Alcoholism treatment is something that was really not available 25 years ago. Alcoholism treatment has dramatically improved as has societal attitudes. It is widely recognized and accepted that alcoholism affects everyone regardless of social status or race. It doesn’t matter what you drink or how much, if you can’t stop and not return to drinking, if your life has become unmanageable and you experience negative consequences when you drink, you are probably a candidate for alcoholism treatment. Call our alcoholism treatment center now.
Once you realize that you require alcoholism treatment questions arise about where to find help. Due to the intense cravings and physical dependence created by alcoholism, you are best suited to enter residential alcoholism treatment facility. A residential alcoholism treatment center will provide medical assistance with alcohol detox, support and plenty of rest, therapy and guidance. It is the best way to stay away from alcohol, old friends and old places that may increase the desire for alcohol. Bridge Centre’s alcohol abuse treatment has been nationally recognized for the successful treatment of alcohol abuse and alcoholism.
The difference between alcohol abuse and alcoholism is that with alcohol abuse the individual can still manage their alcohol intake, while a person struggling with alcoholism cannot. At Bridge Centre we understand that if a person is abusing alcohol they may still experience the negative consequences associated with alcoholism.
The staff at our alcohol abuse treatment center is keenly aware that alcohol abuse differs from alcoholism and has designed a program that is capable of treating both. Our friendly and qualified clinicians are skilled and experienced in the treatment of alcohol related issues and have been licensed by accredited universities.
Alcohol addiction is a term often confused with alcohol abuse, but there is a tremendous difference between the two. Alcohol abuse is an illness where the individual still has control of his or her drinking, but still suffers the consequences of abusive drinking. They have not developed a tolerance, physical dependence or intense cravings.
Alcohol addiction on the other hand is when someone have lost the ability to control their drinking; has tried to stop and can not stay “stopped” so to speak. In addition to an inability to discontinue their drinking, they develop a physical dependence on alcohol, cravings and obsessive thinking about alcohol.
The point when drinking becomes a drinking problem is different for each individual that chooses to drink. Research shows that there are different genes that affect a person's ability to develop drinking problems. Additional factors that lead to drinking problems include an individual person's emotional, psychological and social well-being.
For anyone trying cut back on their drinking, or trying to learn more about dealing with drinking problems, there are several steps to take:
Binge drinking is a type of alcohol abuse in which a person drinks heavily over a short period of time—usually a few hours—for the purpose of becoming drunk, and consumes several drinks in a row more often than once every two weeks. The accepted definitions of binge drinkers are slightly different for men and women. A man who consumes five or more drinks in about two hours, or a woman who consumes four or more drinks in about two hours is considered a binge drinker. For both genders, having three or more instances in which these numbers of drinks are consumed qualifies as heavy binge drinking.
Though 70% of episodes involve adults over the age of 25, binge drinking is a growing epidemic among teenagers and young adults as well. Factors such as curiosity, peer pressure, and certain social situations often play roles in a young person’s introduction to alcohol. Some high school and college students binge drink in an attempt to relieve stress. Young people who are genetically predisposed to conditions such as alcoholism, addiction, anxiety, and depression are at high risk of becoming a binge drinker.
Frequent binging of alcohol can disrupt nearly every part of an otherwise healthy person’s life—work performance, social relationships, and physical well being are only a few aspects that are affected.. Excessive binging can also lead to sluggishness and weight gain. A typical regular beer contains more than a hundred calories and a binge drinker who consumes five or six beers a night is taking in as many as 4,200 extra calories per week. Long-term binging can result in liver disease, sexual dysfunction, injuries, and brain damage.
Alcohol binging also involves many risks to a person’s emotional and physical health. The short-term effects of just a single episode of can include: