The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that binge drinking among young adults is a growing concern in the U.S. ConsumerAffairs cited a study published in the CDC’s Preventing Chronic Disease journal, stating that one in three American adults is an excessive drinker. The study also made it clear, however, that 9 out of 10 binge drinkers shouldn’t be classified as ‘alcoholics’ and public perception to alcoholism must change accordingly:
“This study shows that, contrary to popular opinion, most people who drink too much are not alcohol dependent or alcoholics,” said Dr. Robert Brewer, Alcohol Program Lead at CDC and one of the report’s authors. “It also emphasizes the importance of taking a comprehensive approach to reducing excessive drinking that includes evidence-based community strategies, screening and counseling in healthcare settings, and high-quality substance abuse treatment for those who need it.”
That said, excessive drinking by itself, even if it doesn’t lead to alcohol dependence, is more than enough to cause problems to drinkers, particularly to themselves and to others. California knows this better than any other state; the most recent statistics showed that as much as 15.5 percent of Californians aged 18 and above have engaged in binge drinking at some point in their lives. Therefore, CARF-accredited drug rehab centers in Sacramento, CA, like New Dawn Treatment Centers, offer drinkers much-needed help in the form of inpatient and outpatient programs to treat alcoholism.
What makes these customized treatment programs different from other regular rehab programs is that they’re designed to improve the patients’ emotional and psychological wellness, just as they are focused on treating the physical ails that come with alcohol dependence. After all, alcohol makes people more irritable, fearful, depressive, confused, and aggressive in different ways. Even after drinkers lay off the booze, many still feel these effects for some time, which can have a huge impact in their personal and social lives. Reputable rehab centers in Sacramento, CA and other places can provide these people with a suitable environment where the recovery process can properly take place. This is also called ‘inpatient’ treatment.
A program such as this one is rigid and intensive, but it ensures that most of the person’s waking hours are devoted to addressing his or her condition. In addition, an inpatient program is also an opportunity for him or her to bond with other individuals in the program, sharing experiences and building strong relationships with them. By contrast, an ‘outpatient’ program takes place in the person’s own environs and provides him or her greater freedom, in exchange for requiring more diligence in abstaining from alcohol. Either of these programs can help in quelling America’s growing problem with alcoholism.
(Source: When does heavy drinking become alcoholism?, ConsumerAffairs, November 24, 2014)