Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol can be addictive. According to The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) approximately 10% of Canadians will become dependent on alcohol at some point in their lives. People with an addiction may have difficulty stopping by themselves, even if they want to, and even if other negative effects (such as financial or other personal problems) begin to outweigh the positive effects. Alcohol dependence can also cause major problems with friends, family, school, work, emotional and mental health, the law and money. Are you wondering how much alcohol is too much? Or do you feel that yourself, or a loved one, may be consuming more than a healthy amount? Here is what’s considered “normal”: The Canadian Centres for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that moderate drinking is considered to be one or fewer drinks per day by females, and two drinks or fewer per day for males. Drinking more than this, or being unable to control alcohol intake may mean there is a larger problem, and could lead to poor judgment, potentially risky behaviour and serious health concerns. If you are looking for information, help, and support within your community for Alcohol Abuse, or you wish to find resources for a friend or loved one, you have come to the right place.

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Preventing Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol, Culture, and Control

The authors argue that cross-cultural and scientific studies yield evidence that the present policies in the US which seek to control alcohol consumption are ineffective. They argue that the distinctions between acceptable and unacceptable drinking should be clarified and that, rather than stigmatiz

College Student Alcohol Abuse

A Guide to Assessment, Intervention, and Prevention

Essential evidence-based strategies for the prevention andreduction of alcohol abuse among college students With contributions from notable substance abuse researchers,this practical guide presents clear strategies for prevention ofand interventions for alcohol abuse in the college-agepopulation. Ranging from community-based prevention programs to individual,motivational, and interview-based approaches, College StudentAlcohol Abuse explores: The leading theories used to conceptualize college studentdrinking and related problems, with an emphasis on the clinicalimplications of each perspective Epidemiology of student drug use—including illicit drugsand nonmedical use of prescription drugs The spectrum of empirically supported prevention programs witha focus on best practices and materials How to conduct assessments and create intervention programs forstudents with substance abuse problems A must-have resource for every college administrator, residentstaff member, and addiction counselor who works with this uniquepopulation, College Student Alcohol Abuse translates thelatest research findings and interventions into clear andevidence-based strategies for assessing and treating collegestudents who are abusing alcohol.

Youth and alcohol abuse

readings and resources

A Choice Theory Approach to Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Choice Theory takes a look at the abuser/addict's behavior and deals with the client's unhappiness as the cause of their use and reliance on a substance to deal with stress and unwanted emotions. Constant use ultimately leads to eventual dependence as a result of the body's adjustment to living with a drug that is continuously being introduced into the body and brain. Michael emphatically states: "A mental illness? NO! A character disorder? Not a chance! Substance abuse/dependence is no more than an individual's desire to satisfy an uncomfortable situation with a more comfortable state of mind, physically and mentally, and as a result, the body has become accustomed to it and has adjusted to it's prevalence in the body and brain." The Choice Theory approach deals with creating new or reconnecting relationships with the important people in one's life as well as learning new methods to deal with unhappiness instead of trying to satisfy it with short term pleasure from a drug.

Are You Dying for a Drink?

Teenagers and Alcohol Abuse

Discusses what it is like to be a teen-ager who drinks too much, who is likely to become an alcoholic, why teens drink, alcohol's effect on body and mind, drinking and driving, and living with alcoholic parents.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse

A Clinical Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis of Alcohol Abuse

The latest methods used to diagnose alcoholism are discussed in this timely publication. Old systems are reviewed, and their efficacy in the diagnosis of alcoholism is analyzed. Laboratory methods that could improve the objectivity and accuracy of clinical tests are highlighted. Additionally, physical, psychological, and biochemical tests used to diagnose severe alcoholism are explored.

Fetal Alcohol Abuse Syndrome

My initial purpose in writing this book was to offer readers an update of my book Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effects (Plenum, 1984), which con tained a broad overview of the history (actually the absence of any history) ofthe awareness of alcohol's teratogenic potential; a review of alcohol's pharmacology, especially with respect to pregnancy; a survey of the physical and behavioral effects of prenatal alcohol exposure; and an overview of the mechanisms sus pected of being responsible for those effects. I have omitted most of the previously examined historical and pharmacologi cal information because not much of what was previously discussed needed revision. On the other hand, because much more has been learned about the consequences of prenatal alcohol exposure and its potential mechanisms of action, I have considerably expanded my discussion of these topics. In doing so, I have attempted to include as much new material as possible without (I hope) being overly pedantic and thereby losing the proverbial forest for the trees. No book is ever entirely neutral in the topics it discusses, the issues it raises, or in its conclusions. In sifting through hundreds and oftentimes thousands of articles, writers have to choose which facts to emphasize and which to ignore. Every idea cannot be chronicled and every article cannot (and should not) be cited. In going about the business of picking and choosing, however, a writer has an obligation to present the arguments for and against a particular conclusion.

Women and Alcohol Abuse

Prevention Resource Guide

Includes facts and figures; directory of prevention materials; abstracts of studies, articles, and reports; and directory of groups, organizations, and programs on women and alcohol and drug abuse.

Medical and Social Aspects of Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol use affects, either directly or indirectly, nearly all facets of Western civi lization. Eastern cultures are also not exempt from the influence of alcohol, and the present decade has been a time of increased alcohol use in all parts of the world. The problems of alcohol abuse and alcoholism are of concern to a variety of professionals in the biomedical and psychosocial health sciences, and-although the alcohol research literature contains much information on the relationships between alcohol ingestion and physiological, neurochemical, pharmacologic, genetic, environmental, and psychological effects in humans and in subhuman spe cies-there is at the present time no advanced textbook that integrates the avail able information for use by both students and professionals. The writing of Medical and Social Aspects of Alcohol Abuse constitutes an attempt to create a scholarly reference and resource for students, researchers, prac ticing clinicians, and paraprofessionals who wish to understand the complex inter play of factors related to acute and chronic alcohol intoxication, the effects of alco hol on body functions, and treatment approaches to alcohol abusers and alcoholics.

A Great and Growing Evil

The Medical Consequences of Alcohol Abuse

Trends in Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Research

Alcoholism is a disorder characterised by the excessive consumption of and dependence on alcoholic beverages, leading to physical and psychological harm and impaired social and vocational functioning. This book gathers new and important research on this socially and medically destructive disorder. These include addiction issues, forms of treatment, behavioural and clinical studies.

Adult Childen of Alcoholics

No Alcohol

Overcomming Sexual Abuse

Substance Abuse

Prevention of Child Abuse

Domestic Abuse

Sexual Abuse

Alcoholics Anonymous

Hamilton Regional Indian Centre - Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Program

Provides preventative services, intake/intervention, assessment and treatment, planning and education awareness programs in the areas of alcohol, drug and solvent abuse using a holistic approach.

Hamilton Regional Indian Centre - Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Program

Provides preventative services, intake/intervention, assessment and treatment, planning and education awareness programs in the areas of alcohol, drug and solvent abuse using a holistic approach.

Al-Anon Family Groups - Al-Anon / Alateen Meetings - Hamilton / Burlington

An anonymous fellowship, separate from Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems.

Al-Anon/Alateen philosophy is that:
* only the individual can decide for themselves whether or not Al-Anon can help them
* focus is on people whose lives have been affected by another's drinking
* ensures a warm and loving welcome at any Al-Anon meeting
* it is often suggested to attend five or six meetings before deciding if this program is right

* based on the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions adapted from AA
* a spiritual program, based on no particular form of religion
* not allied with any sect or denomination, everyone is welcome, no matter what affiliation or none

Part of the Al-Anon Fellowship, designed for the younger relatives and friends of alcoholics, ages 10-19.
* follows the same Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions and principles as Al-Anon
* members conduct their own meetings with the guidance of an adult Al-Anon member sponsor

Phone service:
Provides support and information for relatives and friends of alcoholics in the Burlington and Hamilton area
* Al-Anon members return calls

For meetings in other parts of southern Ontario call 1-888-425-2666 or see Al-Anon Ontario South website

Halton Regional Police Service - Elder Abuse Enquiries / Reporting - Oakville - North Service Rd - Headquarters

Working in partnership with community service agencies, the HRPS' Elder Services Unit responds and assists seniors and their families in a number of key areas, including:

* issues of neglect
* financial abuse
* physical and/or psychological mistreatment

To deter and prevent the perpetuation of crime against seniors living and working in the community, the Halton Regional Police Service Elder Service's Unit offers a series of topical presentations to older adults, their families and service providers.

HRPS' Elder Services Unit consists of three Seniors Crime Investigators, an Elder Services Coordinator, District Community Response Officers and the Victim Services Unit.

Catholic Family Services of Hamilton - Woman Abuse Program

Offers trauma informed support to women and children who have been exposed to abuse, violence and/or trauma within a non-judgmental, inclusive environment in which they can increase their knowledge and understanding of woman abuse, and explore the options, resources and supports available.

Services offered:
Woman Abuse Counselling
Children's Counselling
Partner Assault Response (PAR)
Learning Effective Anti-Violence in Families (LEAF)

Catholic Family Services of Hamilton - Elder Abuse / Neglect

Provides intensive case coordination with an in-depth, personalized, flexible and creative approach. Specializes in elder abuse, including physical, psychological/verbal, financial, neglect or self-neglect. Service is free and confidential.

Nina's Place - Regional Sexual Assault / Domestic Violence Care Centre - Joseph Brant Hospital

If you are in immediate danger call 911;
* If you have experienced sexual assault or domestic violence within the past 12 days, go to Joseph Brant Hospital Emergency Dept and ask for Nina's Place
* If your assault was greater than 12 days but less than 2 years, and you would like counselling, contact the Nina's Place trauma informed Social Worker at 905-681-4880

A sexual assault/domestic violence crisis centre providing specialized health care to any survivor who has experienced a recent sexual assault (within the past 12 days) and/or domestic violence
* specially-trained nurses are on call Mon-Sun 24 hours

Major services:
* a physical exam and treatment of any physical injuries
* testing and prevention for possible pregnancy
* testing and preventive treatment of sexually transmitted infections
* crisis intervention
* risk assessment and safety planning
* documentation and/or photographing of any injuries
* collection of forensic evidence of the assault for 6-month storage or immediate release to police
* providing information about navigating the legal system and reporting options
* follow-up medical care, counselling and referral to community agencies
* links to community resources such as Halton Region Sexual Health Clinic, Halton Women's Place, Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services (SAVIS)
* a sensitivity to race, gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and/or abilities of individuals will be maintained

* support, welcome, and advocate for survivors of all genders, sexualities, races, abilities, religions, and cultural backgrounds
* clients may consent to all or parts of the offered care options
* clients have the choice whether to involve the police or not

Women for Sobriety

A self-help program for women with alcohol and substance abuse problems which takes into account the very special issues women have in recovery. The group is peer-led by a certified moderator.

Hamilton Regional Indian Centre - Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Program

Fosters healing and wellness with a focus on reducing family violence, promoting healthy lifestyles, and providing culture-based programming and healing.
Member agency of Support Services Network for Male Survivors in Ontario.
Programs include:
Kids Grievance
anger management
One to One Support
Monthly Socials
Healthy Relationships
I Am A Kind Man
Kids Cooking
Women's Drum Group
Kids Drumming Group
FASD Talking Circles
Youth Programming Daily

Al-Anon Family Groups - Al-Anon / Alateen Meetings - Oakville

an anonymous fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics, separate from Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems
* based on the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions adapted from AA
* nonprofessional, self-supporting, spiritually based, apolitical, and welcoming to all cultures
* focused on sharing experience, hope, strength, and encouragement, and learning effective ways to cope with common problems and challenges
* a registered charity

* Mon 7:45 pm, at St. Jude's Church, 2nd Floor, 160 William St, Note: enter off Thomas St.

* Sun 7:30 pm, open meeting, at Munn's United Church, 5 Dundas St E
* Mon 7:45 pm, at St Jude's Church, 160 William St, Note: no food or beverages
* Fri 10 am, at Glen Abbey United Church, 1469 Nottinghill Gate
* Fri 7:30 pm, Back to Basics discussion meeting, St Paul's United Church, 454 Rebecca St
* Sat 10 am, at Hopedale Presbyterian Church, 156 Third Line, Note: babysitting available

* Mon 7:30 pm, closed meeting, at St. Michael's Church, 181 Sewell Dr, Note: non-smoking, enter down the stairs near the office sign

Halton FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) Parent / Caregiver Support Group - No Physical Address

Peer support group for parents and caregivers of children, youths or adults living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
* welcomes new members from Halton, Hamilton and the surrounding areas

Halton Women's Place - Emergency Shelter and Crisis Services - Burlington and Milton - Unpublished

Major Services:
* 24 hour crisis lines for abused women
* safe shelter accommodation, food, and basic personal items for a maximum of 8 weeks for abused women and their dependent children
* individual and/or supportive group counselling at the shelter
* community agency information and referral when necessary
* court support for interim custody and restraining orders
* children's services
* emergency transportation to shelter, if necessary
* depart planning
* advocacy and public education around ending violence against women
* transitional support program
* accepts donations of goods for those in the shelter and those moving from the shelter to permanent housing (see list of needs here).

Family Court Support Worker Program
* information on the family court process
* assistance in preparing for family court proceedings (documenting history of abuse, accessing Legal Aid)
* referral to specialized services and supports in the community
* safety planning
* court accompaniment to proceedings when appropriate

Schools programs
* Healthy Relationships = Healthy Communities program, for Grades 1 to 12, addresses students in an age-appropriate manner about healthy friendships, bullying and abuse, and domestic violence
* EngageMENt 'male ally' program is a conversation-based 8-week program led by a male facilitator that guides male students through discussion around popular and sports culture, through a gender lens, and discusses what 'healthy masculinity' means, wrapping up by planning an experiential or service learning initiative (participants may receive up to 15 volunteer hours toward their Community Involvement requirement)