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Are Marriage Problems Leading You to Drink?

Disagreements, arguments, and quarrels may sometimes occur in a marriage. However, when you are unable to deal with the stress caused by marital problems, you might start looking for unhealthy and potentially destructive coping mechanisms – such as drinking. Sometimes both spouses drink heavily in these conditions that can lead to a downward spiral and […]

Just How Much Alcohol Is Really in That Drink? Maybe More than You Think

One of the first steps in learning how to stop drinking so much is to determine how much alcohol is in your favorite drink. It may well be more than you think. Now more than ever, in the age of supersize drink pours and growing wine glasses, it’s important to understand the alcohol content %, […]

11 Tips On How to Deal with Urges and Cravings to Drink and Use Drugs

There are a number of ways to manage and reduce urges or cravings. There is no single best method or silver bullet. And some are more helpful early on in your efforts to change your drinking, whether it be to cut back or to stop drinking entirely. Others we consider somewhat more advanced strategies. The […]

“Doing a 30”: How To Stop Drinking For A Month

Having alcohol problems and need to break the habit of drinking too much? We are all creatures of habit, and certain habits like drinking too much can be a challenge to change. This is why CheckUp &Choices recommends doing a “30”to help you start to change your drinking. Taking a “30” makes a clean break […]

If You’re Cutting Back, You Have to Know How Much Alcohol Is in That Drink

If you’ve come here after searching on this issue, it’s likely that you’re wondering about your drinking and whether or not you should cut back to reduce alcohol-related problems or risks for problems. If you’ve not read the previous post I recommend doing so as they build on each other. The first post covered definitions […]

Can I Learn to Cut Back and What Might My Chances of Success Be?

This is the fourth in a series of blogs on moderate drinking. The first covered definitions of moderate drinking based on years of solid empirical research. It also addressed instances where moderate drinking or a goal of pursuing moderate drinking could be hazardous to your health and well-being. If you haven’t yet read it, we […]

Considering Your Progress in Moderating Your Drinking: What if Moderation isn’t Working for You?

This is the last of a series of posts on moderate drinking. If you’ve come here after searching on this issue, it’s likely that you’re wondering about your drinking and whether or not you should cut back to reduce alcohol-related problems or risks for problems. If you’ve not read the previous post I recommend doing […]

What is Binge Drinking and How Does it Differ From Heavy Drinking

Definitions and how to identify binge drinking and heavy drinking behaviors with tools. In years past the term binge drinking or “going on a binge” was not a medical term but referred to a person drinking large amounts of alcohol daily over a sustained period of time (“a binge”). In recent times though the National […]

How to Help a Family Member With a Drinking Problem: 8 Tips

If you’re concerned about someone else’s drinking or drug use, this post is for you. “Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.” (Dali Lama). And this applies to heavy drinking. Heavy drinking affects not only the drinker but his or her […]