Alcohol affects every organ in the drinker's body and can damage a developing fetus. Intoxication can impair brain function and motor skills; heavy use can increase risk of certain cancers, stroke, and liver disease. Alcoholism or alcohol dependence is a diagnosable disease characterized by a strong craving for alcohol, and/or continued use despite harm or personal injury. Alcohol abuse, which can lead to alcoholism, is a pattern of drinking that results in harm to one's health, interpersonal relationships, or ability to work.
Alcohol is the intoxicating ingredient that’s found in wine, liquor and beer. It is made by fermenting sugar, yeast and starch. Once you ingest alcohol, it is absorbed and metabolized in your liver. Since the liver metabolizes tiny portions of alcohol at a time, the remaining alcohol is released into your bloodstream, altering your mood, body’s reaction time and judgment. Drinking too much alcohol causes you to become drunk, resulting in slurred speech, difficulty walking and vomiting, depending on how much alcohol you have ingested. Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can result in alcohol poisoning, which requires emergency medical attention.
A Better Life Recovery understands that alcohol affects not only the individual but also every person who comes in contact with the alcohol abuser. For this reason, the treatment program at A Better Life Recovery is systemic and encourages the participation of family members.