What is Alcohol?
Alcohol is produced when fruits, grains, or vegetables are fermented; fermentation is a process that uses bacteria or yeast to change the sugars that are in food into alcohol.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that more than 41% of admissions into treatment are for alcohol rehabilitation.
Alcohol comes in many different forms and can be used as an antiseptic or cleaner; however the kind of alcohol that people drink is ethanol, which is a sedative. When alcohol is consumed, it’s absorbed into and through the user’s bloodstream. From that point, it affects the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), which controls virtually all of the users body functions. Alcohol has the ability to actually block some of the messages trying to be sent to the user’s brain. This alters the users hearing, emotions, movement, perceptions and vision.
Alcohol is addictive because the user wants to continue to experience the same ‘high’ off of alcohol and this desire grown he more the individual drinks.
Alcohol Addiction Statistics
Recent studies have shown that:
• Approximately 51.9% of Americans age 12 and older had used alcohol at least once in the 30 days prior to taking the survey
• 23.7% had binged on alcohol
• 6.8% had reported drinking heavily.
In the 12-17 age range:
• 14.7% had consumed at least one drink
• 8.8% had binged
• 2.1% drank heavily
The NIDA-funded 2010 Monitoring the Future Study showed in the last 30 days:
• 13.8% of 8th graders had consumed at least one drink
• 28.9% of 10th graders had consumed at least one drink
• 41.2% of 12th graders had consumed at least one drink
• 5.0% of 8th graders had been intoxicated
• 14.7% of 10th graders had been intoxicated
• 26.8% of 12th graders had been intoxicated
A standard drink equals 0.6 ounces of pure ethanol, or 12 ounces of beer; 8 ounces of malt liquor; 5 ounces of wine; or 1.5 ounces “shot” of 80-proof distilled spirits or liquor (vodka, rum, or whiskey). The institute of medicine of the national academy of sciences has estimated that alcoholism and alcohol abuse in the U.S. cost society an average of about 40 to 60 billion dollars each year due to health and medical care, motor vehicle accidents, lost production, social programs that respond to alcohol problems, as well as most violent crime.
Even though alcohol related traffic fatalities have dropped over the last 40 years, about one third of the deaths still involve alcohol in some way shape or form. The most tragic part is that the death may not be of the alcohol impaired person, but even worse, a passenger or another driver. Alcohol is a poison; it can kill either by way of long-term damage, or acutely. In the acute poisoning, alcohol alone can be fatal, or it can kill when combined with other drugs. Nearly every state now has mandatory penalties for those caught driving with a Blood Alcohol Level greater than 0.08%, but arrests continue.
Although penalties for driving while intoxicated are very strict, it still seems that there is no end to the supply of people who willingly drive while under the influence. In a recent study there were more than 788,000 arrests for driving while impaired. Another alarming trend is that the number of women arrested has increased 30% since the year 1998, although men still account for the majority of arrests.
Other consequence of alcohol abuse include addiction and even death. Those that are lucky end up in an alcohol rehabilitation program.
Who Is Drinking?
In a report conducted by the (NIH) National Institutes of Health there was an estimated
5,000 total deaths due to alcohol in those under the age of 21. This number also includes about 1,900 deaths from motor vehicle crashes, 300 from suicide, 1,600 as a result of homicides, as well as hundreds from other injuries such as drowning, falls, and burns. One of the most prevalent is binge-style drinking in this population. Binge drinking, which is the consumption of more than 5 drinks in a single setting or on a regular basis, is a huge concern.
Among the 1.4 million adolescents who met criteria for alcohol abuse, less than one third of adolescents actually get treatment. In order for someone to become an alcoholic they have to have some form of exposure to alcohol. The earlier an individual begins to abuse alcohol; it is much more likely that they will suffer from permanent damage.
Why Alcohol Rehabilitation Is Needed
In today’s society alcoholism has become a serious problem. It is of dire importance that everyone, including the large groups of users of alcohol, gains as much knowledge as they possibly can about the effects and symptoms of alcohol abuse. If we ever plan on seeing the reduction of statistics involving, injuries diseases, and fatalities caused from the abuse of alcohol. Realization and education of the effects that alcoholism can have on the different aspects of an individuals life are the best way and only way that we can help lower the number of individuals who are suffering from alcohol addiction.
For more information on alcohol rehabilitation contact Narconon at 800-468-6933.