Alcoholism Facts. . . The Problem
Alcoholism is a major problem in the United States. Research shows that as many as 14 millions adults suffer from alcoholism. 53% of adults in the United States report knowing at least one close friend who suffers from alcoholism. In addition, 100,000 people die from alcoholism every year. Studies show that the cost of alcoholism in terms of lost productivity and medical expenses may be as high as $185 billion annually.
Alcoholism Facts . . . The Symptoms
For most adults, the safe level of alcohol consumption is two drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women and older adults. A "drink" is defined as a 12 ounce beer, a 5 ounce glass of wine, or 1.5 ounces of liquor. There are several signs that a person who is consuming more than a safe level of alcohol may be suffering from alcoholism, these include:
-- drinking alone or secretly
-- building up a tolerance to alcohol so that more and more is required to experience the same feeling
-- experiencing withdrawal symptoms without alcohol
-- craving alcohol or having a strong need to drink
Alcoholism Facts . . . Treatment
Getting help for individuals suffering from alcoholism can be very difficult, and they may only seek help after experiencing problems in a relationship or with the law. However, once help is sought, there are several ways to treat the problem. One of the most well-known treatments is Alcohol Rehab, which helps alcoholics by bringing them together with others who are experiencing the same problems.
Alcohol Rehab can also be a part of a more rigorous residential treatment program where patients typically go through a period of detoxification. Afterwards, the patients go through counseling, drug treatments, and other support to deal with the consequences of alcohol addiction.
Alcoholism Facts. . . Prevention
The best way to prevent alcoholism, especially in teenagers, is for parents to set a good example of alcohol use. In addition, parents must teach children the social and legal consequences that come from having an addiction to alcohol.