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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Alcohol Abuse: Not Always Obvious

In a mere two months, Louise Delage racked up more than 48,000 Instagram followers who clicked on her smiles, sunsets, and spontaneous photos – but there’s a catch. Delage is just a model posing in each photo and her Instagram account was created by a Paris ad agency called BETC, which was hired by Addiction Aide to bring light to addiction.

The goal of the clever campaign was to show people how easy it is to “like” someone’s addiction on social media and how addiction isn’t always obvious. In every photo, the model was surrounded by at least one alcoholic drink – whether a cocktail, wine, or beer. If you look close enough, you’ll even notice that she’s holding an entire bottle of half drunken wine in one of the photos.  

Signs of Alcohol Abuse
Problem drinkers aren’t always who you’d think, and in fact, it’s actually the over-65 age set that drinks most often, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Perhaps what’s more alarming is that nearly one-third of American adults have an alcohol use disorder at some point in their life – and only 20 percent seek treatment, noted a recent report published in JAMA Psychiatry.

Are you or someone you love secretly battling with an alcohol problem? Here are some telltale signs, according to The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence:
  • Memory loss
  • Irritability, depression, or mood swings
  • Use of alcohol to relax, cheer, sleep, deal with problems, or to feel "normal"
  • Headache, anxiety, insomnia, nausea when one stops drinking
  • Flushed skin and broken capillaries on the face; husky voice; trembling hands; chronic diarrhea
  • Drinking alone, in the mornings, or in secret
Alcohol Detox in Pismo Beach
Looking to stabilize your physical health, cleanse your body of toxins, and lay the groundwork for long-term sobriety success? Many of our residents start their stay at our residential detox home. To learn more, call: 805-202-3440.