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The menace of excessive drinking

The menace of excessive drinking

January 03 | By CAAH Team

Alcohol is a popular substance which has percolated to all the sections of the society. In most cultures and traditions, alcohol is an important part of celebrations, at parties, social gatherings, ceremonies or festivals today with people irrespective of gender or social standing, indulging in it.

Individuals who drink in large amounts usually are unable to realize when their moderate drinking, or social indulgence, has morphed into a drinking problem. Those who depend on alcohol to cope with the hardships of life may unknowingly get entangled in the trap of alcoholism. It is important to be aware of the warning signs so that appropriate steps can be taken to check drinking because understanding the nature of alcohol dependence is the first step to overcoming it.

Excessive alcohol use

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), excessive alcohol use is the cause of 88,000 deaths in the U.S. annually. Excessive drinking is a big problem in the U.S. There are certain parameters by which one can know what constitutes drinking too much. This includes:

  • Binge drinking for women is drinking four or more alcoholic beverages per occasion and for men, it is drinking five or more alcoholic beverages per occasion. It is the most common form of excessive drinking.
  • Heavy drinking for women is drinking eight or more drinks per week, while for men, it is drinking 15 or more drinks per week.

Excessive alcohol content is recorded in the body when an individual’s blood alcohol content (BAC) is high enough to cause impairment. Some of the symptoms of alcohol overdose are slurred speech, coma and in extreme cases, even death. Factors like age, drinking habits, gender, amount of food consumed prior to drinking and genetics can determine the effect alcohol will have on an individual. Underage drinking is another problem which can be a major cause of alcohol overdose. Binge drinking among adolescents and young adults is also extremely common.

The effect of alcohol increases as BAC in the body increases. Slight increase in BAC is enough to cause decrease in coordination, invoke nausea and cloud judgment. When BAC is extremely high, blackouts can also occur. This can lead to motor vehicle accidents, increased exposure to sexual or physical assaults and an increased risk of unintended sex.

Dangers of alcohol poisoning

Alcohol poisoning can take place when there is way too much alcohol in the bloodstream, especially in the regions of the brain that control basic life-support functions like heart rate, temperature control and respiration. Some of the symptoms of alcohol poisoning are:

  • vomiting
  • slower heart rate
  • seizures
  • respiratory problems
  • clammy skin
  • sluggish response to stimuli
  • lowered body temperature
  • trouble staying conscious

Scope of recovery from alcohol addiction

Contrary to the popular belief, it is wrong to assume that a person who drank too much will be fine by sleeping it off. BAC can rise even if a person is unconscious as alcohol in the stomach will continue to be released in the bloodstream. Alcohol also acts as a depressant that inhibits signals in the brain that control involuntary muscle responses. Without such automatic measures in place, an inebriated individual can choke that could result in death by asphyxiation. Furthermore, long-term alcohol abuse can seriously damage the functioning of the brain.

If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol addiction, it is imperative to seek help. Contact the Colorado Alcohol Addiction Help to know about the best alcohol treatment in Colorado. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-592-9261 or chat online to locate the best alcohol addiction treatment centers in Colorado.

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