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By  tigrouficele2012  |  44

Forgive my stupidity, but I have no idea what "the tag on my hair dryer from last year's rehab visit" actually means. None of the meanings for the word "tag" that I know of make any sense in context, and I can't figure out what the hair dryer and rehab have to do with each other. Any extremely charitable person willing to explain what's going on?

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By  adacurtis  |  9

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I think if OP had to go to rehab then that means OP is probably an alcoholic which if that's the case then OP shouldn't even be having any wine at all since alcoholics don't know how to consume just a couple of drinks without getting out of control.

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  adacurtis  |  9

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  Noremac42  |  8

By definition an Alcoholic cannot control their drinking after the first drink. If OP can, then she's not an alcoholic. Also there is no cure or way to control Alcoholism.

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  SneezyBear  |  24

#50 This is not entirely true. Although controversial in the US, moderation is an accepted treatment goal in much of Europe. For severe alcoholics it's true that continued abstinence might the best 'treatment', but for less severe alcoholics it is actually possible to stem the problem into more 'moderate' drinking. US data actually include those who manage to maintain 'low-risk' drinking as well as those who practice abstinence when they study 'fully recovered alcoholics'. Fully recovered alcoholics, by definition, show symptoms of neither alcohol dependence or alcohol abuse. It is difficult, but not impossible to recover from alcoholism and have the occasional drink - in fact, research seems to suggest this is a more reasonable, achievable goal, and that advocating total abstinence might in fact make it easier for some people to 'fall off the wagon'.

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  stephypop  |  12

Once an alcoholic always an alcoholic. If an alcoholic tries to casually drink, it'll end up getting out of control. Trust me I've witnessed several alcoholics try and fail to casually drink

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  SneezyBear  |  24

#62 Incorrect. That is the standard AA attitude to alcoholism, but actually less severe alcoholics can learn to control their drinking if they are taught. The problem is, AA doesn't teach you how to control your drinking, it just teaches you to abstain altogether. So when people finish their AA program, go out in the real world where they're not in a controlled environment anymore, slowly unlearn what they learnt in AA and have a drink, they really can't stop.

By  izzie321  |  27

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By  beyondflight  |  16

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  poncho55  |  40

Nothing is bad in moderation? I'm pretty sure any amount of crack or meth (and the likes) is bad for you. Just my two cents. As for the rest of your comment, I agree.

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  SneezyBear  |  24

#65 Funny you should mention heroin. I can't remember what the textbook was called when I studied addiction psychology for the life of me, but it was the only textbook I read from beginning to end because it was fascinating. Anyway, in it, the author discussed the harmful consequences of all addictive legal and illegal drugs. And heroin is an interesting one because while it is very addictive (30%+ addiction rate), it doesn't really have long-term health consequences according to research on people who have been on it for years. Its withdrawal periods are nasty, but otherwise it's not that bad for you - healthwise. The catch? It's illegal, hard to obtain, and thus it's ridiculously expensive - and like I said, highly addictive. So the average person who gets addicted slowly ruins their life as they try to get more of it - they lose their job, their family, their home, they turn to a life of crime in order to get the money they need to get more heroin, they might become prostitutes or share needles which increases STD rates, etc., etc., etc. Interestingly though, for people who can either afford it or have access to it, as long as they can be secretive about it they can live out most of their lives in relative normalcy while they feed their addiction. In the US where heroin is legal as medicine in some places, it's no surprise that a significant proportion of heroin addicts are doctors/nurses - AND that these people function quite normally aside from their addiction. I'm not saying that most doctors/nurses are heroin addicts, but there is a small but statistically significant proportion of them. Clearly, the 'war-on-drugs' approach is flawed at least in respect to heroin - most of its consequences arise from its illicit status, not its physical effects. In the 1990s, Switzerland trialled a program that was controversial at the time, where instead of a total ban on heroin they set up heroin clinics where addicts could come to doctors and get a heroin injection for a small fee. while there, they also had access to free psychological treatment to help them control their addiction and get back their normal lives. As a result of the program, two-thirds of addicts managed to quit their addiction (as opposed to the measly 10% success rates normal rehab centres have), most of them got back their famillies, jobs, street crimes were reduced, less homeless/druggies wandering around, and less people started up heroin - because heroin was cool when it was illegal but lame when you had to go to the doctor's to get some, as if it was some sort of prescription drug. This program has been trialled in other countries in Europe as well as Canada - with such results, it's a shame Australia and US haven't tried it. Meth, however? Don't even touch that shit XD

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  SneezyBear  |  24

Oh and I forgot to mention - with heroin overdoses, most of that is also because people have no idea what else they're injecting or how 'pure' the heroin is when they buy it particularly if it's off the streets - which again, is caused by the fact that heroin is illegal and not manufactured and controlled. Upon further investigation of 'heroin overdoses', many of them also turned out to be caused by drug interactions and not heroin directly - that is, people were injecting heroin and drinking or taking something else at the same time. Before anyone says anything, I don't use any illicit drugs nor do I smoke and I barely ever drink. Sorry for the overly long comments, just that there is a lot of ignorance about drugs and it's kind of sad because so many lives are lost due to bad drug policies :(

By  bearstyle22  |  11

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By  loludunnomeee  |  18

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  Mauskau  |  32

Two a day? Are you serious? For anyone that has had a problem with alcohol, one drink is enough to push them over the edge back into where they were before. Also, if you're drinking every day then you do have a problem. There is no need to drink that much, ever.

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  tantanpanda  |  25

it also depends about how big these glasses are. Wine actually has a pretty high ABV, more so than beer. Two is probably stretching it if you're supposed to be drinking in moderation.

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#32 if OP already went to rehab for it then it's a safe bet that OP is an alcoholic and one of the first things that they teach you is that once you're an alcoholic you will sideways be an alcoholic OP can't ever change that However OP can change their lifestyle but they are alcoholics can't just have one or two drinks and then stop that's why they are alcoholics.

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  pandalover69  |  26

I drink wine every day and I don't get drunk off of it, do I have a problem? Not really. Drinking daily is ok if you're not getting drunk and letting it effect your life in a negative way.

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