mandatory Minimum /Maximum Jail Time2 24 […]

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Fentanyl – Quasi-legal drug 15 times stronger than heroin hides in plain sight http://ragingalcoholic.com/fentanyl/ Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:45:15 +0000 http://ragingalcoholic.com/target/quasi-legal-drug-15-times-stronger-than-heroin-hides-in-plain-sight/ Link to original article Quasi-legal drug 15 times stronger than heroin hides in plain sight “What’s frightening about this emerging street drug is that users themselves may not be aware that they are ingesting it,” said lead study author John Stogner, Ph.D. of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of North […]

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