Currently in the United States nearly 14 million people abuse alcohol or have an alcohol addiction. That means that nearly 1 in every 13 adults abuses alcohol or is addicted to alcohol. Alcoholism is when an individual is unable to control their need of alcohol. A person with an alcohol addiction will go to the extent of hiding their alcohol addiction, and using any mean necessary to acquire and drink alcohol. A person with an alcohol dependency feels a need for alcohol from the time that they wake up till to time they go to bed. Once a person with an alcohol addiction starts drinking alcohol, they are unable to control or stop drinking alcohol. The alcohol addiction quickly consumes them and their life.

Almost 40% of divorced or separated woman lived with, or were married to a person that abused alcohol or had an alcohol dependency problem. Someone that suffers from alcoholism will have a life that is full of problems and heartache. Alcoholism can lead to many problems such as the loss of employment due to the inability to work, problems with the law, such as disorderly conduct, driving under the influence (DUI), or driving while intoxicated (DWI). When a person is an alcoholic, or suffers from alcohol abuse they not only affect themselves, but they also affect those around them. Having an alcohol abuse problem, or being an alcoholic can lead to family problems such as; separation, divorce and disownment. Alcoholism and alcohol abuse can also cause problems between parents and their children. Alcoholics and people that abuse alcohol can loose the right of visitation with their children or the children may simply not want to be around the alcoholic or alcohol abuser. Alcohol can also cause financial stress at home due to the alcohol abuser always having a need to purchase alcohol.

The more an alcohol abuser drinks, the more they build up a tolerance to the consumption of alcohol. When a person begins to build up a tolerance to alcohol, this means that the brain is adapting to alcohol being in their body. This makes it so they have to consume more alcohol to get the same ‘buzz’. Once a person becomes sober or stops drinking, they begin to accrue withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, sweating, shaking, hallucinations and depression. Some of the long term effects from abusing alcohol are weight gain, depressed immune system and heart or respiratory failure.

Alcohol treatment and becoming sober from alcohol is not an easy process. But with alcohol treatment and alcohol rehabilitation help at Center for Recovery you can once again have a sober, alcohol free life.

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