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Quiz: Do you have a problem with alcoholism?

Posted By NWI, Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Updated: Thursday, March 12, 2015

This month, to highlight several alcohol awareness events (See events at the bottom of this article), Wellness News You Can Use is providing the following Signs of Alcoholism questions from the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) (http://ncadd.org/index.php).

To take the quiz online, and to get a full explanation of your results, visit http://ncadd.org/learn-about-alcohol/alcohol-abuse-self-test.


1.     Do you drink heavily when you are disappointed, under pressure or have had a quarrel
with someone?

2.     Can you handle more alcohol now than when you first started to drink?

3.     Have you ever been unable to remember part of the previous evening, even though
your friends say you didn’t pass out?

4.     When drinking with other people, do you try to have a few extra drinks when others
won’t know about it?      

5.     Do you sometimes feel uncomfortable if alcohol is not available?

6.     Are you more in a hurry to get your first drink of the day than you used to be?

7.     Do you sometimes feel a little guilty about your drinking?

8.     Has a family member or close friend express concern or complained about your drinking?

9.     Have you been having more memory “blackouts” recently? 

10.  Do you often want to continue drinking after your friends say they’ve had enough?  

11.  Do you usually have a reason for the occasions when you drink heavily?

12.  When you’re sober, do you sometimes regret things you did or said while drinking?

13.  Have you tried switching brands or drinks, or following different plans to control your

14.  Have you sometimes failed to keep promises you made to yourself about controlling or
cutting down on your drinking?        

15.  Have you ever had a DWI (driving while intoxicated) or DUI (driving under the influence
of alcohol) violation, or any other legal problem related to your drinking?  

16.  Do you try to avoid family or close friends while you are drinking?      

17.  Are you having more financial, work, school, and/or family problems as a result of
your drinking?   

18.  Has your physician ever advised you to cut down on your drinking?

19.  Do you eat very little or irregularly during the periods when you are drinking?

20.  Do you sometimes have the “shakes” in the morning and find that it helps to have a
“little” drink, tranquilizer or medication of some kind?     

21.  Have you recently noticed that you can’t drink as much as you used to?   

22.  Do you sometimes stay drunk for several days at a time? 

23.  After periods of drinking do you sometimes see or hear things that aren’t there?

24.  Have you ever gone to anyone for help about your drinking? 

25.  Do you ever feel depressed or anxious before, during or after periods of heavy drinking?

26.  Have any of your blood relatives ever had a problem with alcohol? 

In general, if you answered between 2-8 of these questions with “yes,” NCADD suggests you might want to talk to an alcohol and drug counselor. If you answered 8 or more questions with “yes,” the results suggest that you have an issue with alcoholism and should contact a drug and alcohol counselor. NCADD has affiliates across the United States that offer drug and alcohol counseling. To find a counselor near you visit: http://ncadd.org/index.php/affiliate-network/find-an-affiliate.

The following organization promote healthy relationships with alcohol and sponsor alcohol awareness events this month:

National Alcohol Awareness Month
SAMSHA’s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol & Drug Information

April 3 – 5 (first weekend in April)
Alcohol-Free Weekend
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.

April 9
National Alcohol Screening Day
Screening for Mental Health, Inc.

Tags:  Alcohol  April 2015  Emotional  Physical 

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Great Calorie Compare Website

Posted By NWI, Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Updated: Thursday, March 12, 2015

While there is a lot more to wellness than the physical aspects, many of us would like to feel a bit better, have a bit more room in our pants, and have a little bit more energy.

Often times we have to make quick food choices while on the go. Should I have whole grain or whole wheat, yogurt or Greek yogurt, a banana or some berries, a turkey or chicken sandwich?

What’s better for me?

A website, TwoFoods.com, can help you make these quick and easy decisions. For instance, if an individual wanted to know if corn or flour tortillas were a better choice, they could easily compare the two—discovering that on average, corn tortillas have less calories, fat, and carbs than flour tortillas, but the consumer also sacrifices a bit of protein. However, because small gains add up, if an individual had 2 corn tortillas each day at lunch over the course of a year vs. two small flour tortillas, that would save more than 3,000 grams of fat approximately. Let’s hear it for corn tortillas! Check out the website and compare your favorite choices!

Happy nutritioning!

Tags:  April 2015  Calories  Nutrition  Physical 

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Do You Have Equal Access to Healthcare?

Posted By NWI, Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Updated: Thursday, March 12, 2015

April is National Minority Health & Health Disparities Month sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health Resource Center www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov.

There are documented health disparities in the U.S. For instance, according to the U.S. Office on Minority Health (above)

“In 2012, 50.4 percent of African-Americans in comparison to 74.4 percent of non-Hispanic Whites used private health insurance. Also in 2012, 40.6 percent of African-Americans in comparison to 29.3 percent of non-Hispanic Whites relied on Medicaid, public health insurance. Finally, 17.2 percent of African-Americans in comparison to 10.4 percent of non-Hispanic whites were uninsured.”


“In 2012, 47.5 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives had private health insurance coverage. 38.1 percent of AI/ANs relied on Medicaid coverage, and 22.6 percent of AI/ANs had no health insurance coverage.”


“It is significant to note that Hispanics have the highest uninsured rates of any racial or ethnic group within the United States. In 2012 the Census Bureau reported that private insurance coverage among Hispanic subgroups varied as follows: 38.8 percent of Mexicans, 49.6 percent of Puerto Ricans, 48.4 percent of Cubans, 35.9 percent of Central Americans. Public health coverage varied among Hispanic subgroups: 33.2 percent of Mexicans, 42.7 percent of Puerto Ricans, 32.7 of Cubans, and 27.8 percent of Central Americans. Those without health insurance coverage varied among Hispanic subgroups: 31.6 percent of Mexicans, 14.1 percent of Puerto Ricans, 23.8 percent of Cubans and 38.8 percent of Central Americans. In 2012, 29 percent of the Hispanic population was not covered by health insurance, as compared to 10.4 percent of the non-Hispanic White population.”

The good news is that the U.S. government and many organizations recognize this disparity and are working to create resources to ensure that all people have access to good and affordable healthcare.

To find more information including statistics, research, and local and community resources, individuals can call the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health at:

1-800-444-6472 (English and Spanish)
TDD: 301-251-1432
E-mail: info@minorityhealth.hhs.gov

 Depending on the difficulty of the request, searches may take up to five business days to complete. An Information Specialist will work with you to make sure you receive the most accurate resources for your program.

Tags:  April 2015  Disparities  Healthcare  Social 

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April Inspiration: The Joy of Laughter

Posted By NWI, Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Updated: Thursday, March 12, 2015

April is National Humor Month sponsored by the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor at www.aath.org.


At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities. ~Jean Houston

Even if there is nothing to laugh about, laugh on credit. ~Author Unknown

Mirth is God's medicine. Everybody ought to bathe in it. ~Henry Ward Beecher

Laughter is an instant vacation. ~Milton Berle

So many tangles in life are ultimately hopeless that we have no appropriate sword other than laughter. ~Gordon W. Allport

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. ~Victor Borge

What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul. ~Yiddish Proverb

When people are laughing, they're generally not killing each other. ~Alan Alda

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book. ~Irish Proverb

I've always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying, "Ain't that the truth." ~Quincy Jones

A man isn't poor if he can still laugh. ~Raymond Hitchcock

Remember, men need laughter sometimes more than food. ~Anna Fellows Johnston

You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants. ~Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis

Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing. ~Ken Kesey

If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy. ~Proverb

Tags:  April 2015  Emotional  Inspiration  Laughter  Social  Spiritual 

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Wanna Be Well? Take Friends Just As Seriously As Diet and Exercise.

Posted By NWI, Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Updated: Thursday, March 12, 2015

A new study reports that loneliness and isolation are just as much a threat to longevity as obesity. The March 2015 Brigham Young University study also concludes that the effects of loneliness and isolation are just as damaging for people who like to be alone. If you are under 65, the risk is even greater.

The study authors explained that loneliness and social isolation are different. A very social person may still feel alone, while an isolated person my feel perfectly content. The impact on health and premature death, however, is the same.


Although previous studies have been done on the topic of the health risks of loneliness and isolation, this study suggests that the mortality risks are the same as other risk factors (as previously thought) but also that the risk factors actually are greater than the risk factors associated with obesity.


Holt-Lunstad, J, et al.  Loneliness and social isolation as risk factors for mortality: A meta-analytic review. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 2015; 10 (2): 227 DOI:10.1177/1745691614568352

Tags:  April 2015  Emotional  Friends  Loneliness  Physical  Social 

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