St. Patrick’s day was yesterday and most of us are aware of the fact that March 17th is tied to the excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages. It sounds like a fun, harmless holiday but for too many in the United States, St. Patrick’s Day has ended in tragedy due to drunk drivers getting behind the wheel.
So what’s the deal with alcohol and what is alcohol dependence? Alcohol affects the mind, it is best understood as a drug that reduces a person’s ability to think rationally and distorts his or her judgment. Alcohol dependence is a diagnosis in which an individual is physically or psychologically dependent upon drinking alcohol. If you are unsure if you are alcoholic there are many self tests online that can be used as a guide to understanding your alcohol use and the potential health issues involved with it.
If you believe you are suffering from alcohol dependence you are not alone! The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) states that Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States and that 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence. Those numbers may seem daunting but we believe you can beat alcoholism! And the first step is make a difficult decision; the decision to get help.
Here at Ideal Option we’re going to help you every step of the way. We can’t promise the road won’t be a little bumpy or that it won’t require a lot of work, but the hardest decision is over, and you choose to get help! We empower individuals to live healthy lives through personalized medicine and education.
Let us assist you in beating alcoholism!