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Patricia Heaton Talks About Her '3 Years of Freedom'

'Everybody Loves Raymond' actor celebrates anniversary of kicking alcohol to the curb

(Newser) - A post over the weekend from Patricia Heaton gave a shoutout to both America and to an achievement by Heaton herself. "It's July, [when] we celebrate our nation's freedom," the 63-year-old Everybody Loves Raymond and The Middle actor noted in a Saturday video on social media...

The Science Is In: AA Works
The Science Is In: AA Works

The Science Is In: AA Works

Alcoholics Anonymous works better than professional therapy, in fact

(Newser) - An extensive new study confirms that Alcoholics Anonymous works. In fact, AA not only helps alcoholics get sober, the free program was found to be more effective than professional mental health therapy in terms of participants staying sober. The research, a review of dozens of studies involving more than 10,...

Americans Are Drinking More, and Here's Why

Seems there's a cultural change, and no 'policy response to match it'

(Newser) - Americans are drinking more now than when Prohibition was enacted. What's more, it's been rising for two decades, and it's not clear when it will fall again. That’s the picture painted by federal health statistics, which show a rise in per-person consumption and increases in emergency...

Looks Like Movie Star Fell Off the Wagon

Ben Affleck loses his balance after leaving LA event

(Newser) - Seems Ben Affleck knocked back a few at a Halloween party in Los Angeles after staying sober for more than a year, Us Weekly reports. The Triple Frontier star—or what looks like him, behind a skull mask—was caught by TMZ leaving a Unicef ball in West Hollywood on...

Servers Who Fake-Smile Can't Hold Back After Work
Servers Who Fake-Smile
Can't Hold Back After Work
new study

Servers Who Fake-Smile Can't Hold Back After Work

It's especially hard for those with an impulsive personality

(Newser) - Those fake smiles and "thank yous" can really add up—especially if you're a spontaneous person. A new study finds that customer-service workers who force happy behavior on the job are more likely to over-drink after work, the Daily Mail reports. Researchers at the University of Buffalo and...

Rosie O'Donnell Reveals What Her Father Did

'The View' co-host says her mother's death changed things

(Newser) - Rosie O'Donnell has talked about her "alcoholic, abusive" father before, but she never mentioned sexual abuse—until now, the New York Post reports. "It started very young," the 56-year-old talk show host tells Variety New York bureau chief Ramin Setoodeh. "And then when my mother...

Trump Announces Where $100K of His Salary Will Go

Salary from Q3 of 2018 will go to alcoholism research

(Newser) - President Trump has donated his salary from the third-quarter of 2018 to the federal agency that researches alcoholism and alcohol-related problems. The White House says Trump donated $100,000 to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Alcoholism is a personal issue for the president, reports the AP . His...

Affleck's Ex 'Had to Let Him Hit Bottom': Source

'Saturday Night Live' producer Lindsay Shookus tried to keep him sober, source says

(Newser) - Seems addiction is having a huge impact on Ben Affleck's life. Not only is he back in rehab, a source tells People that Saturday Night Live producer Lindsay Shookus broke up with him over his struggles: "Lindsay had been supporting Ben’s sobriety and going to meetings with...

David Cassidy Dropped a Bombshell Before He Died

He told A&E producer he was still drinking, didn't have dementia

(Newser) - To explain slurred speech and a near fall in the months before his November death from organ failure , David Cassidy publicly claimed he was suffering from dementia . Privately, he admitted his true disease. "There is no sign of me having dementia at this stage of my life. It was...

GOP Lawmaker: 'I Am a Good Man and I'm an Alcoholic'

Rep. Garrett will not seek re-election

(Newser) - Rep. Tom Garrett says he won't seek re-election to the House this year—not because of reports he mistreated his staffers, but because he is an alcoholic. "Any person—Republican, Democrat, or independent—who has known me for any period of time and has any integrity knows two...

Anderson on Son Punching Tommy Lee: He Did It for All of Us

She says son Brandon punched her ex in 'self-defense' while attempting alcohol intervention

(Newser) - The drama between rocker Tommy Lee and his family just rose a notch, and everyone involved is weighing in. An altercation took place Monday between the 55-year-old Motley Crue drummer and his 21-year-old son, Brandon, at Lee's home in Calabasas, Calif., with Lee tweeting the next day Brandon had...

Indian Wedding Gift: Paddles to Beat Drunk Husbands

State minister gives them out to hundreds of brides to curb domestic abuse

(Newser) - A wooden bat: not exactly the first thing to come to mind when you think "wedding gift," but that is indeed the wedding gift that hundreds of new brides in India recently received from the state minister of Madhya Pradesh. The actual purpose of the 15-inch-long, paddle-shaped bats...

Push to Stop Town of 12 From Selling 3.5M Beers

Whiteclay abuts a South Dakota Indian reservation plagued by alcoholism

(Newser) - A faith ministry in Nebraska has started a fundraising campaign to buy out four stores that sell millions of cans of beer each year in a tiny village next to a South Dakota Indian reservation plagued by alcoholism. The Lakota Hope street ministry in Whiteclay, Neb., is looking to raise...

Man's Daily Vodka Intake Calcified His Pancreas

He'd consumed the equivalent of 5 shots daily for 15 years

(Newser) - After drinking a half a pint of vodka every day since he was 35, a 50-year-old man in Pennsylvania went to the emergency room vomiting blood. He complained of abdominal pain and "foul-smelling diarrhea" that had been plaguing him for two months, per a report on his case in...

Drinking Too Much? Consider Marriage
What Marriage Can Do
to Your Drinking Habits
study says

What Marriage Can Do to Your Drinking Habits

Marriage lowers risk of alcoholism, study says

(Newser) - While some people complain their spouse drives them to drink, scientists now say the opposite is true. A study published Monday in the American Journal of Psychiatry finds a powerful link between marriage and a reduced risk of developing problems with alcohol. "With this study, we were trying to...

Americans Name Drug They Fear Most—and It's Legal
 Americans Name Drug They 
 Fear Most—and It's Legal 
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Americans Name Drug They Fear Most—and It's Legal

Alcohol causes 88K deaths a year

(Newser) - The second deadliest drug in the US after tobacco is similarly legal, and claims more lives than all illicit drugs combined with 88,000 deaths a year. Alcohol is also the drug that has Americans most concerned, reports the AP and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research at the...

Could This Discovery End Alcoholism?
 Could This 
 Discovery End 
 Alcoholism? 
NEW STUDY

Could This Discovery End Alcoholism?

Blocking D1 receptors in brain blocks alcohol cravings: study

(Newser) - Scientists say a cure for alcoholism could be on the horizon thanks to the remarkable discovery of neurons in the brain that play a role in whether one glass of wine turns into a bottle. Texas A&M researchers explain the part of your brain known as the dorsomedial striatum...

History's Most High-Functioning Alcoholics

"A man does not exist until he is drunk." Who said that?

(Newser) - There are high-functioning alcoholics—then there are alcoholics who rule empires, write great novels, and become movie stars. Ozy lists "History's 10 Most Accomplished Drunks," with a few of their choice quotes:
  • The Queen Mother: Queen Elizabeth II's mom, Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes Lyon, kept up
...

One Eye Color Linked to Alcoholism
 One Eye Color Is 
 Linked to Alcoholism 
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One Eye Color Is Linked to Alcoholism

Researchers say the link appears to be genetic

(Newser) - Is it mere coincidence, or do people with blue eyes really run a higher risk of being alcoholics? A new study out of the University of Vermont suggests that the link not only exists, but it appears to be a genetic one. Reporting in the American Journal of Medical Genetics ...

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...

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