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Alcohol effects

Alcohol's effects vary from person to person, depending on a variety of factors, including:

Alcohol Neurotoxicity

Here is something you may not know, that alcohol is a neurotoxin, which means alcohol damages nerve cells. Unfortunately, that also means the brain is a primary target for the actions of alcohol, and that is why heavy alcohol consumption has long been associated with brain damage.

Alcohol has also been linked to certain cancers….see for yourself

 

Alcoholic brain

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Look at these two brains. You can easily see differences between the alcoholic brain and the non-alcoholic brain. The alcoholic brain has two major changes; (1) enlarged cavities and (2) reduced brain weight. The most affected area is the frontal lobe, which is the region involved with judgement, decision-making, movement and personality. When compared to other brain regions, the frontal lobe shows the greatest decrease in mass, both in gray and white matter, and the greatest increase in cavities.

For every nerve cell in the brain that is actively engaged in thoughts, emotions, and movements, there may be as many as 10 other cells, called glia a.k.a. neuroglia, that provide important support and protection. If glia cells or neurons are damaged by alcohol, and that results in the loss of a few critical cells, there may be lasting effects on judgment, decision-making, movement, mood and behavior. Alcoholics are at additional risk for brain injury from related causes, such as poor nutrition, liver disease and head trauma.

Alcohol dependence

People drink to socialize, celebrate, and relax. Alcohol often has a strong effect on people—and throughout history, some people have struggled to understand and manage alcohol’s power. Physical dependence to alcohol means a drinker is susceptible to withdrawal symptoms whenever he or she stops drinking. We also know that alcohol dependence develops gradually but progresses in severity over time.

Alcohol detox

There aren't many detox centers like Orange County Detox that have the knowledge and experience that we have. Our alcohol detox program applies advanced therapeutic techniques that are designed to recuperate both the body and the mind. If you are searching for an detoxification center that specializes in alcohol withdrawal treatment, give us a call, and find out why Orange County Detox is the right choice for you.

Alcohol rehab

We are committed to helping those who are currently impacted by alcohol. The good news is that no matter how severe an alcohol problem may seem, most people will benefit from treatment. Our alcohol rehab program utilizes a multitude of treatment strategies, including withdrawal treatment, vitamin therapy, alcohol counseling, substance abuse education and health information.

Alcoholism counseling

Alcohol counseling, also known as behavioral treatment, its aim is to change drinking behaviors through therapeutic counseling. Counseling is led by professionals in health care and supported by scientific studies that show they can be beneficial. Alcohol counseling share certain features, which may include:

  1. Coping with or avoiding the triggers that might cause relapse
  2. Helping to build a strong social support system
  3. Developing the skills needed to stay stopped
  4. Working to set reachable goals

Inpatient treatment

Inpatient alcohol treatment provides one of the safest settings to overcome alcoholism. Inpatient treatment ensures that recovering alcoholics are carefully monitored and appropriately supported. It also provides better continuity of care especially patients who begin treatment in a detox center. Furthermore, inpatient treatment separates the drinker from alcohol-related social and environmental stimuli that might otherwise increase the risk of relapse.

Alcohol facts

Alcohol is socially acceptable and widely used but that doesn’t mean it’s safe. In fact, alcohol is more physically destructive when misused than nearly all other recreational drugs combined. Alcohol-related problems are among the most significant public health issues in the United States. Nearly 88,000 people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women) have recently died from alcohol-related causes, which means that alcohol abuse is now the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. What’s more…alcoholism ruins lives way beyond just the deleterious effects upon the drinker.

Support groups

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and other 12-step programs provide peer support for people quitting or cutting back on their drinking. Mutual-support groups may offer a valuable added layer of support especially when combined with treatment led by health professionals. However, since peer led supports groups are anonymous, it is difficult for researchers to determine their success rates compared with those led by health professionals. For anyone thinking about treatment, talking to a primary care physician is an important first step — he or she can be a good source for treatment referrals and medications.

Signs of an alcohol problem

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a medical condition that doctors diagnose when a patient’s drinking causes distress or harm. The condition can range from mild to severe and is diagnosed when a patient answers “yes” to two or more of the following questions.

In the past year, have you:

  1. Had times when you ended up drinking more, or longer than you intended?
  2. More than once wanted to cut down or stop drinking, or tried to, but couldn’t?
  3. Spent a lot of time drinking? Or being sick or getting over the aftereffects?
  4. Experienced craving — a strong need, or urge, to drink?
  5. Found that drinking — or being sick from drinking — often interfered with taking care of your home or family? Or caused job troubles? Or school problems?
  6. Continued to drink even though it was causing trouble with your family or friends?
  7. Given up or cut back on activities that were important or interesting to you, or gave you pleasure, in order to drink?
  8. More than once gotten into situations while or after drinking that increased your chances of getting hurt (such as driving, swimming, using machinery, walking in a dangerous area, or having unsafe sex)?
  9. Continued to drink even though it was making you feel depressed or anxious or adding to another health problem? Or after having had a memory blackout?
  10. Had to drink much more than you once did to get the effect you want? Or found that your usual number of drinks had much less effect than before?
  11. Found that when the effects of alcohol were wearing off, you had withdrawal symptoms, such as trouble sleeping, shakiness, irritability, anxiety, depression, restlessness, nausea, or sweating? Or sensed things that were not there?

If you have any of these symptoms, your drinking may already be a cause for concern. The more symptoms you have, the more urgent the need for change.

Alcohol dangers

Drinking can cause major health problems including alcohol dependence, cirrhosis of the liver, pancreatitis and injuries from accidents. But if you think these are the only health risks posed by alcohol-consumption, think again.

Short-Term health risks

Excessive alcohol use has immediate effects that increase the risk of many harmful health conditions. These are most often the result of binge drinking and include the following:

Long-Term health risks

Over time, excessive alcohol use can lead to the development of chronic diseases and other serious problems including:

Support groups

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and other 12-step programs provide peer support for people quitting or cutting back on their drinking. Mutual-support groups may offer a valuable added layer of support especially when combined with treatment led by health professionals. However, since peer led supports groups are anonymous, it is difficult for researchers to determine their success rates compared with those led by health professionals. For anyone thinking about treatment, talking to a primary care physician is an important first step — he or she can be a good source for treatment referrals and medications.

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