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Alcohol Addiction

Today you are more likely to hear about the problem with drug or opiate addiction than about Alcoholism.
The reason we don’t hear as much or more on this is that alcohol is a legal, controlled substance that can be bought on almost any street corner.
Alcohol has killed more people than drugs and is one of the most common addictions in America.

Teen alcohol use kills 4,700 people each year
That’s more than all illegal drugs combined

Despite its negative impact
More Americans than ever before consume alcohol on a regular basis

A beer or a glass of wine is a common way many Americans choose to wind down at the end of a day. The social acceptance of drinking has become synonymous with many activities in American culture. Drinking games on college campuses revolve around it, happy hours are the go-to activity for professionals, and you’d be hard pressed to find a sporting event without it.
How much is too much? How do you know when you've crossed the line?
For men, it's more than 14 drinks in a week, or more than four in a day. For women, "heavy" or "at risk" drinking means more than seven drinks per week, or more than three in any day. Drinking “in moderation” means having, no more than two if you're a man and no more than one drink a day if you're a woman You may be drinking more than you realize. “Standard” alcoholic beverages, such as the following, contain about 14 grams (0.6 ounces) of pure alcohol:
One drink equals:

Thirty seconds after the first sip, alcohol races to the brain. It slows down the chemicals and pathways that the brain cells use to send messages. That alters mood, slows reflexes, and throws off balance. It causes you to not think straight, you will struggle to store things in long-term memory.

Family history

If you have a parent or other relative who has an addiction problem; your risk of addiction automatically increases. Part of this is due to genetics. Genes that have to do with addiction can be passed down up to eight generations.  But the other part has to do with your environment. Spending time around people who abuse heavily can influence you to do the same.

Signs of Alcohol Abuse

There are mild, moderate, and severe forms of Alcohol Abuse, which depend on how many symptoms you have.
To assess whether you or loved one may have alcohol abuse disorder, here are some questions to ask.  In the past year, have you:

 

The more of these that describe you, the more severe your alcohol abuse disorder is likely to be.

Even if your case is mild, it can have a serious impact on your physical and mental health. Statistics show that 70 percent of those with addiction problems can be functioning addicts. This an addict that can hold a job and keep their family together. But still should seek help to beat their addiction.
Impact on your health
Drinking too much alcohol on a single occasion or over time can cause health problems, including:

Addiction comes with consequences whatever it is caused from.
Understanding the dangers of alcohol or drug abuse and its impact on society can help you and your loved ones make healthier choices.


For information on Addiction Recovery click: “Recovery from Addiction
If you or a loved one needs help.

Many people with addiction problems hesitate to get treatment because of the stigma that is prevalent in this country. DON’T LET THE STIGMA STOP YOU! Addiction is a disease, Not a moral failure ask a professional experienced in addiction treatment for advice.                                
Do not wait to hit bottom in reaching out for help. For many hitting bottom is too late.


Visit the Addiction Resource Center or Call the ARC Help Line 24 hours a day 1-833-301-HELP (4357)
There is a force that is much more powerful than any addiction
That is the power of love in a family
We can do this together
THERE IS HOPE