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The Devastating Effects of Alcoholism

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Alcoholism is a severe and life-threatening disease that affects millions of people worldwide. Despite the widespread cultural acceptance of alcohol, the reality is that alcohol is dangerous and harmful to one’s physical and mental health. The idea that moderate drinking is safe is, in fact, a myth. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that alcohol use can lead to liver disease, cancer, heart disease, and gastrointestinal diseases, even in moderate amounts.

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If you are struggling with alcoholism, it is essential to seek medical help and support immediately. Recovery Centers of America’s team of medical and mental health professionals is here to provide comprehensive addiction care to help you overcome substance use disorder and achieve long-term recovery.

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Recovery from alcoholism is possible with professional help, and support from family and loved ones. It’s essential to seek professional treatment to overcome alcohol addiction, and Recovery Centers of America provides comprehensive support and care that is both empathetic and effective. 

At RCA, we identify the SOURCE of addiction and offer customized treatment that eliminates the SYMPTOMS and addresses the day-to-day societal CONTRIBUTORS that get in the way. 

Our clinical treatment program includes:

  • Diagnostic assessment: A healthcare professional will assess the severity of addiction, including physical and mental health, family history, and co-occurring disorders.
  • Medically monitored detoxification in a safe and comfortable environment
  • Individualized Treatment Plan: Addiction treatment can include a range of services, including medication-assisted treatment, behavioral therapy, group therapy, and family therapy.
  • Skills-based coaching: The development of skills and strategies to prevent relapse and address triggers or temptations that may arise during recovery.
  • Introduction to the 12-step program: Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous can provide encouragement and support from others who have experienced a similar struggle.
  • Alumni Services: A supportive community of individuals who are in recovery that offer continued support, networking opportunities, and resources to help maintain long-term recovery.

Our caring and experienced staff are dedicated to providing personalized care to each person struggling with alcoholism to promote a healthy and sustainable recovery.

Don’t let alcoholism control your life – contact Recovery Centers of America today to get the help you or your loved one needs to start on the path to recovery.

Alcohol Related Deaths

In the United States alone, there are roughly 261 alcohol-related deaths everyday.

1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults in the United States are due to excessive alcohol consumption

Alcohol is responsible for more deaths than all opioid overdoses combined

1 person dies from drunk driving every 52 minutes

How Alcohol Negatively Impacts Your Life


Alcoholism can cause severe health problems, including liver disease, heart disease, neurological damage, and cancer. Alcoholism can also contribute to gastrointestinal problems, pancreatitis, and an increased risk of infections. Chronic alcohol consumption can lead to severe dehydration, malnutrition, and even death


Alcoholism can cause severe psychological problems, including depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. It can also impair judgment and lead to risky behavior, including driving under the influence, domestic violence, and other criminal activities. Moreover, alcohol can affect memory, cognitive function, and motor skills. It is common for alcoholics to experience interpersonal relationship difficulties and social isolation, further worsening their mental health.


Alcoholism can cause serious financial troubles for individuals and their families. The cost of alcohol can quickly accumulate, leading to financial burdens and devastating consequences like bankruptcy or loss of housing, which may further exacerbate mental health complications.


Alcoholism can significantly impact interpersonal relationships by causing social isolation, family conflicts, and a lack of accountability. This can lead to broken marriages, estranged family relationships, and loss of friends, ultimately further impacting one’s mental health, and making recovery more challenging.

Some important points about alcoholism to keep in mind

Alcohol is considered a drug by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Drinking too much or binge drinking can cause a range of consequences, and increase your risk for a variety of problems, particularly for adolescents, whose brains are still developing. Alcohol is a depressant, meaning that it slows down vital functions and reduces a person’s ability to think with clear, rational judgement.

Alcohol is legal – but can still be dangerous

Prescription drugs are also legal, but our current opioid crisis clearly illustrates how dangerous they can be if they are misused. Twenty-eight percent of all traffic-related deaths are the result of alcohol use. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 88,000 lives are claimed each year due to alcohol abuse, including many from its detrimental health effects on the liver, heart, and brain.

Alcohol overdose is a real thing

Most people aren’t aware that you can overdose from alcohol. Overdoses can include problems with balance and slurred speech to coma or even death. The amount of alcohol that can lead someone to a dangerous overdose varies among individuals and age, weight, gender, drinking experience, the amount of food eaten, even ethnicity all can influence how much is too much.

Underage and new drinkers are at highest risk for alcohol overdose. Research from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) tells us that people under age 20 typically drink about five drinks at one time, also known as binge drinking. In fact, adolescents ages 12 through 20 drink 11 percent of all alcohol consumed in the United States, even though alcohol is illegal under the age of 21.

Drinking such a large quantity of alcohol can overwhelm the body’s ability to break down and clear alcohol from the bloodstream. This leads to rapid increases in blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and significantly impairs brain function. As BAC increases, so do alcohol’s effects and the risk for harm. Even small increases in BAC can decrease coordination, make a person feel sick, and cloud judgment, according to the NIAAA. This can lead to injury from falls or car crashes, leave one vulnerable to sexual assault or other acts of violence, and increase the risk for unprotected or unintended sex. When BACs go even higher, amnesia or blackouts can occur.

Alcohol poisoning can be deadly

Continuing to drink despite signs and symptoms of significant impairment can result in a potentially deadly type of overdose called alcohol poisoning. The NIAAA states that “alcohol poisoning occurs when there is so much alcohol in the bloodstream that areas of the brain controlling basic life-support functions—such as breathing, heart rate, and temperature control—begin to shut down.”

According to the NIAAA, symptoms of alcohol poisoning include:

  • Confusion
  • Difficulty remaining conscious
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Trouble with breathing
  • Slow heart rate
  • Clammy skin
  • Dull responses (such as the absence of a gag reflex, which prevent choking)
  • Extremely low body temperature

Keep in mind that the person’s BAC can continue to rise even if the person has stopped drinking and is unconscious. Alcohol in the stomach and intestine are continuously entering the bloodstream, increasing the person’s BAC even after they stop drinking.

Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) affects an estimated 16 million Americans

In fact, the CDC states that between 2006-2010, excessive drinking was responsible for 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults aged 20-64 years.

Knowledge is key to making the right decision if you believe your loved one is struggling with Alcohol Use Disorder. You may still be wondering whether the problem they are facing is indeed an addiction, or whether it has simply been a series of poor decisions. You’re not alone. Many people have a difficult time identifying the point at which heavy alcohol use becomes a disorder or an addiction.

When someone needs help, the important thing is that you take action. This is not the time to focus on what situations brought your loved one to this point or where to point the blame.



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