Alcohol Addiction

COMMON STREET NAMES:

Booze, Juice, Brew, Shots.

DRUG BASICS:

Alcohol contains ethanol or ethyl alcohol and is the intoxicating ingredient in beer, wine and liquor. Alcohol is produced by the fermentation of yeast, sugars from various fruits, and starches. Alcohol is a depressant that affects the central nervous system and is absorbed into the bloodstream from the stomach and small intestines.

DRUG EFFECTS:

Alcohol’s physical effects depend on many factors such as age, weight, and physical condition of the individual but include: Slurred speech, drowsiness, vomiting, impaired vision, decreased perception and coordination, poor judgment, and blackouts. Alcohol abuse and binge drinking can lead to alcohol poisoning, irreversible liver damage, sexual performance problems, ulcers, brain damage, and cancer of mouth and throat.

ADDED RISKS:

Almost 88,000 people a year die from alcohol related causes. In 2014 alone, alcohol-impaired drivers took the lives of nearly 10,000 people. Drinking and driving is a deadly combination. Alcohol plays a major contributing factor in hundreds of thousands of serious accidents (boating, swimming, slip and fall, on the job), domestic violence, suicides, homicides, and sexual assaults per year. Mixing alcohol with other drugs is a cocktail that can lead to coma, stroke, heart attack, respiratory failure, and death.

DRUG FACTS:

Beer, wine, and liquor all contain alcohol. One 12-ounce bottle of beer, a 5 ounce glass of wine (about half a cup), or a 1.5 ounce shot of liquor all have the same physical effect on the body. Binge drinking is defined as excessive alcohol drinking during one time. Typically, 5 or more drinks for men and 4 or more for women is considered binge drinking.

IS THIS DRUG ADDICTIVE:

Alcohol addiction leads to thousands of deaths per year and tens of thousands of lives affected by the neglect, violence, abuse, and death that comes with alcohol dependency and addiction. The body, over time, creates a tolerance for the liquor so the need to drink more and more often is necessary to achieve the the same high feeling.

SIGNS OF DRUG USE AND ABUSE:

Compulsion to drink constantly, day drinking, missing work or school, wreckless driving, aggressive behavior, binge drinking, and withdrawal symptoms such as depression, sweating, shivering, and anxiety may be signs of alcohol dependence and addiction. Obvious signs include slurred speech, vomiting, lack of coordination, poor judgment, and frequent blackouts.

COMMONLY ASKED:

Not a all. On average it takes between 2 and 3 hours for a single drink of beer, wine, or liquor to filter through and leave the body. Nothing can speed up the process of getting sober except time.
Each year, approximately 5,000 teens under the age of 21 will die as a result of underage drinking. That’s 5,000 boys and girls! Alcohol affects a person’s ability to make good decisions. Even adults who consume alcohol are at greater risk for using using poor judgement which often leads to car related deaths, fighting and domestic abuse, and sexual abuse. So for young people alcohol leads you to do and say things you wouldn’t normally do such as engage in illegal activity, fight, or have unwanted or unprotected sex. Also, studies show that people who begin drinking before the age of 15 are five times more likely to become dependant on alcohol than those who begin drinking after the age of 21.

Drug and alcohol dependence disorders and addictions are medical conditions that can be effectively treated. The first step is to recognize the problem and seek help for yourself or loved ones. To speak to a caring, experienced addiction advisor call 1-800-601-0759 or fill out the contact form below.

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