Signs of alcoholism and treatment

April is traditionally “National Alcohol Awareness Month”, but I thought seeing how this week begins “National Drunk Driving Prevention Month” that I would take a moment out of my regular to discuss alcoholism.

Many of us enjoy a drink of alcohol every now and then, especially during the holiday season, but what happens when you become so dependent on alcohol that it causes damage to your health, your family responsibilities, your job and society.

Every years, across the country news papers carry tragic stories of alcohol related offenses.

In Canada on average, 4.5 Canadians are killed and over 125 Canadians are injured daily in alcohol related crashes. (Transport Canada)

According to statistics, about 76 million people throughout the world suffer from alcohol-related disorders.Those who suffer from alcoholism are obsessed with alcohol and are unable to control how much they consume

Alarming Alcohol Statistics

Over 8.2 million adults in the U.S are dependent on alcohol.

Every day, more than 700000 Americans are being treated for alcoholism.

Alcoholism costs the U.S. between 40 and 60 billion dollars per year.

There are more than 100,000 Alcoholics Anonymous groups worldwide.

Alcoholism is the primary diagnosis in one-quarter of all people who commit suicide.

In 1998, there were 19,515 alcohol-induced trauma deaths in the United States, not including motor vehicle
fatalities.

Heavy drinking is a major contributory cause of workplace accidents.

Did you know that teens who begin drinking early in life run the risk of developing serious alcohol problems like alcoholism.

Signs and symptoms of alcoholism

  • Unable to control how much alcohol is consumed..
  • Drinking that results in dangerous situations like driving drunk
  • Feeling an urge to drink.
  • Finding excuses to drink
  • Requiring a larger quantity of alcohol to feel its effect.
  • Violent episodes associated with drinking
  • Becoming angry when confronted about drinking
  • Drinking secretly
  • Continues to drink in spite of harm being done to their personal relationships.

If you or someone you know has a drinking problem there are numerous places that you can turn to for help.

Alcoholism can be cured.

Admitting that you have a problem is the first step. Once you have accepted that you have a problem, the next step is to seek help. Rehab programs are ideal for some people. Effective alcohol treatment programs include individual therapy, group therapy, and medical care when appropriate.

Choosing the right alcohol rehab center for your treatment is critical. The Canyon, a private alcohol rehab center in California, provides programs and treatments that help patients overcome their addiction.

Resources: Not Everyone Who Gets Hit by a Drunk Driver Dies!

Alcohol and related disorders Health Article

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