The U.S. government indicates that more than 17.5 million people are alcoholics or have problems with alcohol. That alcohol consumption is legal, accessible and visible all around us gives many people a false sense of security about their own drinking. That it is normal, acceptable or “under control” when in fact it is a budding and serious problem. The fact is, an excess of alcohol, particularly over longer periods of time, can have a dramatic, negative impact on the body, particularly the liver, brain and throat. Make no mistake: a high level of alcohol tolerance is less a “badge of honor” than it is an indicator of possible alcohol abuse.
Contrary to popular opinion, it’s also not as easy as “just stopping” for many people. Psychological dependence aside, alcohol has some very real, potentially hazardous side effects if you withdraw from alcohol (or “detox”) too quickly, such as seizures or delirium tremens. We urge you to seek help if you, a friend or a loved one is struggling with a dependence on alcohol and wants to quit. You’ll find a wealth of excellent options in your area, particularly for private inpatient care, though even outpatient services can sometimes be effective.
Whether you decide to use our helpline of advisors or another one you’ve heard of from friends or family, please get help. We’re available 24/7 at to help connect you with an alcohol treatment facility.