Tuesday, March 31, 2009
April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Despite efforts by health care professionals to promote responsible use of alcohol, it is still abused by adults as well as underage drinkers. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the health problems that heavy alcohol use can cause in todayís 60 Second Housecall.
Despite all of the focus on drugs, alcohol remains the number one drug problem in the United States. Experts believe that more than 13 percent of adults in the United States will experience alcohol abuse or dependence at some point in their lives.
Alcohol problems vary in severity from mild to life threatening and affect the individual, the personís family and society in numerous adverse ways.
Long-term heavy drinking can damage the liver, nervous system, heart and brain. It can also lead to high blood pressure, stomach problems, medication interactions, sexual problems, osteoporosis and cancer.
Symptoms of an alcohol problem include personality changes, blackouts, increasing alcohol intake, and denial of the problem. A person with alcoholism may sneak drinks, drink alone or early in the morning, and suffer from the shakes. He or she may also develop family, school or work problems.
If you or a loved one show signs of alcohol abuse, seek help from your physician or a counselor.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.