According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over the last 15 years the number of people being admitted for treatment of alcohol addiction has declined, from 36% in 1992 to just 16% in 2006. However, there has been a rise in use of other drugs such as Heroin. In 2010, the Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey indicates that alcohol abuse amongst teens (those in grades 6-12) is a problem. This is of concern as teens can become addicted to alcohol more readily than adults. The Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine shows that almost half of people who start drinking before the age of 15 will become addicted to alcohol. Alcohol addiction is a serious condition and it can affect every organ in a person's body.
But how much is too much? When do you know you're addicted? The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism suggests that “low risk” drinking for women equals no more than 3 standard drinks per day with a limit of 7 drinks in a week. “Low risk” drinking for men is 4 standard drinks per day with a limit of 14 drinks in a week. If you are drinking more than this and experience any of the following addiction symptoms, you might be addicted: inability to stop drinking, craving a drink, needing to drink more to get drunk. Our website has a list of facilities that can help you with alcohol addiction in Florida.
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