Each and every day, alcohol abuse causes immeasurable emotional and physical harm. Motorists die in drunk driving accidents and families are shattered by alcohol-fueled domestic violence. If alcohol abuse is a problem for you or your loved one, get help now – before the damage gets worse. Call American Addiction Centers today at 877-417-6237.
Alcohol abuse is widespread.
According to the National Institutes of Health, 17.6 million Americans, which is about 1 in every 12 adults, abuse alcohol or are alcohol dependent. In general, more men than women suffer from the disease, but alcoholism cuts across gender, nationality and race.
Alcohol abuse is most commonly found among young adults from the ages 18-29 and is least common among adults age 65 and older. Thankfully, there are alcohol abuse treatment programs that specialize in every demographic; whether you’re 18 or 80 — and regardless of your situation — our treatment consultants can refer you to the most effective alcohol abuse treatment facility. At alcohol rehab, you’ll interact with others who’ve had similar experiences.
What are the symptoms of alcohol abuse?
When trying to determine if you or a loved one has a drinking problem, ask yourself:
- Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?
- Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
- Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?
- Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?
Even just one “yes” indicates a possible alcohol abuse problem, and more than one means it’s highly likely.
Does alcohol abuse automatically signal alcoholism?
Not necessarily. There are people who, although they drink excessively, are not dependent on alcohol. But if left untreated, their alcohol abuse will often progress to full-blown alcoholism or further drug abuse. And aside from the risk of developing alcoholism, any problem drinking can lead to negative consequences — like missing a midterm or lunch with a boss — to tragedy, from drunk driving accidents to babies born with disabilities because of a mother who drank during pregnancy.
College binge-drinking is a problem.
Dangerous binge-drinking/alcohol abuse is very common within America’s colleges and universities. Parents must take the time to warn their children that alcohol, though legal, can be fatal in excessive amounts. One such tragic death happened at the University of Kansas. 19-year-old student Jason Wren died of alcohol poisoning at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house after a night of heavy drinking.
Wren’s father has pushed university leaders to make students more aware of the dangers of alcohol. ”Maybe if they were aware, someone would have called for help that evening instead of the next afternoon, when it was too late,” Jay Wren said in a comment on The University Daily Kansan website.
You’re never too young to enter alcohol abuse treatment if drinking has become uncontrollable. There are alcoholics at some Alcoholics Anonymous meetings that aren’t even 21-years-old. The important thing is not your age, but that you recognize a problem and do something about it. Calling American Addiction Centers at 877-417-6237.
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