Author Archives: Bruce Hodges

The (Simply Explained) Science Behind Hangovers

Some controversies may forever divide our nation: political party preferences, tax rates, how much time kids should spend surfing the web, and the proper pronunciation of “GIF.” (Come on, people, it’s not peanut butter! Ahem.) But, oh yes, there is one thing we can all agree on: hangovers are the worst. If you’ve ever enjoyed […]

Alcohol and Affluence: Are the Poor Really the Heaviest Drinkers?

They say money can’t buy happiness—nor can it guarantee freedom from addiction. If anything, money could even contribute! For decades, Americans have been fed a one-dimensional depiction of alcohol abuse. As a result, most of us share an unflattering mental image of problem drinkers as unkempt winos who, unable to sustain stable careers or relationships, […]

Three Reasons Most Say “No” to Treatment for Addiction

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There are plenty of obvious reasons why problem drinkers forgo treatment for addiction. Some people are unable to afford lush rehabilitation centers, for example, while others have lost faith in conventional programs like Alcoholics Anonymous. Some lack accessibility to an addiction specialist or the resources to visit them.   Nevertheless, the vast majority actually hold back due […]

Does Alcohol Always Make You Pack on Pounds?

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These days, weight loss seems downright impossible. After all, today’s dieters are bombarded left and right with conflicting (or ridiculous) information on how to lose those pounds. And the sacrifices required to shed them are enough to make anyone groan—or seek relief in a bottle of wine. Unfortunately, the relationship between alcohol consumption and weight […]

“A Complete Miracle”: How Naltrexone Works on Your Brain

A beloved actress and friend, Claudia Christian once felt utterly hopeless. For years, Christian had been battling a deadly addiction to alcohol, driven by genetics and a history of disordered drinking behaviors. And after seemingly-endless attempts to fix her drinking habits—each proving futile, one after the other—she felt as if she had hit rock bottom. […]

A Glass of Wine a Day Won’t Keep Heart Failure Away, Says New Study

Think a glass of red wine before bed will keep your heart pounding for years to come? Think again. New evidence suggests alcohol actually raises the risk of dying by a string of deadly, heart-related diseases—and it could take fewer drinks than ever imagined to unleash disaster.. Published in The Lancet last month, a large-scale […]

Parents’ Alcohol Use: 3 Ways It Can Harm Children

When stress, work, and family responsibilities pile up, many are tempted to drink more than usual. Yet once their alcohol consumption starts to snowball, these people may notice themselves shutting out or yelling at their kids as a result—and chances are, their kids have noticed, too. Believe it or not, disordered drinking behaviors can take […]

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