Alcohol


Chronic, excessive drinking can have major effects on the body, including:

  • Increased likelihood of high blood pressure, liver disease, heart disease and stroke
  • Increased risk of certain cancers, including those of the esophagus, throat, mouth, breast, liver and colon
  • Reduced performance in school and increased likelihood of dementia and other problems with memory and learning
  • Increased risk of anxiety and depression

 

What is alcoholism?

Alcoholism is the most common form of addition. Alcohol abuse crosses the line to alcoholism when a physical dependence develops, apparent through the body’s tolerance and withdrawal. Tolerance means that, over time, a person needs more alcohol to feel the same effect. When the effects of alcohol wear off, the body reacts negatively in the form of delirium tremens (DTs) that range in severity. 

 

Withdrawl Symptoms

  • tremors (shakes)
  • irritability/agitation
  • insomnia
  • nausea
  • increased possibility of seizures

 

Therefore, due to the nature of alcohol addiction, it is recommended that the detoxification process happen in a safe and comfortable environment with access to medically trained staff and supervised care where medications can be given to safely control and ease withdrawal.

 

If you are alcohol dependent, get help now.