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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Alcohol Use Disorder Impacts Mind and Body

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Alcohol use disorder or AUD plagues the lives of millions of Americans. Drinking beer, wine, or liquor can do irreparable damage to mind, body, and spirit. If treatment is not sought in a timely fashion, the consequences can be dire. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that around 88,000 Americans succumb to alcohol-related illness and injury each year. Furthermore, upwards of 16 million people in the United States meet the criteria for AUD.

Too many young adults fail to realize the impact of having a dangerous relationship with alcohol. Without intervention, such people stand to lose more than jobs and relationships. For men and women whose lives are being disrupted by alcohol use, it is critical that assistance is sought immediately. The sooner addiction treatment is found, the less harm alcohol will have on one’s vital organs.

Teenagers and people new to adulthood often think that heavy drinking will not do much damage in the short term. The majority of people associate alcohol-related illness with older adults who have been consuming alcohol for decades. In a sense, such a mindset might fall in line with conventional wisdom. While it is true that older habitual drinkers are at significant risk, so too are young adults who make a practice of binge drinking or daily consumption.

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

Since this is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week or NDAFW, a health observance linking young people to science-based facts to Shatter the Myths® about drugs and alcohol, it is prudent that The Haven joins the effort. Research shows that a litany of potentially fatal conditions can arise from an unhealthy relationship with alcohol. Young adults struggling in California, who would like some examples of the impact alcohol can have are welcome to click here; in short, notable alcohol-related illnesses include, alcohol-related liver disease, pancreatitis, and a litany of cancer types.

In fact, fatal liver disease is on the rise, according to research appearing in BMJ last year. Moreover, the demographic hardest hit by the increase is young people. The findings, boiled down from CDC data, show that the number of 25- to 34-year-olds who died annually from alcohol-related liver disease (ALD) nearly tripled between 1999 and 2016 (259 in 1999 to 767 in 2016).

It is also worth noting that findings from research at University of California-San Francisco show that 36.7 percent of almost 33,000 studied liver transplants patients since 2002, had ALD in 2016, NBC News reports. More young people struggling with AUD and subsequent ALD means it is not uncommon for young adults to require a transplant.

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Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment

If you are struggling with alcohol use, then our team of dedicated addiction professionals can help. We can assist you in safely detoxing from the substance and provide you with the necessary tools for working a program of long-term sobriety. Please contact us today to learn more about our evidence-based addiction treatment. The Haven at Pismo is the perfect place to renew to your best today.