Alcohol is one of the most widely-abused substances in the United States. According to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), those who abuse this known depressant have a much greater chance of depression and anxiety. Addiction can also cause a wide range of issues including insomnia, high blood pressure, and focus problems. Serious issues stemming from long-term use are even worse, such as liver failure, brain damage, or even death.
Addiction to alcohol never begins in an obvious way. It’s defined as an inability to control drinking habits because of a physical or emotional dependence. Alcoholism doesn’t discriminate and affects all cultures and walks of life. While many judge alcoholism by the amount of alcohol consumed by a person, the disease itself is much more complicated. Why a person drinks so much is far more important than how much they drink. The emotional trauma behind the need to escape must also be addressed.