The statistics on alcoholism are staggering. Alcoholism, in today’s society, is a serious problem. If we ever want to see the reduction of statistics involving fatalities, injuries, diseases caused from the use and abuse of alcohol, it is extremely important that the public, including the large groups of users and abusers of alcohol, gain as much knowledge as possible about the symptoms and effects of alcoholism. We can help lower the number of individuals who are addicted to alcohol using tools such as education and realization of the effects alcoholism can have on the different aspects of a person’s life are the best to date.
According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, alcoholism and alcohol abuse in the United States cost society from $40 to $60 billion annually, due to the motor vehicle accidents, lost production, health and medical care, violent crime, and social programs that respond to alcohol problems. One half of all traffic fatalities and one-third of all traffic injuries are related alcohol abuse as well as suicides that are associated with alcohol problems are especially prominent in the teen years.
Youth who began drinking before the age of 15 were two times as likely to develop an alcohol abuse problem and four times more likely to develop an alcohol addiction, compared with persons who did not begin drinking before age 21. It is estimated that over 3 million teens between the ages of 14 and 17 in the United States today have an alcohol problem or have already developed an addiction to alcohol.
Alcohol or ethanol or ethyl alcohol is classified as a sedative and hypnotic drug that acts on the brain. It can cause a physical dependence in anyone who consumes enough for extended periods of time. Listed below are the physical, emotional and mental withdrawal symptoms one may experience from the withdrawal of alcohol:
• Irritability, anxiety, restlessness and insomnia
• Auditory and visual hallucinations, and acute psychotic behavior
• Escalated blood pressure, pulse, temperature and respiration
• Grand Mal seizure, which is a seizure usually characterized by muscle rigidity, violent muscle contractions and loss of consciousness.
• Confusion, hyper vigilance and disorientation.
• Rarely, it can cause sudden death.
Addictions of any kind develop as a result of attempts to repair bad feelings. In order to relieve or escape the negative feelings, one will drink more alcohol, which creates more problems, which prompts more drinking, perpetuating the cycle of addiction.
Scope of the Problem
It is said that if you want to avoid the short-term and long-term effects of alcohol abuse, drink in moderation or don’t drink at all. By not drinking at all is the only way that you will avoid becoming one of the alcohol related statistics. The statistics below will show you just how bad the problem really is:
Nearly 16 Million Americans Are Alcoholics
Nowhere near have had the 16 million people who are addicted to alcohol got the treatment that they need
Over 50% of the police work done each year is spent on addressing the alcohol related problems in the nation
60% of young adults who began to drink before the age of 16 failed to complete high school
Alcohol related deaths is the third leading cause of mortality in the United States and it can be prevented
Alcohol contributes to more than 100,000 deaths each year
Alcohol is considered the most commonly used and abused psychoactive drug in the U.S.
The child of an alcoholic is four times more likely to become an alcoholic themselves than the child of a non-alcoholic
Adults aged 18-29 have the highest rates for alcoholics
Alcohol can reduce a person’s life by 10 years or more
At least 15% of the United States citizens are considered problem drinkers
Only 15% of the alcohol dependent people seek treatment for their addictions
The majority of youth cite their parents as the primary influence on why they started drinking
Alcoholism is creating 500 million lost work days every year
Women are more likely to die from cirrhosis of the liver and violence caused by alcohol dependence than males
Treatment for Alcohol Addiction
The type of treatment for alcoholism varies from person to person. With many alcoholics, once they recognize that they have a problem, they will need assistance to withdrawal from the alcohol. This can be from a detoxification program, a medical treatment facility, counseling and self help group support, a drug rehabilitation center, or a local hospital. It is proven that most alcoholics cannot do it on their own and need professional help. Narconon can help your loved one get the treatment that they need. Call today at 800-468-6933 to speak to a addiction referral specialist.
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