Alcoholism Today

Although scientists have long assumed that there was some kind of hereditary component to alcoholism, it wasn’t until 2004 that a gene was finally linked to it. We now know that alcoholism is a treatable affliction that affects people in all walks of life, from the single parent to the millionaire to the college student. Although genetics have been found to play a large role in this disease, other dangerous behaviors, such as juvenile alcohol abuse and binge drinking, are also key players in the development of addiction. Juvenile alcoholism is one of the biggest issues related to alcoholism today, and is perpetuated by the relative ease with which minors can procure liquor, even in the face of federal regulation. Nearly three quarters of American teenagers admit to occasionally drinking and half have admitted to drinking on a regular basis.

Alcoholism and Crime

Today's alcoholism epidemic has been concomitant with significant increases in criminal activity at the national level. In 2011, almost 40% of all rapes committed in the United States involved alcohol, according to victim reports. Additionally, alcohol abuse was reported to be involved in 15% of robberies, 27% of aggravated assaults, and 25% of simple assaults. Studies have also demonstrated that alcoholics are significantly more likely to attack people they know, which explains the escalation of alcohol-related domestic violence in American homes. The hold alcoholism takes on individuals often transforms them into unrecognizable versions of their worst selves.

Medication and Treatment

There are numerous alternative therapies patients can undergo in conjunction with medication and clinical treatment. Yet despite all of the options at their disposal, and how far treatment has come, thousands of individuals suffering with an alcohol problem still aren't getting the help they need. The twelve-step model has been a proven and effective model for those seeking help with alcohol abuse. Its comprehensive and cycle-oriented list of guidelines allow patients to accept their vulnerability, get the treatment they need and make efforts to rectify the damage that their alcoholism has caused to themselves and others. Whatever treatment options patients choose, recovery from alcohol should always begin with a thorough professional detoxification. Those who suffer from untreated alcoholism pay on average 100% more in healthcare costs over the course of their life and addiction.

External Fallout from Alcoholism

In addition to the immediate physical and psychological consequences of excessive drinking and alcoholism, there are enormous social, familial and financial ramifications such as poverty, relationship problems, incarceration, deterioration of personal dignity and much more. Fetal alcohol syndrome, a disease that affects the fetuses of pregnant drinkers, is one of the leading causes of mental disorders for children born in the United States and affects over 40,000 pregnancies per year. Almost 30% of women drink during their pregnancy. Education, treatment and awareness are three of the most effective weapons against alcoholism and its consequences today.

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Alcoholism treatment should never be attempted in your home or without medical supervision at a professional licensed treatment facility.