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Across the world and across time, alcohol is and has been by far the most commonly abused of all substances. In the United States, most adults have used alcohol at same time in their lives. A substantial proportion have suffered at least one negative event caused by it (such as driving while intoxicated or absenteeism from work or school).

Most people learn , usually quickly and from unpleasant experience, to keep alcohol intake at a moderate social level, or to give it up altogether. Unfortunately, perhaps 5 to 10 percent of drinkers eventually become controlled by alcohol and this results in the astounding number of at least two hundred thousand deaths per year in the United States.

Alcohol is toxic to many of our organ systems, causing cirrhois of the liver, dementia, gastrointestinal bleeding, pancreatitis, cardiomyopathy, hypertension, dementia, and fetal alcohol syndrome. More than one half of murders, and also their victims, are intoxicated at the time of death. In 50 percent of all car fatalities, at least one of the parties is under influence. Disinhibition due to alcohol is often the critical factor that allows a suicidal through to materialize into a dangerous suicidal act.

Alcohol intoxication creates well known and seductive changes in thoughts,, feelings, and behaviour. As the alcohol levels rise early in a drinking episode, you become extroverted, talkative, and content. Unfortunately, however, the alcoholic doesn’t know when enough is enough.

With each additional drink, good judgment quickly evaporates and the disinhibition of aggressive and sexual impulses leads to behavior that one is sure to  regret assuming you can remember it the morning after. High enough alcohol levels can lead to death, a fact rediscovered on a yearly basis during college fraternity drinking parties.

Regular drinking can be a setup for the development of alcohol withdrawal. Withdrawal begins as blood levels decrease, usually within seventy two hours after consumption has been sharply reduced or discontinued.

Most of the withdrawal symptoms go away after about five days, although some symptoms of anxiety and sleeplessness may persist for as long as six months. Typical withdrawal symptoms include heavy sweating, nausea, vomiting, hand tremors, rapid pulse, insomnia, severe anxiety. Alcohol Withdrawal always requires close medical supervision.

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