Alcohol Related Deaths
The third leading cause of death in the world is alcohol related deaths, and it is the third-leading cause of preventable death in the United States. But for those who are suffering the effects of alcohol addiction themselves or have a loved one who abuses alcohol, the problem is much more than just a statistic.
Alcohol is a poison which impairs brain function and causes changes in memory, moods and mental capacity; tragically, excessive use of this substance leads all too often to alcohol related deaths. Most of the negative effects of overusing alcohol lead directly to even more alcohol use, a kind of cycle which can lead directly to alcohol related deaths. This cycle is nearly impossible to break without outside help. Alcoholism is a chronic illness and should be treated as such; the only real cure comes through treatment.
People who suffer from alcohol addiction or who abuse alcohol are more likely to make fatal errors in judgment, including swimming or driving under the influence, accepting foolish or reckless dares, engaging in senseless arguments and generally doing things they would never do when they are sober. These risky behaviors can all result in alcohol related deaths and have the potential to injure and even kill innocent people.
Unfortunately, people who abuse alcohol are never alone in their disease. There is a ripple effect that emanates from the person who is addicted to alcohol, often resulting in abuse, family break-ups, debt and job loss, as well as diseases and other health issues. Inevitably, these problems have an impact on everyone around the alcohol addict. The worst endings to these stories are alcohol related deaths, and they are likely to happen without some kind of intervention and treatment.
If alcohol has become a significant problem for you or a loved one, you will know it based on these criteria:
- An irrepressible craving for alcohol
- Losing control once the drinking has begun
- Tolerance for alcohol (needing more to achieve the same effects)
- Physical dependence which becomes obvious when the drinking stops (shaking, nausea, sweating).
The risks for those who abuse or are addicted to alcohol are significant; they are even greater if nothing is done to intervene. Help is available, and many treatment options exist for those who need help, whether it is for yourself or a loved one. Sober Solutions is an ideal resource to learn more about treatment options, to locate treatment in your area or to talk live with a recovery counselor.
Once the decision to seek treatment is made, it is essential to find the addiction treatment center which is best suited to your circumstances. Sober Solutions will help you assess your needs and find the most appropriate treatment center for your circumstances and location.
Whether the alcohol addiction is a recent discovery or a long-term condition, there are treatment options available for you. Take action now to avoid the worst outcome of this disease–an alcohol related death.