Alcohol addiction is not always easy to recognize in yourself or a loved one, but it can have devastating effects if left untreated. In a study 43 percent of men surveyed stated they had consumed more than five drinks within two hours on at least one occasion. Over 28 percent of the women surveyed stated they had consumed at least four drinks in a single hour. Binge drinking can lead to alcohol poisoning and, in some cases, death. A person who relies on alcohol suffers physically, emotionally and socially because of their addiction. Hand tremors are common among alcoholics and may begin as early as a few hours after their last drink. Some alcoholics develop jaundice. This is a result of liver damage and turns the alcoholic's skin yellow.

Warning Signs of Alcohol Dependency:

  • Drinking in dangerous situations
  • Inability to perform or meet home, school, or work responsibilities
  • Legal issues – DOI
  • Continues substance abuse despite negative social impacts from drinking

How it changes the human body:

  • Pancreatitis
  • Cirrhosis of the Liver
  • Alcoholic Hepatitis
  • Premature Dementia
  • Stroke
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Hypertension
  • Other Life threatening issues: seizures, fever, loss of appetite and headache.
  • Gastritis
  • infection of the esophagus
  • Sexual problems

Reasons people become alcoholics:

  • Genetics
  • Emotional Issues: physical / sexual abuse
  • Mental issues like bipolar, depression or low self esteem
  • Social or peer pressure

Where to get Help:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous: 212-870-3400
  • Life Ring Secular Recovery: 800-811-4142
  • Women for Sobriety: 215-536-8026
  • Al-Anon / Alateen:  613-723-8484

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