The End Result of Alcoholism
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Many people are able to responsibly use alcohol. However, repeated alcohol abuse or a diagnosis of alcoholism can both lead to severe consequences. Here, we'll look at what addiction can mean to your body--from cirrhosis to cancer.
Transcript: Here's a sobering fact: Each year, there are 85,000 alcohol-related deaths, and over 7,000 involve people...
Here's a sobering fact: Each year, there are 85,000 alcohol-related deaths, and over 7,000 involve people who are not yet 21.Consumed in moderation, alcohol can act as a social lubricant. Unfortunately though, for many young people, drinking isn't always done in moderation. You're probably already familiar with some of the more immediate negative effects of drinking. Because alcohol depresses your central nervous system, it will sedate you. Though you may feel excited when drinking, in actuality alcohol is a CNS depressant. This means you'll experience reduced inhibitions, slurred speech, decreased muscle coordination, and impaired judgment. An incident of heavy drinking can result in alcohol poisoning, during which your body can fall into a life-threatening coma; or even in extreme circumstances, death.Alcohol consumption is a factor in nearly 50 percent of American car accidents, which is why many alcohol-related deaths - and injuries - occur in a motor vehicle crash. Over the long-term, continued alcohol consumption can lead to potentially life-threatening liver disorders, like hepatitis, which is an inflammation of the live...or cirrhosis, which is an irreversible and progressive scarring of liver tissue. Drinking can also lead to cancer. It's been directly linked to liver, rectum, breast, colon, throat and mouth cancerAnd if these life-threatening ailments don't give you pause, you should also know that excessive, habitual drinking can lead to permanent erectile dysfunction or loss of fertility for both sexes! Excessive consumption has also been linked to emotional and mental health issues. Studies have shown that heavy drinkers are more likely to be divorced, unemployed, and even suicidal than people who drink in moderation. Still, this doesn't mean you can't have a good time. What it does mean is that you need to smart about when, where, and how much you drink.More »
Last Modified: 2013-03-14 | Tags »
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Over 76 million people worldwide are currently affected by drinking disorders, from alcoholism to binge drinking. If you're worried that you or someone you know is an alcoholic, this video is a good place to start.
Transcript: Last week, two out of every five college students drank to excess. If you were among them, heres how...
Last week, two out of every five college students drank to excess. If you were among them, heres how to tell if you might have a problem with alcohol. Alcohol abuse is a broad term used to describe excessive drinking, including both binge drinking - where a large amount of alcohol is consumed in a short period of time, and the consumption of alcohol on a regular basis. Alcohol abuse is different than alcoholism, which is a dependence on alcohol, although both come with similar red flags. Its important to be aware of the signs of alcohol abuse: so that you can control your own drinking, and so that youll know when its time to get help for yourself or a friend. Perhaps the first sign of alcohol abuse is when someone continues to drink even after theyve had recurring problems as a result of alcohol. These problems can include drunk driving, having unprotected sex with multiple new partners, or missing class on a regular basis. Other early signs of alcohol abuse include: regularly being intoxicated, blacking out, binge drinking, or experiencing drastic personality changes as a result of drinking. When alcohol abuse becomes alcoholism, additional warning signs usually become apparent. One such sign is when someone hides their drinking habit, either by drinking alone, by keeping alcohol in unlikely places, or by withdrawing from their usual activities to drink. People who are alcoholics may also find that their reaction to alcohol changes over time. For instance, they may develop a tolerance to alcohol, needing more and more to feel its effects, or they may feel that they need alcohol to be normal, funny, or happy. At its most extreme, alcoholics may experience tremors, sweating, nausea and other physical symptoms when alcohol is not consumed. If you notice that either you, or someone you know, has two or more of these symptoms, alcohol abuse may be a problem.More »
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Anyone can become addicted to drugs, alcohol or even sex -- it crosses all nationalities and socieconomic groups. But some people are more predisposed to addictions than others. Watch this video to learn more about genetics and addiction.
Transcript: No matter how old you are, how much money you make, or what color your skin is, you can develop an addiction....
No matter how old you are, how much money you make, or what color your skin is, you can develop an addiction. Everyone, from low-income single moms to middle-class straight-A students. from rock stars like Amy Winehouse, to media personalities like Rush Limbaugh can succumb to addiction. Millions of American will become addicted to a substance or behavior in their lifetime. And while we're all technically at risk, there are certain factors that make some of us more susceptible to addiction than others. Consider it a product of nature and nurture. Genes and environment both play a role in deciding who will develop an addiction-and who will not. Let's start with genetics. If a close family relative, like your mom, dad, sister or grandparent, has a problem with addiction, you are at greater risk, too. But how much greater? Scientists estimate that genes are a critical component of a person's vulnerability to addiction. But that means that there is also a key component of withstanding the potential of addiction that lies within a person's own hands. So even if you have so-called "addiction genes" in your family, you are not destined to become an addict. But you do have to be more careful when it comes to using and abusing substances. A few things that have been shown to help safeguard against future addictive behaviors include: A stable family life and close relationship with one's parents, sit-down family meals, and adequate parental involvement and supervision, can all help to keep kids off the path of addiction. Of course, we can't blame our parents for everything. It's probably no surprise that whom we hang out with can greatly determine whether we'll begin using addictive substances. If our friends get into drugs, alcohol, dangerous dieting or sex, chances are, we will too. Junior high and high school are times of sometimes intense peer pressure; it can feel much easier to go along with the crowd rather than find new friends. Perhaps that's why adolescents are at greater risk of addiction. Another high-risk group are those with psychological conditions like: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and ADHD, who often turn to drugs, alcohol or other mood-altering activities in order to escape their feelings. Identifying and treating symptoms of these and other psychological conditions early on can help prevent people from self-medicating with illegal substances. Even if none of these risk factors apply, that doesn't mean one is immune to addiction. Certain substances and behaviors, like cocaine and heroin, are more addictive than others. Remember that the only way you can avoid addiction for sure is by not abusing substances or behaviors in the first place.More »
Last Modified: 2013-10-01 | Tags »
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Understanding addiction is essential in helping, treating, or even living with an addict. Learn more about what addiction really is by watching this video.
Transcript: Addiction is a chronic mental illness that can be hard to treat, but there are resources and treatments...
Addiction is a chronic mental illness that can be hard to treat, but there are resources and treatments that can help. But before you can address the problem, how is addiction defined? Addiction means different things to different people. Some of us use the word to describe our affection for designer shoes or our inability to put down our Blackberries. But while it may begin as a bad "habit," real addiction goes far beyond that. Addiction is the compulsive need to engage in a certain activity or use a substance. Alcoholism, drug addiction, compulsive overeating, workaholism, and compulsive over-exercise are all examples of addiction. The use of said substance or activity creates a feeling of euphoria, or a "high," for the addicted individual. Addictions have a dual nature: On one end, the addiction is physical. The individual engages in the activity or takes in the substance to get the rush of brain chemicals needed to feel high. On the other end, the addiction is psychological. The addict needs their activity to help them cope with life, and intense anxiety is felt in the absence of their addictive substance or activity. While we tend to think of people being addicted to substances like narcotics or nicotine, other common addictions include: sex, shopping, eating, or gambling. And many addicts have more than one addiction. An addict will engage in their addiction even when it's clear that using the substance or engaging in the activity is against their own best interests. Addiction is often seen as a moral failing by the general public, but is understood as a disease by the medical establishment. Control is the central issue. An addict reaches a point at which they can no longer "control" how often or how much they will engage in the activity or use the substance, no matter how strong their willpower. Like other chronic diseases, addiction tends to grow worse over time. When addicted to something, the body becomes dependent on the substance or activity and needs increasing amounts to feel the same kind of rush. For people with severe addictions, a rehabilitation program can help overcome the initial stages of addiction. Conquering addiction is a challenging lifelong process. It's not impossible-but it can take time. Many addicts relapse more than once before getting sober for good. Much like dealing with diabetes, heart disease or other chronic diseases, recovering from addiction sometimes requires full lifestyle modification. That means adopting healthy habits and steering clear of destructive ones, often requiring an addict to make new friends, in order to remove themselves from the people and places associated with the addiction. It also means dealing with the emotional difficulties that drove you to drink or gamble or do drugs in the first place. Counseling sessions and 12-Step recovery programs can help. Peer-support programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous have some of the highest rates of continued recovery. If you think you, or someone you love, may have a problem, speak with a trusted health professional, or contact your local AA chapter they can help you find resources in your community, to help battle your addiction.More »
Last Modified: 2013-11-22 | Tags »
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