Do Good People Get Addicted to Alcohol?

Do Good People Get Addicted to Alcohol?Alcohol is often a part of many people’s lives. A cocktail at happy hour and a glass of wine with dinner are rarely frowned upon. When people come home from a hard day of work or after a rigorous exercise routine and open the refrigerator, they are just as likely to grab a cold beer as they are to grab a glass of juice or water. In fact, most people barely give it a thought.

These same people know friends and acquaintances that they believe have a drinking problem. Upon closer evaluation, they may realize that “these” people are not drinking any more alcohol daily than they are. The effects of alcohol vary depending on a number of factors including the following:

  • Type and quantity of alcohol consumed
  • Age, weight, and gender
  • Body chemistry
  • Food in the stomach
  • Drinking experience
  • Mental health status
  • Other health conditions or prescribed medications made worse by alcohol

So can good people get addicted to alcohol? Absolutely, and unfortunately, they may not even realize it while it is happening.

Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal

Many people who drink alcohol without giving it much thought may realize that now and again, they had “one too many” and they may wake up sluggish or a bit disoriented. These good people shake their heads, remind themselves not to do that again, and suffer for a short term. The “other” people who have a drinking problem may choose “hair of the dog” and have an early morning cocktail to clear their heads.

Both types of people will realize just how much alcohol factors into their lives if they choose to stop using alcohol “cold turkey” even if it is only for a short period of time. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), when people discontinue using alcohol abruptly, they may experience withdrawal symptoms including the following:

  • Anxiety or nervousness
  • Depression
  • Not thinking clearly
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Jumpiness or shakiness
  • Mood swings
  • Nightmares
  • Clammy skin
  • Enlarged (dilated) pupils
  • Headache
  • Insomnia (sleeping difficulty)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pallor
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Tremor of the hands or other body parts
  • Agitation
  • Severe confusion
  • Seeing or feeling things that aren’t there (hallucinations)
  • Fever
  • Seizures

These withdrawal symptoms usually occur within 5 – 10 hours after the last drink, but can occur days later. Symptoms get worse in 48 – 72 hours, and may persist for weeks.

Do Good People Get Addicted to Alcohol?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drinking and driving is a significant and serious issue, some of their findings include the following:

  • In fatal crashes in 2010, the highest percentage of drunk drivers was for drivers ages 21 to 24 (34 percent), followed by ages 25 to 34 (30 percent) and 35 to 44 (25 percent).
  • About one-third of all drivers arrested or convicted of driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of alcohol are repeat offenders.
  • In 2010, 211 children were killed in drunk driving crashes. Out of those 211 deaths, 131 (62 percent) were riding with the drunk driver.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), over 1.41 million drivers were arrested in 2010 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. And according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Adults drank too much and got behind the wheel about 112 million times in 2010 – that is almost 300,000 incidents of drinking and driving each day.

Get Help for Alcohol Addiction

Many people actually are surprised when they realize how dependent they are on alcohol. If you are one of those people and you have tried to stop using alcohol without success, please call our toll free number today. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about alcohol addiction treatment. We are here to help.