Author Archives: Bruce Hodges

Does Alcohol Always Make You Pack on Pounds?

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 […]

Medication Plus Counseling: Why Two Heads Are Better Than One

A popular saying states that it “takes a village” to raise a child. After all, it would be tough for a single person—even a parent—to muster all the patience, energy, and resources required for the task. So what makes other Herculean efforts—such as reducing alcohol—any different? When it comes to building healthier drinking habits, some […]

John Oliver on Why You Should Rethink Rehab

$73,000 for 30 days. That’s the figure John Oliver quoted for a month’s stay in a well-known addiction rehab center. On Sunday night, Oliver, host of Last Week Tonight, delivered a scalding, funny, and occasionally profane rant against the addiction rehabilitation industry—with detours mentioning singer Belinda Carlisle, the phenomenon called equine therapy, and C-3PO from […]

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