The U.S. government indicates that more than 17.5 million people are alcoholics or have problems with alcohol.
That alcohol consumption is normal, acceptable or “under control” when in fact it is a budding and serious problem.
The fact is, an excess of alcohol, particularly over longer periods of time, can have a dramatic, negative impact on the body, particularly the liver, brain and throat.
Make no mistake: a high level of alcohol tolerance is less a “badge of honor” than it is an indicator of possible alcohol abuse.
Alcohol abuse and dependence is a disease that occurs when a person begins drinking so excessively that it begins to significantly impair his or her ability to function appropriately on a daily basis.
An individual who is dependent on alcohol will continue to drink despite the negative impact that it is having on his or her life.
These people may begin experiencing problems within their interpersonal relationships, may no longer be performing at their full potential in work or school, and may notice that their health is on a steady decline.
Despite the detrimental effects that their drinking is having on their lives, individuals who are addicted to alcohol are simply unable to stop drinking.
Contrary to popular opinion, it’s also not as easy as “just stopping” for many people.
Psychological dependence aside, alcohol has some very real, potentially hazardous side effects if you withdraw from alcohol (or “detox”) too quickly, such as seizures or delirium tremens.
We urge you to seek help if you, a friend or a loved one is struggling with a dependence on alcohol and wants to quit.