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Controlling Your Alcohol: When to Stop

People want to know when enough’s enough. This applies well to alcohol. When is it healthy and when is it bad for you? There is a line that separates it, but the line is not very visible. How can someone tell when they’ve crossed the line?

When is Too Much, Too Much?

Some of you may have found yourselves in a situation where you have to drink. You’re pushed into it because either it’s rude to reject, or you’re pressured by your peers. Out of respect, you drink, you talk you dance. Then they urge you, or your urge yourself. Before you know it, you’re tipsy and a minute later you’re drunk.

The key to stopping is when you feel the “buzz.” Despite alcohol having sedative properties, its initial effect is to give you a feeling similar to downing an energy drink. When you feel that telltale buzz, it’s time to stop drinking. The rest is now up to your willpower.

How Else Can I Avoid Drinking Too Much?

Apart from stopping at the buzz, there are ways you can avoid accidentally drinking too much.

  • Avoid Situations That Will Enable Your Drinking

You can’t drink if you’re not there. Simple as that. This is once again a matter of willpower over your desires. If you really can’t avoid it, then at least control yourself.

  • Alternate Drinks

Don’t drink the hard stuff on the first go. Alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. If there’s no other option, at least alternate between water and liquor. Staying hydrated is the key to avoiding a hangover.

  • Eat First

You’ll tend to drink less if your stomach is full. Eat a good share before start drinking. With a filled stomach, your body will be able to process alcohol slower and more efficiently.

  • Avoid the hard Liquor and Spirits

If you want to drink for a long period, avoid spirits and hard liquor. Stick to drinks with low alcohol content. Make sure you stop drinking as soon as you feel the buzz.

Managing You Drinking

Now that you know how to manage your drinking per session, how can you avoid turning it into a habit?

 

  • Address your Problems and Stresses

 

Alcoholism begins when you use alcohol to cope with your problems. Address these problems until you get what peace of mind you can gather. The fewer problems you have, the fewer reasons for you to drink.

 

  • Stop at Two Drinks a Day and Drink Only Five Times A Week

 

This is based on WHO’s guidelines on alcohol consumption. A “drink” is approximately 15 grams of pure alcohol, aka, a shot of rum or a can of beer. Only drink two per day and never drink for more than five days a week.

What if I’m already an Alcoholic?

Seek help. Consult your physician and inform your loved ones. There are also support groups that offer group counseling and possibly land you a sponsor for your recovery. Alcoholism has become a disease that destroys the individual, along with their families, so if you know one, or are one, find help. There’s no shame in taking the first steps to a healthier life.

 

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Facebook Addiction Disorder: How to get rid of it

With more than 500 million users (The Facebook Blog) – this amounts to more that 7.3% of the world population – Facebook might be ‘the’ niche of the 21st century. It is undeniable that it has changed the idea of social networking in the whole world.

You can now befriend your best buddy from kindergarten without talking to him or her and know that he or she is in Russia studying Oceanography, or you can un-friend your flatmate after you had a fight with him or her about the fact that she did not clean the kitchen properly.

You might also have caught some mice, been bitten by a few zombies and know that your ex just got dumped by his current and now ex girlfriend/boyfriend while you were working.

What makes Facebook so addictive?

Many social networks have existed before Facebook and many have cropped up after it, but it still remains the most popular. The main reason behind this is that Facebook plays on the basic human nature: that of self-obsession and curiosity. Facebook has become a tool for humans to put forward these instincts without having anybody to point the finger at them – one can share whatever they like and one can read whatever they like. The Facebook platform also allows the user to keep in touch without really doing so: a wall post, a ‘like’ or a poke is all that is required.

Gone are the awkward meetings on the streets with someone you haven’t met for ten years or more – you do not even need to catch up because Facebook already did it for you. Gone are the awkward moments of forgetting a close one because Facebook already did it for you; you can even send a ‘gift’. Gone are awkward actions of trying to get everyone together for a party because a Facebook event is all you need to finalise your guest list.

When does it become addiction?

The average student spends half their week on the site, keeping up with the newsfeeds, messages and events. The average parent spends half the same time trying to see what their child is up to. Facebook becomes a portal for communication; people “Facebook”, people stalk. The need to know increases by the minute when the tool is available to do so; during some free time, Facebook users find themselves on the site, trying to ‘catch up’ with what others have been up to.

Facebook becomes a tool for procrastination because it is much more interesting to stay up at night to browse the photos of your friend who has just been travelling than to finish your assignment due in the morning. In brief, Facebook is the form of voyeurism which people love engaging into – because it’s legal to do so.

How to get rid of the addiction?

It is hard to break a habit when one is so used to it; Facebook, in most people’s life, is equivalent to the mobile phone, the TV or even regular meetings at the local coffee-shop with your best friend. When did the fun of Facebook-ing stop and when did the need start? And how to regain control of your life?

  1. Keep track of every single minute you spend on Facebook

The problem with Facebook is that you do not actually consider the amount of time you spent on the site; the amount of information increases exponentially by the minute and there is not enough time in a day for you to keep up with everything.

Social-networking is not a bad thing, too much of it is. Keeping track of your Facebook moments will force you to consider the amount of time you spend on the site and maybe even discourage you from Facebook-ing too much.

  1. Make a list of the things you love to do when you are not on Facebook (And do them!)

Facebook is so tempting that you tend to forget the little things in life that you love; you might be an avid reader but have been struggling to finish that latest novel you’ve bought a few months ago, you might be an amateur chef but you have not tried the sweet and sour chicken recipe you found last week on the internet or even, you might just love to sit down with a cup of coffee and watch the rain as it falls against your window. Whatever it is, the little pleasures of life are what make it worth living.

  1. Explore the world.

We’re not telling you to go travel to China (Facebook is banned there, so they do not actually have that problem), but there is more to the world than a Facebook status. You might actually discover that you love to garden in the time that you used to spend on Farmville or shopping with your friends is more interesting than Sorority Life. The world outside is often full of surprises – learn to appreciate and love it.

  1. Deactivate your Facebook Account.

If everything else fails, it comes down to this: deactivate your Facebook account. The Facebook Team will entice you by saying that your best friend, your mother or your co-worker who is not even in the same department as you and whom you have never talked to will miss you but if they do, there are other means to contact you. It is not the end of the world if you do not know if A and B are still in a complicated relationship or D is sad because his dog died. It will itch you in the beginning, you might activate and deactivate it a few times but it is worth it. Just go out and get a life.

However, the first step to solving a problem is to admit that you have a problem to begin with. Surfing on Facebook might not be considered to be a health hazard but any obsession is unhealthy (Lawrence ASJ). Facebook plays on the human psyche and the basic instincts that morals are often ignored, enforcing the idea of it being a form of permissible voyeurism.

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Preventing Alcohol Abuse in College Students

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) offers a lot of insight into why people drink, how it becomes a problem and how to combat the problem. For the issue of college binge drinking, the NIAAA suggests normative re-education or social norms marketing to get a hold of the situation. Normative re-education means that you go in, teach students what normal and responsible drinking habits are, and then allow the chain action to the result which will lead to an overall decrease in excessive underage drinking.

Social Norms Marketing at Work

The article outlines several trials in which normative reeducation was attempted. In those 22 random trials, 7,275 participants were tested using web/computer feedback, individual face-to-face feedback, group face-to-face feedback, and mailed feedback about social marketing campaigns. The web/computer feedback consisted of online surveys and similar online feedback. The individual feedback was one on one surveys and the group feedback consisted of groups of people coming together to talk about the results. Mail-in feedback was paper surveys.

The campaign showed alcohol problems, peak BACS, frequency of drinking, quantity of drinking and binge drinking. From the trial results, it was shown that the web/computer feedback showed significant reductions in excessive drinking for 16 months after the trial. The individual sessions resulted in a decrease of drinking at the six-month check in, and the group sessions produced a decrease that lasted for three months. Mailed-in feedback generated no results.

Another social solution would be for parents to educate their children about the issues of drinking.

Parental Involvement with Underage Drinking

NIAAA reported on an experiment they tried to get parents more involved in the education of their children. This trial created a 45-page handbook that taught parents how to have discussions about alcohol use with their children. This handbook outlines university alcohol policies and consequences of any sort of violation. Three hundred and forty-seven parents were included in the intervention group. Seventy-two percent of that group evaluated the handbook and 83% reported reading most or all of the handbook. The results of the study said the students of parents who had read the handbook and had abstained from drinking prior to college were less likely to start drinking, and those who had engaged in drinking were less likely to increase their alcohol use during freshman year, although the second statistic was for females, not males. Overall the results indicated that parental involvement will help decrease alcohol abuse in college students.

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How to Avoid Twitter Addiction

If you haven’t heard of Twitter, you’re in for a treat. Some people find that when they start using Twitter, it can end up being very time consuming and a huge distraction. There are ways to use Twitter as a great communication tool, without getting obsessed with Twitter. Use these handy steps to help you use Twitter effectively without stress or eating up all of your time.

Follow Who You Know on Twitter

Be selective on Twitter who you choose to follow or get updates from. Rather than just duplicating the friend’s list with hundreds of friends. Just pick and choose the person’s on the list that you recognize or personally know.

Don’t Add All Twitter Followers

Don’t feel obligated to add everyone on Twitter that chooses to follow you. This isn’t necessary. Some people will flood your Twitter updates with all of their personal updates.

Check Their Twitter History

Look at a person’s history on Twitter and select who you add as friends based on that.

Don’t Spend Hours Reading Twitter Messages

Remember that Twitter is an at the moment communication tool. Resist the urge to try and read all the last messages from the past hour, or even two hours. Focus on what is happening right now, instead of going back in time.

Keep Twitter List Short

Clean up your list of people you follow if it starts to get too large. You’ll be more effective on Twitter if you don’t have a list that has thousands of people that you are following.

Twitter is a great tool to use to let friends and family know what you are up to in your daily life, but it can soon turn into an addiction if you spend all day following people you do not know.

Do your important tasks throughout the day and use Twitter as a way to reward yourself when you take a break. Also try to remember that you can log onto Twitter once or twice a day to let people know about important parts of your daily life, but don’t waste hours telling them what you had breakfast.

If things get out of control, consider quitting Twitter altogether and you will have more time to do other things in your life. Take a break by curling up with a good book, playing a game, or visiting one of your other social networking websites. Twitter does not have to rule your life. If you don’t take control as soon as possible, Twitter can become a problem in both your work and personal life. Keep track of your time spent on Twitter, and cut back so that you do not spend valuable work and family time online.