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the alcohol problem

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism says:

  • 8.5 percent of adults in the United States met the criteria for an alcohol use disorder;
  • 1.1 percent of adults in the United States met the criteria for an alcohol disorder and a drug disorder;

Men were more likely than women to have problems with alcohol, drugs, or the two substances combined.

Alcohol is a growing problem in this country. This is partly because it is legal for adults to drink and partly because drinking is considered "normal." However, many people who abuse alcohol don’t really understand what alcohol is doing to their bodies and also are not sure what steps to take to safely stop drinking.

what happens when i drink alcohol?

Alcohol passes from the mouth to the throat and into the stomach. Alcohol (ethanol) is very water soluble and rapidly enters the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, it is carried to the liver. If the liver is functioning properly, an enzyme in the liver converts ethanol to acetaldehyde — a toxic chemical used to create some perfumes and for silvering mirrors. Then another enzyme converts the acetaldehyde to acetic acid, the harmless and main component in vinegar. Then most of the acetic acid is excreted through the kidneys.

However, if the person is drinking too much or the liver is not functioning properly, acetaldehyde is not converted to acetic acid and creates toxic reactions that are thought to be responsible for many hangover symptoms, such as:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Liver damage

alcohol and dehydration

Even when alcohol is processed properly in the liver, alcohol causes the kidneys to produce more urine than usual and the drinker loses more water than usual, causing the drinker to become very thirsty and sometimes seriously dehydrated — a condition where the amount of water in the body has dropped below the level needed for normal body function.

Dehydration can lead to:

  • Swelling of the brain
  • Seizures (when the normal electrical discharges in the brain are disrupted, leading to involuntary muscle contractions and/or a lack of consciousness)
  • Kidney failure
  • A severe drop in blood pressure preventing enough oxygen from getting to the body tissues These conditions can lead to a coma and death.


We develop an individualized medical detox program specifically for each of our patients, which means no recovery will look the same. Our delicious food, nutritional IVs and supplements, and specialized detox protocols are all designed to quicken the healing process. We understand that various addictions present a number of issues for the human body, so we create our IVs and diets to fit the needs of specific withdrawal symptoms.

Our process is all about you, which is why we have private and shared rooms available for our residents. Each room is outfitted with a TV, telephone, and access to the internet. We also provide educational classes that will show you how the drug or alcohol of your choice affects your body. We believe that to effectively fight off your withdrawal symptoms, it is important to know what you are fighting against and what to be prepared for.

To learn more about how we can help you,
call (855) 464-8550 today!

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