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(Medical) Background – Statistics

Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance in the United States. Alcohol is legal, inexpensive and readily available. However, alcohol is also an addictive substance, with potential for harmful abuse.


Alcohol has a number of effects on the brain, that can differ for each individual. Drinking alcohol can lead to impulsive actions, increased excitability or aggression. Alcohol use also results in slurred speech and decreased motor functions, drunk people are wobbly and unsteady, incapable of making deliberate and controlled movements.


Heavy alcohol use can result in memory problems and in some cases “blackouts” or “brownouts” can occur; an individual might wake up after along night of drinking and be unable to recall anything that occurred. and impaired decision making.


Alcohol is ubiquitous, people drink alcohol with dinner, at social outings, to relieve stress or for any number of reasons. However, because alcohol is also an addictive substance, alcohol consumption can quickly become problematic, the cycle of alcohol abuse can become a drain on your life.


Heavy, long term alcohol abuse takes a toll on the body. Repeated abuse can harm the brain, heart,  liver, pancreas, mouth and immune system. Chronic alcohol abuse can also make mental health disorders dramatically worse.


Binge drinking, taking in a large amount of alcohol in a short period of time, is common and especially problematic for younger drinkers. Binge drinking is consumption that brings an individual’s blood alcohol content above .08 g/dL, the legal limit for driving.


Alcohol abuse can result in patterns of risky behavior, dangerous situations and serious consequences. Legal issues resulting from alcohol use, including DWI/DUI arrests, public intoxication or other crimes, are not uncommon. Accidents caused by drivers under the influence account for almost a third of driving fatalities each year.


If you think you or a loved one are struggling with chronic alcohol abuse, binge drinking or problem drinking, reach out to a treatment professional today.


Signs of Abuse

  • Hiding alcohol use from friends, loved ones
  • Unable to control drinking, drinking more than intended
  • Irritability, drastic mood changes
  • Continuing use despite financial or family issues
  • Decreased performance at work or school
  • Legal problems associated with alcohol
    • DWI/DUI
    • Public Intoxication
    • Committing crimes under the influence
  • Ignoring responsibilities in order to drink
  • Slurred speech, poor coordination
  • Losing interest in social activities, hobbies
  • Memory impairment, blackouts
  • Neglecting to eat, malnutrition symptoms
    • Extreme weight loss
    • Hair loss or thinning
    • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Lack of attention to personal care, grooming


Symptoms of Withdrawal

Alcohol withdrawal has different symptoms for every individual, depending on a number of factors. How long each individual has been drinking, how much they drink each day, and other individual factors play a role.


Alcohol withdrawal can last from 5 to 7 days. In severe cases, a heavy drinker who stops cold turkey can suffer seizures or delirium tremens, a serious condition that can cause the rapid onset of anxiety, physical symptoms and hallucinations, among other symptoms.


Alcohol withdrawal can cause the following symptoms:

  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Tremors
  • Heart palpitations
  • Racing pulse
  • Sweating
  • Nausea/ Vomiting
  • Interrupted sleep or insomnia
  • Agitation
  • Agitated movements
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Delirium tremens


Detox Process

Alcohol detox can be dangerous; the effects of sudden cessation of alcohol can have life-threatening consequences. Detox from alcohol under care from a qualified team is crucial in ensuring the process can be achieved safely and comfortably.


At our detox facilities, every individual has access to around the clock nursing care, monitoring vitals and  administering medication when necessary. Our staff will proceed with a medical assessment of each individual’s needs as you begin building for long term recovery.



Getting through the physical symptoms of alcohol withdrawal is just the first step towards long term recovery. It is equally important to begin a comprehensive treatment plan that uses evidence-based therapy to treat the root causes of your addictions.


At Amatus Health, our clinical staff will create an individualised treatment plan around your strengths and needs, to help treat the physical, mental and spiritual causes of addiction.


If you think you or a loved one are struggling with chronic alcohol abuse, binge drinking or problem drinking, reach out to a treatment professional today.