Are You Abusing Alcohol?

September 13, 2013

Someone who isn’t necessarily physically dependent on alcohol may still depend on the substance to fill a void or cope with a problem. Alcohol abuse is extremely dangerous no matter the cause or reason, be it stress-related or otherwise.

According to the CDC, 1-in-6 adult Americans binge drink about four times a month, consuming about eight drinks per binge – and more than half of the alcohol consumed by adults in the United States is in the form of binge drinks.

Problem drinking of any form can cause many serious illnesses, including cardiovascular disease, cancer and liver disease – not to mention the emotional toll excessive drinking can take on individuals and their loved ones.

Warning signs of alcohol abuse:

  • Flushed skin
  • Drinking alone or in strange places/circumstances
  • Blackouts
  • Violent behavior
  • Memory loss

Tips to Prevent Alcohol Abuse:

  • Attend meetings or online groups to learn about early prevention and drinking in moderation.
  • Keep a journal. Write down your priorities and examine how drinking has affected your life. Reflect on how much, how often and under what circumstances you have been drinking.
  • Do not drink every day.
  • Abstain from drinking alcohol at least 3 or 4 days per week.

If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol, please pick up the phone and call today. We’re here to help.

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