April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a campaign founded and sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). This movement was established in 1987 to encourage communities to start the conversation about addiction and help reduce the stigma around alcoholism.
Did you know?
- Over 65 million Americans reported binge drinking last month. (That’s more than 40 percent of all current alcohol drinkers in the U.S.)
- The age bracket with the highest percentage of binge drinkers are people from 25-34 years old, with 25% reporting excessive alcohol use.
- More than 15 million people struggle with alcoholism.
- Drunk driving accounts for over 30 percent of all driving fatalities every year and costs the U.S. upwards of $199 billion annually.
- At least 30-40 percent of alcoholics also experience depression disorder.
As we adhere to our new reality of social distancing, sheltering in place, and working from home, we can start to tailspin without consistent structure.
If you are in recovery, isolation and temptation can be a toxic mixture. On the other hand, if you never considered yourself to have a drinking problem, you might be filling your new-found free time with alcohol like never before. Regardless, pairing the stress and uncertainty of this new situation, with the adjustment of spending all your time at home, can leave room for bad habits to creep in.
Whether you suffer from alcoholism or not, everyone could benefit from at least cutting back their alcohol consumption. Long-term excessive drinking isn’t worth the toll it takes on your physical and mental health—not to mention your bank account and relationships.
A few ways heavy drinking is proven to negatively affect the body include:
- Long term binge drinking can cause cardiomyopathy, stroke, arrhythmias, high blood pressure, and other damage to your heart.
- Alcohol can affect the way the brain works by inferring with its communication pathways.
- Drinking large amounts of alcohol can lead to excessive bloating, gas, and stomach ulcers.
- Mouth, throat, and esophagus cancers are more likely to form in chronic drinkers.
- Alcohol consumption commonly takes a toll on the liver, causing inflammation, fatty liver disease (steatosis), fibrosis, alcoholic hepatitis, and cirrhosis.
- Pancreatitis is more common in heavy drinkers because alcohol causes the production of toxic substances in the pancreas.
- Long-term use can weaken your immune system, making your body weaker and an easy target for disease.
If you’ve considered quitting or cutting back on drinking, take Alcohol Awareness Month as the push you need to commit to a healthier lifestyle!
We’re Here to Help
If you’re currently in recovery and struggling with the temptation to relapse, reach out and talk to someone. Alcohol Awareness Month is the perfect platform to open the conversation about your struggles with addiction and alcoholism. And although you may be self-isolating, your loved ones are still there for you and care about you.
If you want to get sober, we can help. Cynergi Health Recovery Program, located in Kyle ER & Hospital, provides patients with a compassionate and safe detox experience, free of judgment. With the help of medication-assisted therapy, withdrawal symptoms are significantly reduced, making treatment more comfortable and accessible.
For more information, visit Cynergi Health Recovery Program or give us a call at 512-504-9950.
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