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5 Facts about Drugs and Alcohol You Probably Didn’t Know

January 18, 2019 - Blog

To kick off National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week 2019, sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), we have compiled 5 facts about drugs and alcohol that might surprise you.

1. Did you know

that according to the NIH over half of the population age 18 or older use alcohol? Not everyone who drinks is an alcoholic. People who drink regularly enough to affect their family or work responsibilities are said to abuse alcohol.

2. Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse are not the same thing.

What makes alcoholism different from alcohol abuse? Alcoholism is a chronic disease. To be considered an alcoholic one usually:
a. Develops a tolerance to alcohol
b. Is unable to stop drinking
c. Experiences withdrawal when they try to stop drinking
d. And becomes physically dependent on alcohol
Alcohol abuse is when someone drinks regularly enough to affect their family or work responsibilities. Often referred to as “risky drinking”, alcohol abuse includes drinking in a way that endangers the drinker. Unlike alcoholism, the drinker does not have to be physically dependent on alcohol to abuse it.

3. Accidental addiction is a thing.

What is accidental addiction? Accidental addiction is when dependency emerges from the use of prescription drugs, often in combination with alcohol. The unintentional misuse of multiple medications, especially when combined with alcohol can lead to addiction. This phenomenon is common in older adults (60+), who use prescription drugs three times more often than the general population.

4. Talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol is a good thing.

Good communication between parents and children is the foundation of positive family relationships. Developing strong communication skills helps parents catch problems, such as drug and alcohol abuse early. The best way to protect your children is to educate them.

5. Addiction is an equal opportunity disease.

Anyone can be affected by addiction to drugs and alcohol regardless of race, class, gender, and age.

Addiction to drugs and alcohol is a nationwide epidemic. You have the power to spread awareness and help educate the members of our community on the facts about drug and alcohol abuse.
Join the conversation on social media by tweeting @Tully_Hill or follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Linkedin. With your help, we can spread awareness and stop the damaging stigmas that prevent people who are suffering and their families from seeking help. To find out more about National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week search #NDAFW on social media or visit the NIH website https://teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-alcohol-facts-week.

If you or someone you know is suffering from a substance use disorder like alcoholism or drug abuse Tully Hill is here to help. Reach out to us at any time and our caring and friendly addiction specialists will be happy to answer any of your questions from what level of treatment is right for you and your family to whether or not your insurance plan offers treatment benefits.

 

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Author: Paul Marron, MS
Director of Business Development

 

 


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