Alcohol Effects, Addiction Treatment, and Resources

Our comprehensive site will provide you with everything you need to know about alcohol misuse, abuse, and addiction. Learn about alcohol’s effects on the body and mind, alcohol use disorder, and treatment options.

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Alcohol Effects

Alcohol can have severe effects on your physical and mental health. Learn more about how alcohol consumption impacts your life.

Long-Term Effects of Underage Drinking

Underage drinking can lead to several serious health issues. Teenagers’ brains are still developing, which makes them more susceptible to adverse physical and mental health effects. Learn more about the long-term effects of underage drinking. 

Hangovers After Drinking

Hangovers can make you feel horrible the day after drinking. However, for more frequent alcohol users, hangovers can seriously affect the quality of your life and lead to many mental, physical, social, and interpersonal issues. 

Physical Effects of Alcohol

Alcohol has dangerous effects on your physical health. Alcohol consumption increases your risks of injuries, liver, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal issues, and even certain types of cancers. Learn more about the short and long term effects of alcohol misuse and alcohol use disorders (AUD).

Psychological Effects of Alcohol

Alcohol consumption also harms your mental health. Heavy alcohol use impairs brain functions, such as memory and reasoning. Scientists have linked frequent alcohol use to depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and self-harm (e.g., suicide attempts and cutting). 

Insomnia and Alcohol Addiction

An estimated 20 percent of adults in the U.S. drink alcohol to help them fall asleep. However, alcohol use has a direct, adverse effect on a person’s quality of sleep. Alcohol addiction can lead to several long term sleep problems, including insomnia. 

Drunk Driving and DUIs

Over 10,000 people died in drunk driving accidents in 2018. Drunk driving puts everyone on the road in danger. Further, a DUI may cause you to lose your license, cost you upwards of $10,000, and even end up in jail. 

Drug Interactions

A drug interaction is a reaction between two drugs, or a drug and food, beverage, supplement, or pre-existing condition. They can change how the drug works or cause adverse side effects. It’s crucial to contact your doctor before using multiple medications.

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Addiction Treatment

If you or someone you know suffers from alcohol use disorder (AUD), you are not alone. There are treatment centers around the nation ready to help you. Learn about all of the different aspects of alcohol addiction treatment.

Alcohol Detox

Alcohol detoxification is the first step in treating alcohol use disorder (AUD). It is the period where your body flushes itself of alcohol and gets used to functioning without the substance. This is often the most challenging portion of rehabilitation, and many patients will experience alcohol withdrawal during this time.

Alcohol Withdrawal

Alcohol withdrawal occurs when someone with alcohol dependency stops drinking. This can occur outside of treatment, or during the detoxification process of a program. In some cases, medical supervision may be required. Learn more about the causes, risks, and treatments of alcohol withdrawal.

Preventing Relapse

Relapse occurs when someone begins drinking alcohol again after a period of sobriety. Upwards of 60 percent of all patients in alcohol rehabilitation will experience a relapse, so prevention methods are a crucial part of all alcohol use disorder (AUD) treatment programs. 

Addiction Medications

Medication-assisted therapy may be used in certain cases of alcohol use disorder (AUD). Three drugs have been approved by the FDA to treat AUD. Learn about them here.

Aftercare Programs

Adjusting to life after alcohol use disorder (AUD) rehabilitation can be very challenging. Aftercare programs provide treatment after the completion of a treatment program. They can assist in preventing relapse and help people live happy, healthy, and sober lives.

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Addiction Resources

Alcohol use disorder (AUD), is a complicated and dangerous health disorder. Here are some resources that will answer your questions.

What is Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)?

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is also commonly referred to as alcoholism or alcohol addiction. It affects millions of Americans and has many adverse effects on your physical and mental health. According to the CDC, there are three traits of AUD. Learn about them here.

Different Types of Alcoholics

Alcohol use disorder can be mild, moderate, or severe. It affects everyone differently. A study undertaken by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) identified five different types of alcoholics.

Symptoms of Alcohol Use Disorder

The symptoms of AUD range in intensity, from mild to severe. They can have a profoundly negative impact on your physical, mental, emotional, and interpersonal health. Learn how to identify the symptoms of AUD here.

Causes of Alcohol Use Disorder

Many different factors can influence your susceptibility to alcohol use disorder (AUD). These include genetic, psychological, social, and environmental situations. Learn more about the causes of alcohol addiction here.

What Is Binge Drinking?

Binge drinking is considered an alcohol use disorder (AUD). It is characterized by a pattern of heavy alcohol use. Binge drinking is common in the U.S. and poses severe short and long term health risks.

High Functioning Alcoholics

A high functioning alcoholic, functional alcoholic, or working alcoholic is someone who meets the criteria for having an alcohol use disorder but is still capable of meeting the requirements of their work and social life.

How to Prevent Addiction

Like nearly all health issues, preventative measures are the best type of treatment for alcohol use disorders (AUD). Providing people with the education and resources they need to live a healthy life without alcohol will help decrease the rate of addiction in future generations.

Updated on: May 14, 2020
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