Is Alcohol a Drug?
Yes, alcohol is a drug and is classified as a depressant. It is one of the most widely used legalized drugs that is regulated by the Department of the Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. This government agency is responsible for regulating advertising, distribution, labeling, production, and importation of alcoholic beverages.
Many people confuse the effects of alcohol on the body. Some people assume it is a stimulant because of the feelings of happiness one might experience. Consuming a small amount of alcohol tends to help people relax and unwind, which is mistaken as a stimulant. However, as more and more alcohol is consumed, the depressant effects become more evident.
Noticeable depressant effects of alcohol can include slurred speech, a loss of control over motor functions, numbness, and tiredness. Some people also experience vomiting from drinking too much alcohol in a short period of time. Others experience changes in their moods and could go from feeling happy to sad or even depressed.
Society, in general, views the consumption of alcohol as perfectly acceptable, for those of legal drinking age. Unfortunately, underage drinking is a common occurrence, which can lead to health problems and dependency. To illustrate, thirteen and fourteen-year-olds who start drinking have a higher risk of becoming an alcoholic. In addition, since a teen’s body is still maturing and growing, the consumption of alcohol interferes with brain development and could lead to liver damage.
Another concern is when teens leave home to attend university. Teens are placed in situations where alcohol is readily available and they may develop binge drinking problems. Binge drinking is consuming an excessive amount of alcohol in a short period of time. Young people not only run the risks of alcohol poisoning, which can cause comas and death but also increase the likelihood they will become dependent on alcohol in order to function.
Dependency or alcoholism start to develop over time with regular and ongoing consumption. Alcoholics develop a craving for alcohol or have a strong desire to experience the effects alcohol has on them. Just like other drug dependencies, alcoholics find they need to drink more to achieve the same effects. Furthermore, they lose control when drinking and are unable to limit themselves to only a few drinks.
Eventually, once an alcoholic person stops drinking, they start to experience withdrawal symptoms, like hot and cold spells, shaking, panic attacks, and other DTs (delirium tremens), common with other addictive drugs. In order to function, they believe they must consume alcohol every few hours to feel like they are in control.
Alcoholism can become so bad it can ruin relationships, result in poor judgment and decisions, and lead to life-altering consequences. Alcoholics find the thought of drinking and access to alcohol are more important than friends and family or even their education or careers.
Regaining control over your life starts with admitting you have a problem. The next step is to check yourself into an affordable drug rehab facility. To learn more about our alcohol rehab programs in Orange County, call Yellowstone Recovery at (888) 941-9048 today!
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