Alcohol Abuse and Addiction

Alcohol Abuse
Alcohol is a substance that is used by over 50% of the population of the United States on  a regular basis. Some are able to use alcohol responsibly where it does not cause problems for themselves or loved ones. However, there are a large percentage of people struggling with alcohol abuse.

According to national statistics, more than 23% of Americans have binge drank, and 14% of 12 to 17 year olds who were not of age to drink, were using alcohol. Nearly 3% of these adolescents used alcohol heavily.

What Is Alcohol

Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant or a chemical that slows down the system and bodily functions. It is absorbed orally and each type of alcohol, whether a person is drinking beer, wine or hard liquor has its own pure alcohol content.

Though alcohol is legal it affects some users differently. While some that use alcohol may become more wound up and social, there are others who are depressed by the substance and act lethargically, and still others who exhibit angry or violent behavior while under the influence of alcohol.

When someone has consumed too much alcohol or struggles with alcohol abuse they will start to damage their body and major organs because of this use. In the early stages of alcohol use a person may exhibit impaired brain or motor function. As they use more and more alcohol, they can contract cancer, liver diseases and even have a stroke.

Alcohol Tolerance And Withdrawal

When an individual uses alcohol they develop something called an alcohol tolerance. What this means is that it takes more and more alcohol to create the same effect. Some will build such a high tolerance that they have to use alcohol throughout the day. Others will have to drink 10 or more drinks just to experience an effect from alcohol.

As the tolerance grows more and more so do the withdrawal effects when someone stops drinking. Alcohol withdrawal is a period of time that the person stops drinking and starts feeling physically uncomfortable. A newer alcohol user may feel this in the form of a hangover. Some of the symptoms of a hangover include:

  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Depression
  • Tiredness
  • Moodiness
  • Decreased Appetite

When someone has been struggling with severe alcohol abuse their withdrawal symptoms will be much more difficult to overcome. Some major withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Shaking characterized as Delirium Tremens
  • A compulsive obsession to drink more alcohol.
  • Extreme anxiety, paranoia and nervousness.
  • Tiredness
  • Nightmares
  • Seizure
  • Clammy Skin
  • Sweating and Chills
  • Agitation
  • Rapid heart rate.
  • Severe headaches.
  • Fever
  • Hallucinations
  • Rapid breathing and heart rate.
  • Dehydration

These usually start 48-72 hours after someone stops drinking and can continue for weeks for severe alcohol users.  A medical detoxification program could be required for those with severe withdrawal symptoms because of seizure risk from coming off of the substance.

What Narconon Schools Are Doing About Alcohol Abuse
With such a large portion of the population abusing alcohol the key lies in drug education and prevention on the dangers of abuse of alcohol as well as the rules about alcohol use. Narconon drug and alcohol prevention specialists have been traveling through the state of California to deliver this message about alcohol use to many groups who are at risk for abuse.

Narconon school statistics show that those receiving effective prevention talks are less likely to start abusing alcohol. For those already struggling, rehabilitation is really the only way out of an alcohol addiction.

For more information on alcohol abuse or to get help for yourself or a loved one call Redwood Cliffs Santa Cruz at 888-292-4999.

References:
http://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/alcohol