It is a drug, and it causes impaired behavior, judgment, coordination, and slurred speech. Alcohol is ingested through drink and many people become addicted to alcohol very easily. Alcohol is generally socially acceptable, and the alcoholic sometimes cannot be easily spotted. Because of the widespread usage and social acceptance of alcohol it has become a major concern and cause of alcohol related deaths in motor vehicles, criminal charges, fines, and loss of lives are the outcome.
Alcoholism is very scary, you see with other drugs such as crack and heroin they take their toll on the individual very quickly in terms of physical condition, appearance, financial situation, and general responsibility level.With alcohol, and in part because of its social acceptance, it takes longer for the person’s condition to come down to a point where he or she realizes they need help or other around them realize help is needed and at that point the person’s body can be is such rough shape irreversible damage can be done.
Alcohol creates a physical dependency and with some cases a medical detox procedure is needed to safely help the addicted person withdraw from the drug, most Rehab Centers will have resources to accommodate this procedure.
We have many Rehab Centers in our own directory that deal with alcohol withdrawal and treatment, if you need to locate a Detox and/or Rehab Center, call one of our counselor today. 1 888-488-8434
Alcohol is a mind-altering drug it is considered a “depressant”. Depressants are substances that depresses the central nervous it slows down the thinking process and affects behavior, as well as breathing and heart rate. Depressants also include drugs such as opioids like heroin, morphine Percocet and OxyContin to name a few. Alcohol is the most popular and most accepted mind-altering substance in the world. It has been around in various cultures as far back as 8000 BC.
Alcohol and the Body
Alcohol is absorbed through small blood vessels in the walls of the stomach (about 20%) and small intestine (80%) and carried in the bloodstream through the body. From there the liver metabolizes alcohol and eliminates its toxicity but can only process a certain amount the rest of the alcohol will remain in the bloodstream and have its effect on the body. The liver eliminates one standard drink (13.6 grams of alcohol) from the body in about 1.5 hours.
The effect felt from alcohol is determined by the following factors:
your age, sex, and body weight
how sensitive you are to alcohol
the type and amount of food in your stomach
how much and how often you drink and how long you’ve been drinking, in other words; your tolerance level. (Tolerance is the increasing amount one needs to get the initial buzz)
Alcohol poisoning may occur when the blood alcohol content (BAC) exceeds a certain level.
Binge drinking is the consumption of large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time. According to the Canadian Medical Association, binge drinking is considered to be 5 or more drinks for men and 4 or more drinks for women in one sitting.
Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms
A person that has been drinking for a long period of time, or drinks frequently, or drinks heavily when drinking (binge drinking), may experience some form of withdrawal when they stop drinking suddenly.
They may feel or experience:
Nervousness and jumpiness
Sleep problems, bad dreams
Hallucinations (hearing or seeing things that aren’t there).
Tremors (the “shakes”)
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can begin as early as two hours after the last drink and persist for weeks.
* Alcohol withdrawal is potentially life-threatening when severe complications, such as seizures and delirium tremens (DTs) set in. Delirium Tremens is a state of confusion, rapid heartbeat, disorientation, and fever. The estimated death rate from DTs ranges from 1% to 5%. With heavy long-term drinking or long-term alcoholism, medical detoxification is highly recommended.
Alcohol in Canada
As reported by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health most Canadian adults drink alcohol responsibly. But drinking alcohol in any amount has its own risks as it is a mind-altering drug.
Statistics in 2005;
62 percent of all Ontario students age 13 to 18 reported drinking at least once in the past year.
10 percent of students drank alcohol once a week.
Binge drinking was reported by 25 percent of male students and 20 percent of female students in the past month.
Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink in Canada more than half of Canadians consume it.
Liquor, like rum or vodka, is second at 26 percent
Wine at 21 percent is third.
About $12.4 billion a year is spent on alcohol by Canadians.
Around 10 percent of Canada’s population is dependent on alcohol at some point in their lives.
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