Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol is the most commonly used and readily available substance. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 86.4 percent of adults reported that they have drank at some point in their lifetime, and 70.1 percent drank in the past year.

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For many adults, alcohol is a means to socialize, celebrate or relax. But drinking too much can have consequences and impacts on your health and life.

The effects of alcohol can begin as quickly as ten minutes after your first sip, and increase as alcohol enters your bloodstream. The higher your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level, the more impaired you will become.

Possible effects include:

  • Reduced inhibitions
  • Slurred speech
  • Motor impairment
  • Confusion
  • Memory problems
  • Concentration problems
  • Coma
  • Breathing problems
  • Death

Drinking levels (according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)

  • Moderate alcohol consumption – 1 drink per day for women; 2 drinks per day for men
  • Binge drinking – 4 drinks for women in 2 hours; 5 drinks for men in 2 hours
  • Heavy alcohol use – binge drinking on 5 or more days in the past month

Alcohol use disorder (sometimes called alcoholism) refers to a pattern of alcohol consumption that involves:

  • Problems controlling your drinking
  • Being preoccupied with alcohol
  • Continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems
  • Having to drink more to get the same effect
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking

It’s estimated that around 16 million people in the United States have an alcohol use disorder – including both adults and teens.

Rushford offers a wide range of services for adults and teens struggling with alcohol use disorder.

Why is treatment important?

Receiving treatment for alcohol use disorder is important, especially when attempting to detox from alcohol. Unfortunately, less than 10 percent of those with an AUD receive any type of treatment.

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