Alcohol Awareness

Episode title:



| Episode 102

Episode summary introduction:

We wanted to approach this topic slightly differently than what I think most may think. Instead of bringing awareness to basic alcohol awareness, I wanted to make sure that listeners actually understood what ‘heavy’ drinking actually is and what the long term implications of heavy drinking are.

Topic 1:

Alcohol affects the entire body! There are many studies that have shown light to moderate alcohol use is actually beneficial and lowers risk of CVD. The problem lies when the scales tip. What we are about to go over is for heavy alcohol use or abuse.

Topic 2:

Truth is if we live long enough everyone at some point will develop cancer, so they say. According to the National Cancer Institute there is a greater risk for developing head, neck, esophageal, liver, breast and/or colorectal cancer.

Topic 3:

First and foremost, if you are a heavy drinker interested in quitting please seek medical attention. Alcohol withdrawal is one of the most difficult detoxifications (DT). The following S/S result from alcohol-induced imbalances in the brain chemistry that cause excessive neuronal activity if the alcohol is withheld.

Outro:

In our opinion there are not enough resources and centers to help with substance abuse issues. But there is help. If you or someone you know needs help please contact SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service), via text message: 435748 (HELP4U), or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Read more about the HELP4U text messaging service.

References:

Stats:

https://drugabusestatistics.org/alcohol-abuse-statistics/

https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/alcohol-facts-and-statistics

Effects on the body:

https://www.healthline.com/health/alcohol/effects-on-body#physical

https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohols-effects-health/alcohols-effects-body

https://americanaddictioncenters.org/alcoholism-treatment/body-effects

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1365-2796.2009.02082.x

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6826797/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27628432/Impairments of Brain and Behavior

Cancer articles:

https://gut.bmj.com/content/51/1/132.full

https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/alcohol/alcohol-fact-sheet

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045(21)00279-5/fulltext

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2021/07/16/1016586837/new-study-says-nearly-3-4-million-cancers-a-year-linked-to-alcohol-use

Withdrawal:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK441882/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6761824/

https://americanaddictioncenters.org/withdrawal-timelines-treatments/alcohol

https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh22-1/61-66.pdf

Recovery:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6826797/

https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

Article link:

https://youtu.be/KDHEHAzOh1M


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