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Alcohol Abuse Treatment

Alcohol dependency is a serious problem in our world today that leads to approximately 88,000 deaths each year in the United States alone.  However, it can be treated.  There are many success stories all around you.

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Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse is a serious issue all over the world, especially here in the United States.  As of lately, no age group is immune to alcohol abuse.  You hear on the news that toddlers and young kids are accidentally being served alcoholic beverages at restaurants.  You hear of high school students and college students dying of alcohol poisoning.  You hear of drunk driving accidents that lead to the deaths of innocent people and families.  The point to this is, alcohol is everywhere and is being abused while thousands of Americans die every year.  As a culture, we have been somewhat desensitized to news updates of people dying from alcohol abuse every day.  As we become desensitized to alcohol abuse, we start to believe that this is normal, that people of all ages will die from alcohol abuse on a daily basis.  It does not have to be this way. We, as Americans, can stand up to this epidemic.  You may ask: How do we stand up and change this problem?  The answer is: We work together.  We educate ourselves and everyone around us on this issue, as well as how to identify if someone has a drinking problem.  These are just the first steps we take.  There are many solutions in progress right now that will help us stand up to this horrible epidemic.  Let’s focus on one of the first steps in education: identifying the issue.

USA Addiction wants to help you every step of the way when finding a substance abuse treatment program.  We work with national and state accredited addiction treatment centers that provide evidence based treatment and multiple treatment tracks.

We take pride in finding the perfect substance abuse treatment program for each individual that contacts us.  We take an in-depth look at your situation and formulate with you a personalized treatment plan that suits your specific needs.

How to Identify if You or Someone You Know Has a Drinking Problem

Some people may think that sounds crazy, that it should be blatantly obvious if someone has a drinking problem.  Most times it is not as obvious as you would think.  Functioning alcoholics can go years, even a lifetime without being detected.  The difference between an alcoholic and a functioning alcoholic is that a functioning alcoholic can still maintain a responsible lifestyle.  They go to work, help their kids with homework, pay their bills, and perform other responsible tasks throughout the day, but alcohol remains on their mind constantly. Functioning alcoholics go to great lengths to disguise their problem, including drinking by themselves or planning their day around drinking alcohol.

Another reason for identifying if someone close to you has a drinking problem is just that: they are too close to you.  You cannot see the problem because you are in denial and making excuses for them.  Some family members may know there is a problem.  They have a hard time admitting it, because they fear they will be blamed for letting their loved one become alcohol dependent.  Another reason some people may find alcohol abuse hard to identify is that they think there is no clear definition of what drinking too much is.  While alcohol processes differently in people, the Mayo Clinic has laid out a basic guideline to determine if you are at risk for alcohol abuse.  The Mayo Clinic states females who have more than 3 drinks a day or 7 a week are at risk drinkers.  For males, if they drink 4 alcoholic beverages a day or 14 a week, they are at risk.  Drinking more than the weekly or daily amount puts you at risk.  Other factors to identify a drinking problem are:


  • A feeling of needing alcohol to get through the day
  • Drinking in the morning or late at night
  • Drinking alone
  • Personality changes, a shy individual becoming outgoing after drinking
  • Blacking out during drinking
  • No recollection of what happened when drinking
  • Missing out on work, school, or other responsibilities
  • Getting angry when confronted about drinking habits
  • Inability to stop drinking once starting

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  • In 2013, almost half of the 72,559 liver disease deaths, including those resulting specifically from cirrhosis of the liver, involved alcohol.1
  • Excessive alcohol use results each year in approximately 2.5 million years of potential life lost, or an average loss of 30 years for each fatality.3
  • In 2010, more than 2.6 million hospitalizations were related to alcohol.23
  • About 1/3 of deaths resulting from alcohol problems take the form of suicides and such accidents as head injuries, drowning incidents, and motor vehicle crashes.24
  • About 20% of suicide victims in the United States involve people with alcohol problems.25
  • In 2014, 30% of the country’s fatal traffic incidents were related to alcohol-impaired driving.26
  • Among youth, underage drinking is responsible for more than 4,300 deaths each year and 189,000 emergency room visits for alcohol-related injuries and other conditions.8
  • Excessive drinking was responsible for 1 in 10 deaths among adults between 20 and 64 years.
  • In 2010, the economic impact of excessive alcohol use in the United States approached an estimated $249 billion.3


The health problems related to alcohol abuse and alcohol dependency vary.  They are of great concern, because of their severity.  For example, a Harvard School of Public Health study showed that having 2 or more drinks a day increases the risk of developing breast cancer.20  Heavy alcohol use directly affects brain function and has been shown to induce mental disorders such as mood, anxiety, psychotic, sleep, and dementia disorders.21

In addition to mood and behavior changes, alcohol can affect thought, memory, and coordination.  Excessive alcohol use can affect other organs such as the heart, liver, and pancreas, contributing to cardiomyopathy, irregular heartbeat, stroke, and high blood pressure.

  • Liver cirrhosis can occur from heavy drinking as can alcohol hepatitis and liver fibrosis.
  • Alcohol causes inflammation and swelling of the pancreas (pancreatitis), which can be painful and debilitating and can prevent proper digestion.
  • Alcohol abuse increases the risk of developing certain cancers of the mouth, esophagus, throat, liver, and breast as well as weakening the immune system, making the body more susceptible to various diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis.22
  • Aside from injury, violence, alcohol poisoning, susceptibility to certain diseases, and mental health problems, alcohol dependence or alcoholism can develop from long-term use and result in social problems, such as job loss, family issues, and lost productivity to name a few.3
  • Pregnant women who drink are at risk for miscarriage, stillbirth, or fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.3
  • Alcohol use can interact with certain medications, increasing the risk of additional health problems or even death.3
  • In adolescents, alcohol use can interfere with brain development.1

Identified the Problem….. What’s Next?

Admitting there is a problem is the first and often the hardest step.  Let your next step be easy.  Call us now at 888-365-0665.  USA Addiction works with treatment centers across the nation and takes pride in helping anyone find the treatment center that fits their individual needs.


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  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Fact Sheets – Alcohol Use and Your Health.
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  5. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (2016). Underage Drinking.
  6. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (2006). Underage Drinking: Why Do Adolescents Drink, What Are the Risks, and How Can Underage Drinking Be Prevented?
  7. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). DrugFacts: High School and Youth Trends.
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  23. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (2013). Alcohol-Related Emergency Department Visits and Hospitalizations And Their Co-Occurring Drug-Related, Mental Health, And Injury Conditions In The United States: Findings From The 2006-2010 Nationwide Emergency Department Samples (NEDS) And Nationwide Inpatients Samples (NIS).
  24. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (n.d.). Alcohol-Related Disease Impact (ARDI).
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  26. U.S. Department of Transportation. (2014). Traffic Safety Facts 2014: A Compilation of Motor Vehicle Crash Data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System and the General Estimates System.
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  29. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2017). Monitoring the future survey: high school and youth trends.
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Last updated on November 23, 2018

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