Alcohol.org is dedicated to informing the public about the use and abuse of alcohol. You will find the latest alcohol research, studies and statistical data, brought to you by government agencies, academic institutions, news sources and awareness organizations. You will also find a wealth of alcohol-related resources, support groups, and help lines for those struggling with alcoholism.
If you or someone you care about has a problem with alcohol or drug addiction, you should seek help immediately.
In the United States, spirits advertising has self-regulatory bodies that create standards for the ethical advertising of alcohol. The special concern is where advertising is placed.
Currently, the standard is that alcohol advertisements can only be placed in media where 70% of the audience is over the legal drinking age. Alcohol advertising's creative messages should not be designed to appeal to people under the age of 21, for example, using cartoon characters as spokespeople is discouraged. Advertising cannot promote brands based on alcohol content or its effects. Advertising must not encourage irresponsible drinking. Another issue in media placement is whether media vendors will accept alcohol advertising. The decision to accept an individual ad or a category of advertising is always at the discretion of the owner or publisher of a media outlet.
Most people who drink to excess have felt the effects of alcohol withdrawal. Is with many other drugs, withdrawal is unpleasant, with symptoms including:
What many people don’t know is that for those with moderate to severe alcoholism, withdrawal can actually be dangerous? Rapid detoxification can cause what is referred to as delirium tremens, a condition often marked by extreme agitation, confusion, hallucinations, fever and even seizures.
While difficult or even risky to cope with alone, inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment can usually diminish these side effects, as medical professionals are able to administer medication, such as benzodiazepines, which can alleviate most of the discomfort. Keep in mind that you should take pain pills only as directed, so as not to trade one addiction for another.
Underage drinking continues to be a major problem in the U.S. According to The Century Council, a national advocacy organization, nearly 10 million youth between the ages of 12 and 20 are reported to have consumed alcohol in the past 30 days. So where are they getting it? The NIH provided this graphic:
Medical professionals and reformed alcoholics generally agree that rehab is not one-size-fits-all; that finding a program that fits the individual’s personality is as important as finding one that fits the budget. Depending on the addiction and its severity, it is possible to make use of outpatient programs to get treatment. Many studies indicate that those who opt for inpatient, or residential, alcohol treatment have a much higher success rate, particularly for those completing a 60 to 90 day alcohol program, and are less likely to suffer a relapse.
If you or a loved one is battling alcoholism or has a dual diagnosis disorder, it pays to be choosy when seeking addiction treatment. Make sure you use only service providers with a track record of success, and have either done your research yourself or with the aid of a reputable recovery referral service.