What Using Alcohol Takes Away from You

What Using Alcohol Takes Away from YouRecreational alcohol abuse might only lead to a headache, but addiction can destroy every important aspect of life. Countless tragedies abound from drunk-driving deaths, but it is the tip of the iceberg with alcohol-related risks. It can affect a person’s health, family and profession, and alcohol abuse often makes people ignore or downplay the risks of consequences.

Alcohol Effects on Health

A daily glass of red wine might offer health benefits, but excessive alcohol use can cause any of the following health problems:

  • Severe liver damage
  • Inflammation of the pancreas
  • Sudden infant death syndrome
  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders for pregnant women
  • Unintentional accidents (falls, burns, drowning, cuts, crashes and etc.)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 79,000 deaths occur in the US each year due to excessive alcohol use, making it the “third leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the nation.” The CDC also notes that alcohol abuse accounts for 2.3 million years of potential life loss each year.

How Alcohol Affects Family

Alcoholism can cause many problems at the workplace including accidents, decreased production, tardiness and missed days, which can lose income or employment. Financial matters profoundly affect a user’s family. Other alcohol-related family risks include the following problems:

  • Increased rates of domestic violence
  • Failure to fulfill household responsibilities
  • Drained energy and motivation
  • Children often suffer emotional and psychological problems

Children of alcoholics have much higher rates of alcohol abuse later in life, which means an alcohol problem can have long-range effects for many years to come.

Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

Drinkers might feel powerless to overcome alcoholism, but proper treatment can provide the following benefits:

  • Medically supervised detox in a comfortable environment to minimize withdrawals
  • Integrated treatment for mood disorders and mental health issues
  • Behavioral therapies to eliminate bad habits and promote healthy lifestyle choices
  • Learning to recognize and avoid alcohol-use triggers
  • Restore relationships that alcohol abuse might have strained
  • Peer group therapy and options for family counseling
  • Aftercare therapies including support group programs

There are also pharmaceutical options like naltrexone that can limit future cravings.

Get Help for Alcoholism Now

If you struggle with alcohol abuse, do not delay getting help. Our staff is available 24 hours a day to explain treatment options. Health insurance policies often cover addiction help, and we can check your policy for benefits. Call our toll-free helpline anytime to start the healing process and protect your life from the damage of alcohol abuse.