Alcoholism: The Quiet Addiction

You’ve likely seen those beer commercials. Do you notice anything about the surroundings, the people in the commercials? They are always model-esque, skinny, and usually with other good looking people and women around them. Marketing companies are subliminally telling people that alcohol is a good thing, that it can make you friends, that it can make you “cool”. When in reality, alcohol use can quickly develop into alcoholism, and carry serious life consequences that often do not get discussed.

Alcohol Addiction

Many Americans who’ve taken on drinking socially, may also begin to drink more casually throughout the day and night. This social drinking habit can suddenly take the form of alcoholism, oftentimes which people never see it coming.Let’s look at some of the consequences the beer, liquor, and wine companies would rather you not know about:

  • Brain Dysfunction, shrinkage, and damage
  • Stroke
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Attack
  • Alcoholic Hepatitis
  • Fibrosis of the liver
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Pancreatitis
  • Mouth Cancer
  • Esophagus Cancer
  • Throat Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Breast Cancer

Along with the physiological consequences of alcoholism, there are several social consequences to alcohol. These include:

  • Loss of trust with family/friends
  • Increased impulsivity
  • Poor Decision making
  • Loss of hobbies/interests
  • Alcohol induced depression
  • Legal consequences (including DUI)
  • Physiological Consequences of Alcoholism

    If you or someone you know has a problem with alcohol, do not wait to get help. Many alcoholics don’t decide to stop drinking until it’s too late, until they have had severe consequences and must turn to treatment. One of the best things you or your loved one can do is to get them in a drug treatment program as soon as possible. At Transformations by the Gulf, we offer several treatment options that can save you or someone’s life from the devastating effects of alcohol.

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