Alcohol is a depressant that can affect people in different ways, while some are pleasantly relaxed, others may lose their inhibitions or worse yet say and do things that they will later regret. Although alcohol is a legal substance for adults over 21, it is important to note that alcohol abuse is still on the rise.
In a majority of fatal accidents, alcohol abuse is usually to blame. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that every day there is an average of 30 accidents by alcohol-impaired drivers resulting in death. Studies have shown that alcohol drastically slows reaction times making some activities like driving, biking or operating heavy-machinery very dangerous. Alcohol abuse has also been linked to many of our social issues in the community. Alcohol abuse also plays a part in domestic violence, violent crimes, vehicular homicides, and other unwanted harmful acts.
When alcohol abuse becomes a problem it is sometimes overlooked until the problem is too great to ignore. Initially, one may begin to think more and more of their next drink, then there is an obsession over when the next drink will come and eventually there will be a constant craving for the taste of alcohol. As the addiction progresses it becomes more apparent and the alcohol intake will increase.
These are the beginning cycles of alcohol abuse; if left untreated this disease can become progressive, chronic and, if neglected, it may be fatal. Our alcohol abuse hotline has information about alcohol abuse treatments, alcohol abuse assessments, alcohol abuse treatment financing and even family support referrals. Let us help you or your loved one get through this difficult time with the right support.