The definition of chronic alcohol abuse is a prolonged period of recurrent, heavy alcohol use. Alcohol is one of the most widely used and abused drugs. Alcohol is readily available at so many stores that people go to everyday. Since alcohol is legal in the United States many people don’t understand the seriousness of alcohol abuse.
One of the main problems with alcohol is that it is so socially acceptable that many people don’t realize when it is becoming a problem and as a result people begin to chronically abuse alcohol. It has been proven that alcohol in moderation has some medical benefits including lowering the risk of heart disease. The key word there is in moderation and many people don’t do it in moderation. Many people abuse alcohol for long periods of time.
Right now alcohol is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States and is responsible for approximately 85,000 deaths annually, about half from injury and half from disease. Alcohol impairs your judgment, which is why half is from injury and half is from disease. The continuing abuse of alcohol is very common and it has become a serious problem.
Causes For Alcohol Abuse
Generally one will turn to alcohol use as a solution to a problem. The problems vary depending on the individual but alcohol seems like a solution for this.
Some will turn to alcohol at first to give them that false sense of confidence. They want to go out and enjoy themselves with their friends. They may be the quiet type, but when they have a few drinks it gives them “liquid courage” to be the life of the party. Everyone wants to be the life of the party. They may love the feeling of fitting in. Loneliness plays a big factor in continuing to abuse alcohol. As humans we just want to be part of something and we may start to believe we are only part of it when drinking.
All these are core problems that alcohol can act as a solution for as well as things like loss, divorce, dealing with the pain of the death etc.
Effects of Chronic Alcohol Abuse
The more one uses alcohol the more addicted they will be come and the more problems will result because of the use. The effects of chronic alcohol abuse affect all of the main vital organs. Chronic alcohol abuse affects the nervous system in a few different ways. The chronic abuse of alcohol causes sleep disturbances, so sleep quality is diminished.
One may feel some numbness and tingling in their arms or legs. Also, they may begin to lose some of their memory and it affects new learning as well. Over time alcohol weakens the immune system significantly. People who are chronic abusers of alcohol are much more at risk for infections and other diseases.
Chronic alcohol abuse also affects the gastrointestinal system causing acid from the stomach to flow back into the esophagus, burning those tissues, and causing severe pain and bleeding. It even affects the heart. Long term abuse of alcohol can result in irregular heartbeats and even blood clots forming in the hearts chambers. Alcohol essentially beats down the whole body over time. It can be a very slow and painful death. Long term abuse can result in liver diseases such as cirrhosis or even liver cancer. As we can see there is a lot of harm done to the body with chronic alcohol abuse.
Solutions Through The Drug Narconon Program
Anyone with a chronic alcohol abuse problem needs help whether it’s through NA or the drug Narconon program. Long term, residential treatment is the key to overcoming the problem.
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