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. AddictionAlcohol 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.