Drinking: Facts About Alcohol
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Facts about Alcohol
For most people drinking alcohol is a social beverage, alcohol is not a stimulant, it is a depressant that affects the Central Nervous System. The consequences of it’s abuse can be serious.
Moderate use can be two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women.
A drink consists of 12 ounce bottle of beer and 5 ounce glass of wine or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor. The amount of alcohol consumed in each type of drink is the same.
Alcohol abuse is not considered alcoholism, it is rather a drinking pattern developed over period of about one year, does not necessarily involves a need to increase the amount to get the desired effect or strong craving, or physical effects when not using, however it affects:
- Work performance
- Family conflicts
- Increase risk for accidents
- DUI /Problems with the Law
- Explosive behavior
Misuse of alcohol can be serious, addictive and life-threatening.
Alcoholism is a dependence to alcohol and usually involves:
- Constant desire to drink.
- Difficulty controlling the amount intended to consume.
- Withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, shakiness when not using.
- Need to consume more alcohol in order to get the desired effect.
Alcoholism, does not have anything to do with the type of alcoholic drink consumed, the length of time it has been consumed, or how much one consumes, it has to do with the need to consume and the negative effects in the individual’s legal, work, family, health and or social life.
Some Signs of a drinking problem can be:
Financial problems because of drinking, family neglect, relationship problems, work performance problems, problems with the law (DUI), use to cope with every day life difficulties, health problems, use to feel more confident , guilt post consumption, drinking alone, Etc.
The acceptance to one or more of these problems in relationship to drinking indicates the possibility that there is a drinking problem. The acceptance to more than one of these problems in relationship to drinking indicates that it is very likely that the problem exist.
It is difficult to admit the need for help, or to recognize the problem on your own. Treatment should be taken seriously; specially when there is a tolerance and dependence involved, medical detoxification may be required. There is help available. A Professional can meet with you to evaluate your particular situation, and together create the best treatment plan for you and your family.
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