Monthly Archives: July 2012

Growing up with alcoholic parents may affect you later in life

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Growing up with alcoholic parents may affect you later in lifeDo you remember feeling confused by a parent whose behaviour swung between neediness, anger and fun-loving exuberance? Did you often find yourself having to cover-up or lie on the behalf of an intoxicated parent? Did you take on more responsibility at home because of a parent who wasn’t able to?

Those who If you have lived with substance-addicted parents,you are familiar with these experiences. While not everyone raised in an alcoholic family carries consequences into their adult lives, certain behaviours can indicate a problem.

Everyone reacts differently to living in a family affected by alcohol abuse. This may mean that you have a greater tendency to develop emotional problems and possibly substance abuse problems. Even if you don’t develop a …

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The “mean drunk”: when alcohol abuse unleashes anger and violence

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The “mean drunk”: when alcohol abuse unleashes anger and violenceHave you ever regretted what you did when you were drinking?

The fact that alcohol acts as a suppressant on your internal inhibitions or self-control has been well documented.

There are countless YouTube videos documenting the out of character, alcohol influenced actions that can be quite embarrassing for the people involved Of course, compared to other, more life changing events – like deaths due to drunk driving – that can take place under the influence of alcohol, a compromising YouTube video may be the least of your worries. If you don’t want to end up in that situation, read on.

Alcohol consumption depletes your awareness and response to external social cues. When these internal and external controls on behaviour are …

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Stay cool and don’t get burned: tips for heat & sun safety

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Stay cool and don’t get burned: tips for heat & sun safetyHealth studies tell us that we need more vitamin D. Yet, we know theat there are harmful side effects of overexposure to UVA & UVB rays. These include: skin and eye cancer, accelerated aging of the skin including thin skin, fine lines, wrinkles, and liver spots, skin rashes from medication interactions with UV rays, aggravation of autoimmune diseases, and cataracts. In addition, time in the sun can result in dehydration and heat exhaustion. Here’s how to ensure you don’t have to sit out and miss any of the fun:

  1. Dress the part – Wear loose, light, cool clothing that allows your skin to breathe. Don’t forget to break out that fancy wide brimmed hat to protect your ears, neck and
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