Relapses are a common aspect of recovery from alcohol abuse and alcoholism. Among other things, this means that the loved ones of people in recovery often face a very important question: how to deal with alcoholic relapse in a way that acknowledges the seriousness of the situation but does not make things worse. There is no surefire way to answer this question with a solution that works in all situations. However, you will almost certainly benefit from an understanding of the general principles of how to cope with a relapsing loved one.
Anyone who starts using the illegal stimulant cocaine as a teenager has significantly increased chances of developing an addiction to the drug. Once it occurs, teenage cocaine addiction can lead to a number of notable changes in everyday behavior. Let’s examine some of the problems most likely to appear.
What is excessive drinking? If you follow public health discussions on the risks of alcohol consumption, or have simply seen headlines addressing the topic, you may be asking yourself what is considered “excessive drinking.” In the U.S., the guidelines used to define this dangerous pattern of alcohol intake — also known as heavy drinking — come largely from a federal agency called the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, or NIAAA.
Let’s take a closer look at how the NIAAA defines excessive drinking and relatively safe moderate drinking.