In Crisis? Get Help Now:

888-854-3911

Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Am I An Alcoholic Or Do I Just Like Drinking?


If you’re concerned that you or a loved one has an alcohol addiction, you probably want to be sure before taking the next step. You’re not alone. Many people are struggling with what they believe might be alcohol dependence and are wondering if they are indeed addicted to alcohol. The line between social drinking and alcohol dependence can become blurred very quickly. Knowing the classic signs of alcoholism is the first step toward recovering from the problem. Once you recognize the dependence or even if you just have questions, 12 Keys is here to provide the help you or a loved one needs.

Call to get help now

Alcohol is unique in the drug community. It is legal, socially acceptable, and easily accessible. This is often what makes it so hard to spot a growing dependence. At first you were only having a drink at Friday happy hour. Then it was just a few nights a week and then it was every night. Alcohol dependence can grow quietly and quickly. This is why it's essential you learn as much as you can about this disease.

Our treatment facility, located waterfront in sunny Florida, is here to offer you proven support on the road to recovery in a comfortable and serene environment so you can overcome the addiction and get back to living a healthy life.

What Are the Symptoms and Signs of Alcohol Abuse?

Signs of alcohol addiction are not hard to spot. Alcohol addiction symptoms to look for in yourself (or a loved one) include:

  • Experiencing constant hangovers that interfere with school, work or other activities
  • Drinking despite knowing you’ll be driving or doing something that could be risky when impaired
  • Having blackouts or memory loss
  • Drinking-related injuries or accidents
  • Drinking despite the fact that physical conditions could get worse with drinking
  • Needing more alcohol to achieve the same buzz
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not drinking
  • Giving up activities once enjoyed to drink
  • Drinking beginning early in the day
  • Drinking alone
  • Hiding the drinking
  • Drinking to solve problems or relieve stress

These signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction, including the physical signs of alcoholism, are warning signs that you or your loved one could be damaging something in your life, whether it’s your health, relationships, mind or a legal situation. Pay attention to these alcohol dependence signs, whether you’re the user or have a loved one who is. If these symptoms are raising concern for you or a loved one, don’t hesitate to call. We’re here to answer your questions and provide the support you or a loved one needs.

Call to get help now

How to Tell the Difference Between Drinking a Lot and Becoming an Alcoholic

Alcohol addiction signs are much more than just physical. Alcohol abuse refers to engaging in dangerous drinking habits, including drinking either too much at one time or drinking every day. Alcohol addiction can ruin your relationships, lead to legal problems (like driving while intoxicated) and cause you to miss work. You’re abusing alcohol when you choose to drink, despite the negative consequences it brings about.

So, how can you tell if you’re simply drinking a lot or if you have become an alcoholic? According to the CDC, excessive drinking includes heavy drinking, binge drinking, drinking when you’re under 21 years of age or drinking while pregnant.

excessive-drinking

Addiction to alcohol symptoms and signs include:

  • Drinking more to get the same effect
  • Being unable to control your drinking or quit altogether
  • Letting responsibilities slide because of your drinking
  • Having withdrawal symptoms after you stop drinking
  • Drinking heavily on all the time
  • Having family members and friends concerned about your drinking
  • Continuing drinking despite its physical impact and how it affects your relationships
  • Spending too much time drinking alcohol or recovering from it
  • Giving up activities to be able to drink

If you’re experiencing three or more of these side-effects of drinking in a year, you could be alcohol dependent.

What Is The Differences Between Safe Use, Abuse and Alcoholism

Alcoholism is defined by three characterizations. First, the individual with alcoholism must drink to feel normal. Without alcohol, unpleasant withdrawal symptoms begin. Next, the individual must be unable to control how much and how often he consumes alcohol. The alcoholic will also continue to drink even after serious consequences develop as a direct result of drinking.

An individual only needs to meet one of these characteristics to require help from an alcohol rehab; those who have difficulty quitting may also require professional help.

Alcoholism is a sneaky condition that can resemble normal drinking in certain circumstances. What defines “safe” drinking for one individual may be unsafe for another. For example, older adults and those who take certain medicines may be unable to safely drink anything at all. Although a young, healthy adult can safely consume up to 14 alcoholic beverages per week, the average older adult should only consume 7 drinks per week. People who take prescription painkillers, anti-anxiety medicines, certain antidepressants and other drugs cannot drink alcohol safely at all. Those who have a history of substance abuse must also avoid alcohol.


binge-drinking

Most individuals who develop a problem with alcohol begin with casual and occasional abuse. A monthly drinking binge may develop into a weekly habit, and then a nightly happy hour followed by a weekend of heavy drinking. Binge drinking, which is defined as consuming 4 to 5 alcoholic beverages in less than two hours, is a common precursor to alcoholism. Not everyone who binge drinks develops alcoholism; while an individual who frequently binge drinks may need help quitting, he is not an alcoholic unless he develops a physical dependence on alcohol.

Treating Alcohol Abuse At 12 Keys Rehab

Every aspect of your life is affected by your alcohol addiction, ranging from your psychological stability and physical well-being to your overall life outlook. No two people are the same, and neither are their addictions. Here at 12 Keys Rehab, we never take a cookie-cutter approach to alcohol treatment, because you are a one-of-a-kind individual with unique needs and reasons you came to abuse alcohol.

For you to finally achieve long-lasting recovery, your treatment plan has to be customized and personalized to your body and mind, as well as your addiction. We utilize the 12 Keys Model of Treatment for alcohol addiction, whereby we help you to meet your goals, challenges, interests and needs. Our 12-step method is your roadmap to your recovery. And, as your needs change, our treatment plan evolves with you.

How Can I Help My Loved One Recover From an Alcohol Addiction?

You can help your loved one recover from their alcohol addiction by being supportive and understanding what they’re going through. You should take the time to learn about their disease. You have to understand that alcoholism is not necessarily about having a lack of willpower or being selfish. It's about a lack of control, and your loved one needs professional help to get through this.

alcoholism-control

The road to recovery is long and often difficult. Having support from family and friends can help recovering addicts move through the toughest times and come out for the better on the other side. Encourage your loved ones recovery and stand by them in the tough times. Often you’ll find it won’t only strengthen your relationship, but also help you learn and grow.

Call to get help now

The Causes of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

For decades, people assumed that those who developed alcoholism actually suffered from a moral failing or character weakness. We now know that alcoholism is a complex disease caused by a diverse range of factors. A family history of alcoholism can strongly influence a person’s chances of developing the disease. People who have a close family member with alcoholism are about 50 percent more likely to become alcoholics themselves.

Certain psychological factors also closely correlate to alcoholism. Many people who struggle with alcohol addiction have a mental health disorder such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder or anxiety. People who suffer from a mental health disorder and alcoholism at the same time have a condition called dual diagnosis. Identifying a true dual diagnosis is difficult, because the symptoms of alcoholism often mimic those of depression and anxiety. During recovery at 12 Keys Rehab, we will work to discover these underlying conditions to treat both diseases.

What Types of Co-Occurring Disorders Exist With Alcohol Abuse?

If you’re abusing alcohol (or your loved one is), it’s possible that you (or they) may be plagued with a co-occurring disorder, such as the following:

Depression

There is a link between depression and severe alcohol use. Whether drinking regularly causes the depression or the depression causes you to drink, both are possibilities. Almost one-third of depressed people also struggle with alcoholism. Typically, the depression comes first, but if you drink a lot, it can harm your brain, which can result in depression.

depression-alcoholism

Psychiatric Disorders

Data shows that, as an alcoholic, you’re 21 times more likely to be diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder when compared to people who are not alcoholics.

Other psychiatric comorbidities include:

  • Drug Abuse: four times as likely
  • Schizophrenia: four times as likely
  • Mania: 6.2 times as likely

Anxiety

Around 20 percent of people who suffer with an anxiety disorder abuse alcohol as well. Studies have shown that up to 30 percent of alcoholics also have a panic disorder. Some studies indicate that patients who are anxious might use drugs or alcohol in order to self-medicate, even though it exacerbates their condition.

Other Conditions

Other diseases that are linked heavily to alcoholism include cancers of the larynx, mouth and esophagus, and reproductive function failure. There is an increased likelihood of dental problems, like non-restorable teeth or missing teeth, in alcoholics when compared with psychiatric patients without a drinking problem.

The Four Stages of Alcoholism

There are stages of alcohol abuse that you typically and sequentially go through. They include:

Stage #1: Drinking Periodically / Binge Drinking

During the first stage, you’re basically experimenting with alcohol. You’re new to it and are testing your limits. Young adults often go through this stage, engaging in binge drinking to feel good. And although they aren’t drinking on a regular basis, they’re drinking larger amounts of alcohol in one session.

Stage #2: Drinking Increases

During this stage, you have left the experimental phase and now your drinking becomes more frequent. You're not simply drinking at parties occasionally anymore. Now you’re drinking every weekend.

Stage #3: Problem Drinking

When your drinking gets more frequent and you begin abusing it, it leads to problem drinking. During this stage, you’re likely feeling anxious, depressed or losing sleep. Your heavy drinking might be making you feel sick, but it doesn't bother you because you enjoy the effects too much. Problem drinking often leads to legal troubles and drinking while driving.

Stage #4: Alcohol Dependency

Once you've gone through the problem drinking stage, you now roll into the stage four alcoholism dependency stage. It’s at this stage that you have become attached to alcohol and it’s controlling you to the point where it interferes with your regular routine and you can't control how much you consume, despite the adverse effects.


four-stages-of-alcoholism

Why Do So Many People Turn to Alcohol?

What causes alcohol addiction? What’s in alcohol that makes it addictive? There are various interconnected factors with alcohol abuse and alcoholism, including genetics, your social environment, how you were raised and your emotional health. Ethyl alcohol causes a chemical imbalance resulting in a cycle of pleasure, or high, and then a period of “coming down” from the high.

Some common reasons why you might abuse alcohol include:

  • Boredom
  • Stress
  • Peer pressure
  • Financial worries
  • Relationship problems
  • Teenage rebellion
  • Low self-esteem
  • Raised by an alcoholic
  • Self-medication

In some instances, you might drink to self-medicate a mental health disorder you already have. You could also be suffering with conditions like anxiety or depression, and alcohol provides you with temporary relief.

Call to get help now

mixing-alcohol-and-drugs

Common Drugs Paired With Alcohol

Many people combine drugs with alcohol thinking it heightens the effects of one or the other. You should know that in some cases, combining certain types of drugs with alcohol can prove to be very dangerous and even deadly.

Combining alcohol with other drugs can gave devastating effects on the user, with some even dying as a result. In fact, combining alcohol with other drugs has become one of the most threatening and pervasive addiction problems in the United States, particularly for younger adults and teens.

Some common drugs that are often combined with alcohol use, along with their consequences, include:

Marijuana

Combining marijuana with alcohol increases the intoxication level of both and enhances the sedative effect. “Greening out,” or feeling sick with nausea, dizziness and vomiting, is more likely if you drink alcohol before smoking weed.

Cocaine

Cocaine is often abused with alcohol, but can have some dangerous consequences. Both alcohol and cocaine elevate your blood pressure, and combining the two can increase your risk for a stroke or heart attack.

Tranquilizers and Sedatives

Combining these types of drugs with alcohol can cause extreme drowsiness and lead to accidents. The combination can also depress your lung and heart functions.

Antidepressants

When you take these drugs and drink alcohol at the same time, it can lead to extreme drowsiness. It can also slow your reaction times, spike your blood pressure and, in some cases, lead to strokes.

Opiates

This is a common class of drugs that is often combined with alcohol. When combining the two, the sedative effect is magnified, thus increasing your chances of an accidental overdose.

Antihistamines

Even if you’re only taking OTC antihistamines, if you mix them with alcohol, it can lead to serious drowsiness and increase your risk of dangerous or deadly accidents.

Mixing Alcohol With Prescription Medications

Common prescription medications that are often abused with alcohol are sedatives like Valium, Ambien, Xanax and Nembutal. When you combine not just one, but more than one of these sedatives, and then mix it with alcohol, you can compromise your central nervous system severely, slow down your response time, and induce symptoms like nausea, vomiting, coma and even death.

Mixing alcohol with antidepressants can:

  • Make your anxiety or depression symptoms more pronounced
  • Alter your alertness and thinking
  • Make you feel sedated
  • Increase your risk of dangerous side effects if you take MAOIs

Mixing prescription painkillers, like oxycodone — a central nervous system depressant — with alcohol can slow your breathing to the point that it ceases, leading to death. Unfortunately, this practice is all too common in college students who are unaware of the potential dangers – many have lost their lives as a result.


mixing-alcohol-and-depressants

Mixing Alcohol With Street Drugs

Street drugs are another type of drug that is often mixed with alcohol. Street drugs like heroin and cocaine can strain your heart, as well as other major organs. Combining street drugs with alcohol can induce serious hallucinations, respiratory problems, intestinal distress and coma.

Not to mention, when you take heroin or cocaine at high doses with alcohol, it can increase your chances of overdose or addiction greatly. If you abuse drugs like GHB and ecstasy and combine with alcohol, it can lead to heart damage, severe dehydration and damage to your central nervous system.

Alcoholism is not a lack of willpower or weakness — it's a chronic disease that has known symptoms, has a predictable course, and is influenced by your situation and genes.

Why is Alcohol Considered the Most Dangerous/Deadly Drug

Most people would assume the most dangerous or deadly drug around is heroin, cocaine or other heavy street drugs. However, the one drug that’s associated with the most lethal violence is alcohol. Alcohol is a factor in more homicides than any other substance. In fact, when incarcerated individuals were given a survey about their violent crimes, 40 percent of these individuals said they were drinking at the time they committed the crime, and the average blood-alcohol levels of the majority of these individuals was over three times the legal limit.

Drinking is particularly common among perpetrators of certain crimes, like sexual assault, intimate partner violence and murder.


alcohol-and-crime

It can be challenging to determine when your drinking has gone from social or moderate use to having signs and symptoms of alcoholism. Think of it this way: if you’re drinking to avoid feeling bad or to cope with life's difficulties, you’re in dangerous territory. It doesn't take much for alcohol dependency to creep up on you.

The Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs looked at drug-related problems on a psychological, physical and social standpoint and came to the realization that, out of all drugs, alcohol was the most harmful. They used a scale that evaluates the harm to the person using and others, and on a 1 to 100 scale, alcohol received a 72. This study used 16 criteria, with nine of them being related to drugs and their adverse effects on people, and the other seven criteria relating to the harm the drug has on others. Alcohol was used in comparison to 19 other drugs.

What does this mean? According to the study, it means that alcohol is around three times as harmful as tobacco and cocaine.

What Does Alcohol Do to the Brain?

When you drink for a long time, you can have brain deficits that continue even after you have recovered. Drinking heavily has far-reaching and extensive effects that can range from memory slips to debilitating and permanent conditions.

Since teenagers' brains are still developing, drinking is more harmful for them than for adults. When you drink during this crucial stage of brain development, it can result in lifelong brain function damage with regard to motor skills, memory and coordination.

How Addictive Is Alcohol?

“How addicting is alcohol,” and “what makes alcohol addictive,” are two questions you might ask yourself. When you drink, your brain releases feel-good endorphins, and you are compelled to drink in order to get that feeling again.

These feelings are more pronounced when you’re a heavy drinker. The more you drink, the more your brain releases these endorphins, making you feel even happier. This in turn causes you to begin craving alcohol. Once your cravings turn into a physical dependence, your heavy drinking turns into alcohol addiction.

Call to get help now

What Is an Alcohol Addiction Like?

Aside from the physical signs of alcohol abuse and lethal damage drinking heavily can do to your body, including liver disease, heart problems and cancer, it can also cause social consequences that can be just as bad. Alcoholics are more likely to experience domestic violence, get divorced, live in poverty and struggle with unemployment.

alcohol-and-violence

Often, close friends and family members feel as though they have to cover up for you. They clean up your messes, work more to compensate for your lost wages, lie for you, make excuses for you and take on the burden. Your children end up suffering emotional trauma, which sometimes lasts a lifetime.

Does Alcohol Abuse Cause any Permanent Damage?

When you have been drinking for a long time, particularly in large quantities, symptoms of late-stage alcoholism and other physical damage can happen to your body and mind. Alcohol abuse can affect your bodily organs — especially your brain and liver. It can result in neuropathy and hypertension.

With alcoholic neuropathy, your alcohol use damages your peripheral nerves. You can also raise your blood pressure to unhealthy levels by drinking too much. And, although you can raise your blood pressure by having a few drinks, it's the long-term, repeated binge drinking that leads to hypertension.

In addition, if you black out from drinking, and vomit while unconscious, you could choke on your own vomit, which, in turn, could lead to asphyxiation and death.

Alcohol's Effect on the Liver

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the most prevalent cause of liver disease-related illness and death in the US is long-term heavy alcohol abuse. In fact, up to 30 percent of people who drink heavily get advanced liver disease and up to 90 percent of the 26,000 cirrhosis-related deaths each year are alcohol related.

cirrhosis

When you drink heavily, it’s not good for your liver. Period. You can end up with cirrhosis of the liver by drinking heavily for many years. This is where your liver tissue scars or forms a fibrous mass that results in its not being able to properly filter toxins from the body.

Typically, when you first start damaging your liver, your liver begins to build up excess fat in the cells (fatty liver). You may experience fatigue, weight loss or weakness. This condition can be reversed if you stop drinking during this stage.

The next stage is alcoholic hepatitis, where you get inflammation from your drinking. Your liver becomes enlarged and this can lead to jaundice, abdominal pain, vomiting and loss of appetite. When this condition becomes severe enough, it can lead to liver failure and death.

Drinking Alcohol While Pregnant

You risk harming your unborn baby when you drink while you’re pregnant. It can result in a wide range of lifelong health problems for your baby. While pregnant, there is no safe amount of alcohol that you can drink, and the more you drink, the more you increase your chances of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

Dangers for Severe Alcoholics Quitting Without Assistance

You might think you or your loved one can quit drinking without assistance, and that all it takes is a little willpower and discipline. The problem with this is it’s likely that your cravings are stronger than your willpower. What you’re going through is pretty serious and requires help for things like:

  • Suffering from withdrawal symptoms that range from vomiting to lack of concentration and confusion
  • Having cravings so intense you go back to your addictive behavior
  • Experiencing dehydration, seizures and heart problems, all of which can increase your risk of death
alcoholism-cleanse

Worst-case scenarios like these happen all too often, which is why trying to quit without assistance is not a good idea at all. You need an effective treatment program like 12 Keys Rehab to guide you through the detox stage, using therapeutic and medical means to end your addiction.

Even if you make it through withdrawal and detox on your own, you have not address the other factors influencing your addiction. Without therapy and working through the root of the addiction, the chances of staying sober are very slim. Alcoholism is a disease that not only requires cleansing the body but the mind as well.

Safely Detoxing From Alcohol Addiction

No matter what problems your alcohol abuse is causing, detoxing at home is not the answer. You need to have professionals at your side while you go through the detox process. You and your loved ones are not optimally equipped to handle this part of your recovery.

Your recovery process needs to be tailored specifically for you to treat your particular detox needs. You also need to learn how to manage the factors that led you to drink in the first place.

How Long Does It Take to Withdraw From Alcohol?

Once you've become dependent on alcohol, your body now has to learn how to live without the large amounts you’ve been giving it. Typically, your body begins to experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms approximately eight hours after you've had your last drink. Withdrawal can happen days later, however.

Your addicted to alcohol symptoms typically peak by 72 hours and can last for weeks.

Call to get help now

What Are the Stages of Alcohol Withdrawal?

Like alcohol abuse, there are also stages of alcohol withdrawal, which include:

Stage One

During this stage, you’ll likely experience tremors. These usually start around eight to 12 hours after your last drink.

Stage Two

During your second stage of alcohol withdrawal, you may experience hallucinations. These begin around 12 to 24 hours after your last drink.

Stage Three

During your third stage, you might experience seizures that can start around six to 48 hours after your last drink.

Stage Four

During your last stage of withdrawal, you could experience delirium tremens (DTs). Without proper treatment, they can be fatal. DTs con produce shaking, confusion, high blood pressure, fever, and hallucinations. Not all people go through this stage, but it can begin around three to four days after your last drink and can last for up to two weeks.

Alcoholism Can Start Early: The Problem With Drinking in College

College drinking causes public health challenges and impacts the student's social and intellectual life on campus. Over 1,800 college students who are between 18 years of age and 24 die each year from injuries due to alcohol, including vehicle crashes. In this same age group, around 97,000 college students report they have experienced date rape or sexual assault due to alcohol.

college-deaths-due-to-alcohol

Further, one in four college students say they have experienced alcohol-related academic consequences like falling behind in school, missing or skipping class, performing poorly on papers or examinations and getting low grades.

Excessive and binge drinking occur often in college. Many students, away from home, having never consumed alcohol before, are likely to experiment. This experimentation can lead to excessive use or even alcoholism at a young age. Television and movie portrayals of college life generally depict wild parties, binge drinking, and great fun. Students, attempting to live up to this image, often don’t realize the danger they are putting themselves into with drinking.

Facts About Alcohol

The alcohol used in adult beverages is called ethyl alcohol, and is made from the fermentation of fruits and grains. During the fermenting process, the yeast acts on these ingredients in a certain way, which creates the alcohol.

alcohol-facts

Since it slows your vital functions and leads to unsteady movement, slurred speech, inability to react quickly and disturbed perceptions, alcohol is considered a depressant. It also distorts your judgment and reduces your ability to think rationally.

Even though it’s thought to be a depressant, the type of effect you get depends on a number of factors, including how much and the type of alcohol you consume. Some people drink a glass of wine or a beer to get the stimulant effect or help them loosen up. Others drink more than their body can handle and they lose control and coordination, in addition to experiencing its depressant effects.

When you overdose on alcohol, it can lead to even more serious depressant effects such as toxicity, which occurs when your body vomits out the poison, develops an inability to feel pain, loses consciousness and, in worse cases, leads to coma or death from serious toxic overdose. Alcohol’s effects depend on how quickly and how much you consume, as well as your body weight, how long you’ve been drinking, and if you have food in your stomach.

There are many common street names for alcohol. You have likely heard “brew,” “booze” and “cold one.” However, there are many more:

  • Hard Stuff
  • Sauce
  • Juice
  • Hooch
  • Suds
  • Vino
  • Moonshine
  • Oats Soda
  • Draft
  • Liquid Courage
  • Tummy Buster
  • Redneck Wine
  • 12 oz. Curl
  • Liquid Bread

A lot of these street names have been around for some time. Some of them are used in tighter circles.

alcohol-content-facts

What Is Considered One Drink of Alcohol?

You might be surprised to learn what is considered one drink of alcohol. One glass of alcohol, whether it’s beer, wine or vodka, doesn't determine if it’s one drink or not. Each type of alcohol (wine, beer, malt liquor) has its own amount of alcohol content.

Therefore, it's essential you know what each one contains in terms of alcohol, and don’t just measure it by the glass. A standard drink in the US contains 0.6 ounces (1.2 tablespoons or 14 grams) of pure alcohol.

You typically find this amount of pure alcohol in:

  • Malt Liquor: 8 oz. (alcohol content: 7 percent)
  • Beer: 12 oz. (alcohol content: 5 percent)
  • Wine: 5 oz. (alcohol content: 12 percent)
  • Rum, Whiskey or Vodka: 80-proof (1.5 oz.) (alcohol content: 40 percent)

Even though these guidelines are helpful to determine the standard “one drink,” they quite often don't reflect customary serving sizes. You can’t walk into a bar and expect them to serve the precise 6 oz. amount of pure alcohol in your glass.

Call to get help now

Key Statistics About Alcohol Abuse

There’s no doubt that the misuse of alcohol is linked to a number of harmful consequences, including the following:

  • According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), alcohol is a factor in 40 percent of car accidents and fatal falls and in about 60 percent of fatal burn injuries. It’s also a huge factor in sexual assaults (around half of them).
  • In the United States, alcohol is the most common drug abused by youth. Over 4,300 underage youth deaths every year are due to excessive drinking.
  • Binge drinking makes up over 90 percent of alcohol consumption.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), men binge drink twice as much as women.
  • People who binge drink are around 14 times more likely to drive while impaired by alcohol than people who don't binge drink.
  • Young people who drink alcohol are more likely to abuse other drugs and die from alcohol poisoning.

What are the Typical Demographics of an Alcohol Addict?

According to a 2007 survey on drug use and health, over half of the survey participants aged 12 and older reported being current drinkers.

The following demographics indicated they were current alcohol users:

  • White: 56.1 percent
  • Alaska natives or American Indians: 44.7 percent
  • Two or more races: 47.5 percent
  • Hispanics: 42.1 percent
  • African Americans: 39.3 percent
  • Asians: 35.2 percent

Around 56 percent of youths ages 12 through 20 say they drink at someone else's house and 29 percent say their last drink was in their own home.

How Alcoholism Impacts Society

Drinking alcohol can have adverse economic and social effects on you, your immediate environment and society as a whole. Alcohol consumption has made a huge impact with regard to healthcare, criminal justice, the economy and social institutions in terms of work, family and violent acts.

How It Affects Work

Alcoholic behavior symptoms affect employers financially through lost production days when workers are absent the day after a night of drinking. Not to mention, it's not just heavy drinkers who are missing days of work — moderate and even light drinkers who enjoy an occasional night of binge drinking are missing work as well.

Alcohol abuse and addiction contributes to poor work performance in each of the following ways:

  • Showing up late to work
  • On-the-job injuries
  • Taking long breaks at work
  • Low level of work productivity
  • Sleeping on the job

Because of this, alcohol consumption is estimated by the NIAAA to have a greater effect on on-the-job productivity than it does on missed workdays.

How It Affects Family

Drinking alcohol doesn't just affect you. For instance, let's say you frequently indulge in vodka or have a vodka addiction. It’s definitely going to impair how you perform as a partner, as a parent and how much you contribute to keeping your household running efficiently.

Alcohol abuse can have lasting effects on children and partners, particularly with respect to violence, health, and accidents within the home. If mothers drink while pregnant, children can be born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Parental drinking often leads to child abuse and other negative impacts on the child's psychological, social and economic environment.

parental-alcoholism

Alcohol consumption can impact your family in other ways, too, such as promoting significant mental health problems like depression, fear and anxiety. If you drink outside your household, this can lead to less time you spend at home. Your family can be impacted with the financial costs of alcohol because of the expense of buying booze, medical treatment and lost wages from missed work. This can leave your family destitute.

Alcohol and Violence

Alcohol is a prime factor in domestic violence, typically with the abuse of spouses or partners. In some cases, both spouses are drinking when it occurs. Although the relationship between domestic violence and alcohol consumption is cloudy, there is a definite link between heavy drinking and violence between partners.

Why You Should Enter an Alcohol Addiction Recovery Treatment Center

Although your treatment roadmap will be your own, there are some standard steps you go through during your treatment. These include:

  • Detox
  • Repair
  • Tool Development
  • Growth

These steps are put in place to naturally guide you through detox all the way to living outside our treatment facility. We involve your family in the process and employ various treatment modalities along your journey so you can experience deep healing and carry lasting-recovery with you through life.

We offer a compassionate and therapeutic way for you to get rid of your life-threatening addiction and to learn better coping skills. If you’re ready to make this positive change in your life, contact 12 Keys Rehab today.

Call to get help now