The Effects of Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol is the #1 drug problem in the United States. Americans spend $90 billion dollars on alcohol every year and over 15 million Americans are dependent upon alcohol; 500,000 are between the ages of 9 and 12. Americans spend $90 billion dollars a year on alcohol while alcohol and alcohol-related problems cost the American economy at least $100 million in health care and loss of productivity every year. Alcohol is involved in 50% of all driving fatalities and three out of four domestic violence disputes.

Is it Alcohol Abuse or Alcoholism?

Alcohol abuse generally starts as a reaction to life pressures or circumstances. Any major life transition or trauma can lead an individual to abuse alcohol in order to cope with associated stress. Changing jobs or locations, economic stress, loss of employment, end of a relationship or death of a loved one can all influence an individual to abuse alcohol. Alcohol abuse may or may not be a precursor to alcoholism. Alcoholism is a disease in which the person afflicted processes alcohol differently. This leads to higher tolerance, uncontrollable cravings for alcohol and physical withdrawal symptoms when alcohol is not present. People suffering from alcoholism may hide the actual amount they drink from loved ones and/or keep alcohol hidden all over the house in order to ensure they have a steady supply at all times.

Whether alcohol abuse or alcoholism is affecting your loved one, SouthCoast Recovery can help. We have intake coordinators available to answer any questions as to whether you or a loved on is suffering from alcohol abuse or alcoholism.

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Alcohol Abuse

A person struggling with alcohol abuse may not yet be dependent upon alcohol or need to keep a constant supply in his or her system. Alcohol abuse may lead to increased absences from work or school. It's generally reflected in the person's outer circumstances, including cleanliness, relationships, work or school performance and even encounters with the law, such as receiving a DUI.

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Alcoholism is generally characterized by a need for alcohol, regardless of the negative consequences. Behavior may look similar to that of alcohol abuse, but generally it has escalated to a level where everything else is neglected in order to satisfy the cravings for alcohol. There are so-called “high functioning” individuals who are alcoholic, but it's generally just a matter of time before the bottom drops out. Individuals struggling with alcoholism typically:

  • Have little appetite when drinking
  • May hide or downplay how much they drink
  • May drink prior to functions or bring additional alcohol in order to ensure they have enough
  • Spend a lot of time either planning to drink, drinking or recovering from drinking
  • Let things around them deteriorate, including appearance, work, school, significant relationships
  • Have significant withdrawal symptoms, including shaking, anxiety, headache, nausea, auditory or visual hallucinations and night terrors.

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SouthCoast Recovery offers help for Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism

SouthCoast Recovery has intake coordinators on call 24/7 to help you determine whether you are struggling with alcohol abuse or alcoholism. Our staff members have over 100 years combined experience in the treatment of alcohol abuse. We offer a comprehensive treatment program that address the overall well-being of mind, body and spirit. Upon entry into our drug rehab program for alcohol abuse, you'll receive a clinical evaluation to determine whether you suffer from underlying mood disorders, or dual diagnosis. Our clinical therapist will work with your assigned drug & alcohol counselors and each one of our holistic specialists to tailor a custom treatment plan exclusively for you. You have the option to enter our residential treatment program for 30, 60, 90 days or enter our 6 month program that introduces you to transitional living – that is, applying the skills you've learned in sobriety in the community with the continued supportive environment of SouthCoast Recovery.

Call us at 1-866-847-4506 – professional assistance is available 24/7.

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