April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a good time to reflect on our drinking patterns and the role that alcohol plays in our lives. Most adults in the United States who drink alcohol, drink moderately and without complications. At the same-time, alcohol-related problems are among the most significant public health issues in the country.
Alcohol awarenss months allows communities to focus on raising awareness and reducing the stigma associated with alcohol addiction. It also highlights the need for education on the dangers of unsafe alcohol consumption.
Alcoholism is defined as a chronic disease characterized by uncontrolled dependence on alcohol. It can include periods of alcohol intoxication and symptoms of withdrawal. The condition develops when a person consumes large quantities of alcohol, resulting in several chemical changes in the brain.
Treatment involves counseling and possible medications by a healthcare professional. A detoxification program in a hospital or medical facility is recommended for those who need additional assistance.
What does alcoholism look like?
-unsuccessful attempts to limit alcohol consumption
-spending more time to drink or recover from alcohol consumption
-loss of control on the amount of alcohol consumed
-inefficient at work and school
-unable to discontinue alcohol use despite of physical, social, or interpersonal problems
-giving up on social life, activities and hobbies
-preoccupation with thoughts of obtaining and consuming alcohol
If you or someone you know is suffering from alcoholism, please reach out to a medical professional for help. Our office is always open to those who need us.