Several Washtenaw County residents endure severe challenges when dealing with addressing the impact of alcoholism in their lives. Residents have been convicted of several DUIs as a result of alcoholism. Read on to learn more about this disease and how to get the treatment you need to take control of your life and reduce any future occurrences of drinking and driving.Is Alcoholism a Disease?
Alcoholism, also known as alcohol dependence or alcohol addiction, is a destructive form of alcohol use that includes tolerance to or withdrawal from the substance, using more alcohol or using it for longer than planned, and trouble reducing its use or inability to use it in moderation. Alcoholism is considered a disease by most physicians and can detrimentally impact a person’s life. Currently, over 14 million people in the U.S. suffer from alcoholism.
Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the U.S. 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence along with several million more who engage in risky drinking patterns that could lead to alcohol problems. More than half of all adults have a family history of alcoholism or problem drinking, and more than seven million children live in a household where at least one parent is dependent or has abused alcohol.
Most people are unaware of the fact that they are suffering from alcoholism. Common symptoms and signs consists of the following:
- No self control regarding alcohol consumption
- Feeling a strong compulsion to drink
- Develop a tolerance to alcohol leading to an higher amount of consumption
- Experience withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, severe shaking, and sweating
- Black out
- Binge drinking
- Extreme irritation if unable to consume alcohol
- Continuously consume alcohol throughout the day
- Lose interest in activities and hobbies that use to bring you joy
- Lose friends or employment opportunities due to frequent intoxication
Alcoholism Impact on Repeat DUI Offenders
Several studies show that repeat DUI offenders tend to struggle with alcoholism.
Two studies (Wieczorek, Miller, and Nochajski, 1990; Veneziano and Veneziano, 1992) found that repeat offenders were more likely to be alcohol-dependent than were first offenders. The great majority of “severe DWI offenders” in the Erie County, New York study were found to have participated in an alcohol abuse treatment program: 83% had participated in non-AA type.
If you suffer from alcoholism, and have previously been convicted of drunk driving in Washtenaw County, there is a high probability that you will engage in such activity again. I recommend you talk with a therapist or alcohol abuse counselor in order to find practical solutions to address your drinking problems.
Michigan Alcoholism Treatment Programs
For information on alcoholism treatment programs throughout Michigan, click here. Contact Washtenaw County drunk driving attorney Stacey Washington for a case evaluation if you have been arrested and charged for operating while intoxicated (OWI).
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