Although alcohol is legal in the United States and many parts of the world, it’s is a mind altering substance that has the capacity to shatter lives and families. This socially acceptable drug can physically, mentally and emotionally cause an appetite that cannot be satisfied despite accumulating risks and consequences—including the rise of driving under the influence (DUI) tickets, jail time and license provocations due to DUIs. Those are only the consequences a drunk driver faces, the risk and rise in fatalities related to drunk driving accidents annually is the irreversible damage that drunk driving causes to the victims and survivors of drunk driving accidents. In the United States, an average drunk driver has driven under the influence 80 times before their first arrest.
What Are the Consequences of Alcohol Abuse?
These unfortunate truths, along with a long list of relationship and work-related problems, can only be explained by alcohol’s addictive quality.
There is a distinction between alcohol abuse and alcoholism, for—unlike alcoholism, alcohol abusers have some ability to set limits on their drinking. However, their alcohol use is still self-destructive and dangerous to themselves and to others. Alcohol abuse can progress into alcoholism as well as be abused with a combination of pharmaceutical prescribed drugs. If you have an alcohol and prescription medicine dependency, please call us today, break the illusion that these legal substances are ok to consume. White Oak Run is here to help you address the root cause of alcohol abuse and dependency.
Alcohol is a sedative, withdrawals from heavy alcohol consumption can have dramatic health consequences including seizures, high blood pressure, liver disease, and possible death if withdrawal symptoms are not treated properly. This dependency can easily destroy lives in the short-term and is proven to generate life-threatening health consequences in the long-term.
What causes someone to become an alcoholic?
Alcoholism is a chronic and debilitating disease of the mind and body caused by a physical and psychological dependence on alcohol. Around 7.2 percent of the adult American population had an alcohol-use disorder in 2012, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Some of the symptoms of alcohol dependence include:
- Tremors the morning after you’ve drank
- Alcohol-induced illnesses
- Memory lapses due to blackouts while drinking
- Withdrawal symptoms set in if you stop drinking for too long
- Tolerance to alcohol that requires you to drink more than you used to
- Failing to meet obligations because of your alcohol use
- Inability to control how much you drink or stop after you’ve started
- Finding excuses to drink
Cause and effect
Ever wonder what makes alcohol so addictive? Alcoholism has no one single cause. Rather, it is a detailed combination of genetic markers and environmental precursors all mixed together. There is definitely a hereditary role in the development of alcohol dependence, but no alcohol addiction gene has ever been isolated. Having a parent who is an alcoholic makes you four times more likely to be one yourself, per the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Likewise, environmental factors are part of the mix, too. Growing up in a household where alcohol is prevalent also ups the risk of alcoholism in your future.