As a society, we tend to take alcohol for granted. The fact is, alcohol is so engrained in our daily lives, either through advertising or within our own homes, many overlook the alcohol facts and dangers. That alcohol tends to be a dangerous drug on par with any addictive substance, including opioids and narcotics.
Alcohol has been around a long time. And alcohol’s effects have been around for a long time. Below are some alcohol facts that can shed some light, and some shade, on what alcohol can do to a long-term drinker.
ALCOHOL FACTS: FACT ONE: THE FAR REACH OF ALCOHOL
Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States: 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence along with several million more who engage in risky, binge drinking patterns that could lead to alcohol problems.
More than half of all adults have a family history of alcoholism or problem drinking, and more than 7 million children live in a household where at least one parent is dependent on or has abused alcohol.
Alcohol abuse and alcoholism can affect all aspects of a person’s life. Long-term alcohol use can cause serious health complications, can damage emotional stability, finances, career, and impact one’s family, friends and community.
ALCOHOL FACTS: FACT TWO: THE PERSONAL IMPLICATIONS
Recent data maintains that close to 88,000 deaths are attributed each year to excessive alcohol use. This coincides with alcoholism as the third leading lifestyle-related cause of death in America.
Despite being a preventative disease, alcohol is responsible for 2.5 million years of potential life lost annually, or an average of about 30 years of potential life lost for each death due to alcohol use.
Health-related issues due to alcohol consumption are responsible for up to 40% of all filled hospital beds in the United States (except for those being used by maternity and intensive care patients).
ALCOHOL FACTS: FACT THREE: THE LONG-TERM EFFECTS
There’s more to booze than getting drunk then the next day, fighting through a hangover. Alcohol can be devastating over the long run, causing sustained damage to different portions of a person’s body, in addition to having social costs.
- Excessive use of alcohol over an extended period of time can cause heavy physical damage. That damage includes:
- Wear and long-term organ damage
- Dementia, stroke and neuropathy
- Cardiovascular issues that can include myocardial infarction, cardiomyopathy, atrial fibrillation and hypertension.
- Liver damage including hepatitis and cirrhosis
- Gastrointestinal problems that include pancreatitis an gastritis.
- The mental facts of alcohol effects include:
- Psychiatric problems that can include depression and/or anxiety which has been shown to lead to alcohol-related murder and suicide
- Behavioral issues that include termination of one’s job or unemployment
- Marriage and family problems, the potential for violence against family members and friends
- Unintentional injuries, accidents and fights.
- Mental blackouts
Like many other drug-related diseases, alcoholism has a way of creeping up on a person due solely to their ability to tolerate increasing amounts of the drug.
This makes treatment of alcoholism a specialized endeavor; not every drink-related disease is the same, nor are the causes.
And after detox and rehabilitation are achieved, not every alcoholic will suffer from the same triggers. This is why it is so important to have a recovery program tailored for the specific person in mind.
If you feel you or a loved one has an issue with alcohol, contact BLVD Treatment Centers. At BLVD Treatment Centers we custom tailor our recovery programs within the safe and nurturing confines of our rehab treatment centers. Located throughout California, in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and in Portland, OR, our mission is to assess the severity of your addiction to help you achieve true recovery within 30 days. Call us now at 1-866.582.9844.