Alcohol is a Drug

Alcohol is a drug that is commonly known and used throughout the world. Alcohol was once an illegal drug, like heroin or cocaine. However, since the end of prohibition in 1933, it’s completely legal to people 21 years of age and older.

Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, which means it slows down functioning of the brain and respiratory system. Those under the influence describe a decrease in anxiety and stress. Many adults use alcohol as a social lubricant, to feel more at ease when meeting new people. People under the influence typically feel lowered inhibitions, loss of coordination, and slurred speech.

Alcohol is a drug that is commonly abused. Whether people are drinking everyday, binge drinking on the weekends or only drink once in a while in excess, the effects of alcohol abuse can still be deadly. Alcohol related deaths are higher than any other drug related deaths.

Who’s an Alcoholic?

This is a tricky question. Alcoholism can often go undetected by families and friends of alcoholics due to alcohol being socially acceptable.

Not all problem drinkers are physically addicted to alcohol, there are some who binge drink, which is just as dangerous. Binge drinking is when someone a large amount of alcohol is consumed within a 2-hour period. For male binge drinkers this would be 5 or more drinks, and for females this would be 4 or more drinks. Binge drinking is most prevalent in people under the age of 24. In fact, 42.8% of people under age 24 report binge drinking. Although the binge drinkers’ body is not yet dependent on alcohol, prolonged binge drinking can lead to liver damage, physical injury and eventual dependency on alcohol.

You might not notice someone is developing a drinking problem, but some tell-tale signs that someone is struggling are: their life is beginning to be negatively affected by alcohol by job loss, DUI’s, bar fights, broken relationships, or financial problems.

Who is an alcoholic Alcoholism can often go undetected by families and friends of alcoholics due to alcohol being socially acceptable drug.

Effects of Alcohol Abuse

Signs someone is under the influence of alcohol:

  • Slurred speech
  • Blood shot eyes
  • Repetitive statements
  • Agitation
  • Disorientation
  • Difficulty standing/walking


Short Term Effects of Drinking:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Headaches
  • Impaired judgement
  • Nausea/vomiting


Long Term Effects of Drinking:

  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Brain Damage
  • Psoriasis
  • Hand Tremors
  • Chronic Pancreatitis
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
Alcohol abuse effects everyone differently. Depression, anxiety and irritability are all side effects of alcohol abuse.

Alcohol Abuse Withdrawal

Alcohol Withdrawal can be very dangerous. During alcohol withdrawal someone may experience physical pain and mental anguish.  The physical aspect of alcohol withdrawal begins 5 to 10 hours after your last drink, and typically last 4 to 6 days. Mental anguish may last longer than your initial alcohol withdrawal, depending on how much you drank and for how long.

Physical symptoms of alcohol withdrawal:

  • Fever
  • shaking
  • nausea
  • vomiting

Mental symptoms of alcohol withdrawal:

  • Depression
  • changed moved
  • withdraw from social activities
  • nightmares
  • anxiety attacks
  • agitation

Alcohol withdrawal can be very dangerous, and it is recommended that you contact a doctor before detoxing yourself from alcohol.

Delirium tremens are life threatening tremors that occur 12 to 48 hours after stopping drinking. Delirium tremens cause hallucinations, violent shaking, seizures, and heart problems. 1 out of every 20 people will experience these dangerous withdrawals when quitting drinking.

Addicted to alcohol, Now What?

Are you worried about you or your loved one’s alcohol withdrawal? At all Amatus Health’s detox and recovery programs we treat the mental, physical and spiritual aspects of addiction. You will be seen and assessed by our on-site doctors or nurse practitioner, who will administer care during your treatment and help you deal with both acute and post-acute withdrawal symptoms. All necessary medications will be delivered on site, and every patient has access to psychiatric care when needed.

The best way to treat bath your alcohol addiction is by seeking help. Entering treatment allows medical professionals and clinical therapists to determine the severity of the addiction, find and treat any underlying co-occurring disorders and helps those addicted to alcohol learn new coping skills, create recovery communities and finally end their addiction to alcohol. Amatus Recovery Facilities located around the country can help make this process easier. Every facility evaluates patients and learns about their history with addiction. This helps us create a treatment plan specifically for you. Once a treatment plan is created a team of dedicated professionals will determine the severity of the addiction and if medical detox is needed.

Detox can include uncomfortable symptoms, but 24-hour medical professionals will help to ensure safety and comfort. After the withdrawal symptoms subside is when an individual can continue the path of recovery during inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient or outpatient programs.

What it means to be an Amatus Managed Recovery Center

  • Person First Philosophy

    Our mission is to get you in the best facility that will allow you to heal and find long term recovery. Whether you enter one of our facilities or another facility, we will help everyone who contacts us find the appropriate place for them to heal.

  • National Footprint, Community Focus

    Our nationwide network of treatment centers and referral partners allows us to make an impact in multiple communities. We want every individual to thrive, and become a positive force in your community. We desire to help people and communities recover.

  • Facility and Treatment

    We are committed to providing the highest level of care, delivered in cutting-edge facilities designed to support your recovery. Every individual gets an individualized treatment plan, with the highest-level of care standards and quality.

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