Alcoholism is a very dangerous and unhealthy condition to have. And the worst part is that people who suffer from it rarely ever think that they actually have a problem. If you’ve ever heard of Alcoholics Anonymous, the group meetings conducted by people striving to overcome their addiction, there’s a reason that step one of the program is simply admitting that you cannot function without alcohol in your life.

If you think that you might be struggling with an alcohol addiction, meaning that it dominates your mind and you can’t stop drinking when you want to, you might need to do a bit of soul-searching--and it starts with answering a few questions.

1. Do people often criticize your drinking habits?
Of course, everyone’s opinion is just that, an opinion, but there’s also a good chance that they’re only bringing it up because they truly care about your well-being.

If you feel annoyed or irritated when someone questions your drinking habits, it might be a good idea to take a step back and figure out why they’re doing so.

If you’ve ever gotten drunk alone to avoid the criticism, that’s even more cause for concern, and a sign that you should rethink how you handle alcohol.

2. Do you often try to cure your hangovers by simply drinking more?
Do you typically find yourself seeking out more alcohol as a means to cure the hangover that’s knocking on your doorstep? Drinking more alcohol to ease a hangover might seem like a good idea at the time, but all you’re really doing is putting off your hangover until later as your body stops metabolizing it once you start ingesting more.

It could also be a sign that you’re brain chemistry has changed due to alcohol consumption, leading you to feel more comfortable in an altered state than a regular one. If your brain cannot cope without alcohol, it’s a sign that you need to make some lifestyle changes.

3. When you drink, do you feel guilty about doing so?
Funny how everyone always promises themselves that they’ll never drink again after they’ve had a poor night slumped over a toilet and an equally rough morning that follows.

However, this is completely different than feeling shameful and guilty of your drinking habits.

If you notice that you regret drinking alcohol more often than you feel good about it, it’s a good time to start questioning why you’re drinking in the first place. Not to mention, it’s not healthy to completely forget where you were or what happened to you after you started drinking.

4. Do you often tell yourself that you need to stop drinking?
Knowing your limits is a good thing. Knowing your limits and continuously disregarding them each time you drink is a bad thing. If you find that you simply cannot limit yourself to one or two drinks, and almost always have four or five or more, it’s a good idea to start asking yourself why.

Maybe you’ve even tried to quit altogether in the past, only to succumb to your urges shortly after promising yourself you’d stop. These are all signs that it’s time for a change.

If you want to quit drinking, but just aren’t sure how to go about getting started (or possibly even need some help doing so), you can use the many resources that are found on the Alcoholics Anonymous website to begin the process. Or, you can call this 24/7 free hotline!

h/t Indy100

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This Unique Spanish Home Was Built Under a Rolling Hill and Is Completely Eco-Friendly

You wouldn’t know there was a home resting inside of this rolling hillside were it not for the roof sloping downward over a parked car and bicycles. Known as the Live Garden House, this vaulted home was built into a hillside and features traditional construction techniques practiced in Zaragoza, Spain.

Spanish designers sought to create a fully sustainable home that used locally-sourced materials for its construction. They achieve their vision with this zero-energy structure that lets in natural sunlight, has a natural ventilation system and features a rainwater collection system.

All of its sustainable features are made even better by placing them underneath an undulating green roof (which has plants and vegetation growing on top of it). Not only does the home look beautiful inside, it fits in perfectly with the surrounding landscape.

And the inside is just as welcoming and serene as the outside. Take a look for yourself!

h/t Inhabitat

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The REAL Reason Barns Are Usually Red

Almost every barn I’ve ever seen has been red, and I never knew why. I mean, I love red as a color, but it never really made any sense why every single barn I’ve ever come across had to be red. There are so many other colors to choose from!

The real reason barns are painted red actually has nothing to do with color preference, and everything to do with practicality.

When the very first New England settlers were building farms, many of them lacked the necessary funds to paint their buildings. However, they still needed a way to protect their barns’ wood from the elements, so they came up with their own solution to the problem: by mixing skim milk, lime, and red iron oxide, they successfully created a plastic-like substance that they could coat their farm buildings with to protect them.

Eventually, paint manufacturers would mix in chemical pigment and red was the favorite due to how cheap it was. And, as with many things in this world, people never sought to change it. So, red was how it began and red is how it has stayed.

h/t Business Insider

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Professor Who Predicted Donald Trump Becoming President Has a New Prediction: Impeachment

Image via: Max Goldberg from USA - Trump CAUCUS

Allan Lichtman, a professor at American University, has gained quite a bit of notoriety over the years as he’s successfully predicted the outcome of every presidential election to date, starting in 1984. He correctly predicted the Donald Trump would win the 2016 election and is now making another prediction: Donald Trump will be impeached.

"Now, he focuses on the 45th President of the United States and his next forecast, that it is not a question of if President Trump will be impeached, but a question of when," said Shelby Meizlik, spokesperson for HarperCollins.

In fact, Lichtman has written a book stating his argument for why Trump should be impeached. The Case for Impeachment is being published by Dey Street Books and will release to the public on April 18th.

Lichtman made the prediction that Trump would be impeached alongside his prediction that he would be elected and his book will go into detail as to why.

Lichtman told the Washington Post this past September:

"I'm going to make another prediction. This one is not based on a system; it's just my gut. They don't want Trump as president, because they can't control him. He's unpredictable. They'd love to have Pence — an absolutely down-the-line, conservative, controllable Republican. And I'm quite certain Trump will give someone grounds for impeachment, either by doing something that endangers national security or because it helps his pocketbook."

It certainly seems as though there is a strong case for impeachment, especially when considering Trump's Russian connections and the multitude of conflicts of interests surrounding his businesses, as Lichtman argues.

Do you think Lichtman’s fortune-telling capabilities will ring true once again?

h/t Time

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6 Bizarrely Beautiful Houseplants You've Probably Never Heard Of

Houseplants are a great addition to any home as not only do they bring a clean, fresh aesthetic to the space, they also help improve air quality. If you’ve ever wanted to bring plants into your home, but think that they’re kind of boring or not worth the effort, try out one of these bizarre houseplants that are anything but boring.

Mix it up a little with these six houseplants that are beautiful, but also a little strange.

Euphorbia Caput-Medusae
Succulents a great option for everyone who’s looking for a low-maintenance plant. They only need watering about once a week and even just once a month during the winter months. The type of succulent shown here is referred to as “Medusa’s Head,” a moniker taken on because of its likeness to the Greek monster with snakes for hair. It is native to South Africa.

The Trachyandra also looks as if it’s some type of snake plant, or maybe silly-string growing out of the ground. This plant is real and you can find it in Eastern and Southern Africa.

If you’ve ever wanted a plant that looks somewhat like it has antlers, grab a Platycerium. This plant, which is often called the “Staghorn Fern”, can even grow on the side of things, such as trees or walls.

Gentiana Urnula
These beautifully-patterned succulents are known as “Starfish Succulents” and are at home in the rocks. These are also a perfect option for those seeking low-maintenance plants.

Sedum Morganianum
These crazy looking plant is often called “Donkey Tail” and its stems regularly grow up to two feet in length. Its leaves are normally a bluish-green and it is native to Mexico and Honduras.

Haworthia Cooperi
This plant looks like some type of glass flower or maybe even some type of gelatin, but these clumps you see here are actually green leaves that simply look as though they’re something else.

h/t Woman's Day

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