Alcohol affects each of us differently.
Most people can drink without risk of becoming alcohol dependent or falling into full-blown alcoholism.
But for others, drinking can lead to a dangerous downward spiral of failing health, damaged relationships, and destroyed careers. Some people have a glass of wine and promptly fall asleep, so great is their intolerance to the biochemical effects of alcohol consumption. Others can drink that same glass of wine and have an immediate toxic reaction, experiencing severe headache, nausea, dizziness, and dramatically increased blood pressure.
For the majority of us, alcohol acts purely as a sedative, causing a state of prolonged relaxation after one or two drinks. But 10% of the population has an abbreviated period of this “relaxation effect” and quickly feel a need for additional sedation to remain in their relaxed/euphoric state. Alcohol causes relaxation by inhibiting a small part of the brain (Inhibitory part) which leads to loss of inhibition and feeling relaxed at first but as we drink more, we start to inhibit larger parts of the brain which causes judgment impairment, coordination problems, personality change and eventually sedation.[/fusion_builder_column]
These drinkers are prone to believing they can actually drink more than others without any negative effects. The truth, however, is that this phenomenon of perceived alcohol “tolerance” is nothing more than the precursor to full-blown alcohol addiction. The tolerance is most often due to the drinker’s genetic make-up and this predisposes them to the disease of addiction. They do not get a warning from either sedation or toxicity that they are drinking too much.
If you drink to the point of significant mood changes, aggressive behaviors, profuse sweating, loss of coordination, or blackouts, then the elusive lure of the “relaxation effect” is clearly dragging you toward the downward spiral of alcohol addiction.
The bottom line is clear: alcohol affects us all differently and is potentially addictive for one out of every ten of us.
If you’re in that 10% of the population at risk for alcohol addictions, you’re hardly alone: 32 million other Americans face same problem. The question you have to answer for yourself is whether or not you’re going to do something about the problem. Remember alcohol dependence is not just about how many drinks you have, it is a behavior disorder were the patient loses control and continues to drink despite the medical, mental, social, occupational or legal consequences.
The solutions are here at Recovery Road Medical Center…all you have to do is make one phone call to put yourself on a personal path that leads to wellness and sobriety.
Give us a call. Together we’ll find your personal path to a much happier and more fulfilling life.[/fusion_text]