Approximately 80,000 people will lose their lives this year in the United States as a result of an alcohol related or induced death. As alcohol abuse continues to grow, it is further branching into the younger generations. Of the 80,000 alcohol related deaths reported, the consumption of alcohol contributes to nearly 5,000 deaths for those less than 21 years of age and younger. More than half of all 12th graders report that they have been drunk at least one time in their lives, with some even reporting having their first drink as young as 12 years old.
Because alcohol is legal and drinking is socially acceptable, there is a misconception that it is not as harmful or deadly as illicit drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and meth. The reality is that alcohol abuse comes with its own fair share of health risks. Immediate alcohol abuse health risks include accidental injuries, increased violence, risky sexual behaviors, miscarriages and birth defects, and alcohol poisoning. Long-term health risks include physical health problems such as liver diseases and cardiovascular problems, social problems such as family problems and lack of productivity, and psychological problems such as depression and suicide. All of these long-term health risks usually go hand in hand with alcohol addiction.
A person battling an alcohol addiction usually has a continuous, compulsive need for alcohol and experiences withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, sweating, and anxiety whenever the consumption of alcohol has ceased. Some may think that alcohol addiction can be ended by simply stopping the use of alcohol, but it is a much more complicated process than just quitting. Most addicts will require professional addiction treatment in order to successfully recover and stay sober.
The Need To Get HELP
If a person suspects that they or a loved one have an addiction to alcohol, it is important to seek professional treatment before it is too late. Many will die this year in an alcohol related death. It is important for a person battling an alcohol addiction to do everything possible to keep from being one of them.
To learn more about alcohol addiction or to learn about a treatment program to fit your individual needs, please contact one of our highly skilled professionals at Best Choice Rehabilitation today.