Alcohol

Alcohol is something enjoyed by many people which, unfortunately, can lead to problems with alcohol abuse if consumed excessively. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), nearly 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes each year, making alcohol the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Fortunately, today’s Americans struggling with alcohol abuse have tools to combat the problem, including alcoholism rehab.

Alcohol In America

There is a long history of efforts to battle the effects of alcohol abuse in the United States. In the 19th century, the Temperance Movement flourished throughout the country and culminated in 1920 with the Prohibition Era and the passage of the Eighteenth Amendment which made it illegal to produce, transport or sell alcohol in the United States. Unfortunately, it had little to no effect on the amount of alcohol Americans consumed and the effort was abandoned in 1933 with the passage of the Twenty First amendment which repealed the eighteenth.

The 1930s also saw the establishment of Alcoholics Anonymous, a self-help program. Using the Twelve Steps of recovery Alcoholics Anonymous continues to flourish today. In 2011, Alcoholics Anonymous counted approximately two million members worldwide. Thankfully, the understanding of alcohol abuse and addiction and the alcoholism treatment methods for it have also come a long ways.

Effects Of Alcohol Use

Alcohol depresses the activity of the central nervous system. As a result, people may feel the following effects:

  • Altered speech
  • Hazy thinking
  • Slowed reaction time
  • Dulled hearing
  • Impaired vision
  • Weakened muscles
  • Foggy memory

Because it can be obtained legally, there may be a misconception that alcohol is less harmful than illicit street drugs. The truth is that when consumed immoderately alcohol produces a myriad of dangerous side effects, impacting nearly every organ in the body and leading to a variety of diseases making alcohol rehab all the more imperative. These effects include:

  • Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle
  • Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Steatosis, or fatty liver
  • Alcoholic hepatitis
  • Fibrosis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Certain cancers
  • Mental health problems, including depression and anxiety

Of particular concern in recent years has been the phenomenon of binge drinking – the consumption of an excessive amount of alcohol in a short period of time, elevating a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 grams percent or above. According to NIAAA, this typically happens when men consume 5 or more drinks and when women consume 4 or more drinks in about 2 hours. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that an estimated one in six U.S. adults binge drinks about four times a month, consuming about eight drinks per binge. Binge drinking has significant social consequences. The CDC states that “Drinking too much, including binge drinking, cost the United States $249 billion in 2010, or $2.05 a drink, from losses in productivity, health care, crime, and other expenses. Binge drinking was responsible for 77% of these costs, or $191 billion.” These statistics make treatment for alcohol abuse an extremely pressing need.

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Rehabilitation For Alcohol Abuse

According to the Mayo Clinic “Unhealthy alcohol use includes any alcohol use that puts your health or safety at risk or causes other alcohol-related problems.” They list the following signs that indicate a person may have an alcohol use disorder:

  • Being unable to limit the amount of alcohol you drink
  • Wanting to cut down on how much you drink or making unsuccessful attempts to do so
  • Spending a lot of time drinking, getting alcohol or recovering from alcohol use
  • Feeling a strong craving or urge to drink alcohol
  • Failing to fulfill major obligations at work, school or home due to repeated alcohol use
  • Continuing to drink alcohol even though you know it’s causing physical, social or interpersonal problems
  • Giving up or reducing social and work activities and hobbies
  • Using alcohol in situations where it’s not safe, such as when driving or swimming
  • Developing a tolerance to alcohol so you need more to feel its effect or you have a reduced effect from the same amount
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms — such as nausea, sweating and shaking — when you don’t drink, or drinking to avoid these symptoms

Someone who is exhibiting these symptoms should seek help from an alcohol rehab as soon as possible. Alcohol addiction treatments available at a rehab will normally include detox and therapeutic treatment methods that help a person combat their addiction.

Sovereign Health of Texas provides people in need of help with treatment for alcohol abuse which includes comprehensive treatment programs that address any and all underlying issues that could be fueling the problem.

Finding Alcoholism Rehab At Sovereign Health of Texas

If you or someone you care about are experiencing any symptoms of alcohol addiction, it may be time to seek treatment for alcohol abuse. Sovereign Health of Texas offers alcohol rehab for men and women 18 years of age and older. Our approach to alcohol addiction recovery employs evidence-tested treatment modalities provided by a staff of committed, compassionate professionals. For more information about rehabilitation for alcohol abuse, please call our 24/7 helpline.

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