Hard Drinks for the Sweet Tooth

Hard Drinks for the Sweet Tooth

Even as adults, we like the occasional sweets. Cakes and pastries go well with our coffees. Desserts are something to look forward to after a heavy meal.

But it doesn’t stop there. Alcoholic beverages also come in sweet blends. There are plenty of sweet cocktails for us to enjoy. Many of them are easy to prepare that you can make one at home.

Here are some sweet alcoholic drinks you can try at home. Just remember that drinking too much is bad for our health, so drink moderately.

Pina Colada Punch

Here is a drink that includes one of everyone’s favorite sweet dessert. Blend together half a gallon of vanilla ice cream, 20 ounces of crushed pineapple, 8 ounces of sweetened coconut cream, and 2 cups of light rum. Slowly add the 2 liters of lemon-lime soda into the blend. Keep the mix in the freezer for about 4 hours and serve.

This drink will provide a sweet and tropical taste. You can cut down on the rum to minimize your alcohol intake. Even without rum, you’ll surely enjoy this drink.

Sangria

This nice and fruity cocktail is another concoction you can try at home. Just mix ⅓ cup each of frozen concentrated lemonade and orange juice, ¼ cup of lemon juice, ½ cup each of brandy and triple sec, ¼ cup of white sugar, and 750 milliliters of dry red wine. Throw in slices of lemon, lime, orange, and maraschino cherries.

Leave the mix in the fridge overnight. For a fizzy sangria, add carbonated water into the mix before serving.

Hurricane

Here’s a simple recipe. Add 4 ounces of dark rum, 2 ounces of passion fruit syrup and 2 ounces of fresh lemon juice into a cocktail shaker. Add some ice and shake. Strain the mix into your glass and serve with crushed ice. Garnish with some mint leaves and enjoy.

Butter Beer

You might recognize the name from a certain magical book and film series. Take a shaker and some ice and mix in .5 ounces each of Stoli vanilla vodka, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, and apple juice. Add .25 ounces each of Peroni lager and Monin caramel syrup, and ½ egg white. Shake the ingredients together and strain them into a mug. Top the mix with Werther’s Original candy and feel like you’re drinking with your wizard buddies.

Melon Ball

Why not have a ball with a melon ball? Add 2 ounces of Midori and an ounce of vodka into a glass. Top it off with freshly squeezed orange juice. Stir and garnish with skewered melon balls.

Take any of these recipes as a dessert, or pair them with some sweet pastry. They will surely satisfy your sweet cravings with the buzz of alcohol. Or if indulging in sweet drinks is what you like, you can try the virgin alternatives of these cocktails. Having them alcohol-free will let you relish in the taste without the guilt.

Try out these recipes with friends and families! But remember, drink moderately! You can easily lose track of how much you drink because of their sweetness.

Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse

Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse

Alcoholism is a disease process that causes physical dependence on alcohol. The alcoholic continues to drink in spite of the negative consequences caused by continued use. Social and physical problems begin to mount until they become problematic. Alcohol abuse is the use of alcohol to extremes without the dependence, although the social and health problems may still be an issue. Alcoholism is a treatable disease. The most common form of treatment is group therapy in a residential rehab facility. Medications to relieve cravings and underlying mental and emotional issues have become popular.

Signs of Alcoholism

Before treatment, the alcoholic must admit they have a drinking problem. The closer they get to rock bottom, the easier it is to talk them into seeking help. Knowing the signs of alcoholism aids in identifying the problem, some signs of alcoholism are:

  • solitary drinking
  • unable to stop drinking, after the first one
  • blacking out
  • losing interest in activities and hobbies
  • compulsion to drink
  • irritability when needing a drink
  • keeping extra alcohol hidden
  • becoming intoxicated to feel good or drinking to feel “normal”
  • legal problems
  • problems with relationships
  • developing a tolerance to alcohol
  • physical withdrawal symptoms if you don’t drink

Alcohol abuse may cause some of the same signs as dependence, but the compulsion to drink and physical withdrawals are absent. The alcoholic can’t control their drinking but the abuser can control it.

Reasons For Alcoholism

Alcoholism is insidious in its onset. Gradually, alcohol causes a chemical imbalance in the brain. Drinking increases dopamine levels, which is responsible for the pleasurable effects of alcohol. Alcohol eventually depletes the dopamine in the brain and more alcohol is needed to feel the euphoric effect. This lack of dopamine is responsible for the cravings experienced by the alcoholic.

Genetics also plays a role in alcoholism. Children of alcoholic parents are more prone to have drinking problems. Genetic inclination along with the lack of coping skills can increase the risk even more. Emotional instability and stress contribute to the problem considerably. Low self esteem, associating with people that drink, and glamorizing the act of drinking, lowers an at risk individuals inhibitions, leading to alcoholism.

Treatment Options for Alcoholics

Due to denial, alcoholics seldom seek treatment on their own. Intervention by family members or friends may be required to persuade them to seek help. Issues that are caused by alcohol addiction must be addressed. Liver disease is a common problem. Tests should be performed to rule out pathology of the liver.

The Symptoms of Alcohol Induced Pancreatitis

Alcohol Induced Pancreatitis

Alcohol abuse can be associated with a number of conditions and one of these is pancreatitis; an inflammation of the pancreas. Some heavy drinkers may suffer an episode of acute pancreatitis but if they alter their drinking habits they might never need to deal with the problem again. Others will have repeated episodes of acute pancreatitis which can eventually lead to the chronic disease process. In order to prevent the development of acute alcohol induced pancreatitis into a chronic condition it needs to be treated in a timely manner and lifestyle modification need to occur; for this to happen the symptoms of alcohol induced pancreatitis will first need to be recognized.

The Symptoms of Alcohol Induced Pancreatitis

The initial symptoms of alcohol induced pancreatitis can be quite mild and it might be easy to dismiss them as something minor. The first noticeable symptom is likely to be pain which occurs in the centre of the upper abdomen. This might just start off as a nagging pain but as time goes on it is likely to get more severe; eventually this can get so bad that it will be impossible to ignore. The most intense pain may be experienced after eating food and the pain. As well as abdomen pain the individual experiencing symptoms of alcohol induced pancreatitis may also have the following symptoms;

  • Back pain
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Jaundice (the skin and eyes may appear yellow)
  • Fever
  • Lack of appetite
  • Diarrhea

Heavy drinkers who experience the early signs of pancreatitis might not seek help until things get really bad; this can be dangerous and possibly life threatening.

How to Deal With the Symptoms of Alcohol Induced Pancreatitis

Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical assistance as soon as possible. Left untreated it is possible for pancreatitis to lead to sepsis, severe hypotension (a drop in blood pressure to dangerous levels), or even failure of multiple organs followed by death. The treatment of acute pancreatitis needs to occur under medical supervision. The goal will be to keep the person fasting so as to not put further strain on the pancreas; intravenous fluids will be given to keep the patient hydrated. Medical staff will monitor to ensure that the person does not deteriorate and will do all they can to support the other organs in the body. Pain medication will be offered so as to keep the patient as comfortable as possible.

The symptoms of alcohol induced pancreatitis should always be taken seriously as this is potentially a life threatening condition. Once acute pancreatitis is treated lifestyle modification needs to occur in order to prevent the development of chronic pancreatitis.

The Hangover: How to Cure That Morning After Feeling!

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Nothing say’s a good night out like the resulting hangover the next morning. Furthermore, everyone has been there. If being drunk can make the night, the hangover the ensuing morning can break the next day, and often, it can seem like there is no cure for the throbbing headaches, the boozy breath, the sickening nausea.

Responses to that Morning After Feeling

Obviously the level of the hangover depends just what was consumed the night before, but it is safe to say everyone responds to them differently. Some people find themselves crippled the morning after, unable to leave the bed/sofa/floor – wherever it was they dropped at the end of the night. Others will ‘man-up’ and power on through with their day, pushing the hangover to the backs of their minds and suffering in silence. Others still find their hangovers nothing but a mild irritation, and can happily go about their day uninterrupted, when by all rights they should be tucked up tight in bed. Everyone responds to that morning after feeling differently.

How to Cure the Hangover – Food and Drink


I will not go into lengthy detail explaining the cause of hangovers, as nobody is here to read about that. It is how to cure that morning after feeling that is the focus of this article. As differently as everybody responds to their hangovers, they also have their own methods of dealing with them. Some of these are tried and tested, others based on scientific knowledge, others revolve entirely around personal beliefs and preferences. Water, water, water, and plenty of it. Water intake replaces that lost during the night and encourages the healthy metabolism of cells. Essentially, water is a great healer, and should not be underestimated when an individual is hungover.

How others Find Drinking

Unfortunately, some people find drinking too much water too quickly the morning after encourages them to be sick. The water ‘bounces.’ This danger is one to be watched out for. Take small sips of water regularly to wash away that morning after feeling and help cure the hangover.Food is another potential cure for the hangover. Some people find they wake up with a hankering some greasy fry-ups, others prefer the solidity of bread and toast to soak up the alcohol inside them and help regain some feeling of normality. The morning after is as risky for food as it is for water, however, with the same potential threat of sickness. Therefore small breakfasts are advisable, because they will fill the individual up and feel satisfying without overloading an already vulnerable stomach.

Fresh Air

Fresh air can help cure a hangover by clearing the mind, and the physical exercise involved by taking this fresh air is also beneficial. Some people find it massively helpful to get out of bed, out of the house and get fresh air into their system. Of course, others would rather just stay in bed and sleep off the rest of their hangover!

If in Doubt of a Way to Cure that Hangover

Pain-relieving tablets will banish even the most persistent hangovers. Pop a couple with a glass of water and wait as the cure for your hangover gets into the system. Within no time at all, the individual will feel their headaches lessen enough that they can do something productive with their day, turning their morning after into a saved day!

More and More Successful Young Czech Women Addicted to Alcohol

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“Some of the women I treat [many of them already lower level managers] are only 25 years old or so,” a private local therapist Renáta Schubertová told Czech daily Mladá fronta Dnes, and Petr Popov, head of the Addictions Cure department at Prague’s Vseobecná fakultní nemocnice hospital, agrees: “Their age is indeed going down, in the past, the youngest were between 30 and 40.”

Schubertová names commercials as one of the reasons behind the rising number of young females dependent on drinking. “The thing is that the ads often combine alcohol and the subsequent feeling of ease with success,” she points out.

The therapist is surprised at how low her young patients think of themselves, being convinced they are ugly, fat and in general no good. The problem of these women, she believes, is in many cases that they are not doing what they would like to, succumbing to the wishes of their parents instead.

Schubertová on the other hand sees one positive factor as far as female alcoholics are concerned – they are more than their older counterparts willing to undergo counselling.

Wine Most Popular Alcohol Among Czech Women

The exact number of young female alcoholics in this Central European country is unknown but almost ten percent of its women in general, according to a survey conducted by Ladislav Czémy from Prague Psychiatric Centre, have such problems. More and more have recently started to frequent bars and pubs but most still drink secretly, in other words at their homes.

The type of drink these females most often consume is wine but more and more popular has in recent years also become beer. Czech Republic has in fact the highest overall (men and women) per capita consumption of beer in the world, around 160 litres a year, and local experts consider as one of the reasons that alcohol here is not very highly taxed so this beverage from hops and malt is often less expensive than the usual soft drinks.

Many Czech females also become addicted to alcohol because they have no partner – or do but the relation is a highly unsatisfactory one.

Renáta Schubertová (48), who worked for ten years with women who drink too much at Prague’s Bohnice Psychiatric Hospital, had herself at one time been addicted as well. In the past 20 years, however, she has not consumed a drop of either beer and wine or any kind of spirits.

A pill to Cure alcoholism?: Antabuse® (Disulfiram), Naltrexone, and Campral® (Acamprosate)

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For half a century now, the drug Disulfiram (Antabuse®) has been used in conjunction with other treatment methods to deter the patient from drinking alcohol. In more recent decades, the Opioid-blocker Naltrexone (brand names Depade® and ReVia®, formerly Trexan®) has been utilized with some success in the treatment of both alcoholics and those with substance abuse problems. Most recently, Acamprosate calcium (Campral®) has been added to the options available for health care providers to prescribe to those who are having sustained problems with their drinking.

While taking the drug Disulfiram (Antabuse®), a person will experience terrible reactions if they ingest alcohol – basically, mixing the medication with alcohol causes a person to become violently ill, including vomiting, headaches, and severe flu symptoms. Yet another reason to quit alcohol before becoming a full blown addict. When the prescription is taken as directed, the drug can be very effective in preventing relapse on alcohol. The drawback to this medication is that the drug must be taken regularly, and if the individual wants to drink, he or she may simply choose to not take the prescription. Known as treatment compliance, this is one of the largest problems facing health care professionals when trying to help the struggling alcoholic who may be ambivalent about their abstinence.

A major benefit of the drug naltrexone (known as Trexan®, ReVia®, and Depade®), is its action as an Opioid-blocker within the body. In other words, if an alcoholic chooses to drink while taking this medication, the euphoric effects of the alcohol would be significantly less than if they were not on this medication. Since the drug does not cause a severe allergic-type reaction when a drink is taken, patient compliance has been higher in general than with disulfiram. Naltrexone also effectively blocks the effects of drugs in the opiate class including heroin, morphine, codeine, and others, and is considered to reduce the craving for both alcohol and opiates. This drug is not however recommended for patients with liver damage or disease, which may limit its availability to many who have already incurred such damage from previous years of alcohol or drug abuse, or from having contracted Hepatitis C from needles, risky behavior, or other avenues associated with substance abuse.

The newest drug to hit the market is Acamprosate,(Campral®), which was used in Europe for years before finally being approved by the FDA for use in the United States. Acamprosate has been credited with reducing craving symptoms for alcohol, and is considered an effective addition to treatment plans that include individual and/or group counseling & support. Instead of causing adverse reactions or changing the effects of the alcohol, Acamprosate affects certain neurotransmitters and other brain functions so that the person experiences fewer and less severe symptoms associated with early sobriety, such as difficulty sleeping, anxiety, and general uneasiness.

Disulfiram (Antabuse®), Naltrexone, and Acamprosate (Campral®), each work differently in the body as tools to aid in the recovery and abstinence from alcohol dependence. Even with promising research and study results, health care professionals agree that these medications are simply one part of the larger picture and need to be used in conjunction with substance abuse counseling, support groups, and other tools to help change the daily habits and thinking of an individual struggling with their addictive behavior.