Alcohol is, far and away, the most abused substance in the United States. A large part of this is due to the fact that alcohol, while controlled, is still a legal substance. While many people are capable of partaking of alcohol without engaging in abusive and risky behavior, roughly 13% of American adults are predicted to develop an alcohol dependence at some point in their lives.
Currently, 9% of all American adults can be classified as having signs of alcohol dependence. This has led us to a situation where nearly 90,000 deaths every year can be attributed to alcohol abuse. Because of this fact, it is incredibly important that people are educated about the dangers of alcohol abuse, and know that there is always a pathway for help and recovery.
Short-term alcohol abuse
Not all alcohol abuse stems from chronic alcoholism. Indeed, one of the most common versions that alcohol abuse occurs is in the form of binge drinking. Short term alcohol abuse, while it doesn’t deteriorate your body in the long term like chronic alcohol abuse, still carries a great deal of danger.
Short term alcohol abuse can lead to impaired judgement, digestive issues (such as vomiting or diarrhea, dulled senses, mental fogginess, and cardiovascular problems. When you add the physical effects of binge drinking with the increased riskiness of behavior caused by your impaired judgement, it brings up whether the whole ordeal is worth it.
Long-term alcohol abuse
While binge drinking is more common than chronic alcohol abuse, it is long term alcohol abuse that is more destructive to the body, on average. These are individuals who have developed a dependence to alcohol. Chronic alcoholism can have an enormous detrimental impact on your brain, and can lead to long-term brain damage, due to the death of brain cells.
Long-term continuous drinking also causes severe liver damage, which can lead to liver failure, and cirrhosis. In extreme cases, the cardiovascular effects of alcoholism can also cause an irregular heartbeat.
Help is out there!
If you or a loved one struggles from alcohol addiction, then it is especially important to help them see that help is out there. Call our experienced and caring team today to find help.