One of the reasons why alcohol is such a huge problem is because it is so chemically addictive. When people abuse alcohol, it does not take long to build up a chemical dependency to the drug as a sort of very strong physical reliance upon the substance. This physical reliance is what motivates people who consume the substance to keep on consuming it even after they realize that this is not the right route to take.
Alcohol Abuse and Addiction
When people do try to stop taking the substance, they will start to experience a phenomenon where their bodies become so used to having alcohol in their system that they experience an actual physical withdrawal in certain key areas of their bodies when they no longer have the substance being consumed for an extended period of time. In fact, people can get so heavily addicted to alcohol that they end up drinking it every single day and experience withdrawal symptoms if they go more than a day without drinking. They will feel tremors and shakes and jitters and pains in their abdomen and pain in their legs and headaches and many other very negative physical phenomena as a result of not taking alcohol. This is chemical dependence in a nutshell.
For a more technical and scientific explanation, when alcohol is consumed into the body in excess (which is 4 to 5 drinks in one night for a woman or 6 to 7 drinks in one night for a man) that is the official definition of excess. What happened here is that, when an individual does drink to excess, the chemicals in alcohol create a unique phenomenon on the GABA receptors in the brain.
The GABA receptors (special receptors that respond to an acidic compound produced by alcohol traveling to the brain) become used to having alcohol in them in this way and therefore adopt this situation as the standard operating basis so to speak. When a person stops abusing alcohol suddenly, these GABA receptors react and cause a chain reaction of a bunch of other negative circumstances as well.
These are what are called delirium tremens and they are actually very serious withdrawal symptoms. Not a lot of people know this but one can actually die from delirium tremens where-as withdrawal off of other substances might be very painful yes but will not likely kill a person. Scientific research says that withdrawal from alcohol addiction is statistically speaking more dangerous than withdrawal from opiate addiction. Realistically, this is definitely something to be worried about. When a person becomes addicted to alcohol, if they do not address their detoxification approach properly, they could have a very unpleasant consequence.
What is alcohol detox? Alcohol detox is the very specific procedure utilized to effectively help a person to wean down off of alcohol in his system through the withdrawal stage without causing them undue discomfort and possibly even death. An alcohol detox is a very specific inpatient approach that often uses medical methods to help a person to come down off of alcohol in such a way that is comfortable and agreeable to them. Different alcohol detoxification approaches will be done differently, but the main idea is to free a person physically from the effects of chemical dependence to alcohol until they move on to the actual rehabilitation approach to address the mental and psychological effects of alcohol addiction.
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