Alcoholism is a self-identified disease. Some people realize they have a problem with alcohol dependence because they were late for work a couple times. Other people could lose their job, family, friends, get arrested and still not think that they have a problem with alcohol.
Alcohol is a depressant. That means that alcohol makes nerve cells in the brain less excited, causing them to slow down. A few examples of this are:
- Altered speech
- Hazy thinking
- Slowed reaction time
- Dulled hearing
- Impaired vision
- Weakened muscles
- Foggy memory
In the early stages alcohol use can often times be fun, use alcohol to relax after a long day at work. Alcohol can “help” someone to become more talkative or confident. As time goes on alcohol abuse and dependence takes hold and the fun times go. Eventually alcohol becomes necessary just to stave off withdrawal symptoms, and feel normal.
Heavy drinking can increase the risk of certain cancers. It can cause damage to the liver, brain, and other organs. Alcohol also increases the risk of death from car crashes, injuries, homicide, and suicide. Heavy drinking in a short period of time can lead to alcohol poisoning which can be deadly.
An estimated 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually, with the majority of them being men. Alcohol related death is the 4th leading preventable death.
The continued use of alcohol over a long period of time can condition your body to expect and need the alcohol. If alcohol is not received the body and brain begin to withdrawal from it. Withdrawal from alcohol can have serious complications. It is important to seek qualified professionals who can help you through the detox process. Alcohol withdrawal can include seizures and sometimes death. La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center offers detoxification treatment from alcohol.
Recovery from Alcoholism is possible, with the help of inpatient treatment. Treating alcoholism consists of:
- Individualized treatment planning
- Building a sober support system
- Relapse prevention skills.