Alcoholism: Understanding the Stages of Recovery

Alcoholism is a difficult disease to live with, but it may be even more difficult to treat. The truth is alcohol isn’t as easy to quit as some people are led to believe. In fact, there are four stages in the recovery. It begins with treatment initiation and then moves into early abstinence. After a maintaining phase, treatment will focus on advanced recovery. Let’s take a closer look at understanding the stages of recovery in alcoholism.

Treatment Initiation

The first stage of alcoholism recovery is getting help. Some people seek out treatment on their own, while others may be forced to seek recovery by the court or through threats that they may lose their family. Regardless, this is where it all begins. Unfortunately, this is also where many people fail because they talk themselves into believing that their drinking problem isn’t as big a problem as they thought. Anyone in this phase must stick to his guns in order to beat this addiction.

The Signs and Symptoms of Alcoholism

It’s something that many people hear about, but it can be hard for someone to realize that they or a loved one has the disease. This is why it’s important to understand the signs and symptoms of alcoholism. Then you can determine whether you have a problem and if you should seek help. Let’s take a closer look at the signs and symptoms of alcoholism.

Summer Safety Tips

Yes, we’re on a safety kick this week. Warm weather combined with alcohol makes people act – well – a little odd sometimes.

This short video from the Naval Safety Center highlights their Live to Play, Play to Live summer safety campaign. Give it a quick watch and – remember – your ex doesn’t want to be drunk dialed this year!

Don’t Drink and Swim

Whether you’re enjoying an ice cold lite beer or drink made with liquor, you need to take safety into account. Not only can drunken swimming lead to drowning, but if you don’t drown, you could still face brain damage. Let’s take a closer look at why you shouldn’t mix drinking and swimming and how to be careful in the warm weather.

Side Effects of Alcohol on Swimming Ability

Just like anything else, drinking can affect your swimming ability. You may think that you’re perfectly fine, but drinking can affect a number of your motor skills. First of all, drinking can alter your vision and depth perception. This means that you may think you’re jumping into a deep end of the pool, but you’re actually jumping into less than three feet, which could lead to broken bones or a concussion. Alcohol can also cause you to move more slowly, which can make it hard to make split-second decisions.

3 Fun Frozen Summer Cocktails to Spice Up Any Party

“In the summertime when the weather’s hot……” That’s right. Summer is almost here and it’s time to start thinking about frozen drinks. Of course, some frozen drinks can be a bit high in calories. Take the classic pina colada, for example. Pina coladas can be loaded in fat and calories. Thankfully, you don’t have to consume 1,000 calorie drinks this summer. Here are three frozen cocktail recipes that won’t go straight to your hips.

Light Pina Coladas

Pina coladas have been a summer favorite for decades. Heck, there’s even a few songs about them. However, they are absolutely loaded with fat and calories. However, this recipe is much healthier for those of you who are counting liquor calories. By substituting the cream of coconut with coconut milk, you’ll save several grams of fat and hundreds of calories.

What Foods Go Best with Red Wine?

You may know which wine you enjoy, but still be lost when it comes to pairing it with food. If you’re partial to red wine there are a number of delicious foods you can pair with it. While many people think of red meat, there are several other foods that go well with sweet or full-bodied red wines. Here are just a few foods you should consider pairing with your favorite red wines.

Steak and Other Red Meat

A full-bodied red wine pairs perfectly with steak and other red meats. Whether you’re serving prime rib for the holidays or having a grilled steak for dinner, red wine is an excellent choice. In fact, red meat is the first thing people suggest when discussing red wine.

GalTimeTV Shares Healthier Cocktail Recipes

We already know that alcohol and wine calories can make your weight loss goals hard to achieve. The trick, at the end of the day, is to make sure you’re drinking in moderation and to make healthier, lower-calorie choices.

This video from GalTimeTV proves just that. It compares several drinks and challenges you to guess which is better for you. You’ll probably be a bit surprised!

What Foods Go Best with White Wine?

The crisp, refreshing taste of white wine is perfect on its own, but there are also a number of dishes that pair beautifully with white wine. The general rule says that white wine should be paired with white meats, but that doesn’t mean you’re limited to chicken and pork. Whether you enjoy seafood or Alfredo, white wine can be paired with many of your favorite meals. Here are just a few of the best foods to pair with white wine.

Seafood

Many types of seafood are light in flavor. Whether you’re serving a shrimp scampi or grilled flounder, white wine is your best bet. The crisp flavor works well with the light flavor and flaky texture of many varieties of seafood. In fact, many seafood dishes are prepared using white wine, in which case you should pair the dish with the wine you used in the cooking process. These types of dishes are great for those who are conscious of food and wine calories, too, as seafood is usually lower in calories than other types of food.

Does Beer Make Men Smarter?

Over the weekend we came across a report from 9News out of Chicago. Apparently a group of researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago got together to do a small study about whether or not drinking beer could make people smarter.

Someone actually thought this was research-worthy?

3 Fun St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Ideas

St. Patrick’s Day is well known for it’s green beer, but what about something more interesting? Why bore your guests with the same old drinks, when you could serve something fun? Whether it’s a Pot of Gold Martini or Irish Coffee with a Twist, these are cocktails that are fun, delicious and very Irish.

Pot of Gold Martini

Imagine a golden martini, shimmering in the glass. It’s a much more elegant idea that a pint of green beer. Best of all, it’s easy to make and your guests will get a kick out of the clever name. Of course, because we’re trying to be authentic, you will need to purchase an Irish whiskey to complete the recipe.