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Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol is one of the most easily accessible drugs in the nation. Data from the NIAAA (National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) shows that about 16.8 million adults in the U.S. had some sort of alcohol use disorder, including abuse and dependence, in 2014. This is generally characterized by heavy or binge drinking regularly.

According to the NIAAA, binge drinking comprises a regular pattern of drinking that brings your blood alcohol level above the legal concentration (0.08 g/dL). The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers a more practical definition of heavy drinking: 5 drinks on one occasion in at least 5 consecutive days within one month.

Symptoms and Side Effects of Alcohol Use

Alcohol is a depressant, meaning it is designed to slow down any messages coming from your central nervous system, which drastically inhibits your reaction time, movements, and thought processes. This exhibits itself through:

  • Distorted vision
  • Slurred speech
  • Impaired judgment
  • Coordination problems
  • Drowsiness
  • Breathing difficulties

Alcohol also creates more acid in your stomach. This extra acid can irritate your digestive system and, combined with the motor control issues, cause:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Upset stomach

Complications of Alcohol Use

Alcohol addiction affects your mental and emotional health and forces you to make choices that are harmful to you and those around you. You become more reckless and desperate. Physical health complications from alcohol abuse include:

  • Liver disease, including cirrhosis, cancer, and hepatitis
  • Diabetes
  • Heart failure
  • Stomach cancer and ulcers
  • Stroke

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Dangers of Alcohol Abuse

Sustained alcohol abuse can lead to an inability to function both physically and cognitively. This can lead to a variety of dangers, including:

  • Drunk driving
  • Pulmonary aspiration (swallowing vomit while sleeping), leading to death, choking, or infections
  • Alcohol poisoning

Symptoms of Alcoholism

Alcohol has a significant effect on the chemicals in your brain, disrupting the neurotransmitters that send and receive messages. Your body will alter the function or flow of certain neurotransmitters to help you adjust to having alcohol in your system. This essentially forces you to constantly have alcohol in your body to maintain homeostasis.

Some common symptoms of alcohol addiction include:

  • Cardiovascular disease (arrhythmia, heart attack)
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Lung damage
  • Depression

Withdrawal:

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Excessive sweating
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue and general tiredness
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Irritable mood

Medical Intervention for Alcoholism

While willpower and interventions are important to recovery, alcohol addiction often requires medical intervention. Remember that extended alcohol abuse has a profound effect on your physical chemistry. Medicine can help correct that chemistry and assist your efforts in getting clean. Some medications used in alcohol detox include:

  • Antabuse
  • Campral
  • Naltrexone
  • Topamax

Alcohol Detox Process

Attending an alcohol detox center is the first step to recovery, comprising the discontinued use of alcohol combined with medication and counseling. An inpatient treatment program is the best option for detox. Through inpatient care, you stay in a facility during your entire detoxification treatment.

Inpatient care:

  • Gives you direct, immediate access to healthcare professionals in the event of an emergency
  • Eliminates distractions and keeps you focused on getting better
  • Provides counseling and support to keep you mentally and emotionally healthy and motivated

Life Recovered

A detox center is essential to alcohol rehab. Any reputable alcohol rehab facility or long-term treatment program will require you to go through an alcohol detoxification process. Think of detox as recovering the body and rehab as recovering your mind. Rehab provides you with the tools to stay sober, healthy, and happy in the long term. If you have questions about detox treatment, alcohol rehabilitation centers in Florida, or need help now, please call HARP at (877) 806-5022.

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