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