The Impact of Alcohol Abuse
The Impact of Alcohol Abuse
Alcoholism is defined by:
Strong Cravings for Alcohol
Loss of control or ability to limit alcohol consumption
Physical Dependence on Alcohol including withdrawal symptoms
Tolerance for Alcohol. The need to drink more alcohol to feel its drunkenness effects
An alcoholic is a person who is physically or psychologically dependent on alcohol
There are 3 stages of Alcoholism:
Abuse: the use of alcohol to an extreme which can cause blackouts, memory loss, and a person can develop dependence on Alcohol during this stage.
Dependence: The person is dependent on Alcohol at this stage. Their life quality suffers
Addiction: the final stage of alcoholism, the person is completely dependent upon Alcohol, the Liver is damaged and less alcohol may be needed to cause its effects. There would be strong withdrawal symptoms if the person where to stop drinking.
Treatments for Alcohol Abuse
Alcoholism cannot be cured but it can be treated. Recovery is the process of learning to live an alcohol free life. The alcoholic must commit to sobriety which is a life without Alcohol
There are many programs to help alcoholics such as:
Al-Anon/Alateen which helps families and friends to learn to deal with the effects of living with an alcoholic.
Alcoholics Anonymous provides help fro alcoholics
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) which provides education to prevent underage drinking.
Nation Association for CHildren of Alcoholics provides help for children of alcoholics.
National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Referral Routing Service which provides treatment referral and info about treatment facilities.
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Provides peer-led education about avoiding alcohol use
Cases of Alcohol negatively affecting ones situation
Alcohol and Driving
Blood Alcohol Concentration or BAC is the percentage amount of alcohol in a person's blood. Any amount of alcohol in a person's blood can lead to:
Reduced ability to judge distances and speeds
Increase in risk-taking behaviors
Reduced Concentration and increased Forgetfullness
Driving while intoxicated (DWI), or Driving Under Influence (DUI) This is illegal
Adults with a BAC of 0.08 percent can be charged with Drunk Driving
Anybody under the age of 21 with any BAC is breaking the law
Injuries to or death of the driver and others
Arrest, jail time, court appearance and fine or bail, a police record, and possible lawsuits
Severely restricted driving privileges and/or immediate confiscation of driver's license
Higher auto insurance rates or a canceled insurance policy
Riding in a vehicle with an intoxicated driver is just as dangerous. If you know that the driver has been drinking, you should, find another ride
Fetal Alcohol syndrome
A Female who drinks during pregnancy can harm her fetus
Fetal Alcohol syndrome ( FAS) is a group of alcohol related birth defects that include physical and mental problems
Affects of FAS are severe and lasting Infants born with FAS may have problems such as:
Small head and deformities of face, hands, or feet
Heart, liver, and kidney defects
Vision and hearing problems
Central nervous system problems, developmental disabilities, and poor coordination
Difficulties learning and short attention span
Hyperactivity, anxiety, and social withdrawal
FAS is one of the leading preventable causes of mental retardation. Females who are trying to become pregnant or may be pregnant should not drink any alcohol