The number of Americans now at risk from alcohol-related health problems is a public health crisis that may be set to outpace the opioid epidemic. creating the rise of the newly coined alcoholism epidemic.
What is the Alcoholism Epidemic?
It is now estimated that 1 in 8 people struggle with alcoholism. This percentage is quite higher than in the past and experts are wondering why alcoholism is on the rise. One possible reason for this is that alcohol is easier to access than ever before. Meanwhile, recovery and treatment centers are expensive and sometimes difficult to join. This is why there is now what is considered to be an alcoholism epidemic in the United States, even as recovery centers are adapting to more accessible treatment options through the use of technology.
For example, “‘the price of alcohol has fallen sharply over recent decades, and that is the most compelling explanation for why the population is drinking more … Even the heaviest drinkers respond to changes in the cost of alcohol.’ Others have argued that the problem is deeper than that, pointing, perhaps, to increases in social isolation and economic troubles.” In other words, a myriad of social and economic causes are being linked to the formation of the alcoholism epidemic.
Most People Who Drink Excessively Are Not Alcoholics
There are many people who drink regularly, and even excessively, yet do not believe that the alcohol is affecting them in a negative way. Yet, while only 10% of people who drink excessively are alcoholics, alcohol affects everyone who uses it regularly. The line between excessive drinking and alcoholism lies in how severely it affects the person’s life; for example, an alcoholic may be unable to limit their drinking, and may find that alcohol is sometimes all they can think about. They may also develop a tolerance, and find that they need to keep drinking more to have the same experience.
Dr. Lorenzo Leggio, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) researcher, said in a news release, “People shouldn’t wait for a physical problem like liver disease [to get help]… The sooner you act can help prevent medical consequences.”
What are the Risks Involved in the Epidemic?
There are many health risks that come with drinking alcohol regularly. However, there are also social and psychological side effects that occur from substance abuse. Whether a person is addicted to the substance or not, he/she can still suffer from these effects, which are all becoming more common in the midst of the alcoholism epidemic. In the article, eleven health risks are discussed: high blood pressure, liver disease, poor educational or work performance, stroke, digestive issues, cancer, heart disease, mental health disorders, social problems, learning and memory problems, and alcoholism. To read more about these health risks in detail, visit the source article at Dr. Mercola’s website.
Alcohol can be damaging to a person’s life without them even noticing, so it is important to check in with your friends and family often if you have reason to be concerned about their habits. . If you think alcohol and/or alcoholism is affecting your life or someone you know, please act before it gets worse. Hayver can help with long term monitoring so the addiction can be overcome. Contact us today at info(at)hayver.com.