During the month of April, many organizations throughout the country are working diligently to promote alcohol awareness and help those with addictions.
Did You Know?
- Nearly 600,000 people are treated for alcohol dependence or alcohol abuse each year.
- Of the 50,000 deaths from automobile crashes each year in the United States, nearly half are alcohol-related.
People drink for a number of reasons, many of which are associated with depression. Many people drink to get away from life’s worries, while others prefer to drink socially.
Large amounts of alcohol impair judgment. The best advice–for physical and mental well-being–is to drink in moderation.
In general, people are said to have an alcohol problem if:
- they cannot control how much they drink
- they are dependent on the drug
- their drinking has a negative impact on their physical or mental health, their families, friends and jobs.
Alcoholism isn’t predominate in one age group—alcohol abuse is as common in teenagers as it is in senior citizens.
Do not drink at all when taking either doctor-prescribed or over-the-counter medication. Aspirin and alcohol can increase your risk of stomach bleeding and ulcers. Mixed with medications, alcohol can cause drowsiness, increase blood pressure and even alter blood sugars.
Should you or someone close to you consume too much alcohol or need help combating alcoholism, Health Alliance emergency departments–which include The Christ Hospital, The University Hospital, The St. Luke Hospitals and The Jewish Hospital—are nearby and ready to care for you.
Health Alliance hospitals also provide inpatient and outpatient alcohol and drug treatment programs. See support groups offered through the Health Alliance.
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