Alcohol is one of the most socially acceptable, yet most addictive, mind altering substances in the world. Alcohol is everywhere and nearly always readily available. People all over the world suffer from varying degrees of alcohol addiction.
It is a commonly downplayed problem that can go unnoticed at first and is especially dangerous when the signs go unrecognized or ignored.
Signs of alcohol addiction may include:
- Relationship and family problems within the household and with loved ones
- Responsibilities avoided or discarded
- Financial problems
- drinking alone or in secrecy
- irritability and extreme mood swings
Alcoholism does not discriminate. It can affect both “good” people and “bad” people. People who struggle with mental health, loving parents, and teenagers trying to “fit in” with their peers can all be alcoholics.
Alcohol is the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States. An estimated 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes each year. In 2018, there were 10,511 motor vehicle crash fatalities involving at least one intoxicated driver (Blood-alcohol level of .08 g/dL or higher).
Drinking alcohol can increase the risk of cancers in the mouth, pharynx, esophagus, larynx, liver, and breast. In 2015, among people ages 12 and older, 47% of the 78,529 liver disease deaths involved alcohol. Of all cirrhosis deaths in 2013, 47.9 percent were alcohol-related.
According to a 2018 report by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 14.4 million adults ages 18 and older had alcohol use disorder. National statistics show that over 10% of children are cared for and live with alcoholic parents. The likelihood that children with alcoholic parents will grow up to be addicts is as high as 25%.
Patients from all backgrounds and lifestyles enroll in our alcohol addiction program. Each has their own reasons to come in or be brought in for treatment.
To learn more about treatment for alcohol addiction at NH Hospital in Houston, Texas, call us at (281) 397-1530.