Some information about alcohol may not be as easy to come by as people might think. While alcohol is one of the most abused substances in American society and around the world, not many people understand how easy it is to become addicted and what the warning signs of alcohol abuse actually are.
Despite the efforts of many public organizations, drunk driving is still occurring and too many children and teenagers are experimenting with alcohol. Recent studies show that many elderly people are abusing alcohol and exhibiting signs of risky behavior associated with alcohol abuse as well. In observance of Alcohol Awareness Month, it is important for people to be able to recognize the warning signs and educate themselves more on alcohol-related behavior.
It has been estimated that 30 people die in this country every day due to alcohol-related car accidents. This number is made even more disheartening when one thinks of all the public service announcements, educational material available and prevention programs that warn against getting behind the wheel drunk. The number of people who die from these accidents contribute to the 80,000 to 100,000 total alcohol-related deaths a year in the United States.
For those who abuse alcohol, their bodies are likely to suffer greatly as well. Because of the lack of a vitamin called B,1 some alcoholics experience a side effect called “wet brain” (Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome). Most people with wet brain show a diminished cognitive capacity. Once the dementia begins it is often a clear sign that the person is in the end-stages of alcoholism, meaning their body is poisoned so much so that they are likely not going to be able to recover. In addition to wet brain, alcoholics are more likely to suffer from liver failure, gout, dehydration and seizures.
If you know someone in need of treatment for an alcohol problem, planning an alcohol intervention is one of the best methods of getting them the help they require. Recovery is possible. Don’t let them become another statistic.