Drinking alcohol is a very common way of relaxing and socializing and is a feature of many celebrations and events. The effect it has on your mind and body, such as feeling relaxed and less inhibited is what makes you find it enjoyable. However, becoming hooked on these effects can bring dangerous consequences.
Alcohol is addictive. You may find drinking alcohol becomes a habit. If you use it frequently and to excess, you build up a tolerance, which means you need more to achieve the same effect. This will take its toll on your body as your internal organs struggle to process the toxins which alcohol carries. Apart from the physical effects of addiction, your behavior changes, you may find that alcohol becomes the most important thing in your life and you may end up with problems at work, at home and in your personal relationships.
The dangers of drinking and driving are many. Having impaired judgment may tempt you to drive under the influence. One-third of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. involve drinking and driving. Alcohol affects muscle coordination and a vehicle in the wrong hands is a deadly weapon. If you drink and drive you are putting others as well as yourself in danger. The penalties for being caught include revoking your license, which could seriously impact your life and may lead to you losing your job. The fines and legal fees of a court case could cripple you financially and once no longer under the influence you will probably feel shame and guilt maybe drown your sorrows and the vicious cycle continues. It is never too late to get help for alcohol addiction.
Alcohol-related crimes stemming from addiction are numerous. Being in the grip of an addiction impairs your judgment and you may go to any lengths to get your next drink. Addiction to alcohol implies you have lost control. The chances of committing certain crimes such as assault or homicide increase as negative emotions such as anger become more difficult to control and impulsive behavior can bring serious outcomes. Alcohol addiction and a stable home life do not generally sit together. Domestic violence is a common result of alcohol abuse as is child abuse and neglect. As with any addiction, you are the victim of the substance and it will impact on those close to you.
At CASA Recovery in San Juan Capistrano, CA we offer a comprehensive program to help you overcome your addiction. We will assess your needs and address any underlying reasons for your alcohol addiction to ensure that you will be able to face life armed with a new set of coping skills, ways of thinking and confidence in your ability to thrive without alcohol putting you in danger. Be safe! Contact us today for more information.