STATISTICS FOR THE EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL ABUSE
NIAAA estimated that in the year 2013, 16.6 million adults in America had AUD (alcohol use disorder).
1 out of every 10 deaths, occurring between 2006 and 2010, of working age adults were caused by excessive consumption of alcohol. These findings are based on a publication by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
According to the NIAAA, 88,000 people die every year from an alcohol related cause. Alcohol is the third leading, preventable cause of death in America.
Alcohol affects a person’s mood, increases self-confidence, and lowers inhibitions because as a person drinks, the levels of dopamine are elevated in their brain. As the effects of alcohol wear off, the good feelings and higher levels of dopamine dissipate. Over time, the repetition of drinking alcohol alters the normal dopamine levels in the brain, resulting in the expectancy of the presence of alcohol and higher dopamine levels. As a result, the brain will discontinue its production of the levels of dopamine that were previously present without alcohol.
The more alcohol a person drinks, the more the body becomes tolerant to the increased intake and the more dependent the brain becomes on its interference. When the effects of the alcohol wear off and the brain has become dependent, someone may suffer from withdrawal. These symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening.