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Consequences of Alcohol abuse

ALCOHOL FACTS Iiu. ALCOHOL STATS 58.6 MILLION 18.5 MILLION 16.9 MILLION Americans 12 or older participated in binge drinking (5 or more drinks at the same time or within a couple of hours of each other on at least 1 day in the 30 days prior to the survey) in 2010. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 18.5 million Americans over the Americans 12 and older reported to be drinking heavily (5 or more drinks in one sitting for 5 days or more). age of 12 needed treatment for alcohol abuse or alcohol dependency in 2010. Out of the 18.5 million who needed treatment for alcohol abuse or {1.6 MILLION dependency, only 1.6 million received alcohol addiction treatment at an alcohol treatment center. ALCOHOL ABUSE is when your drinking leads to problems; however, there is no physical dependence. Some of the symptoms of alcohol abuse are: Source: http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/faqs.htm/ Legal problems related to alcohol, such as being arrested for drinking while driving or for physically hurting someone while drunk. Continued drinking despite ongoing relationship problems that are caused or worsened Failure to fulfill major responsibilities at work, school, or home. Drinking in dangerous situations, such as drinking while driving. by drinking. ALCOHOL DEPENDENCE is a chronic disease that includes symptoms such as: ALCOHOL WITHDRAWAL happens when you abruptly discontinue drinking after drinking heavily and frequently. The symptoms of alcohol withdrawal range from mild to severe, and include: Craving A strong need, or urge, to drink. Headache Loss of Control Not being able to stop drinking once drinking has begun or being unable to cut down on alcohol use. Nausea or Vomiting Elevated Heart Rate Stomach Cramps and Diarrhea and Blood Pressure Giving up or reducing social, occupational or recreational Trouble Sleeping or Concentrating Sweating activities because of alcohol use. Anxiety and Restlessness Shaking Physical Dependence Withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety after stopping drinking. Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms usually start within 5-10 hours after you stop drinking, peak in 48-72 hours, and improve within five days. Alcohol withdrawal is unpleasant and painful and can be life threatening. Tolerance The need to drink greater amounts of alcohol to feel the same effect. ALCOHOL DETOX eliminates toxins in the body caused by excessive amounts of alcohol. The length of the detox process can vary between 3-7 days depending on the individual and the seriousness of their alcohol dependence. It is the first step in addiction treatment and should be followed by an alcohol rehab program. Source: http://www.kap.samhsa.gov/products/ brochures/ pdfs/saib_april03_v2i1.pdf ALCOHOL'S EFFECTS vary from person to person, depending on a variety of factors, including: How Much You Drink Your Family History How Often Your Age Your Health You Drink CONSEQUENCES OF ALCOHOL OTHER RISKS OF DRINKING CAN INCLUDE: Motor Impairment Car Crashes and Other Accidents Slurred Speech SLUR Risky Behavior VELL Violent Behavior YELL RIP People who drink too much over a long period of time may experience alcoho─ż's longer-term effects, which can include: Alcohol Dependence Health Problems Increased Risk For Certain Cancers Concentration Problems Source: http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/ overview-alcohol-consumption/alcohol-use-disorders Coma DRINKING AND DRIVING An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before their first 32% of all traffic 32% fatalities were caused by drunk drivers in 2009. Source: http://www.cdc.gov/ MotorVehicleSafety/ Impaired_Driving/impaired-drv_ factsheet.html 80 arrest. Source: http://www.cdc.gov/mmw r/preview/mmwrhtml/mm 6039a4.htm TREATMENT STATS 17.0 MILLION Approximately 17.0 million people who needed help did not receive alcohol treatment at an alcohol rehab facility, and this number is rising every year. 698,000 698,000 people that did not receive treatment felt they needed treatment for their alcohol problem. (2010) -485,000 485,000 people did not make an effort to get treatment. 213,000 213,000 people made an effort but were unable to get treatment in 2010. Source: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUH/2K10NSDUH/2k10Results.htm Confusion Memory Problems Reduced Inhibitions Breathing Problems

Consequences of Alcohol abuse

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Learn the signs of alcohol abuse, addiction, withdrawal symptoms and how alcohol can negatively affect your life.

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