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5 Wine Phobia’s that you Probably Never even knew Existed Until Now!

Wine phobias are a thing!

So, since our last article, we learned about a phobia called Cenosillicaphobia, the fear of an empty wine or beer glass.  Well in this article we get to find out about some interesting wine phobias that most wine lovers probably never even knew existed.  Like Novinophobia which apparently means a fear of running out of wine – which probably after a bottle or two you would not even be able to pronounce!

5 Wine phobias:

#1           Methyphobia
Can also be known as Potophobia and it is a fear of a loss of control from drinking.People who suffer from this phobia fear the loss of control from drinking alcohol so they don’t drink and or they also tend to avoid people who drink alcohol.

#2           Zythophobia
Is a fear of bear and or yeast.  As a result, people who suffer from this phobia tend to steer clear of people who drink beer, will not allow it in their houses or immediate surrounds.  Some even go as far as having a fear of yeast and as such will not consume any yeast products.

#3           Oenomania
This is a mania for wine, although not a phobia as such it can have some of the same debilitating psychological effects as a phobia as a person becomes totally obsessed with and has an uncontrollable desire for wine.
The medical world sees this as a condition called dipsomania!
Dipsomania where a person has a periodic craving for alcoholic beverages.

#4           Delirium tremens (DTs) this is more a psychotic condition which is caused by excessive alcoholism.  Sufferers tend to become delirious, hallucinate, get angry and have anxiety attacks.  These symptoms can often occur and or are caused by withdrawal symptoms after a chronic drinking binge and it may even occur during the heavy drinking session as well.  Let untreated can be harmful to the person experiencing them and those around them especially if they become angry and aggressive.

#5           Oenophobia is an intense hatred, dislike and or fear of wine.  People who have this phobia tend to avoid people who drink wine, will not have it in their home or anywhere near them.
They will also avoid places where wine is being consumed and or made.
The symptoms of this phobia include extreme anxiety, dread and they have panic attacks associated with anything to do with wine.

Conclusion

Phobias no matter how ridiculous they may seem to some are very real for others and can have near-fatal outcomes for some such as people who suffer from asthma if they have an intense fear of something the object of their fear if put in their path could cause a severe asthma attack.  Always take a phobia or fear to heart and unless you are a trained professional it is best not to try and challenge a person’s fear.

What are Cenosillicaphobia and 15 other Interesting Facts About Beer

What is Cenosillicaphobia and is it a real thing?

Cenosillicaphobia is supposedly the fear of an empty alcohol glass be it beer, wine or apparently, yes even a shot glass.  Most literature about the phobia states that the person who experiences this phobia can become quite awkward, angry and frustrated overseeing an empty glass – so we have to be inclined to say – “isn’t that every patron in a busy bar really?”

Here are another 15 interesting facts about beer:

#1           The longest hangover in the world lasted for 4 weeks.  This was a Scotsman who allegedly consumed 60 pints of beer!

#2           Slugs tend to like beer!

#3           In Russia beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage until 2013!

#4           Africa has a beer that is brewed from bananas!

#5           The Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew Temple a small temple in Thailand that was built from over 1.5 million empty Heineken and Chang beer bottles!

#6           Nigeria consumes more Guinness than Ireland does!

#7 Albert Heineken created a beer bottle in 1963 that could be used as a brick in order to help impoverished countries build sustainable houses it was named the WOBO or world bottle.

#8           Darker and bitter beers, as a rule of thumb, tend to have a higher content of alcohol than the lighter ones.

#9           It is said that at any one given time 0.7% of the world is drunk which would make around 50 million or so people drunk at this moment.

#10         The beer with the highest ABV in the world contains a 67.5% alcohol content and has been dubbed “Snake Venom” from Brewmaster!

#11         The first aircraft hijacking in Norway the hijacker surrendered his weapon in exchange for beer!

#12         Mustaches are said to waist 162,719 pints of Guinness a year!

#13         There is a village in Austria called Fucking in which a beer is brewed, and it is called Fucking Hell beers!

#14         The USA exploded atomic bombs near beer cans in 1956 to see if they would still be safe to drink.  The Government study was called “The effect of Nuclear Explosions on Commercially Packaged Beverages”.  The conclusion was – yes, the beverage is still safe to drink.

#15         There is an operational brewery in Germany that has been in operations for almost 1000 years it was opened in 1040!

Conclusion

There are many wonderful facts about beer and alcohol to be had like the fact that alcohol has been drunk and used in various ceremonial and religious rites, practices and rituals for centuries.

What are Alcohol Units and How Do they Work?

What are alcohol units?

Alcohol affects different people in different ways, research has shown that factors such as our weight, height, size, sex and age can affect the amount of alcohol a body can safely consume at a given time.
Alcohol is measured in units because there are different sizes and strengths of alcohol the unit signifies the strength of the alcohol in your drink.  For instance, 1 unit is equivalent to 8g or 10ml of pure alcohol.

How long does a unit take to go through the bloodstream?

A typical to average person requires approximately 1 hour for the body to completely process 1 unit of alcohol.  But this can also vary based on a person’s size, weight, age or even if you have eaten or not.

What does alcohol by volume mean?

The amount of alcohol in a bottle can be expressed as a percentage of the bottles entire contents.  Usually, you can find the volume of alcohol for the drink on the label which can be abbreviated as ABV which means “Alcohol by volume”, or just vol (volume).   If your bottles labels state 14% ABV it means that it contains 14% of pure alcohol in it.  Some drinks of the same type can vary in the amount of pure alcohol in them.  For instance, one bottle of beer can have a higher or lower volume of alcohol in it than another.  Like the differences between a normal beer and a light beer.  There are laws and guidelines that most manufacturers of alcoholic beverages have to stay within in the manufacture of certain types of alcoholic beverages.

Wine and spirit measures in most bars, clubs and licensed restaurants

The number of units you are drinking is determined by the strength and the size of the drink.

  • A drink with an ABV of 11% such as wine in a:
    • 250ml wine glass would be equivalent to 2.8 units of alcohol
    • 175ml wine glass would be equivalent to 1.9 units of alcohol
    • 125ml wine glass would be equivalent to 1.4 units of alcohol

Generally, a person can feel when they have reached their limit but even then, that is not a reliable factor and it is safer to stick to the general guidelines that govern the laws of alcohol consumption in your area to avoid penalties, fatalities and jail.

Conclusion

For health and safety risks it is best not to consume more than 14 units per week.

7 Health Risks Caused by Alcoholism or Chronic Heavy Drinking!

Chronic heavy drinking

Statistics show that alcoholism or more accurately chronic heavy drinking is the fourth leading preventable causes of death in the USA.  Heavy drinking is defined by a man having more than 15 drinks per a week or 8 or more per week for a woman.

Here are the top 7 causes of health risks and or death due to heavy drinking:

#1           Liver disease

One of the very first diseases of alcohol everyone thinks of is liver disease.  Statistically, about 90% of heavy alcohol drinkers will develop a fatty liver.  This early stage of liver disease is reversible and treatable.  This is when fats start to accumulate in the liver as excessive drinking has a tendency to enhance the livers natural breakdown of fats.
But over time and left untreated or continued abuse of alcohol will eventually lead to cirrhosis.  This leaves the liver unable to perform its functions and if it cannot do that the body experiences multiple organ failures!

#2           Brain damage
Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant and as such causes an inability for the brain to function correctly by being able to process information.  Heavy drinking over a long period can potentially speed up the brains ageing process with can result in the onset of dementia.

#3           Heart diseaseExcessive drinking has been knowing the trigger the release of a stress hormone that constricts the blood vessels and this leads to high blood pressure.  It is also linked to heart complications.

#4           Osteoporosis


Heavy drinking can potentially affect bone health which could lead to osteoporosis which is a loss of bone mass.

#5           Injuries due to accidents
As alcohol tends to slow a body down, impaired vision and can potentially cause blackouts.  If operating a boat, driving a car or even a bicycle can cause potentially fatal accidents.  Even walking under the influence of alcohol can lead to a fatality.  As it also tends to limit inhibitions a person tends to get reckless and do silly things that lead to various accidents.

#6           Ulcers
Chronic drinking has been linked to gastric complications such as bad acid reflux, heartburn and inflammation of the stomach lining which can result in painful ulcers.  Alcohol interferes with the stomach’s ability to secrete gastric acid.

#7           Immune function problems

As alcohol causes a drop in the white blood cell count too much drinking can weaken and damage the immune system leaving the person vulnerable to infectious diseases such as the likes of TB and pneumonia.

Conclusion

Alcoholism destroys lives, tears families apart and potential cause unnecessary fatalities to innocent parties, like car accidents!  Even for those who are not addicted to the substance, one should always take precaution when going out for a night out on the town, to a function, party, etc. where you know alcohol is being consumed.  There is really no excuse for putting both yours and other people lives in danger of drinking and driving.

What are Psychedelic Drugs and the Effects they have on a Person?

What are psychedelic drugs?

The psychedelic drugs primary function is to alter a person perceptive and cognitive state.  They are classified as hallucinogens and are typically serotonin receptor agonists.   They tend to cause a heightened state of consciousness which can cause auditory, visual and thought changes in the person taking the drug.

Some common Psychedelic drugs are:

DMT which is Dimethyltryptamine is a molecule which can be found in many plants and animals have been used throughout the ages and by different cultures for both healing and ritualistic purposes.  It was most popular in the 1960’s and was known as “the business trip” as it took the user through the psychedelic experience a lot faster than LSD and another such hallucinogenic could.  The effects of DMT last only about 5 to 15 minutes when the drug is inhaled or injected but when it is taken orally can last up to 3 hours.

Commonly known as a magic mushroom, shrooms or mush, contain a potent compound knows as psilocybin.  Used as a recreational drug they create states of euphoria, altered processes of thinking and even to some a spiritual experience.  It is thought that these mushrooms have possibly used since ancient times.

  • Mescaline
    Comes from a small cactus called peyote and has been used as a hallucinogenic by various natives in Mexico and the southwest a part of religious rites of passage tradition for centuries. Although these hallucinogenic effects have been known to last a long time and take the user into a trance-like state of consciousness they have also proven to have many bad side effects like dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headaches and tachycardia.
    It is taken as a tea, chewed or in powder form.
  • LSD
    Which is also knowns as acid on the streets and is a very powerful mind and mood-altering drug. It comes from the lysergic acid; this acid is found in the ergot fungus. A fungus that grows on grains such as rye.
    LSD is sold as either a tablet called “microdots”, the absorbent paper often decorated with cartoon characters or window panes which are gelatin squares or capsules.  It can also be sold in a liquid form, but no matter how it is consumed that effects of the LSD are all the same.

Conclusion

Most hallucinogenic are illegal except for the practice or religious or research rights.  Although some studies show that most psychedelic drugs may not lead to addiction and other even believe that they can play an important part in the rehabilitation from harder addictive drugs.  They are still drugs that cause an altered state of reality which can cause a different “trip” for each user and all it takes is one bad trip to cause a fatality.

Marijuana is Used to Help Treat Heroin and Cocaine Addiction!

What is marijuana?

Marijuana is a drug derived from the cannabis plant which forms part of the Cannabaceae family.  Other members of this family are the cannabis plant known as hemp and marijuana the Celtis which are hackberries and the  Humulus being the hops plants.

Marijuana being used to treat heroin and cocaine addiction

A drug rehabilitation center in California has treated approximately 50 patients to treat severe cases of patients addicted to substances such as cocaine and heroin with medical marijuana.  The center claims that marijuana can cut down on the harm that has been caused by using hard drugs such as cocaine and heroin.

Some members of various other clinics claim that using a drug such as marijuana to treat another drug addiction is actual counteractive as you are going to a rehabilitation center to get sober not high and possibly dependent on another drug.

But the center in California has held strong believing that a cannabis detox can be extremely helpful in the management of pain and the other uncomfortable, distressing symptom and effects on a person trying to recover from an addiction to substances such as heroin and cocaine.

This type of rather controversial treatment is known as “harm-reduction” therapy which is used with an aim to help reduce the harm a person addicted to hard drugs could do to themselves and those around them.  Most clinical solutions to the treatment of drug rehabilitation are the all-or-nothing or cold-turkey approach.

NHS in the UK prescribes medical marijuana to an 11-year-old-boy

In May of 2017, the NHS handed out its first medical cannabis prescription to an 11-year-old boy that suffered from severe epilepsy.
A young boy from Ireland who suffered severe seizures due to epilepsy was treated by an epilepsy expert in California where medical marijuana is legal.  Marijuana contains a compound known as CBD.  The young boy’s mother commented on the amazing effects the medicine had, had on her son and approached her GP in Ireland to prescribe more for her son once the prescription from the doctor in California had run out.

Although Cannabis is a class B drug in the UK CBD which does not produce the high associated with the recreational use of the drug has been reclassified as a medicine.

Conclusion

These stories show that cannabis needs more research into the various medicinal uses for various treatments that can potentially change many people’s lives.  The one redeeming factor of cannabis is that there is no known lethal dosage which means you cannot really overdose on the substance.

5 Reasons Why Underage Children Drink Alcohol!

The underage drinking problem

There are approximately 1900 road accident deaths each year due to underage drinking.   Another 1600 odd from homicide and another 300 or so from suicide.  Then there are hundreds of others that occur due to underage consumption of alcohol such as drownings, burns, falls, etc.

5 Reasons as to why an adolescent would drink alcohol

#1 Hereditary
There are hereditary factors that increase a child’s risk of becoming an alcoholic that scientist believe to be linked to a person genetics.  If there is a history of alcoholism in the family, it puts the child at a higher risk of becoming one themselves.  They say that a COA (Children of alcoholics) are four to ten times more likely to become an alcoholic than other children.

#2 Tolerance level
Many young drinkers can drink a lot more alcohol than some adults before they feel its negative effective.  Scientist believe this be directly linked to the differences between the maturing adolescents brain than that of an adult.  Binge drinking in underage drinkers tends to be more common than in adults probably because the younger generation has to consume more alcohol before feeling its buzz.

#3 Personality Traits
Children who suffer from depression, anxiety, are disruptive, hyperactive or said to have disciplinary problems and or anti-social behavior are more likely to start drinking at an early age.

#4 Life influences
People may have a predisposition alcoholism but there are also other factors that can influence a person such as peer pressure, an abusive parent or other strong influence in the child’s life, a feeling that they cannot cope or those coping with an alcoholic parent(s)

#5 A sway towards high risk activities
Research has shown that the way children view and perceive alcohol from an early age is a great influence on what the child see alcohol as.  Most children by the age of 8 or 9 have already come to perceive it as bad but for some there is still that curiosity about it.  Especially those that have the tendency to be thrill seekers who live off the high of an adrenalin rush or their bodies need to be in perpetual motion.  These children see the thrill of the risk and to them alcohol becomes the risk and the bus both taking that risk combined with the alcohol is quite the combination for them.

Conclusion

Too many young lives are lost each year to underage drinking even those not resulting in death but the other consequences such as growth defects, brain problems, kidney and liver problems.  It is always incredibly hard for anyone dealing with an alcohol problem, but you are not alone and there is support out there.  A good place to start is with a group such as the Alcoholic Anonymous who can guide you and your family in the right direction.

The Devastating Costs of Alcoholism to a Child Forced to Live With it!

The American Statistics for Alcohol abuse

According to various statistics, there are approximately 18 million people in the USA that suffer from drug and alcoholism dependencies.  This, in turn, makes around 26.8 million children who have been exposed to a parent or guardian or sibling with an addiction at a high risk of following the same path.

Known as “COA” these children are impacted in various ways

Kids who live with a parent(s) who is an alcoholic are far more likely to exhibit symptoms of depression, conform to anti-social behavior, have relationship troubles and suffer bouts of depression or even abuse alcohol themselves as a coping mechanism.

Some of the effect kids of an alcoholic parent(s) may suffer are:

  • Emotional neglect
  • Physical neglect
  • Abandonment issues
  • Chaos and uncertainty in an unstable environment
  • Baring witness to abuse and violence
  • Being physically abused
  • Being sexually abused
  • Low self-esteem
  • Loneliness and a tendency to shy away from people

The power of a child’s imagination

Children have a unique coping mechanism and some kids have a greater ability than others to escape into their own worlds where they feel safe and can be kids because in the real world when dealing with a parent with alcoholism they are basically forced to grow up far too soon.  Especially when they are a single parent or divorced parent situation and by some chance end up living with the parent who has the addiction.

The family cover-up and chest of excuses for the parties who are suffering from the addiction

A lot of families will try to cover up a problem such as alcoholism in the fear of ripping their family apart or for fear of another family members wellbeing or life.As such there are far too many families covering the abusive behavior of a loved one turning a blind eye to how it is affecting the younger people of the house. When or if the person who is suffering from alcohol addiction takes that step to recovery it is important that when doing so the entire family seeks council as well.

Conclusion

Children have a quiet strength reserve and various coping methods that can help them bounce back, adapt to the lifestyle that surrounds them to function a normally as possible.  It is imperative that these little people come to realize that their parents, guardian and or sibling’s alcoholism is not their fault!  If you need advice or fear for a child trying to cope with alcoholism you can contact Child Welfare Services.

3 Best Centers for Alcoholism in America

Alcohol rehabilitation and treatment centers

There are many institutes across America that provide treatment for alcohol addiction.  We have picked a few that we know have a good program, accept most insurances and or private settlements.

Some of Alcoholics Anonymouss alcohol treatment center choices:

#1           Sober College

This is a great place for young people between the ages of 18 to 26 dealing with various addictions and problems.  This facility gives individual care to each patient and addresses all the underlying issues and causes of the young adults.  Their program extends from the detoxing right through to an extended care phase for the young individual.  They offer help, guidance and support for the loved ones of their patients on how to best approach and care for the individual with the problem.

#2           The Recovery Team
This center is based in North Palm Beach is a highly accredited facility offering the highest level of treatments and care for their patients.  They have some of the best clinicians in Florida on their staff and offer a wide variety of programs dependent on the care and treatment required.

#3           Serenity Vista

This is one of the far-off centers and is based in the Republic of Panama.  The center is one of the top ten facilities for the treatment of addiction in the world!  The founders of this facility are recovered addict themselves and the facility offers treatment for a wide range of addictions from nicotine to hard drugs.  It is a small intimate facility and only takes on up to six guests at a time as it prides itself on its completely individualized approach to rehabilitation. The only other drawback to this facility is that you must be able to cross borders and have a valid passport.  It is

Conclusion

Choose a rehabilitation center that best suits your needs and or you feel comfortable with.  Sometimes the center of choice may be a distance from your home but that may just be more beneficial to one’s recovery.

The 5 Signs of a Secret Alcoholic

That fine line between social drinking and alcoholism

Alcoholism in today’s world is quite difficult to spot as social drinking to some could be an everyday occurrence.  You pop down to the pub after work to have one with the guys or that nice relaxing glass of red wine as your daily routine. But what if you can’t draw that line and alcohol becomes more than your after-work reward, or a party drink and instead you are consuming it every chance you get?

5 signs of a secret alcoholic:

#1           Vodka
They tend to start turning to Vodka as their drink of choice.  They do this because it is practically odorless and has no color.  It also mixes well with just about anything and to tell if their drink is laced with Vodka you will have to taste it.

#2           Mood swings
People who have a problem with alcohol tend to have quite noticeable mood swings.  The can go from happy to angry in a blink of an eye.  Some get loud and aggressive or depressed and anxious especially if they are going through a withdrawal.

#3           Drink alcohol through-out the day
If you notice the person drinking first thing in the morning by maybe adding alcohol to their coffee or orange juice.  Or they tend to drink heavily in the early afternoon or for lunch.

#4           Hiding
Alcoholics become masters at hiding their alcohol in various places throughout their home, cars and even at work.  They tend to be the ones to take the trash out and do the recycling to keep their empty bottles a secret as well.

#5           Reclusive and disinterestedThey tend to start losing interest in the life and the things they once loved.  They withdraw and start to hide from any size crowd, gathering and even family get-togethers as they pull away to hide their drinking.  Some even try and avoid physical contact to avoid their drinking being discovered.

Conclusion

People who are addicted to substances are often in denial about their problem.  Most often than not admitting to it is just as hard as going through the recovery.