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
- Decrease in social activities
- Preoccupation with drinking
- Erratic or violent behavior
Long-term effects of alcohol abuse include:
- Liver disease
- Some types of cancers
- Brain damage
- Memory loss
- Immune system obstruction