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Why alcohol addiction is just as dangerous as any other addiction

posted Jan 10, 2018, 6:23 AM by Dr. Curtis Cripe   [ updated Jan 10, 2018, 6:24 AM ]
To those who don’t know better, alcohol addiction or alcoholism may seem less dangerous compared to drug addiction. After all, one may argue, no one has died from alcohol overdose. That may be correct, except for the fact that it isn’t. Alcohol poisoning happens more frequently than people may care to admit. In that, and many other aspects, alcoholism is just as dangerous as drug addiction.

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A lot of the people who have become dependent on alcohol find it impossible to carry out their everyday tasks. The impairment of their cognitive functions means alcoholics already need alcohol to reach their physical capabilities. Without their “fuel,” they often neglect whatever responsibilities they have for work or at home. 

Also, no matter how much alcohol alcoholics consume, they will never be immune to its short-term effect such as hangovers. These results have a significant effect on one’s mood as much as being drunk. From being apathetic to being violent, alcoholics are often not in control of themselves and the situations they are in. They often show a huge void in being mindful of their surroundings and exhibit self-destructive behaviors. 

But the biggest problem many alcoholics admit is that it is nearly impossible to quit on will alone. This is why in rehab centers all around the country, alcoholics who check themselves in are often restrained when violent withdrawal symptoms occur.

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Dr. Curtis Cripe is a neuroengineer with a background that includes substance abuse recovery. He currently leads the Research and Development department of the NTL group. For similar reads, click Facebook page.