Alcohol Addiction and Treatment

According to Health Canada, roughly 80% of Canadians drink alcohol regularly. The social acceptability of alcohol makes it a dangerous substance to become dependent on and a difficult one to abstain from.

Often times, people use alcohol to cope with other mental or physical disorders. It is also a substance that many people use along with other addictive substances, a behaviour known as polydrug use. If left untreated, alcoholism can destroy a person’s mental and physical health, derail their career, damage their personal relationships and worse.
Signs of alcohol addiction or abuse include:

  • Decreased involvement in work or school
  • Loss of interest in extracurricular activities
  • Depression
  • Decrease in social activities
  • Preoccupation with drinking
  • Restlessness
  • Erratic or violent behavior


Long-term effects of alcohol abuse include:

 

  • Blackouts
  • Liver disease
  • Some types of cancers
  • Brain damage
  • Memory loss
  • Immune system obstruction


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