Dangers of Alcohol Addiction
Knowledge is key when it comes to overcoming any form of substance abuse and even more critical to those who use and abuse alcohol. Most people who abuse drugs and alcohol entertain a misguided delusion that they can stop whenever they want; with or without medical assistance. Like everything in life, there are exceptions. For a lucky few, giving up the addiction without help may be possible. However, the statistics beg to differ for most drug addicts and especially when it comes to the alcoholic. After the death of the singer Amy Winehouse; Dr. Harry Haroutunian, Physician and Director at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California commented on the dangers of unsupervised alcohol withdrawal. He said…“ Alcohol withdrawal is one of the most fatal complications of all drugs’’. According to a review in the American Family Physician Journal, every year approximately 226,000 patients are discharged from hospitals with an alcohol related withdrawal. So what makes alcohol addiction is dangerous?
Seven Dangers of Alcohol Addiction
- Alcohol is a toxin that causes damage to every organ in the body. It is especially damaging to vital organs such as the liver.
- Because alcohol is a depressant and alcohol use and abuse induces the symptoms of depression that can segue into other more debilitating mental health problems.
- Alcoholism is a stepping stone to suicide. Statistic indicates that 18% of alcohol abusers eventually take their own life.
- Alcoholics make dangerous drivers. According to statistics from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) every 48 minutes an alcohol impaired driver kills someone in a traffic accident in the United States. CDC records also show the annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $51 billion.
- The cost of alcoholism in the workplace ranges from $33 billion to $68 billion annually with absenteeism estimated to be four to eight times greater among alcoholics. These statics are reported by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
- Alcohol abuse in some individuals induces violent behavior. This is often most detrimental to the spouses and children of an alcoholic.
- Alcohol abuse is usually a precursor to the use and abuse of other illicit drugs.