Imagine if Alcohol had just been discovered. Would you drink it? Scientists examine the new liquid and after lengthy research and investigation they find that this substance;
• Is higher in toxins than many street drugs.
• Can be addictive after just one drink
• Drinking alcohol causes liver problems, breathing problem, cancers and even brain disease.
• Loss of memory and sense of personal safety and acceptable behaviour is diminished when drinking alcohol.
• Addicts are likely to turn to crime and the frantic need for the next hit consumed them.
• Teenagers are quickly becoming addicted as it is made into fizzy fruity drinks that are sold cheaply. Binge drinking amongst teenagers is responsible in the UK for 2 to 3 deaths a week.
Medical research has shown that alcohol is of greater harm to the body that other drugs, yet continues to be sold on every high street in Britain. Where the government have emphasised their “tough on drugs” stance and made many “legal high” drugs illegal in the last few years. Cases of alcoholism and admissions to alcohol rehab continue to rise faster than ever. Economic climate and years of recession have made unemployment rate shoot up. Economic downturns tend to mean a rise in alcohol abuse and problem drinking across the country as depression sets in. A Doctor who presented his findings stating that alcohol is more harmful than drugs to the government, was promptly sacked for his advice on the very policies they had employed him to advise on. When the information and facts about alcohol is so clearly available to the government, it is easy to wonder what motive they have to keep this deadly drug so freely available.
Annual figures for the last few years demonstrate;
• 7000 road accidents were caused by alcohol. Of those injured in these incidents 500 died.
• 40,000 deaths these include 25% from cirrhosis of the liver from long-term alcohol all abuse and almost 10%from acute alcohol poisoning, and effective binge drinking.
• Over 1.2 million violent reported incidents and an additional 500,000 crimes costing the police over £7 billion.
The human body has adapted to alcohol over thousands of years. Having programmed itself to deal with the less desirable effects of alcohol, the human body is able to tolerate alcohol in small amounts. Occasions when alcohol was drunk historically often involved rituals and traditions to encourage respect of the intoxicating substance.
In the past, alcohol is often used out of necessity-until the mid-19th century drinking low strength beer was safer than drinking the water available, which was polluted with toxins, disease and harmful bacteria.
Ever since the gin craze of the 18th century, Britain has always been fond of a drink. Alcoholism is not just limited to one society or geographic area. All over the world there are many social groups and societies unable to deal with the social and medical consequences of the drug.
In Britain there is a culture of binge drinking and access to very cheap strong alcohol is easier than ever before. The drinks industry aggressively market to their youngest demographic and are ruthless in their determination. Millions are spent every year on advertising alcohol, with increasingly sexy and attention grabbing campaigns to increase brand identity and entice the young drinker. The market is worth millions every year. Fashon may dictate what drinks are popular more than any other sector of the alcohol market. Drinks manufacturers spend a lot of time and money targeting universities and events aimed at the 18 to 25 bracket to ensure they are seen as a must have.
Drinks manufacturers and the bar industry claim that alcohol abuse is a problem only suffered by a small minority. Whilst the amount of problem drinkers are indeed a small percentage of society, everyone is at risk from the problems caused by alcohol abuse. From drink-driving to alcohol aggravated violence and disorder offences the implications of problem drinking are far more widespread than the drinks industry care to admit. 40% of reported domestic violence incidents involve alcohol as do at least 50% of child welfare issues.
For the sake of balance, let’s talk about the benefits of alcohol. The drug, when consumed in moderation can have beneficial psychological effects and can help calm those with some anxiety disorders. Again, moderation is the key heavy consumption of alcohol will cause withdrawal symptoms that will increase and exacerbate anxiety when sober.
There is little conclusive evidence about any beneficial effects alcohol can have on physical health. Most results don’t take into account other factors about lifestyle that could influence the effects of alcohol on someone’s health. The idea of “safe” level of alcohol intake is misleading. Alcohol is a poison, a toxin. Alcohol kills bacteria and has been used for years to sterilise medical items. Alcohol kills harmful bacteria which is why it’s been used in food preservation for thousands of years.
It’s an interesting fact that Acetaldehyde, the chemical compound produced when the alcohol is processed by the body is even more hazardous than alcohol. The toxins produced by acetaldehyde are even worse the alcohol and where any food or drink item to be found on sale include as much of it as one unit of alcohol it would be banned straight away for being an unacceptable risk to health.
Although rare, alcohol addiction can happen after just one drink. Alcoholism can happen to anybody, from Princes to poppers alcohol addiction has been a problem for millions of people. Alcohol has no respect for class, status or religion, it is merciless in its choice of victims. Drinking alcohol increases the chance of addiction even knows who may not have regarded themselves to be predisposed to compulsive behaviour and obsessive actions. An addiction to alcohol can happen without the drinker even realising at first. A problem drinker may just think that heavy drinking is synonymous with their hectic social life or sociable lifestyle. Alcohol is great moderation and many people are able to drink responsibly without having any problems. For some however this is an impossibility and some people may have real difficulty in controlling the amount and frequency of their alcohol intake. That’s when alcohol starts spilling over into other areas of the drinker’s life and it becomes a very real problem. Drinking in moderation may in fact have health benefits, if some of the research is, in fact correct but people should always understand the risks of drinking and realise that the cartons will usually always outweigh the pros.
Responsible drinking… Now what does that mean? It certainly open to interpretation and it’s one of the drinks industry like to bandy about a lot.Knowing what we do about alcohol is effects any sort of drinking can’t really be considered responsible. Alcohol, as well as being a toxin is a depressant. It has qualities similar to Valium diazepam and in heavy dozers can cause people to pass out, this consciousness, which can result in fatalities. Blackouts when drinking are effects of the depressant as the switch on the parts of your brain that make you tired and sleepy and block the receptors that keep you wide awake and switched on.
Most people drink alcohol to achieve the pleasant feelings they associate with drunkenness. This temporary stimulation of the nervous system causes confusion to the system and along with loss of motor control physically, our minds work differently. We are likely to be less inhibited concern have lower standards of behaviour, decreased sense of personal safety and more likely to take risks. Drinking is very much about short-term gratification and heavy drinkers may have little regard for the future. Alcohol often changes the character of a drinker and not always for the better-violence, domestic abuse and disorder offences are all commonly seen on a problem drinker’s charge sheet.
Alcohol may be legal but it certainly isn’t safe. There is no other drug which wreaks such havoc on the body in so many ways. Those who choose not drink alcohol have successfully been stereotyped by the alcohol industry as antisocial and boring. Of course-being teetotal can be for a range of reasons – many religions and cultures abstain or frown upon alcohol use
Not drinking It may be for health reasons, top-class athletes really drink as the effects of the alcohol impair their physical and mental performance. It’s true that some people who abstain from alcohol recovering alcoholics but some people just make beneficial choice to not drink alcohol. They may have experimented with alcohol and not been comfortable like the effects it had on them. They may have been alcohol issues within their family that puts them off drinking makes them feel that they may be more predisposed to addiction.
There are other drugs more addictive than alcohol, but none have the same alert given to them by the advertising industry. Tobacco advertising used to be much the same but public health awareness and hard-hitting campaigns by the government have made this an unacceptable. Drinking is seen to be essential to “fit in,” be socially acceptable and to be seen as a “fun” person. This can make alcohol addiction and dependency and even higher risk. That’s why alcohol rehab is a lifelong process where recovering alcoholics will always have to do resist temptation and try to avoid triggers that they set them drinking again. Social occasions are often the hardest hurdles to overcome before someone recovering from an addiction to alcohol.
Avoiding relapse, especially in the early stages of recovery is why residential rehabilitation centres are so popular choice for treating alcohol addiction. In order to beat the physical addiction alcoholic must stop drinking completely and let the body get used to functioning without alcohol. Having no access to alcohol, and 24 hour supervision someone attending a residential alcohol rehab will not have any access to alcohol at all so there is no temptation.
Residential rehab gives recovering alcoholics time out from their everyday life to break routines and habits associated with their drinking. Having temptation taking away entirely makes it easier for the addict to adapt to this new way of life. It is often the return home and to normal life that the hard work begins- the alcoholic will all to be recovery. Addiction is a disease which cannot be cured in the traditional sense that can be treated. Arresting addiction and maintaining sobriety will prevent alcohol from taking over someone’s life.
3.5 million adults in Britain are estimated to have an addiction to alcohol. Of course, the actual figure is likely to be much higher as many addicts keep it well hidden. Up to 700,000 children reside with the parent who has an addiction to alcohol. Children are most likely to be in the firing line of an alcoholics with swings and erratic behaviour. The offspring of adults with a problem with alcohol may suffer from low self-esteem and behavioural issues as the parents of possession of alcohol takes over.
6000 children a year are born with fatal alcohol syndrome. Alcohol is in pregnancy is a real problem in the UK. Many mothers lie about how much they’re drinking to avoid stigma and misconceived prejudice. Fatal alcohol syndrome can be fatal. Babies born with an addiction to alcohol have to endure withdrawal. The mother’s alcohol intake to the unborn child can cause untold damage as it crosses the placenta into the infants blood system.
Stopping drinking suddenly alone for a heavy drinker can be extremely dangerous to their health. The sudden withdrawal of the substance at the body has become dependent on places the system into a state of shock and can be fatal. Alcohol rehab clinics help the problem drinker do this safely with medical supervision.
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