Alcohol is not an illicit drug like other drugs such as heroin, marijuana, or cocaine, but when a person becomes addicted or abuses the alcohol, there can be serious consequences. According to the National Substance Abuse index, nearly 70% of all people who are admitted for drug rehabilitation in Colorado are admitted for alcohol abuse or addiction. Those most likely to be admitted (62.4%) are males between the ages of 31 and 50 years old. Regardless of the demographics, addiction or abuse of alcohol can lead to cancers, liver damage, birth defects (if consumed by pregnant women), brain damage and damage of other organs. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention published a study, which showed that 34,833 died in 2001 from diseases related to over-consumption of alcohol such as cirrhosis of the liver in the US.
The four major signs of alcohol addiction are craving, inability to stop once started, physical withdrawal symptoms such as nausea and shaking, and having to drink more before getting drunk. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, addiction is a chronic relapsing brain disease. However, it is still public stigma and poor education surrounding addiction. If you or anyone you know is experiencing alcohol addiction or abuse, please see our website for information on where you can get help for alcohol addiction in Colorado.
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