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Houston Heights lifts ban on sale of booze in restaurants and bars
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Residents of Houston Heights in Texas need not sign up for a private club membership to enjoy a drink at bars and restaurants in the area. On Nov. 7, 2017, Proposition F was passed with a 60.6 percent to 39.4 percent margin that repealed a pre-Prohibition liquor law that restricted Heights residents to order a drink in bars and restaurants. Since 1912, the residents were unable to get a drink at such places without restrictions.

While the century-old ban to sell beer and wine at grocery stores was lifted last year, Heights residents were still required to join a private club if they chose to drink alcohol at bars and restaurants within the area. Moreover, an entry into the club’s database required the residents to submit their driver’s license. Post the election results, drinkers are no longer required to unwillingly take a private club membership. Agricole Hospitality, which took an active role in lobbying for Proposition F, took to Instagram and thanked all the voters. Although the turnout was about 22 percent with 149,730 voters, the supporters are overwhelmed with joy.

Alcohol consumption on the rise

Drinking too much alcohol can harm one’s health, yet it is a favorite among Americans. According to a new survey published in the JAMA Psychiatry in September 2017, there was an increase in yearly alcohol consumption, high-risk drinking, and alcohol use disorders (AUDs) between two time periods – 2001-02 and 2012-13. Though the nation has witnessed a decline in underage drinking, there has been an increase in adult alcohol consumption, with women, older Americans, ethnic minorities and individuals with lower income and education levels leading the way. The 2016 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) survey reveals that 19.8 million Americans (aged 18-25) reported current use of alcohol, while 13.3 million reported binge alcohol use.

Considered to be the most commonly used addictive substance and a leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S., alcohol can affect all aspects of a person’s life. Recurrent use or heavy drinking can lead to life-long dependence and addiction. It can cause serious health complications, including physical and mental illnesses and neurological impairments along with social impairment and strained personal and professional life.

Road ahead

Alcohol abuse not just impacts the life of an individual but also his or her family and friends. It is advisable to seek treatment at the earliest before the problem spirals out of control. Treatment should be sought at certified addiction treatment facilities where a patient’s health is given topmost priority. Basis the severity of the condition and duration of use, treatment may combine detoxification, medications and counseling and therapy sessions.

Accredited by the Joint Commission and licensed by the State of Texas as a substance abuse treatment facility, Sovereign Health offers comprehensive, individualized treatment for substance use disorders. Our state-of-the-art alcohol addiction center in Texas integrates traditional as well as modern methodologies like medically assisted detox, intense behavioral and experiential therapies and counseling sessions.

To learn more about our treatment programs or locate the finest alcohol addiction treatment center in Texas, call our 24/7 helpline number or chat online with a representative for further assistance.

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