Do you know the dangerous side effects of alcohol?
Alcohol Awareness Month (April) is a resource implemented by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and sponsored by National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. The goal is to spread the word about strategies for preventing alcohol dependence. Did you know there are roughly 88,000 alcohol-related deaths every year? That makes alcohol the 3rd highest cause of death in the U.S. Alcohol, a drug thousands of people consume regularly, is the third leading cause of death in the country. Alcohol is only legal to those over the age 21. Still, roughly 5,000 people under the age of 21 die each year from an alcohol-related incident including car crashes, homicides, suicides, and alcohol poisoning. Alcohol dependence and co-occurring mental health disorders are a major public health problem.
Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome and Other Health Concerns
Approximately 17% of men and 8% of women will be dependent on alcohol in their lifetime. Developing a drug and alcohol dependency is very dangerous. Withdrawal symptoms associated with stopping drinking can be life threatening if not done with the help of a detox and rehab center. Women who are dependent on alcohol are 50 to 100 percent more likely to die from alcohol-related causes than men who are dependent on alcohol. Signs and symptoms that you may have alcoholism and drug dependence include:
- drinking to black out
- developing high blood pressure
- slow breathing
- experiencing delirium tremens or seizures
- cardiovascular disease
- feeling extreme anxiety when you haven’t consumed a large amount of alcohol
People who feel they need alcohol to “relax” or “have a good time” are more likely to misuse it. 5.1 million people ages 12-20 reported binge drinking in the past month. Binge drinking is when you drink 4 or more alcoholic beverages in one episode. Binge drinking often leads to alcohol poisoning, which left untreated can cause severe dehydration, coma and death. One in 3 kidney transplants in the U.S. were caused by alcohol-related kidney disease. Some alcohol related diseases can be partially or fully cured when drinking is stopped. which is why treatment for alcohol dependency is vital. With medical detox and intensive therapy, recovery from alcohol dependence is possible. Teens who start drinking before the age of 15 are more likely to develop addiction later on in life. Youth who drink are 7.5 times more likely to use other illegal drugs. They are 50 times more likely to use cocaine than young people who never drink. One survey found that 32% of the heavy drinkers over 12 were also illegal drug users.
Alcohol Detox Near Atlanta
If you or a loved one has a problem with alcohol and needs to enter a treatment program, Atlanta Detox Center in Riverdale is here to help. In addition to being a nationally accredited alcohol detox in Georgia, Atlanta Detox Center also offers inpatient detox from prescription drugs, opioids, methamphetamine and heroin. Call an Atlanta Detox Center admissions specialist today at 470.450.2355. Let go, and let’s chat.