More than 85% of all humans will drink alcohol at some point in their lives. Thus, alcohol intake is a global phenomenon.
Understanding the effects of alcohol and its potential side effects is essential.
Alcohol is a psycho-active ingredient found in beers and other drinks. Alcohol has been part of the social and cultural norms of most races.
However, alcohol use can also lead to other physical and mental health problems.
Alcohol, when taken moderately, has few adverse health effects. It can even lead to some health benefits, such as
However, excessive alcohol intake can harm our physical and mental health. Some of these problems include
The key to alcohol consumption is to maintain a balance.
This is the excessive consumption of alcohol. People who misuse alcohol slowly lose their ability to control their intake.
It’s essential to distinguish between alcohol misuse and alcohol use disorder (AUD).
Alcohol misuse is the short-term misuse of alcohol. People who misuse alcohol might experience rising tolerance levels but are not addicted to alcohol.
Alcohol use disorder is a prolonged misuse of alcohol that leads to addiction. It also has a more significant impact on your life and daily activities.
Heavy or excessive drinking is calculated by counting the number of drinks consumed by a person.
One drink is
A person engages in heavy drinking when
Binge drinking is drinking 4 drinks within an hour or two for females and drinking 5 drinks for males.
Moderate drinking is a daily drink and 3-5 drinks weekly. Keeping your alcohol consumption balanced ensures a healthier outlook.
While AUD and alcohol misuse are different, their symptoms can overlap. Alcohol misuse can also cause mental and behavioral symptoms. This includes
Diagnosis is usually made by a doctor or health care professional. They will ask you about your alcohol intake and run some blood tests.
These tests help them know the current state of your liver, heart, and nervous system.
AUD is usually classified into three according to DSM-5. These are mild (1-2 symptoms), moderate (4-5 symptoms), and severe (6 or more symptoms).
Most AUD treatments start from detoxing. This is the process of removing all toxins and traces of alcohol from your body.
The process of detoxing can take 2-7 days. However, it can also lead to withdrawal symptoms. This might include
These medications reduce the effects of withdrawal symptoms. Your doctor might recommend some of the following drugs.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can help patients change their negative and positive habits and thought processes.
It can also help them manage their alcoholic tendencies better. Other remedies such as sleeping better and exercising can also help.
If you have been abusing alcohol or experiencing AUD symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.
The sooner you treat AUD, the better.
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Alyssa Mueller is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California State University of Fullerton as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis on intercultural and interpersonal communication from California State University of Long Beach. Compassion, empowerment and unconditional positive regard are the foundations of her clinical practice, Alyssa has a passion for helping others and her priority is to hold space for clients to feel heard, to feel safe and to find fulfillment and self-love on their recovery journey. Alyssa specializes in addiction treatment, self-esteem building, mindfulness practices, grief and loss, trauma informed care, and self-compassion as well as individual and family therapy. She has extensive experience working with high risk populations in various clinical settings such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, outpatient treatment, schools, and community outreach. Alyssa uses a client centered and holistic approach to address the client as a whole person in order to help them to feel empowered and facilitate their confidence and independence.
Charee has worked in the recovery field for 10 years.Charee is dedicated to supporting and inspiring clients to live a healthy lifestyle filled with meaning and purpose.Charee has extensive clinical experience within the recovery field in both inpatient and outpatient settings.She specializes in working with individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction however she has also clinical experience in assisting individuals,couples and families in working through a variety of concerns,including: depression,anxiety,relationship & communication issues,substance abuse,grief & loss,trauma, life transitions, and many others.Charee works with each client to specialize their treatment plan with what works best for the client in a compassionate and effective way. She emphasizes the strength of every individual client and fosters an environment of personal growth and internal healing from a mind, body and spiritual approach.Charee received her Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University, Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Women and Gender Studies, in addition to her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California.
I began my journey to recovery back in 2011 when I moved to California from New York.Along wiht my recovery and beginning a new way of life,I began to develop a heart for others struffling with sobriety.My journey to California was filled with many trials and lessons learned, but most of all, personal growht.I truly believe i would not have found success if I didn’t come to California.I started CPR as a way to work with people in recovery on a daily basis and it evolved into something much more beautiful. I have also come to realize that my own personal happiness and recovery depends on being involved in the lives of people in recovery. Helping others recover is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, as it is here. Giving back to those still suffering, is the only way not to lose what you have gained. It is the paradox that we live by every day.