Did you make a new year’s resolution at the start of this year? Or have you ever made one in the past? Like most of us, you probably started off with a lot of enthusiasm and lofty goals. But how many times have you actually succeeded in sticking to the resolution? How many times have you reached your final goal? And if you failed, have you ever wondered what exactly has gotten in the way? There is no shame in admitting it. You are in good company. Even with the best intentions and motivations, we all have a tendency to lose sight of our goals and falter at making the changes that we desire. Why is that? An Unsound Relationship Read more

Quit Drinking to Create Better Relationships

April 11, 2018

Bryce Doehne, Psy.D.

Many people drink as part of socializing with others and feel it helps them loosen up, have a better time, and overcome any social anxiety they may feel. They may think alcohol helps them stay connected with people and have better relationships.  Yet, after reflection, some people find that alcohol use actually interferes with their relationships. However, quitting or cutting back drinking is often difficult. It can be an isolating experience for someone who has been a “social drinker”. In addition, people who normally drink during social occasions can often find themselves coping with increased anxiety when attempting to connect with others. This makes quitting or cutting back alcohol hard when you start to think you might need to. Why Read more

Your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) and What It Can Tell You

March 13, 2018

Bryce Doehne, Psy.D.

Excessive drinking is a safety issue in more ways than one. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 10,265 individuals were killed in drunk-driving accidents in 2015 alone. Use of Uber or Lyft may help one avoid driving while intoxicated, however, drinking has other risks we often don’t think about. Safety Risks of Excessive Drinking Drinking past the recommended alcohol consumption limit is linked to numerous other safety risks besides car accidents. Injuries resulting from falls are more likely in people who are impaired by the effects of over-drinking. Excessive alcohol consumption is also closely-linked to fatal swimming and boating accidents, as you can easily misjudge your ability to do either when intoxicated. Of course, you are also at Read more

Drinking Too Much and Trying to Stop?

February 21, 2018

Bryce Doehne, Psy.D.

Most people who drink excessively experience times where they know it is causing problems for them. From too many hang-overs to conflicts with family members and friends, drinking frequently to excess can interfere with your relationships, impact your work and other activities, and basically disrupt your life. Is this you or someone you know? When a heavy drinker receives feedback from others that they have a problem with alcohol consumption, that feedback often is advice to entirely cease alcohol consumption immediately. But, that just exacerbates the problem. Indeed, it can make a person who enjoys drinking (and/or relies on alcohol as a stress-reliever) feel stuck to the point where that drinker just gives up trying to quit. Long-term habits are Read more

The Pursuit of Happiness: Understanding the Research

January 15, 2018

Christina Chwyl, B.A.

Does valuing happiness help us live a joyful life, or does it backfire? Happiness seems to have a high currency in America. Over the past few years, the number of popular books written on how to increase it has skyrocketed. To name a few: 10% Happier, The Art of Happiness, Authentic Happiness, The Happiness Advantage, The Happiness Project, 52 Lists for Happiness, Choosing Happier, Flourish. Even the US Declaration of Independence declares the pursuit of happiness as an “inalienable right.” But what is the consequence of valuing happiness? On the one hand, valuing happiness could lead a person to work harder to attain it. On the other hand, valuing happiness could lead a person to feel unhappy if they don’t Read more