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Science Better for Alcoholics Than Faith-Based AA

Gabrielle Glaser says some alcohol abusers can even learn to drink in moderation

(Newser) - Trying to beat addiction through a faith-based 12-step program—Alcoholics Anonymous being the best known of the bunch—typically means you can never take a sip of alcohol again. But Gabrielle Glaser writes for the Atlantic that AA was founded 80 years ago , "when knowledge of the brain was... More »

Anti-Alcoholism Drugs Exist, but We're Not Using Them

Many doctors don't know about them: experts

(Newser) - Two medications could offer an effective weapon against alcoholism, and they've been approved for years. But many doctors aren't familiar with naltrexone and acamprosate, which could benefit tens of thousands of alcoholics, a study finds. The drugs are "not blockbuster. They’re not going to work for... More »

Why a 'Dry January' Is a Bad Idea

...Assuming you're an alcoholic

(Newser) - Thinking of giving up booze for the month after a hedonistic holiday season? Well, you might be an alcoholic making a big mistake, writes Tom Sykes at the Telegraph . As a recovering alcoholic, Sykes should know. "I managed several sober Januaries, and they became an important weapon in my... More »

Alcoholics Paid in Beer to Clean City Streets

In Amsterdam—where did you expect?

(Newser) - An unconventional method for cleaning up the streets of Amsterdam has some scratching their heads. A local foundation is paying citizens to clean up the streets—paying them in beer and sometimes cigarettes, that is. Apparently, the alcoholics in a local park were causing disturbances by fighting, being loud, and... More »

Mike Tyson: 'I'm on the Verge of Dying'

Calls himself a 'vicious alcoholic'

(Newser) - If things sounded bad before for Mike Tyson, who admitted to being "totally broke" in 2010, well ... the ensuing years haven't been overly kind. The former boxer made his debut as a fight promoter on Friday, and what he said in a post-fight presser at the Turning Stone... More »

Beer Drinkers Get Giddy at Mere Taste

Dopamine kicks in even before alcohol registers

(Newser) - Beer drinkers start feeling happy at the smallest sip, even before any alcohol registers, a new study suggests. Indiana University researchers found that dopamine levels in the brain rose when drinkers had just a tiny amount of beer, before any alcohol buzz was possible, reports LiveScience . The not-so-funny part: Dopamine... More »

Daniel Radcliffe: I Was Drunk in Harry Potter Scenes

More dope on boy wizard's battle with whiskey

(Newser) - Everyone's favorite boy wizard has made a startling confession: He sometimes acted in Harry Potter scenes drunk. "I went into work still drunk," Daniel Radcliffe tells Heat magazine. "I can point to many scenes where I'm just gone. Dead behind the eyes." He never... More »

Could Quitting Booze Really Have Killed Winehouse?

Sadly, yes

(Newser) - It wasn't too much booze that killed Amy Winehouse, but not enough . At least, that's what her family thinks felled the singer, who they say quit alcohol cold turkey three weeks before she died. We won't know the cause of her death for at least two weeks—... More »

Man Brings Beer to DWI Hearing

New Yorker Keith Gruber jailed after showing up with open can

(Newser) - Late, drunk, and carrying an open can of Busch beer is no way to show up to a DWI hearing. Upstate New Yorker Keith Gruber—who has prior DWI convictions—was more than an hour late for the 10:30am hearing and had four more unopened cans of beer in... More »

3-Year-Old Treated for Alcoholism

Unnamed child the youngest on record for alcohol abuse

(Newser) - A 3-year-old child in England has been treated for alcoholism, after apparently receiving alcohol regularly for six months, reports the Telegraph . "It is a truly horrifying case and raises very serious child protection issues," said a spokesman for an alcohol abuse group. The unnamed child is the youngest... More »

Elton John: Billy Joel Needs Rehab

Former touring partner needs to get help, tough love

(Newser) - Today’s out-of-left-field celebrity comment: Elton John says his former touring partner Billy Joel needs to “do something better” with his life. Specifically, John tells Rolling Stone that Joel’s "alcoholism" caused them to cancel many tours, and that the Piano Man needs to take rehab more seriously.... More »

New Pill Could Help Alcoholics Have Just One Drink

Nalmefene is aimed at easing, not stopping, consumption

(Newser) - Common wisdom holds that in order to recover, alcoholics must completely abstain from liquor—but thanks to a new pill, that may soon no longer be the case. Nalmefene, developed by Denmark’s H. Lundbeck A/S, blocks the signals in the brain that make drinking feel good, Bloomberg reports. Its... More »

Is John Boehner Crying Because He's Drunk?

Speaker-elect's alleged drinking problem the hot rumor on the Hill

(Newser) - John Boehner’s latest public crying episode has gotten Capitol Hill talking, and some are speculating that there’s a simple explanation for the waterworks: He’s drunk. “For years, political professionals have quietly discussed Boehner’s drinking,” writes Matt Lewis of Politics Daily . “Some have told... More »

Was Obama's Dad Murdered?

Family members question 'car accident' story

(Newser) - The official story is that President Obama’s father died after crashing his car into a tree—but Obama’s family in Kenya fears foul play had a hand in his death, according to a book Peter Firstbrook is working on about the Obamas. Though Barack Sr.’s car... More »

Faithful Hooked on '12-Step' Beck

'We're all part of his ego-obsessed recovery'

(Newser) - Recovering alcoholic Glenn Beck has somehow managed to get us all hooked on the emotional, often religion-heavy 12 steps of an "Alcoholics Anonymous playbook," writes Kathleen Parker in the Washington Post . "Addiction has been a defining part" of Beck's life, and "recovery is a process inseparable"... More »

Body of Missing Wash. Boy Washes Ashore

Father IDs Azriel James Carver, 8; mom still missing

(Newser) - Washington police say the body that washed up on the shores of Puget Sound today is that of 8-year-old Azriel James Carver, who went missing over the weekend along with his mother, Shantina Smiley. The 29-year-old has not been found; authorities discovered her minivan partially submerged on Sunday, about 12... More »

Cops Hunt for Missing 'Erratic' Mom, Son

She's spotted falling in parking lot, asking for directions

(Newser) - Washington cops continue to hunt for a young "erratic" mom and her 8-year-old son after her minivan was found half-submerged off a Puget Sound road. Backsliding alcoholic Shantina Smiley, 29, was spotted falling in an Olympia parking lot and asking strangers for directions before heading off the opposite way... More »

Rip Torn Thought Bank Was Home: Lawyer

Actor was so drunk he took off hat, boots in lobby

(Newser) - When Rip Torn broke into a bank Friday night, he was so drunk he thought he was in his own home and had even taken off his hat and boots and left them by the door, his lawyer said yesterday. "Obviously, he wasn't there intending to commit a crime,... More »

Most Boozers Sober Up Without AA

70% moderate the drinking on their own, 1% are true alcoholics

(Newser) - Most people who hit the bottle too heavily lay off the booze long before they ever have to stand up and say, "My name is Bill W and I'm an alcoholic." Shooting down conventional wisdom that climbing up on the wagon and staying there was the only way... More »

Town Fights Public Boozing With Warm Beer

Hope is drinkers won't crack a can on the street if it's not frosty

(Newser) - Arlington Heights, Ill., is tackling its public drinking problem with a novel weapon: beer. Warm beer. Starting in January, stores won't sell single-serving bottles or cans of beer cold. You can still buy that tallboy, but the town is betting problem drinkers will be less likely to crack open... More »

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