Alcohol Abuse Rehabilitation and Treatment Center

Alcohol Dependence

There is a lot of debate about alcohol dependence, alcoholism. One method of thought is that it is a genetic chronic disease and a person has to live with it for the rest of their life as there is not cure. Another method is that there are environment factors that make a person become addicted. Whatever method you believe, it is a very serious matter that needs to be handled and more people need to become educated on what the signs and symptoms are.  There is an obvious problem when a person starts showing signs of a physical dependence to alcohol.

Symptoms of Alcohol Dependence

Here is a list of some of the most common signs and symptoms of alcohol dependence. If you or anyone you know is showing these signs, get help immediately.

Getting intoxicated regularly
Aggressive behavior when drinking
Accidents or injuries that result from drinking
Blackouts or memory loss
Drinking alone
Planning activities around drinking
Drinking in stressful situations
Work suffering due to alcohol consumption
Hostility when approached regarding amount of consumption
Tolerance to certain amounts of alcohol
Shaking when alcohol is not present in the body
Isolating oneself from activities
Lack of control over drinking

Many alcoholics will make excuses to drink or will neglect eating. They will lower their responsibility on their overall appearance and hygiene. They may become very secretive and miss work due to their addiction. These people do not feel socially comfortable unless they are drinking and feel very guilty about their drinking problem. There will be many alcohol related illnesses involved with this individual.

Complications of Alcohol Dependence

There are many complications due to alcohol dependence. They are very serious and can be fatal. While some complications are more serious than others, ultimately alcohol dependence will end a person, whether in a short time or a long span of miserable life. The various complications that alcohol dependence can have on a person are as follows:

Nerve damage
Depression or suicide
Dementia or degeneration of the brain
Permanent memory loss
Heart muscle damage
High blood pressure
Liver cancer
Larynx cancer
Colon cancer
Esophagus cancer
Esophagus bleeding
Delirium tremens
Liver disease
Sexually transmitted disease
Problems getting erections for men
Women not menstruating

For pregnant women, alcohol dependence is a serious condition. Fetal alcohol syndrome can lead to mental retardation. Even a milder form of fetal alcohol syndrome can lead to lifelong behavior problems.

Facts on Alcohol Dependence

The statistical studies on alcoholism are devastating. The American Journal of Public Health reported in one study that approximately one in four children in the U.S. are exposed to familial alcohol dependence or alcohol abuse. This is before the child reaches the age of 18. This is roughly 19 million kids that are exposed.

Here are some more statistics on the problem with alcohol dependence according to the Treatment Episode Data Set:

20.8% admissions in 2008 were for primary drug alcohol
Over half a million people were injured in car crashes where alcohol was present
One individual is injured every two minutes due to alcohol related crashes
50% of homicides are alcohol related in the U.S.
40% of assaults are alcohol related
Over 100,000 deaths each year are related to excessive alcohol consumption
47.3% of the alcohol that is consumed in the United States is consumed by underage drinkers
$220 billion is spent each year on the alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse problem
Traffic fatalities are at roughly 17,000 per year because of alcohol
There are 2.6 million binge drinkers between 12 and 17
76 million people suffer from alcohol-related disorders throughout the world
Approximately 53% of adults report that one or more of their close relatives has a drinking problem
68% of people who come through a trauma center have an alcohol or drug problem
40% of people who start drinking by age 14 become alcoholics
One in ten people have a drinking problem currently
Males are four times more likely to be heavy drinkers over females
Roughly 3 million teenagers age 14 to 17 are problem drinkers in the U.S.
Underage drinking cost the nation over $58 billion per year

Treatment for Alcohol Dependence

There are so many people that do not receive treatment for their alcohol dependence each year. For help with your alcohol dependence or your loved ones, call Narconon today at 800-468-6933.

Each moment you wait, puts a life at risk. Don’t wait until it is too late. We can help you or your loved one get back on the road to recovery.

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