American Addiction Centers is a leading alcohol and substance abuse center that is dedicated to providing treatment and care to people with addiction. The Center is spread across different states and provides 24/7 care and treatment to those that seek help from addiction. The Center in one of its recent campaigns offers insight to the members of the public about alcoholism and its stages.
Alcoholism is clinically defined as an alcohol use disorder AUD. According to the AAC, there are many misconceptions concerning alcoholism. Many people when they hear the word alcoholism or alcoholic what comes into their mind is a homeless person, or a party lover who frequently staggers and falls after getting drunk or a person who has to have a drink in the morning to cure a hangover. This, according to AAC, is not always the case as there is more to AUD than what meets the eye. Read more: American Addiction Centers Offers Insight Stages Alchoholism | AliveNewspaper and American Addiction Centers Reviews | Glassdoor
What many people do not know is that alcohol use disorder is actually a disease that can be very fatal in the last stages. A person is deemed to have an AUD if the person loses control over alcohol intake and when not using it, the person is sad or in a negative emotional state. The person simply cannot function without alcohol. From statistics in 2015, it was estimated that 6.2 percent of Americans adults had AUD.
To put things into perspective, those are about 15 million adult Americans with alcohol use disorder. It is even more shocking from the same statistics to see that over 600,000 adolescents aged between 12-17 years were also found to be having AUD. The majority of people with AUD from the research are social drinkers, but some are not.
American Addiction Centers says that AUD is not something that is acquired instantly, but it is a condition that begins slowly by slowly. People just do not wake up one day and find themselves to be heavy drinkers it is a habit that builds overtime says AAC. From research, most of those people with AUD and substance abuse disorders have other mental disorders, and drinking to them is a coping mechanism.
There are several stages that one undergoes before being diagnosed with AUD. The first stage is the early stage that is characterized by occasional binge drinking. The next stage is the chronic stage where drinking now becomes associated with psychological or emotional state. Severe drinking is the stage that follows, and in this stage where one cannot do without taking alcohol, it becomes a daily habit.
The last stage is the end stage or health disrupting stage that is characterized by diseases such as cirrhosis. The end-stage is a stage where it becomes difficult for one to get out, and people in this stage end up losing their jobs, marriages, and ultimately their lives.
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