Screening for alcoholism important

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

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Tomorrow’s Horoscope
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013 Friends and/or associates will back you up when things get out of hand in the year ahead. Knowing that support will be available when you need it will enable you to confidently go after what you want. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- You’ll do your best work with enterprises you originate or can personally control. Stick to these sorts of undertakings, and you’ll go far. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -The beginning of a very interesting cycle could be under way. The first instance of it will be someone going out of his or her way to repay a kindness. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- An endeavor that you have high hopes for is likely to take a turn for the better. Even if it isn’t as huge as you envisioned, relax and give it time to develop. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -Don’t despair if one of your projects isn’t turning out to be as grandiose as you hoped. It may just need a bit more tweaking to make it perfect. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- This might be the perfect day to light the fuse on something that you expect to be very influential. Timing is everything. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -Transformations are developing that could have a good effect on your financial status. Though you’ll have little control over them, the results will be pleasant. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -Someone whose influence exceeds yours is beginning to view you as a possible partner for an important project. There’s a chance a beneficial alliance could develop. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Continue to perform in ways that could impress your superiors, because they likely have their eyes on you. If you do your best, a promotion or raise might be forthcoming. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- People of all types are likely to be drawn to you because, perhaps without you even realizing it, you’ll have an exciting charisma. A rise in popularity is inevitable. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- The lucky feeling you have is likely to be accurate. Rely on it, even if surface indicators don’t appear to be supporting it. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -If you have some innovative ideas or plans that you would like to develop, go for it. Make this a day for thinking and operating on a grand scale. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -Although your financial trends may have been erratic lately, you should relax. Some stabilizing influences are starting to enter the picture. COPYRIGHT 2013 United Feature Syndicate, Inc.


By Bernice Bede Osol

Dear Annie: I wanted to Rather than greet me this share a bit of what it’s like way, I would prefer they not to be the family member ask about my illness, beof a person who drinks too cause I haven’t felt well in much. I know. I had more 17 years. Could you please than 40 years of experience tell readers in this position by the time I finally sought to simply say, “It is so good answers. I studied brain- and to see you”? That way, I addiction-related research to don’t feel obligated to speak assess my loved one’s drink- about my current condition. ing patterns in — Sick and Tired order to protect of Being Sick and myself from secTired ondhand drinkDear Sick: Your ing. Secondhand suggestion is a drinking is a term good one, and we to describe the imhope people will pact on the person keep it in mind. on the receiving But we don’t beend of another lieve these friends person’s drinking actually expect a behaviors. rundown of your These drinkillness, nor are you ing patterns cause Annie’s Mailbox obligated to talk brain changes — about it. Greetespecially in the ing someone with, areas of the brain responsible “How are you?” is generfor judgment, memory, co- ally rhetorical. You aren’t ordination, pleasure/reward expected to respond other and reasoning. And we don’t than to say, “Fine, thanks,” fully understand the physical or some short variation. Beand emotional consequenc- cause you haven’t truly been es to the health of a family well for years, it stands to member or friend who re- reason that you would take peatedly deals with SHD. questions about your health These include anxiety, de- more literally than intended. pression, stomach ailments, Dear Annie: Thank you skin problems, obesity, sleep for printing the letter from problems, difficulties at “Rocky Mount, Va.,” who work or in school, migraines thought dogs should be aland more. lowed at the funerals of masApril 11, 2013, is Nation- ters who have died. To have al Alcohol Screening Day a dog at a funeral privately, (NASD). This year, I urge prior to the public gathering, people who love someone is a good idea — probably who drinks too much to con- for both humans and dogs. duct an anonymous screenThere is a famous painting of their loved one’s ing by Sir Edwin Landdrinking patterns. Screen- seer (1802-1873) entitled ing for Mental Health has “The Old Shepherd’s Chief created a fantastic website, Mourner,” depicting a, er leaning against a casket where anyone can anony- with its head on top of the mously evaluate their own casket. It brings tears to my or a loved one’s drinking eyes anytime I even think of patterns through an online it. — Watertown, Wis. assessment. The website also provides information on treatment options and suggestions for what it would take to cut down on or stop drinking. This kind of anonymous screening allows you to understand what you are really dealing with: a drinking pattern that is changing their loved one’s brain and causing hurtful drinking behaviors. — Lisa Frederiksen, Author, Speaker, Consultant Dear Lisa: Thank you for sharing your story and emphasizing the importance of screening for alcoholism. Once again, those who wish to be screened can do so at Dear Annie: I have lupus and suffer terribly. Some days are better than others, but most include fatigue, pain or some other symptom. Yet, when friends greet me, they say, “How are you? You look good.”







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