“When you are young, your body cannot handle alcohol, and when you get old, your mind cannot handle it. Either way, alcohol has its way.”
Alcohol is the most widely-used intoxicant in the world and here in the US. 80% of Americans age 12 and up have tried alcohol.
In 2014, over 16 million U.S. adults had an Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) – 9.2% of men and 4.6% of women.
Alcohol abuse kills almost 88,000 Americans annually – making it the #4 preventable cause of death. Nearly 10,000 of those deaths are due to alcohol-impaired driving –31% of all vehicular deaths.
Alcohol abuse is a life-or-death struggle, but so is quitting.
Alcohol Withdrawal: Serious Business
Chronic drinkers become tolerant of and physically dependent upon alcohol. That is because their brain has adapted to alcohol’s presence.
When they STOP drinking, there is a hyper-excitable “rebound” response from their central nervous and autonomic systems. This is response is known as withdrawal. Mild symptoms include:
- Severe alcohol craving
Severe symptoms can even be life-threatening –
- Hallucinations – auditory, visual, and tactile
- Autonomic fluctuations
- Tonic-clonic seizures (formerly called grand-mal seizures)
The most serious form of alcohol withdrawal is delirium tremens, also known as “the DTs”.
You or someone you care about is struggling with problem drinking, contact Lasting Recovery to be referred to a medically-supervised detox facility. After detox, the professional staff at Lasting Recovery can give you the help and support you need to deal with your addiction to alcohol.
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