Although alcohol is not an illicit drug, it can still be addictive and harmful to the human body. Are you or someone you know experiencing any of these following signs which may indicate alcohol addiction: craving a drink, inability to stop drinking once started, needing to drink more to get intoxicated. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), those who drink heavily and those who are addicted are more at risk of heart disease, liver disease, stroke, and several types of cancer (amongst others). Other risks from drinking include the risk of injuring yourself while intoxicated, or contracting or transmitting a sexually transmitted infection (STI) during unprotected sex.
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2002, Georgia was in the ten lowest states for people between the ages of 18-25 having abused alcohol. However, according to the National Substance Abuse Index, almost 40 percent of people admitted for drug rehabilitation are admitted for alcohol abuse (with or without a secondary drug). Alcohol addiction is a disease, but there is help. Throughout Georgia, there are substance abuse facilities that are dedicated to the treatment of alcohol addiction and abuse. If you or someone you know is suffering from alcohol addiction or abuse, please visit our website to find out places to seek assistance.
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