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Alcohol Abuse and Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is the use of intentional verbal, psychological, or physical force by one family member (including an intimate partner) to control another.  In the United States, a woman is beaten every 15 seconds.  At least 30 percent of female trauma patients (excluding traffic accident victims) have been victims of domestic violence, and medical costs associated with injuries done to women…

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Alcohol and Suicide

“It’s Larry,” said the nurse, handing me the phone. No other introduction was needed.  Larry was a Viet Nam vet who was a frequent patient at the hospital where I worked. It was 8 p.m., I had a unit full of psychiatric patients and he wanted to be admitted. Larry was drunk, which he and I both knew would keep him…

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Your Stress is Killing You!

It has been said that the lowest common denominator of mental health is self-esteem.  When people feel better about themselves, they just enjoy life more.  Perhaps a byproduct of good self-esteem is one’s feelings of resiliency toward life.  Einstein is supposed to have said that the most important question a person can answer is, “do I live in a hostile…

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The Cuckoo’s Nest, 50 Years Later

In the late 1950’s, a journalism student at Stanford University who worked as an aide in the Veteran’s Hospital participated in CIA-funded experiments on behavioral engineering of humans using psychoactive drugs.  The hallucinogenic experiences he enjoyed would change the young author’s outlook on life and inspire his writings. A few years later, the man wrote an allegory on individual liberty…

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