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WILMINGTON, NC, June 17, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ -- We all know the far-reaching implications of COVID differ for many of us. For those, however, with alcohol use disorder, the impact on individuals and their families can be affected in ways not considered previously.
Plenty of folks new to alcohol use disorder (alcoholism) experience an even deeper isolation than that of COVID: personality changes, avoidance and lies, ‑‑ these are but a few of the milder complications, of symptoms that there may be more going on than a few drinks.
On March 22, 2022, Matt Stieb published an article in New York Magazine stating that alcohol killed more people under-65 than COVID in 2020. In a new study by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, researches sifted through death certificates to find that alcohol was the underlying, contributing cause of death. Here, 74,408 vs. the 74,075 deaths from COVID were attributed to alcohol related factors.
It is inevitable many of those experiencing AUD will become affected by one or more of the following symptoms:
Distorted vision and hearing
Words mismatched, slurred
More long-term effects considered dangerous: may cause irreversible damage leading to death:
Permanent brain damage
Cirrhosis of the Liver
Compromised Immune System
High Blood Pressure
Vitamin B1 deficiency
Cancers of the mouth, throat, liver and more.
Non-medical side-effects of alcohol use disorder might be:
Mental Health issues
Disruption with relationships in family, work friends;
Needing alcohol to function;
Making excuses/lies to allow for drinking;
The giving-up of social, professional or recreational activities because of the need to drink;
Cravings or obsessive thoughts;
ALCOHOLISM SYMPTOMS: PROGRESSION AND WARNING SIGNS – MY STORY
I remember going to a doctor at age 19 because of drinking in my late teens. I walked into a lounge with friends, already drunk and with a couple more under my belt, and within the first hour there, blacked out and fell over a few chairs breaking my ribs. When the doctor asked what happened, and "how much did I drink?" I remember stating, "just a couple, was all," my excuse being that I had slept very little the night before and didn't eat dinner. At the time, my friends laughed thinking "you really did it this time," when in reality, it was never just about, "this time."
A typical night out on the town of drinking one or two drinks soon showed that I was a black-out drinker: in my case, losing 30 or so years of my life to alcohol and who, to date, cannot recall the end result of my nightly escapades: who I was with, where I had ended up or how I made it home on a particular night. I was a chronic alcoholic who had, from the very beginning, drank to drown the noise in my head that reminded with each move what a loser I was.
Toward the middle of my drinking career I began to isolate, making excuses to everyone why I needed to stay close to home. Of course I worked, that was part of my façade, only to come home, calculating on the way how much booze was there, how much more I needed for the night, the next day and always the weekend. The more isolated I became the sicker I became because when I think‑‑‑I drink!
Now, imagine those families who suffered from COVID, lost their jobs, confined to their homes. If a member or members had alcoholic tendencies to begin with, the hopelessness and high-anxiety brought by COVID, coupled with financial and job worries would be more than enough to send a weekly problem drinker into chronic alcoholism.
One of the main problems with long-term, chronic abuse, regardless of the amount one drinks, is that we don't "see" it. We have no idea the degree of damage being done to our brain and physical bodies. We have a disease of perception; the brain determines incorrectly replies, "this is just what I needed" and we drink more, as the obsession called the phenomenum of craving begins to change our thinking and behaviors. Inside our livers, heart and internal systems try to keep up with the assault of the poison of alcohol ascetate and other substances, but it cannot.
The full article is available at Hunter's website at https://harriethunter.org/alcohol-use-disorder-and-covid/
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About Harriet Hunter:
With over 22 years of sobriety, Harriet has worked with hundreds of women who suffer with alcoholism and drug addiction to help them find peace in active sobriety, and sponsors women both face-to-face and online. Readers can find her in the global recovery site, Intherooms.com, where she's been given her own room and brings Miracles to life each Sunday at 2:00 P.M. EST.
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