Alcoholism a Disease or a Moral Failing

In the old days, people used to debate whether alcoholism was a disease or a moral failing. Now it is abundantly clear that not only is it a disease, but one with a strong genetic component.

Is Moderate Drinking The Answer?

Until four months ago, Paul Robert, a hard-working, 42-year-old Connecticut businessman, would get home from work and knock back six drinks a night – 45 drinks a week. Sometimes wine, sometimes beer, sometimes the hard stuff.

Here’s to your health: the benefits of drinking outweigh the risks, but only within limits

On Thursday, the French will go nuts.

We know this because they go nuts every year on the third Thursday of November, the day the latest crop of just-off-the-vine wines hit the market.

Wine-lovers will swarm to those cute little bistros, swell with Gallic pride, swill a glass of this fairly flimsy red stuff, and proclaim, “Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrive!”

Alcohol’s insidious grip

Barbara Raymond, now in her mid-50’s, started drinking hard as a 15-year-old in Abington. At the time, she had no idea why, though she later linked it to depression.

Drink up – or not? Studies in women are at odds on alcohol’s risks and benefits

Last May, a huge Harvard study of more than 85,000 women showed that moderate drinking — about one drink a day — lowers the overall risk of death, without apparently raising the odds of dying from breast cancer.