April is Alcohol Awareness Month, an opportunity to discuss our relationships with alcohol individually and as a society, without judgment.
A New Reality
While many businesses struggle to stay afloat and strategize their next move, “vice industries” seem to be booming. With liquor stores deemed as “essential businesses” and some states approving alcohol delivery from restaurants and liquor stores, this vice is more accessible than ever.
The difference now is that you can have a fully stocked bar, and nowhere to go for the foreseeable future. This combination can prove to be more than toxic for some. Isolation, free time, and uncertainty can be a recipe for disaster, especially if you are in recovery for addiction.
The good news is you have the power to stop yourself from spiraling by taking preventative measures. For Alcohol Awareness Month, SE Texas ER & Hospital is sharing the reasons you should re-consider binge drinking, and the resources available if you need help during this time.
Whether you suffer from alcoholism or not, everyone could benefit from at least cutting back their alcohol consumption. Long-term excessive drinking isn’t worth the toll it takes on your physical and mental health—not to mention your bank account and relationships.
Heavy alcohol use has proven adverse effects on the body, including:
- Liver disease
- High blood pressure
- Heart failure
- Mental health deterioration — depression, anxiety, and addiction
- Increased risk of cancer — colon, breast, liver, mouth, throat, and esophagus cancer
- Premature death — those who have 25 drinks per week (roughly three and a half drinks a day) could have a shorter life expectancy by four to five years
According to Harvard Health Publishing, “high-risk drinking” is considered:
- For women: Four or more drinks in one day or eight or more drinks per week.
- For men: Five or more drinks in one day or 15 or more drinks per week.
Let us Help
Now more than ever, the temptation to numb feelings of loneliness, anxiety, stress, and sadness can intensify by the day. But there is hope.
Ascend Detox and Recovery is open and accepting patients. The program is located inside of SE Texas ER & Hospital, which allows patients access to full medical care, including testing each patient for Coronavirus.
Ascend Detox and Recovery has also partnered with Pocket Rehab, a private and anonymous online recovery support community, to provide treatment from home. Members get access to Recovery Coach services for free and in real-time to keep you accountable and on track. Click here to download the app.
No matter how you go about protecting your sobriety, make sure to talk to someone, so you don’t have to go through this alone. Alcohol Awareness Month is the perfect platform to open the conversation about your struggles with addiction and alcoholism.
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