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Alcoholism in Denver Doesn’t Only Affect the Drinker

Alcoholism is a disease that can be hard to treat as many people do not want to admit they have a problem. Since drinking is a social norm, many people who are not addicted partake in it. However, alcohol abuse and alcoholism can lead to deadly consequences. Fox 31 Denver reports that three Denver residents were killed and one was seriously injured after a car crash Aug. 14 in Conifer. Pending toxicology tests, alcohol is said to have been a factor of the crash. This crash could possibly have been avoided if any of the passengers had been sober.

If you are drinking excessively and have constant cravings, you may be suffering from alcoholism. Call your local treatment center today to learn how you can get help.

Alcohol Abuse vs. Addiction

Alcohol abuse and addiction aren’t the same thing but often go hand-in-hand. Abuse can take shape in the form of binge drinking. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reported in 2013 that roughly 30 percent of men and 16 percent of women stated that they had partaken in binge drinking in the past month. However, these statistics may not show an underlying problem with addiction. This clearly indicates that alcohol abuse is normalized behavior.

Alcohol addiction involves abuse, but it occurs when individuals have lost control of their drinking. If an individual is binge drinking more and more often or is seeking out social settings to drink, addiction may be setting in. By surrounding oneself with other drinkers, it is easy to normalize the behavior and mask that there may be abuse or addiction going on.

Signs and Symptoms of Dependence

Alcohol abuse can turn into an addiction when an individual loses control of their drinking. A physical and mental addiction can set in, and people’s lifestyles can become consumed by alcohol. While both abuse and addiction are bad for the body and can cause physical harm, addiction also affects an individual mentally and will need to be treated with alcohol rehab.

Signs of addiction may be cravings and loss of control when it comes to drinking. Symptoms of addiction such as physical dependence and an increase in tolerance can wreak havoc on one’s body and cause a physical addiction to be embedded even further.

Don’t wait to seek help. Call the Denver area Central Committee of Alcoholics Anonymous today to go to a meeting and speak with peers about your disorder. It’s not too late.

 

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.
Alcoholism poses a serious threat to the health and well-being of the person who is using and abusing alcohol, their family, friends, co-workers and their community in general.  Drug treatment centers can provide personalized the help and services that are important for the rehabilitation from this deadly disease. Call today to speak with an addiction specialist about recover and rehabilitation from alcohol addiction. (303) 209-3004