November 14, 2008
More Startling Alcoholism Facts
ā?¢ Two of the most widely abused substances in the world are alcohol and caffeine.
ā?¢ Two broad categories encompass the idea of alcoholism – abuse and dependence. Dependence is considered the more severe problem since the person typically needs higher quantities of alcohol to become intoxicated. In addition, a person dependent on alcoholic will go through withdrawal symptoms, if alcohol is reduced or stopped.
ā?¢ How a person will use alcohol is chiefly influenced by feelings developed during the first 20 years of life. Other peoples attitudes and behaviors toward drinking, peer pressure, societal and familial relationships all impact a personā??s attitude.
ā?¢ The problem of alcohol abuse and dependency and its related problems are escalating. Currently nearly 15% of the US population could be diagnosed as problem drinkers. Roughly 5% to 10% of male drinkers and 3% to 5% of female drinkers could be identified as alcohol dependent – in the USA alone this amounts to about 12 million people.
ā?¢ Something in the range of 20% of teens is considered “problem drinkers.” Problem drinking often results in accidents connected to alcohol use, or having difficulties with the law, family members, friends or school.
ā?¢ Typically within 10 minutes of taking the first drink the effects of alcohol emerge and will peak between 40 to 60 minutes. Alcohol will stay in the bloodstream until the liver breaks it down. If alcohol is consumed quicker than it can be broken down, the personā??s blood alcohol concentration level rises.
ā?¢ Every state has its own legal definition of what constitutes intoxication. Intoxication is defined by your blood alcohol concentration. The maximum legal limit usually falls between 0.08 and 0.10 in most states.