When is it Labeled as Alcoholism?
Alcoholism is declared reliability on an alcoholic substance to continue daily living or to cope with stressors in one’s daily life. The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism states that for women, it is recommended to consume only 3 drinks a day and 7 drinks in a week; whereas, for men, it is 4 drinks a day and 14 drinks a week.
What are the Effects of Alcoholism?
When it comes to alcohol, most know the short-term effects: impaired judgment, slurred speech, mood swings, and vomiting. However, there are more serious and longer-lasting effects that most do not realize: memory loss, cancer, high blood pressure, fatty liver, and even malnutrition! Alcohol is packed with calories that give your body a source of energy, but the calories are absent of many nutrients needed to keep your body healthy.
Finding Rehabilitation for Alcoholism
There are many rehabilitation centers and community outreach groups. The most common type of community outreach used is the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 12-Step program. If you or your loved one decide to partake in an inpatient detox facility, make sure to check your insurance policy and if it covers this type of healthcare, especially if you have private insurance (i.e. Blue Cross Blue Shield or Cigna). Also, it is important to double-check the facility and that they will take your insurance. If you or your loved one decide to do AA, check with your community or local churches to see if there are any meetings. There are hotlines to call that can help find resources and online AA meetings.