Binge Spending: Why Money & Alcohol Don’t Mix

The article highlights a number of true stories where individuals have consumed large quantities of alcohol and have made the mistake of shopping while under the influence. Dr. Sack explains that, “people who drink may be prone to other impulse-control problems because the part of the brain that’s involved—the reward center—is driven by both of those activities in slightly different ways. We see a fair number of people who, in addition to drinking excessively, go through spending sprees where they literally buy up the store and have tremendous remorse and regret because they may not even remember having done it.” Additionally, Dr. Sack notes that not everyone who has buyer’s remorse after an alcohol-fueled expenditure needs professional help, however, there are ways to protect yourself from this type of retail regret. Read the full article on

Women & Alcohol Abuse: The Hidden Epidemic

David Sack, MD, board certified in Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, reports that nearly one million American women are binge drinkers; and they aren’t just sorority girls. The more educated and well off women are, the more likely they are to imbibe, found a Gallup poll from 2010. Another study published in 2010 found that white women were more likely to drink than women of other racial backgrounds, though the rates for Latina and black women were rising.

Dr. Sack joins Dr. Peeke to discuss women and binge drinking and the science behind alcohol consumption on HER Radio. Listen to the segment below:

Dr. Sack in the December Issue of Marie Claire

Dr. Sack was featured in an article titled, “The Holiday Drinks Guide.” The article is about sticking to your diet, avoiding office breakdowns and skipping hangovers during a work related holiday party. As a tip, Dr. Sack suggested that the best way to avoid a mental breakdown is to identify trouble spots. For this, he explains to visualize how you want to be remembered the next day, and act accordingly. In addition to the inclusion, this story also made the cover of the magazine.


Marie Claire Dec 2012 Cover


Dr. Sack on Teen Binge Drinking (KTLA)

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