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Why Alcoholism Destroys Lives and How to Break Free from this Devastating Addiction
Alcohol is consumed by a large percentage of adults in the UK. The amount of alcohol used by each person can vary greatly. Some people only drink on special occasions, while others drink a glass of wine every evening with their dinner. When it is used responsibly, alcohol can have social and even health benefits. However, if used in excess, it can turn into an alcohol addiction and be dangerous in many ways.
Benefits of Alcohol
About 15% of UK residents never drink and that’s perfectly fine. On the other hand, those who drink in moderation may reduce their risk of heart disease, stroke, gallstones and diabetes. Since there are other ways to protect the heart and reduce the risk of stroke and diabetes, it’s not necessary for a person to drink alcohol. For those who do drink, the current recommendation is no more than two drinks per day for men and only one drink a day for women.
Alcohol can also have positive social benefits. Drinking with friends could improve the quality of relationships because people are more likely to relax and enjoy themselves after having a drink. Alcohol is commonly served at adult venues and typically consumed by most of the people in attendance. Because there are strict laws against drinking and driving, people usually don’t drink to excess in these situations.
Dangers of Alcohol
Although alcohol has several beneficial uses, when a person drinks too much, alcohol can be poisonous. It can affect the body in a number of ways as a user develops a tolerance and alcohol dependence as the user starts to drink more and more. Since there’s no way to predict who will become addicted, it’s best for everyone to only drink in moderation and not to the point where they become drunk.
The most prominent danger of alcohol is addiction. When a person becomes addicted, they can develop any number of health conditions. While alcohol might benefit the heart in small quantities, it can lead to heart disease when used in excess. In addition to the damage it can do to the heart, alcohol abuse also causes liver damage. Over time, either of these conditions can result in death.
People who overuse alcohol are also more likely to drive under the influence. This poses several dangers to the drunk driver as well as other people who might be on the road. It’s been proven that drunk drivers react more slowly to obstacles than those who are sober. A crash involving a drunk driver is often more serious for the victim because when a person is driving inebriated, they react slower and may not brake or swerve in time to avoid causing serious injuries to another person.
Simply being arrested for drunk driving is bad enough. There are serious penalties associated with this offense. Drunk drivers may lose their license, pay fines and spend time in jail. If someone was injured in an accident caused by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol, the penalties are even more severe. Additionally, more than 16,000 people die every year in accidents that involve alcohol. To avoid these consequences of alcohol use, anyone who plans on drinking when they are away from home should always travel with someone who plans to remain sober and will be able to safely drive home.
Alcoholism is a condition that sometimes runs in families but researchers have not found a genetic link. In fact, half of all children of alcoholics do not develop the disease. Although parents may not directly pass down alcoholism to their children, mothers who drink excessively while they are pregnant have an increased risk of giving birth to a child with fetal alcohol syndrome or a host of other health conditions. It’s best for pregnant women to abstain from alcohol completely while they are carry a child or breastfeeding. Any women who needs help managing their addiction should consider entering rehab.
Alcohol Addiction Treatment
Rehab for alcohol addiction focuses teaching alcoholic addicts new strategies to manage their life without relying on alcohol. For many people, the process starts with a period of detox. This can be difficult and should only be done under the supervision of professionals who are equipped to handle medical situations if they should arise. After the alcohol is out of the person’s system, the next phase of rehab tends to focus on managing cravings. For people who have been drinking for most of their adult life, this can be the most challenging phase of rehab. With the support of trained counsellors, someone who has been struggling with alcohol addiction may completely change their life.
Because many alcoholics don’t enter treatment when they are young, a large portion of the people in rehab have spouses and children. They may even enter rehab with the intention of improving their relationships. Choosing a facility that requires a person to be isolated from their family and general community is not ideal for parents of young children. Fortunately, there are options available that allow people to live in a safe environment yet still have connections to their family and community while they get the treatment they need.
Alcoholism is a serious disease that shouldn’t be dismissed as merely excessive drinking. People with this condition may develop high blood pressure, cancer, osteoporosis or stomach problems. Unfortunately, people who are addicted to alcohol often dismiss these problems as genetic or caused by something other than their alcohol addiction in an effort to avoid taking responsibility for their condition. Treating alcoholism isn’t easy but it is possible with the right support system and treatment program.
Alcohol Addiction – Help from Friends and Family
Because alcoholics who are deep in their addiction may not be able to effectively choose a treatment program on their own, it’s up to family members and friends to ensure they get into a holistic program that will prepare them for all of the challenges they’ll face when they complete treatment. It isn’t easy living in a world where alcohol consumption is a social norm. However, those who participate in programs that teach alcoholics how to abstain and still have a fulfilling life have the best opportunity for success.
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