The Best Alcoholism Health Blogs of the Year

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  • Find Information, Support, and Resources

    Find Information, Support, and Resources

    Alcohol abuse and alcoholism is a big problem everywhere. In fact, almost 4 percent of deaths worldwide are associated with drinking alcohol, according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. If you’re fighting alcohol addiction, or if you want to help someone you care about, read these excellent alcoholism health blogs.

    Check out the best alcoholism blogs of the year to learn how alcohol affects the body, and find stories of relapse, recovery, and living life alcohol free. If you’re battling alcoholism, these blogs will provide support and help you take the important—and brave—steps towards recovery.

  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) looms large in the global research community. So it's no surprise that the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), a child of the parent organization, is the largest funder of alcohol research in the world. This site has just about everything there is to know about how drinking affects people. 

    Learn about the basic health effects of alcohol and read in-depth reports on the latest science. The NIAAA has a mandate to improve the health and well-being of all people. This site is a good start for any questions you want answered.

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  • Recovery Reflections

    Recovery Reflections

    Some people might poke fun at daily affirmations, but they really work. Certified coach and addiction counselor Tim Welch publishes uplifting quotes, poems, and stories offered by people in recovery and their loved ones on Recovery Reflections. You’ll also find images of calming and inspirational landscapes. 

    You can follow this stream of inspiration on many social networks. That means there's no excuse for missing out on these daily gems.

  • The Discovering Alcoholic

    The Discovering Alcoholic

    The Discovering Alcoholic is a collection of engaging blog posts including essays, stories, apps, and videos. All the materials share the goal of helping addicts and alcoholics discover themselves. And best of all, the site uses a healthy dose of humor to keep things loose.

    Blog editor Gavin has been sober since 1994 and started the blog in 2007. Most posts these days are written by his friend “Screedler,” also in recovery and discovery. Packed with thoughtful and contemplative tips, this blog is a supportive place to spend a minute, an hour, or a day.

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  • Addiction Inbox: The Science of Substance Abuse

    Addiction Inbox: The Science of Substance Abuse

    Blogger and freelance science writer Dirk Hanson maintains Addiction Inbox: The Science of Substance Abuse. This is a popular spot to learn about scientific and medical findings concerning drugs and alcohol. Posts include interviews with neuroscientists, drug policy czars, social science professors, and many others.

    Hanson summarizes complex medical information to make articles on drugs, addiction, alcoholism, and treatment therapies easy to read. Hanson is also the author of "The Chemical Carousel: What Science Tells Us About Beating Addiction."

  • Guinevere Gets Sober

    Guinevere Gets Sober

    Follow the recovery and insights of a mom with a successful career on the blog Guinevere Gets Sober. This award-winning, top-ranking addiction blog offers news and straight talk. Topics include the meaning of addiction and common assumptions about drug abuse. Guinevere seeks to build a place where all addicts and their loved ones feel welcome.

    Learn about research in the addiction and recovery space and read reviews of books and media. The author’s moving personal posts connect how practices like yoga and a best friend like a dog can support recovery.

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  • The Immortal Alcoholic

    The Immortal Alcoholic

    If you are married to an alcoholic, you know what it’s like to love someone no matter their challenges. The Immortal Alcoholic describes one woman's experiences of living with an end-stage alcoholic, her husband of 40 years, now approaching death after a lengthy fight with cancer. 

    Written with clarity, honesty, and passion, this blog expresses the rarely spoken truths about loving and living with an alcoholic. It can be difficult to read about the limitations associated with support provided by family, friends, and the medical community, but you’ll come away knowing that you’re not alone. 

  • Crying Out Now

    Crying Out Now

    Moms and those who love them will feel at home reading Crying Out Now. This blog and web community is dedicated to helping women talk about addiction and recovery. The five women who edit it are sober and are seeking to break down the stereotypes of denial surrounding addiction.

    Sections include a holiday survival guide and “The Bubble Hour,” an Internet talk show dedicated to recovery. Anonymous posts are allowed on the blog. The community areas are dedicated to open and supportive communication.

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  • I'm Just F.I.N.E. -- Recovery in Al-Anon

    I'm Just F.I.N.E. -- Recovery in Al-Anon

    Though not an alcoholic himself, Syd is the adult child of an alcoholic. He’s also married to one. A recently retired scientist living on a small coastal South Carolina farm, Syd writes eloquently about his journey to serenity. Read I'm just F.I.N.E. -- Recovery in Al-Anon to discover what it's like to recover from the effects of someone else’s alcoholism by using supportive programs.

  • Sober Julie

    Sober Julie

    Julie is the mother of two girls and the wife of a “very patient” man. She started her blog, Sober Julie, to help recover from alcoholism and a car accident. Now, she challenges herself by providing information, inspiration, and innovation to those in recovery. 

    Posts include mocktail ideas, recovery stories, sobriety tips, life reflections, and much more. Read and be inspired by Julie’s thoughts on everything from Christianity to the best chicken recipes.

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  • Alcoholic Daze

    Alcoholic Daze

    Follow a truly courageous path on the blog Alcoholic Daze. Here, London-based Addy describes coping with alcoholism and the early death of her husband in 2010. Addy deadpans her daily heroics combining classic British wit with insight.

    In her blog, Addy touches on what symptoms to look for to gauge the declining health of an alcoholic in your life. Her site also includes useful contacts for alcoholism support in the United Kingdom. She’s received a long list of awards for sharing her inspiring stories.

  • Mrs. D Is Going Without

    Mrs. D Is Going Without

    A New Zealand wife and mother of three sons documents the richness of life without alcohol after nearly 20 years of drinking in Mrs. D Is Going Without. The clever Mrs. D has no problem poking fun at herself. She recounts her happy memories of both drinking and getting sober.

    The blog has many sections, including one for each of her first 12 months of sobriety. Mrs. D also posts a list of books she reads, as she is now happily addicted to recovery memoirs rather than alcohol.

  • UnPickled

    UnPickled

    Jean has been blogging about her “private” sobriety since 2011. As she puts it, she drank in private and quit in private, but she has a lot to say publicly about sobriety. Her insights are richly written, and cover such topics as New Year’s resolutions, how friends can be supportive of people who are quitting drinking, and how recovery means more than giving up the object of your addiction.

    UnPickled tackles life on the sober-side thoughtfully and effortlessly. Check out one of her most popular posts about how she knew it was time to quit drinking.

  • The Fix

    The Fix

    The Fix is a recovery and addiction blog on steroids. Really more of an all-encompassing magazine, The Fix publishes feature stories, interviews, and reviews of entertainment (“The Top Ten Addiction Movies You Have Never Seen”) and rehab facilities. The Fix seeks to destigmatize all addictions so those struggling can be freed of shame and work on their recovery. Check out this comprehensive resource for fine writing and deep insight into issues as diverse as public health policy to individual stories.

  • Shatterproof

    Shatterproof

    Shatterproof is a nonprofit advocating for addicts and their families. The organization grew from tragedy. Founder Gary Mendell lost his son Brian to addiction after years of their joint struggle to get him help. Gary resolved that other families would not have to live with this heartbreak. The work that he and his team do affects global drug policy initiatives and reaches out to individuals who are ready to begin recovery. The blog provides a virtual library of resources with information on legal help for addicts, family stories, and news on scientific innovation. Read My Last Photo feature for scores of memorials to loved ones lost to addiction.

  • Read for Help and Courage

    Read for Help and Courage

    Unlike the treatment for a sprained ankle or a scraped up knee, there’s no first aid kit for a drinking problem. Alcoholism often inflicts damage without the patient even acknowledging the source of the problem. That's why these blogs are so helpful. From the medical effects of alcohol to stories of recovery, any reader can find the information and inspiration they’re looking for.

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