It’s no surprise that drinking alcohol can cause a long list of health issues. However, often, the effects of alcohol are put on the backburner.
There are many reasons for this, I mean, alcohol is legal and more easily accessible than, let’s just say heroin.
But, what many alcoholics, or non-alcoholics, do not realize is that there are endless negative consequences of alcohol consumption. Alcohol poisoning is one of them. Alcohol poisoning, also known as an overdose caused by alcohol, is extremely dangerous and can also be fatal.
Before presenting you with the harsh realities of this disease, we must first understand the types of drinkers there are, where alcoholism comes from, and how it can develop into a serious, life-threatening problem.
Different Kinds of Drinkers
Any individual who introduces a substance, such as alcohol, into their bodies runs a risk of becoming addicted or dependent on that substance. Alcohol abuse is more common than advertised. Although not every individual who drinks, becomes addicted, those who do suffer great emotional, physical, and mental consequences as the disease progresses. In some cases, alcoholism is a slow progression that often goes unnoticed for long periods of time. However, in others, it is more noticeable not only to the drinker but to everyone they encounter.
In my experience, I was able to come to the conclusion that there are multiple types of drinkers. I’ve also come to realize how alcohol affects each type of drinker. The first type of drinker is the social drinker, followed by the binge drinker, then the full-fledged alcoholic.
Regardless of what type of drinker you or someone you know turns out to be, alcohol poisoning, as well as other life-threatening side-effects, can still emerge.
This type of drinker may or may not become alcoholic. In the early stages of social drinking, the individual, as well as their drinking partners, see no harm in a drink. For an individual with addictive traits, this is risky. However, for many, this is an occasional happening that mostly results in little to no negative consequences. Although drinking socially presents low-risk factors, this individual can experience alcohol poisoning from over-consumption.
A binge drinker is someone who is more likely to abuse alcohol. They go through periods where they drink large quantities of alcohol, followed by periods of complete and total abstinence. This can and will lead to misfortune if it goes unnoticed. Binge drinkers run a higher risk of alcohol poisoning due to their lowered tolerance in the period of time they do not partake in alcohol consumption. When tolerance drops, it is more likely they will experience an overdose. This does not only apply to alcohol but with any addictive substance comes a risk for an overdose after not using the substance for a period of time.
Last but not least, comes the alcoholic. The alcoholic has the highest risk of developing long-term side effects of alcohol abuse. The alcoholic drinks, well, alcoholically. Alcoholics are entirely dependent on alcohol for them to function “normally”. For a non-alcoholic, this may seem bizarre. However, the disease of addiction knows no limits. Alcoholism eventually depletes an individual of both mental, emotional, and physical health. For an alcoholic drinker, the physical effects include not only alcohol poisoning but several consequences including death.
The Root of Alcoholism
Unfortunately, there is no sole explanation for alcoholism. However, there are many studies that suggest the nature of addiction and alcoholism and the factors that lead up to it. A few of these consist of:
- Environmental factors
- Biological factors
- Social factors
- Psychological factors
Basically, alcoholism stems from the idea of nature vs. nurture. It is a progressive illness, based on genetics and/or an individual’s upbringing, that eventually leads to destruction in all aspects of the individual’s life.
Now that there is some insight into the depths of alcoholism, it is evident that no drinker is safe from alcohol poisoning or an alcohol-related repercussion. Alcohol abuse can lead to dangerous consequences. These dangers are not only internal, they also externalize themselves and affect everyone in the path of the alcoholic.
The most common danger is alcohol poisoning, which occurs when an individual consumes more alcohol than their body can handle. The body is unable to metabolize substantial amount of alcohol in the time-span it was consumed and that’s when the individual begins their rapid decline into an alcohol-induced overdose. The symptoms of alcohol poisoning mock the symptoms of alcohol intoxication, except alcohol poisoning is more severe and can be fatal without proper care.
Preventing Alcohol-Related Overdose and Death
Although the decision to partake in alcohol consumption is up to the individual, certain complications can be avoided if one is aware of the dangers of alcohol. There are many situations that can easily be avoided if the alcoholic, non-alcoholic, or loved ones are mindful of the dangers that accompany the over-consumption of alcohol. Some of the complications that can arise from alcohol intoxication and alcohol poisoning are:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Brain damage
As harsh as these consequences may be, they do happen and they can be prevented, for the most part. Part of preventing fatalities and severe cases of alcohol abuse consist of:
- Drinking in moderation, or not at all if you or someone you know is alcoholic
- Not drinking on an empty stomach
- Not allowing yourself to drink too much or not allowing others to drink more than they can handle
- Communicating with others about the dangers of alcohol use.
- Call a health care professional if you or someone you know is suffering from an overdose caused by alcohol.
Is Alcoholism Affecting Your Life?
Alcohol abuse is common and there is help available. If you or someone you know has been treated for alcohol poisoning or has suffered severe consequences of alcohol abuse, do not hesitate to ask for help. Addiction is a cunning and powerful disease and it cannot be conquered alone.
At the Palm Beach Institute, we accommodate those struggling with any addiction and have many years of experience in guiding alcoholics and addicts through their journey to freedom. Our trained professional staff is available 24/7 to assist you with any questions or concerns you or a loved one might have about drug or alcohol treatment. Alcoholism is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Don’t become another statistic; call (855) 960-5456 today and regain control of your life.