Alcohol Addiction

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Why Alcohol Is So Overly Abused?

Alcohol consumption is legal, and with the social use of alcohol being widely accepted, it is one of the most overly abused substances. It is estimated that 16 million people in the United States have an alcohol use disorder. An individual has many options for consumption of alcohol, such as beer, wine, and distilled beverages (hard liquor), which are readily available at your local supermarket, liquor store, or bar.

The reasons why people drink are to relax, have fun, relieve stress, lower their inhibitions, socialize; in addition, alcohol is accessible. When the drinking negatively affects your life on a regular basis it is considered an alcohol use disorder

Why Binge Drinking Is A Problem That Affects Your Health

Binge drinking is a pattern of drinking that brings your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels to 0.08 g/dL. This is a typical level for men who have consumed five or more alcoholic drinks or women who have consumed four or more over the course of 1–2 hours. According to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, one alcohol binge may cause bacteria to leak from the gut and increase levels of bacterial toxins in the bloodstream. With the increase of bacterial toxin (endotoxins) affecting the immune system, the body produces more immune cells involved in inflammation, tissue destruction, and fever. For healthy individuals binge drinking may lead to health problems or alcohol use disorder.

What Is Alcohol Addiction?

Alcoholism is a chronic disease affecting the brain that is characterized by loss of control over alcohol intake, compulsive alcohol use, and a negative emotional state when not using. Signs of having a alcohol addiction are needing a drink so badly that all you can think about is drinking, finding that your usual number of drinks has much less effect than it did previously, and continuing to drink even though it causes problems among familyor friends.