Alcohol Detox

Why Is Drinking After Work Common?

To many, alcohol is an easy way to relax after a stressful day. You may find yourself pouring a drink after work because work is very stressful for many people regardless of the occupation. Yes, alcohol may seem like an easy way to relax but it is certainly not the best way. It can have short- and long-term effects on your body. 

Having a drink (or a couple) occurs frequently after work. Stress and substance abuse, such as alcohol, can be common in people who do not have effective ways to manage their stress. Despite the relaxing effects you think alcohol may have, it is a depressant. Alcohol disrupts the chemical balance in your brain and affects the way you think, feel and behave. For someone who is experiencing a stressful day, wine after work, or beer whatever you prefer, may help you feel at ease but the feeling does not last long.

Drinking after work has also become a common culture for work-related activities. Many companies have found that it is a way to celebrate recent accomplishments from the company or it can bring people together to network and brainstorm. Despite being in a work-related setting there is the risk of overconsumption. This can have serious repercussions for both the individual and their company. 

What are the Dangers Of “Stress Drinking”?

Drinking after work is not the best way to relieve stress after a stressful workday. As stated before alcohol consumption can have effects on your body short- and long-term, especially when consumed regularly and frequently. 

Relying on alcohol to mask the stressful feeling you have after work could cause you to drink more alcohol. This can lead to a tolerance to alcohol. This means that you will need to drink more alcohol over time to get the same relaxing feelings you had in the past. Alcohol dependence is the result of this because stress does not go away with alcohol, it could pile up. So instead of dealing with what is stressing you out, you use alcohol to give you a short-term relaxation feeling.

Short-Term and Long-Term Health Risk Of Alcohol

Some short-term effects that alcohol can have are:

The long-term effects that can occur from drinking alcohol frequently are:

By limiting the amount you drink, especially after work, you can reduce the risk of these short- and long-term effects on your body. 

6 Tips To Avoid The Urge To Drink Alcohol To Cope With Stress 

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Here are 6 tips you can do to avoid the urge to drink alcohol to cope with stress 

1. Limit the number of drinks you have

This will limit the short- and long-term effects on your body. This will also help you get the number of drinks you drink to 0 as you keep yourself accountable. To help you achieve limiting your number you can download drinking counting apps on your phone to help you keep track of how much alcohol you’ve had. 

2. Have compassion for yourself

You might have heard the saying “it is easier said than done”, and that is true. When you’re so used to a routine of drinking 2 beers after work, or other alcohol, it is hard to break that routine. So give yourself some credit for taking steps to reduce your alcohol intake. Making small goals may help as well. For example, having a drink after work every other day then reducing it to every 2 days. Remember to be kind to yourself. 

3. Speaking with your HR department

Your company may have frequent work-related events where alcohol is involved. You can make suggestions to your HR department to include sober activities. You can still celebrate achievement, network, and brainstorm sober. It can be better to do these things sober because people can work with a clear head, not say things they don’t mean, or make promises they cannot keep. Some sober events include bowling, mini-golf, or escape rooms.

4. Swapping out the alcohol

Instead of drinking beer after work or pouring another alcoholic drink, try finding non-alcoholic drinks that you like. Having a selection of alcohol-free drinks at home that you like is a good way to avoid alcohol. You can have a different non-alcoholic drink every night to avoid getting bored of the same drinks. Also, when around your coworkers remember that drinking alcohol is not required just because everybody else is drinking. You can swap out alcohol for flavored sparkling water or soda. 

5. Finding alternative activities to replace alcohol

Instead of pouring yourself a glass of wine to reduce stress after a long workday, how about trying to pick up another activity to reduce stress besides alcohol. You could go for a walk, do yoga, or find an exercise class that occurs around the time you are off from work. You can also find yourself a hobby such as sewing or reading books. If you’re not sure what will work for you yet, try a few activities a couple of times and pick the one best for you. This will help you focus on something else besides alcohol. Watch how these activities eventually take the place of alcohol in your life. 

6. Ask for support:

Reducing the amount of alcohol you drink can be very challenging. You should not do it alone, especially when many people are going through the same challenges as you. You can join a social group that shares the same hobbies as you, such as arts and crafts, yoga, or music. Also, you should connect with other sober people who share similar interests as you on apps or online communities. Connecting with other sober people, or people who are also trying to avoid frequent alcohol consumption after work can help people stay accountable. It is like having an accountability partner. Remember there are a lot of people in the same boat as you, so don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed. 

Treatment For Alcohol Addiction At Coastal Detox 

Alcohol withdrawal can be very dangerous and painful, and in some cases fatal. It is never a good idea to stop cold turkey or try to detox alone. Completing a medically supervised detoxification protocol within a licensed detox facility is the safest and most effective way. If you or a family member is dealing with alcohol addiction and are ready to take the next step towards recovery, Coastal Detox is here to help. Excessive drinking after work or at any time during the day doesn’t have to be a continuous problem anymore.

Coastal Detox is located in the city of Stuart on Florida’s treasure coast. We are a licensed and accredited medical detoxification facility. At Coastal Detox, our mission is to help each client experience detox from alcohol and other substance addiction with ease. To begin recovery, the first step is detoxification, to rid your body of any drugs and alcohol. We provide safe and highly effective medically supervised detox for all substances of abuse. 

If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse, and you have been putting it off please contact Coastal Detox today. A future free from substance abuse is possible. 

Reference:

https://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/alcohol-use.htm

Many people like to have a drink now and then. Alcohol is consumed for a variety of reasons. Some reasons include relieving stress or anxiety, socializing, or drinking it with a meal. Even though occasional alcohol may not cause long-term issues, excessive alcohol drinking may have a negative effect on your immune system. 

After long periods of excessive alcohol drinking, you may notice you catch colds more frequently. Alcohol can weaken your immunity to viruses and bacteria. Evidence has shown an association between excessive alcohol consumption and some diseases. Also a higher incidence of slower and less complete recovery from infection and physical trauma, including poor wound healing. Before we get to the effects of alcohol and the immune system let’s discuss what exactly is the immune system and its function. 

What is the Immune System?

The immune system is very important for our survival. Without the immune system, our body would be unable to fight off bacteria, viruses, parasites, and other germs. The immune system is made up of many cells and organs. There are two subsystems within the immune system, known as the innate immune system and the adaptive immune system. 

These two subsystems are closely linked together and work together whenever a germ triggers an immune response. The innate immune system is our first line of defense against invading pathogens, any organism that can cause diseases. The innate immune response acts very quickly to invading pathogens and responds the same to all germs. The main job of the innate immune system is to fight harmful substances and germs that enter the body, for instance through the skin or digestive system. 

The adaptive immune system is more specific than the innate immune system. It makes antibodies and uses them to specifically fight certain germs that the body has previously come into contact with. This is also known as an “acquired” (learned) or specific immune response. Because the adaptive immune system is constantly learning and adapting, the body can also fight bacteria or viruses that change over time. 

Excessive alcohol use destroys important components that make up both the innate and adaptive immune system to fight off pathogens. When you drink alcohol, the body focuses on breaking down the alcohol over its other normal functions. Alcohol is sent directly to the liver because it can not be stored the same as carbohydrates. In the liver, it is metabolized immediately, and as a result, your body may neglect its immune response in favor of breaking down a large amount of alcohol.  

What are the Effects of Alcohol on the Immune System?

As stated before, drinking too much alcohol can suppress your immune system. By suppressing your immune system your body can take longer to recognize and respond to an infection. This can make the symptoms caused by the infection last longer and become worse than they would if alcohol was not compromising the immune response. 

There are many ways that alcohol can weaken the immune system. One way is it can damage the cells lining your airway. This damage can make you more susceptible to respiratory infections.

How Alcohol Affects White Blood Cells

Another way alcohol weakens the immune system is its effect on white blood cells. Drinking too much alcohol can damage your bone marrow. The bone marrow is where white blood cells are produced. Damaging the bone marrow leads to a low white blood cell count making your body more difficult to fight off pathogens. You can be more susceptible to bacterial infections such as a urinary tract infection (UTI). 

Alcohol can also kill the healthy bacteria in your gut. Alcohol’s first point of contact as it is passing through the body is usually through the gastrointestinal (GI) system. It is also where alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream. 

The gut microbiome is a collection of “good bacteria” that live in your intestines. It is there to keep inflammation within normal limits and helps in normal gut function. Excessive alcohol drinking disrupts the gut microbiome. It can also destroy healthy bacteria, promoting widespread inflammation throughout the body.

What is the Immune System?

What are Short-Term Effects of Alcohol and the Immune System?

Despite the damage alcohol can have on the immune system, some of its effects can last for a short period of time.  The severity that alcohol can have on your body in the short term depends on how much you drink, what you drank, hydration, and also how much food was consumed during that time. An example of some short-term effects that alcohol can have on the immune system is alcohol poisoning or a hangover. 

There is no way to predict how much you may be able to drink and avoid a hangover. Everybodys metabolizes alcohol differently. Some reactions to a hangover include an inflammatory response from your immune system and irritation of the stomach lining. These can cause diarrhea, nausea, headaches, and muscle aches. 

Alcohol poisoning symptoms include confusion, vomiting, seizures, difficulty remaining conscious, passing out, or low body temperatures. Alcohol dependence is a life-threatening emergency. You should seek medical attention immediately if you notice these signs in someone who has been drinking. 

What are Long-Term Effects of Alcohol and the Immune System?

As we may know by now alcohol can affect your body in many ways. Other than short-term effects, some effects accumulate over time and may significantly affect your quality of life. Alcohol and immune system interaction may affect the development and progression of certain cancers. Some cancers include oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver, colorectal, and female breast.  

Again, alcohol is metabolized in the liver. As a result of this, you can experience liver diseases due to excessive alcohol consumption. Some liver diseases include hepatitis B and C. Hepatitis B and C viruses are responsible for most cases of chronic hepatitis, or liver inflammation. This can lead to scarring of the liver, known as cirrhosis. Excessive alcohol drinking can also weaken your body’s response to certain antiviral drugs used to treat hepatitis B and C. 

Alcohol can impair your decision-making and makes you at risk to engage in risky sexual behavior or drug use. This could spread HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). HIV significantly weakens your immune system. Continued alcohol abuse can affect an individual’s prognosis of the disease. This can lead to complications, such as cirrhosis. 

What are Immune System-related Health Conditions or Complications that can Develop as a Result of Alcohol Use?

Alcohol and the immune system can cause certain health conditions or complications. How much you drink, your pattern of alcohol use and the quality of the alcohol you drink can cause harm to your body differently. Other factors include your body size and composition, age, metabolism, and nutritional status.

As stated previously alcohol can weaken your immune system, which means you can get sick frequently. It can also increase your risk of serious infections. Other health conditions or complications caused by excessive alcohol use are:

Treatment Options Available at Coastal Detox

Holistic Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

If you or a family member is dealing with alcohol abuse and are ready to take the next step towards recovery, Coastal Detox is here to help. To begin recovery, the first step is detoxification, to rid your body of any drugs and alcohol. It is never a good idea to go through detox alone. Withdrawal from alcohol can be very dangerous and painful, and in some cases fatal. Completing a medically supervised detoxification protocol within a licensed detox facility is the safest and most effective way. 

Located in the city of Stuart on Florida’s treasure coast, Coastal Detox is a licensed and accredited medical detoxification facility. At Coastal Detox, our mission is to help each client experience detox from alcohol and drugs with ease. We provide safe, highly effective medically supervised detox for all substances of abuse. We also incorporate a wide variety of soothing, holistic treatment therapies. 

Holistic Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

Holistic treatment at Coastal Detox takes a person as a whole rather than just treating the physical aspect of their health like traditional treatment options. Some holistic treatment options at Coastal Detox include acupuncture, aromatherapy, holistic massage, and manual lymphatic drainage. Some benefits of holistic therapies and treatment are the quick relief of pain, assistance with a well-balanced lifestyle, and the application of natural methods of treatment including nutrition, exercise, and non-invasive treatments.  

If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse, and you have been putting off getting help because you fear withdrawal symptoms or because you don’t know what to expect, please contact Coastal Detox today. We are here to help you sail through detox and look forward to a brighter future free from drug and alcohol addiction. 

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4590612/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279396/

https://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/alcohol-use.htm

According to the 2019 national survey, 14.1 million adults ages 18 and older suffered from an alcohol use disorder. As many know, drinking heavily especially over long periods of time can affect the body adversely. An addiction to alcohol and memory loss can happen as a result.  

The brain is one part of the body that gets hit the hardest since alcohol is a depressant drug. Depressant drugs act on the central nervous system (CNS) to make people feel more relaxed. Over time, both young and old people might suffer from alcoholism and memory loss instead of relaxation. 

It’s difficult to stop drinking when people reach this stage. If so, it’s important that they go through an alcohol detox to reverse some of the harm done. Otherwise, it could result in lifetime memory loss and even alcohol-related dementia.  

Alcohol and Memory Loss 

According to the journal, Alzheimer’s Research and Therapy, about 78% of those suffering from an alcohol use disorder had abnormal brain changes. This journal also noted that heavy drinking could result in what’s known as alcohol-related dementia (ARD) and alcohol-induced persisting amnestic syndrome. The latter is known better by Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (WKS).  

Both of these have similar characteristics to each other in the way they affect memory and are due to excessive drinking. Each causes permanent brain damage that can’t be reversed. For these reasons, they’re grouped together under the overarching term, alcohol-related brain damage or alcohol-related cognitive impairment. However, both of these health issues have their differences as well.

Memory Loss

Alcohol-Related Dementia (ARD)

ARD can change a person’s life significantly. Alcohol and memory don’t mix well together in the first place. Yet, excessive drinking over time induces a state of dementia. People with ARD may have extreme difficulty learning new things, doing semi-complicated tasks, logical thinking, and remembering things they once knew. Something which may have been simple in the past, such as driving a car, can be a foreign concept to people with it. 

Other signs and symptoms of ARD include: 

  • Trouble focusing 
  • Issues with problem-solving 
  • Difficulty controlling emotions 
  • Lack of planning and organizational skills 
  • Loss of motivation (even to do simple tasks like bathing)
  • Lack of short-term and long-term memory 
  • Inability to empathize with people
  • Difficulty balancing 

Alcoholism and memory loss issues are common with those with ARD. In cases such as these, they might be unable to stop drinking. Even when they recognize how it’s destroying their brain, their deep dependence on alcohol forces them to continue drinking. 

The signs and symptoms of ARD typically manifest based on how much damage was done to the brain through excessive drinking. Scans of the brain of those with ARD show a shrinkage of the frontal brain lobes. So, some people with ARD might display different symptoms than others. 

Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome (WKS) 

While ARD is always because of excessive drinking, WKS isn’t always. This syndrome affects memory and can be due to consuming alcohol, is due to a lack of vitamin B1, or thiamine. Thiamine is an essential supplement that the body needs in order to function properly. It helps the immune system, converts energy, and is crucial to cognitive function overall. 

Signs and symptoms of WKS are: 

  • Low blood pressure 
  • Difficulty learning 
  • Memory loss (long-term and short-term)
  • Trouble developing new memories at all 
  • Vision impairments 
  • Constant confusion 

People who drink too much to the point of hurting their brain functionality may develop WKS chronically, or an acute version. The acute version that predates the chronic version is called Wernicke’s encephalopathy. The long-term, chronic version can be called Korsakoff’s amnesic syndrome. Some medical professionals believe that WKS can be separated into these two versions. 

Swift treatment can prevent deeper brain and nerve damage. Abstaining from drinking is absolutely necessary to recovery. That said, even in the acute stage, those in recovery may still never regain their brain functionality as it once was in the past. 

Alcohol and Memory Loss in Young People 

One of the reasons that there is a law put in place to stop people of a certain age from drinking is because it can affect their brains negatively. The brain isn’t fully formed when a person is younger. Drinking can stunt the parts of their brain that have to do with memory. 

Research shows that young adults who admitted to drinking heavily had a smaller hippocampus than their peers who did not. The hippocampus is the portion of the brain that has to do with memory and learning. Young adults with this issue weren’t able to process information as well as their peers who didn’t drink heavily which leads to a learning disability overall. 

Alcohol and Memory Loss

Blacking Out From Alcohol and Memory Loss 

The effects of alcohol on memory can result in long-term, permanent damage. However, most people are aware that it can affect memory in the short term as well. For instance, when people drink too much to get to a certain blood alcohol content (BAC), they will blackout. One study shows that when people reach a BAC of 0.22%, there is a 50% chance they will experience a blackout. 

When a person blacks out they won’t recall what happened while they were drunk. Similarly, they might remember a portion of what happened, but not everything. In this case, it’s called browning out, greying out, or a partial blackout.  

Drinking excessively over time can affect the hippocampus permanently. Though, excessive drinking in the short term still affects the hippocampus, as alcohol interacts with the central nervous system (CNS). New memories can’t be formed when a person is blacked out, although they might be able to engage in conversations and drive. This isn’t always the case. 

When a person blacks out they may have trouble: 

  • Standing 
  • Not slurring their speech 
  • Making sound judgments 
  • Seeing correctly 
  • Walking 
  • Driving 

Although a person may have drunk enough alcohol and memory loss is occurring, they might not be aware of it. When this happens it can be dangerous as they might engage in risky behaviors, like driving. It’s easy to crash in this state of mind. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Intervention (CDC) estimates that there are 261 deaths per day because of excessive drinking. Alcohol-related crashes result in about one death per 50 minutes in the United States. This accounts for 28% of all deaths that have to do with motor vehicles. 

Avoiding the Effects of Alcohol and Memory Loss: Professional Treatment

Once a person suffers from alcoholism and memory loss as a result, it’s difficult to reverse the damage. Yet, some research shows promising results for those with WKS and ARD. For instance, since WKS is due to a thiamine deficiency, getting enough could help with some of the symptoms. Thiamine supplements and consuming this vitamin through an IV can help. Additionally, abstaining from drinking as a whole is important to recovering from WKS. 

Also, taking the medication, memantine, can potentially help with the symptoms of ARD. This medication helps people with Alzheimer’s, which also results in a slow progression of memory loss over time (like ARD). It also helps with symptoms of dementia in general. The way it works is by minimizing irregular activity within the brain. However, it’s important to note that it won’t cure ARD, and those suffering from alcoholism will continue to get worse if they don’t stop drinking. 

Treatment for Alcoholism 

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The best way to stop the slow creep of memory loss due to excessive drinking is to stop drinking. Treatment like thiamine supplements and memantine will only do so much. They won’t be effective if people suffering from alcoholism continue to drink while or after they take either. An alcohol detox is the first step to overcoming alcoholism and preventing any further brain damage in the process. 

When an individual goes through an alcohol detox, they will be able to get rid of all the toxins and traces of the substance in a safe environment. The trouble with detoxing from alcohol is that it could result in severe withdrawal symptoms. Some of these symptoms include: 

  • Anxiety 
  • Headaches 
  • Hallucinations 
  • Seizures
  • Shakiness 
  • Vomiting and nausea 
  • Excessive sweating 
  • Fever-like symptoms 
  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate 

For reasons such as these, it’s necessary to be supervised when deciding to cut alcohol out after an addiction to it. If a person drinks to the point of memory loss, it’s likely they will have severe withdrawal symptoms if they try to stop on their own. Additionally, certain medications can help make the process more comfortable. 

After the detox, people suffering from an alcohol addiction will still need to learn how to stop drinking for good. Counseling and therapy can teach people how to cope with difficult situations that may trigger their urge to drink. This can be done in an inpatient or outpatient setting. People with an alcohol addiction may opt for inpatient alcohol treatment because they will be able to live at the facility, which removes external triggers. 

Coastal Detox Can Help People Overcome Alcoholism and Memory Loss 

Here at Coastal Detox, we are dedicated to helping patients get through an addiction and mitigate some of the effects that are associated with it, like memory loss. It’s not an easy process, but our compassionate team is here to provide help every step of the way. Don’t wait a moment longer to get the help you deserve. Contact us now if you are suffering from alcoholism.

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When you are drinking, you have no intention of becoming an alcoholic. In the beginning, you may drink socially. With time, you might find that you drink alcohol when you are happy, sad, or anywhere in between. Eventually, you feel like you can’t get through the day without alcohol. After you drink, you find yourself intoxicated. Now you’re wondering, how long does it take to get sober?

After each drinking binge, your blood alcohol concentration increases. Your body’s makeup and the amount of alcohol that you consume determine how long it will take for you to sober up. Usually, you will feel more normal in 6 to 8 hours. But what then?

How Alcoholism Affects You and Your Loved Ones

How long does it take to sober up? Although you may wonder when the effects of alcohol are out of your system, you need to comprehend the effects that alcoholism has on yourself and your loved ones.

Physical Effects

To begin, alcoholism affects your body. Alcohol interrupts the way that your brain communicates and works. Drinking causes disruptions that alter your mood, behavior, and coordination. With time, heavy drinking can lead to liver damage. Drinking in excess can dampen your immune system as well. If you are pregnant, your substance abuse can result in fetal alcohol disorders.

Alcoholism affects your behavior as well. Obviously, when you are under the influence, you may slur your speech, experience motor impairment, and suffer confusion. For these reasons, you are likely to behave violently and to get into accidents. In fact, alcohol is the cause of more than half of this country’s drownings and homicides.

Also, alcohol is responsible for approximately 40% of fatal car accidents. When you drink heavily, you will not think twice about engaging in risky behavior, including sexual activities. You may have unprotected sex, which can lead to pregnancy or the transmission of sexually-related diseases.

Alcoholism and Relationships

Besides the physical effects of alcoholism, drinking takes an emotional toll as well. Abusing alcohol causes great damage to relationships. Drinking affects your family. It causes strain between husbands and wives. Also, it affects your children. Alcohol creates emotional distance between you and your loved ones. You may fight more or become violent. The worst part is that dependency causes you to drink more as a means of relieving the stress of your unhappy situation.

Who is Most Affected by Alcoholism?

Since female bodies metabolize and absorb alcohol differently than male bodies, women are more vulnerable to the effects of alcohol. For women, binge drinking means consuming four or more beverages during a single session. Heavy drinking means consuming eight or more drinks during an average week. For men, binge drinking is classified as consuming five or more drinks at a single session. Heavy drinking is classified as consuming 15 or more drinks in a week.

Effects of alcohol can have a serious impact on older individuals. Also, abusing alcohol can intensify health problems. Conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure are made worse from alcohol consumption. Also, a person is more likely to suffer slip and fall accidents that can lead to injuries.

Withdrawal Symptoms of Alcohol

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How long does it take to get sober? Before you can answer this question, it is important to identify withdrawal signs of alcoholism. When you decide to quit drinking, it will be challenging. The first step is admitting that there is a problem. It takes time to recover, especially since alcohol cravings pop up frequently. Also, alcohol is everywhere, so it is difficult to avoid.

After a certain point, you may feel like you can have one drink without any problems. However, a recovering alcoholic never has full control. Many times, one drink leads to a full binge.

When you depend on alcohol to function, you probably feel hopeless. Since there are many withdrawal symptoms, it is essential to detox in a professional environment. In severe cases, withdrawal from alcohol can cause death. A professional detox program offers a safe environment. Also, the severity of your symptoms will be lessened. You are monitored to make sure that nothing bad happens to you.

Common Withdrawal Symptoms

No two people are alike. However, there are common symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.

How Long Withdrawal from Alcohol Lasts

How long does it take to get sober? To begin, it is important to understand how long withdrawal lasts. If you have a severe addiction to alcohol, your symptoms will begin 5 to 10 hours after your last drink. The acute withdrawal phase lasts up to one week.

How long does it take to get sober? In the case of alcohol delirium tremens, or DTs, you may suffer extreme withdrawal that takes a few days to evolve. Delirium tremens occur 48 to 96 hours after your last drink. DTs are extreme shakes that can last up to five days. They are a result of your nervous system adjusting without alcohol. It is essential to have help with delirium tremens. They can lead to seizures. Your body may be extremely fatigued, and you may hallucinate.

After acute alcohol withdrawal ends, you are not finished. Next, you experience post-acute withdrawal. This surfaces a few months after your last drink. This withdrawal is more mental than physical. Here are the most common symptoms of post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS).

How Long Does it Take to Get Sober in the Long-Term?

PAWS symptoms may last several months or years. Depending on the severity of your addiction, your symptoms will appear and disappear without warning. Usually, they are less intense than in the early stages of recovery. When you enter our detox center here at Coastal Detox, you will receive assistance managing post-acute withdrawal. You will learn how to deal with symptoms so that you have the knowledge and the tools to continue the fight.

After you have finished detoxing and have started on the road to recovery, cravings are still challenging. Although they lessen with time, it will take many years to shake them completely. Like some individuals, your cravings may never disappear. However, relapse-prevention skills are essential to learn and to execute so that you do not fall victim to old bad habits. If you have a severe problem, your cravings may last longer than with a mild problem.

How Long Does it Take to Sober Up in the Short-Term?

After you drink a large amount of alcohol, you become buzzed. Normally, you feel alcohol effects for 12 hours. Many times, you end up with a hangover. There are a number of factors that dictate how long alcohol remains in your system.

You will feel the effects of alcohol differently than others. Generally, you experience negative symptoms when you consume large amounts of liquor.

  • Thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Headache
  • Racing heart
  • Impaired cognitive function

With a few drinks, you may experience mild impairment. As you drink more, you will likely suffer from blurred vision, loss of balance, and slurred speech. When you become extremely intoxicated, you will likely experience nausea and confusion. When you drink to the point of unconsciousness, your actions may be fatal.

Just because you sober up in the short-term, it does not mean that you can “handle” alcohol. One drink can set you over the edge. If you frequently suffer from hangover symptoms, you may need professional help to detox.

Quickest Ways to Get Sober

There are many myths about the quickest ways to sober up. Some say you should take a cold shower. Others swear by drinking a lot of black coffee. In fact, there are no shortcuts when it comes to hangover cures. The best way to return yourself back to a normal state is to eat and hydrate your body.

Seeking Professional Help for Detox

If you are ready to take the first step toward battling your alcohol abuse and the symptoms that it brings, it is essential to seek professional assistance. When you detox under the supervision of a trained expert, your safety is ensured, your comfort is increased, and the likelihood of relapse is lowered. Detox is only the first step. It is recommended to seek help from a long-term rehabilitation program as well.

At Coastal Detox, we want to put you on the path to recovery. How long does it take to sober up? The answer depends on your individual circumstances. We want to keep you sober in the long-term. We will assist with the detox process and provide treatments and therapies that help to kickstart your recovery. In our Florida facility, we will help you get past the struggles that come when you try to overcome your alcohol dependency. Perhaps you may feel like you can handle addiction and detox without help. But, you have a higher likelihood of success with professional assistance. To learn more about how we can help you get back on the right track, reach out to us today.

Reference:

https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohols-effects-health/alcohols-effects-body

For many people, the workplace is a nerve-wracking and tense environment. This is especially true for people in certain corporate industries. It also doesn’t help that so much of an adult’s life is spent at work. With all the time that people spend at their jobs, it’s no surprise that drinking on a lunch break is a common practice.

Many people like to drink alcohol to calm their nerves or take the edge off. Thus, many people feel that drinking on a lunch break can help them feel less tense and nervous at work. Other people may choose to drink on their lunch breaks because their work environment is more social or casual in nature. 

Some people even think that calming themselves down with a drink can help them be more productive at work. Unfortunately, this is not the case. In fact, the opposite is more likely true. 

On top of lessening productivity, there are many other dangers to drinking on a lunch break. For example, people who excessively drink throughout the day can develop an actual drinking problem. Whether people choose to drink on their lunch breaks because they have a drinking problem or because of a justifiable reason, one thing is for certain, drinking on a lunch break has become a regular practice in many people’s workplaces. 

Common Reasons for Drinking on Lunch Break

Sometimes, people drink during their lunch breaks because they’re expected to for their job. Below are some examples of times when drinking on a lunch break is acceptable.

You Need to Socialize With Clients

Socially acceptable reasons for drinking on a lunch break is to socialize with clients and make new contacts. In some professions, people are expected to go out for drinks and interact with clients in order to solidify a deal. This is often the case for many businessmen.

You Wait to Eat Lunch Until Towards the End of Work Day

Another reason for drinking on a lunch break is if you tend to have your lunch break at a late time that is essentially the end of the workday. Most professionals who choose to drink on a workday do so to socialize with their co-workers at happy hour once the workday is over. 

If you don’t take your lunch break until right before or even during happy hour, then choosing to consume a drink or two during a lunch break is fairly common. Still, it’s important to seek help if you find that you are constantly or excessively consuming alcohol. 

You Work With Alcohol

If you literally work with food and alcohol as a living, then occasionally drinking on a lunch break may also be common for you. This is particularly the case if you work at some type of winery or brewery. Food critics or chefs who work with alcohol may sometimes partake in drinking. 

You Only Drink Small Amounts When Necessary

While working with alcohol may require you to occasionally have a drink, choosing to drink unnecessarily at work just because alcohol is there should not be acceptable. Especially if you’re doing so on a day-to-day basis. 

drinking on a lunch break at work.

It just so happens that most people attend work and need to be their most productive during the workday. Thus, drinking on a lunch break while at work is not as acceptable as drinking after work during happy hour, at home, at dinner during the evening, or over the weekend. 

Regardless of where and when you drink, you shouldn’t binge drink. Drinking excessively, regardless of when, is bad for your health and is a sign of having a drinking problem. 

Unjustifiable Reasons for Drinking on Lunch Break

There are plenty of unjustifiable reasons for drinking on a lunch break. Remember the signs of having a drinking problem center more around why and how much you drink than when you drink. Some unjustifiable reasons for drinking at work are described below.

You’re Drinking To Ease Your Stress and Anxiety

For example, if you’re drinking at lunch because being in a work environment makes you stressed and anxious, then that is an unjustifiable reason to drink at work. Many people can’t help but feel stressed and anxious while at work. Still, drowning out that stress or anxiety by drinking alcohol is not the solution. In fact, doing so will likely only delay or increase problems and/or make people dependent on alcohol to function. The best way to manage stress or anxiety about work is to find healthy coping mechanisms to do so. 

Some things that people can do to help them manage their stress or anxiety about work include preparing for the workday in advance, practicing breathing exercises, taking moments out of the workday for yourself to pull yourself together, and practicing general self-care when not at work. By doing these things, hopefully, you can manage your stress and anxiety about work without drinking alcohol. Doing these things will also increase your confidence at work. 

You’re Drinking to Recover from a Hangover

Another unjustifiable reason that people may start drinking on a lunch break is that they have a hangover. Thus, such people may want to drink more alcohol during the day to help them recover. 

Going to work while hungover is irresponsible and unprofessional. In fact, drinking so much that you get hungover is irresponsible in and of itself. Thus, if you choose to do so on a regular basis, then you likely have a drinking problem. 

You’re Trying to Avoid Experiencing Withdrawal Symptoms

People with drinking problems tend to experience withdrawal symptoms when they minimize or discontinue their drinking. Thus, if you can’t get through the workday without drinking due to the fact that you’ll experience withdrawal symptoms if you don’t, you have a drinking problem and need to attend rehab. You also have a drinking problem and need to attend rehab if you can’t function a day without drinking. 

You’ve Become Accustomed to Drinking Heavily on a Daily Basis Due to Your Social Group

People with social groups that abuse alcohol are more likely to start drinking on a lunch break while at work. Thus, if you notice that you’re developing a drinking problem, minimize the time that you spend with your heavy-drinking friends. 

Industries Where Drinking on Lunch Break is Most Common

Drinking on Your Lunch Break

There are certain industries where the poor habit of drinking on a lunch break is, unfortunately, very common. In fact, nearly every industry has some lunchtime drinking occurring in them. Below are the percentages of people within major industries that drink during lunch. 

Public Service

The public service industry is filled with the men and women that serve the public and keep our country running. People who work in public service include policemen, army men, paramedics, men in the air force, etc. 

The reason why so many people who work in public service tend to drink on their lunch breaks is because of the high stress, physical labor, and long hours that their jobs entail. Also, public service industries create a work environment that is often filled with camaraderie and teamwork amongst employees. 

All of this together creates an environment where public service employees bond and destress by drinking on lunch breaks. According to the American Addiction Centers, 6% of public servicemen drink on their lunch breaks. 

Education

Teaching children is one of the most honorable and most stressful jobs out there. Teaching is especially stressful when children that are still mentally developing act immaturely and do not listen. 

Also, teaching can be very stressful due to difficulties, disagreements, and a lack of cooperation when it comes to students’ parents. It also doesn’t help that the school board places a large amount of pressure on teachers to improve every single child’s standardized test scores each year. Due to the stress and demands of teaching, 7% of educators are drinking on a lunch break.

Healthcare 

Another honorable and stressful industry that causes employees to drink at lunch is the healthcare industry. The healthcare industry includes doctors, nurses, and other professionals that cater to the health and well-being of others. 

Once again, due to the high-stress of the industry, it’s not uncommon for healthcare workers to engage in lunchtime drinking. In fact, 8% of healthcare professionals partake in a drink or two during lunch.

Media

The media industry tends to contain workplaces that are very social in nature. Examples of the type of companies that are in the media industry include marketing and advertising agencies, PR companies, and regular media companies. According to the American Addiction Center, 12% of people in the media industry drink during lunch. 

Finance

As the saying goes, money makes the world go around. Currency is arguably one of the main necessities of society. Thus, working with money in the financial industry is very intense work. As a result, 17% of financial employees drink at lunch. 

Engineering

When you work as an engineer, you’re often building and operating heavy equipment and machinery. That’s why it’s unwise for engineers to drink while working. Still, due to the stress of the job, 18% of engineers are drinking on lunch break. 

Tech

Technology is continuously expanding and changing. Thus, it’s hard to deal with the stress of always having to keep up with changes in the tech industry. As a result, as many as 18% of tech employees drink on their lunch breaks. 

Legal

The legal industry contains men and women that are always engaging with clients. When people in the legal industry work in corporate law or other areas of law in which their clients are wealthy people with power, drinking often goes along with client engagement. In fact, according to the American Addiction Center, 20% of people in the legal industry are drinking on lunch break. 

Real Estate

When working in real estate, you too must engage with clients. As a part of real estate client engagement, many real estate brokers will show their clients different houses. When touring houses, real estate brokers offer clients drinks. Real estate brokers may even take clients out for lunch to work out the details of their clients’ home buying. As a result, as many as 25% of real estate brokers drink during lunch. 

Tourism

A time when people like to drink the most is when they are traveling and on vacation. Thus, if you work in tourism and are touring a group of tourists through a city or country, you’ll likely drink with the tourists to make them feel comfortable even though you’re at work. Due to the heavy amounts of drinking that occurs while people travel, 29% of tourists are drinking on lunch break. 

Coastal Detox Is Here For You

Because these are some of the top industries in which employees are drinking on their lunch breaks, it’s important that people that work in these industries are cognizant of how much they drink. Getting too engrossed in the social scene of your workplace can cause you to develop a drinking problem if you aren’t careful. This could then cause you to perform poorly at your job, or even worse, lose your job.

If you are developing a drinking problem and need to receive addiction treatment, Coastal Detox is here to help you. Here at Coastal Detox, we offer detox services along with a variety of specialized inpatient, outpatient, and dual diagnosis treatment programs for people that are suffering from an alcohol or drug addiction. We even offer a specialized addiction treatment program that’s just for working professionals. 
To learn more about the detox and addiction treatment services that we offer here at Coastal Detox, contact us today. We are happy to help you get your life back on track.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) notes that 14.1 million American adults suffer from an alcohol use disorder. That’s about 5.6% of American adults. On the other hand, American adults over the age of 20 deal with obesity and being overweight. An alarming 71.6% of American adults are overweight.

Both sugar and alcohol addiction go together. They correlate, in other words. Research gathered by Current Obesity Reports (a journal within the National Institutes of Health) highlights the fact that heavy drinking is synonymous with weight gain. Alcoholism and sugar contribute to the obesity epidemic in the States. Alcoholics switch to sugar addictions, trading one addiction for another.

Alcoholism and Sugar 

First off, neither sugar nor alcohol on their own is dangerous. The moderate use of either isn’t a cause for concern. However, a person can develop both sugar and alcohol addictions. Now, some may believe that alcoholism is the more dangerous addiction out of the two. So, when an alcoholic stops drinking but consumes an unhealthy amount of sugar, most won’t think twice about it. 

Yet, sugar can be much more dangerous than alcohol. While a sugar high doesn’t cause a large chunk of car accidents and destroyed childhoods, it hurts deeply. The leading cause of death in America is heart disease. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention writes that 655,381 people die annually because of it. Most people contract this disease because of a poor diet (aka lots of sugar). So, yes, trading one addiction for another can be just as problematic if not more. 

The Science Behind Sugar and Alcohol Addiction 

To continue, sugar and alcohol addiction commonly occur together or predate one another because they interact with the same parts of the brain. Both of these substances interact with the pleasure potions of the central nervous system, among others. The central nervous system is mostly made up of the spinal cord and neural network within the brain. 

The central nervous system is in charge of: 

  • Sends chemical messengers throughout the body 
  • Plays a role in thinking, feelings, and homeostasis
  • In charge of conscious, physical sensation and movement
  • Acts as the regulator for the endocrine system (the hormone master control) 

Throughout the nervous system, little chemical messengers (neurotransmitters) tell the brain and body how to feel. Different neurotransmitters relay different messages. In particular, dopamine is known as a “feel-good” chemical. In short, it’s a pleasure chemical that induces a feeling of happiness and relaxation.

The Australian Spinal Research Foundation writes that the same dopamine receptors that light up with alcohol consumption are the same with sugar. This specific portion is the D2 dopamine receptor. Dopamine levels increase in the portion of the brain known as the Ventral Tegmental Area (VTA). Both a sugar and alcohol addiction change the brain’s chemistry in this area. This area is known by scientists as the pleasure reward system. 

It’s worth noting that the brain rewards the body with dopamine through activities like exercise and sex. It’s the brain’s way of saying, “good job!” However, both a sugar and alcohol addiction hijack the brain. Since alcohol is a depressant, it slows down certain parts of the body’s systems, but not the production of dopamine. Sugar and alcohol addiction can produce dopamine, which the brain gets addicted to in a sense. It reacts with withdrawal symptoms when it doesn’t get enough of either. 

How Alcoholism and Sugar Is Trading One Addiction for Another 

To begin, sugar is found in alcohol. Dopamine production goes into overdrive because of the two. Hence, there is a common link between sugar and alcohol addiction. What’s more, is that recovering alcoholics turn to sugar in recovery if given the chance for this reason and others. 

For instance, the Australian Spinal Research Foundation says multiple studies prove that recovering alcoholics suffer from a sugar addiction. Compulsive eating habits, like a sugar addiction, light up that pleasure network within the brain. In the past, some programs have given alcoholics as much sugar as they craved if it meant they would hand over the bottle.

Now, science says this mode of recovery is just trading one addiction for another. The same parts of the brain that light up when an alcoholic drinks are the same for those who consume too much sugar. Hence, this prior method may work in the short-term, but won’t forever because the brain still wants that same sensation. 

There are other reasons why swapping sugar for alcohol is a terrible idea: 

  • It further hurts an alcoholic’s health 
  • A healthy diet means less of a chance of relapse
  • A recovering alcoholic can have a sugar withdrawal 
  • Sugar is considered to be more addictive than cocaine 
  • Trading one addiction for another instills maladaptive behavior 

Sugar might be more addictive than alcohol. A study with rats filled one water bottle with cocaine water and another with sugar water. Surprisingly, the rats abused the bottle with sugar more than the one with cocaine. This isn’t to downplay the danger of stimulant drugs or alcohol. However, this small scale example proves that sugar can be extremely dangerous. 

Of course, sugar is legal for all ages, so society turns a blind eye to the danger. But a sugar addiction is very real. 

What Sugar and Alcohol Addiction Means for Children 

Around 13.7 million American adolescents are obese. Another way to say this is that 18.5 percent of American adolescents are dangerously overweight. The CDC also notes that 13.9 percent of two to five-year-olds in America are obese. To continue, excessive sugar consumption is linked to obesity. It’s also what many alcoholics turn to when they are drinking and when they are in recovery. 

Thus, American children who consume excessive amounts of sugar are at risk for alcoholism. Further, a journal from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) confirms that a sugar addiction in American youth correlates to alcohol dependence. Particularly, a familial history of it. This piece states that both alcohol and sugar release endorphins that can make a person feel euphoric. 

How Sugar and Alcohol Addiction Can Hurt American Youth 

A sugar and alcohol addiction huge issue for two reasons for children. A child’s body craves those endorphins from a sugar addiction. This could escalate to alcoholism and sugar to get the same high. Also, an individual builds up a tolerance when they binge on sugar or alcohol. A sugar addiction encourages them to find these pleasure chemicals in other forms (aka alcohol). 

Alcoholism and Sugar

Secondly, when a parent is an alcoholic, a child is naturally predisposed to addiction. There are shared gene markers between alcoholics and people with a sugar addiction. This only further perpetuates a new generation of Americans that are easily addicted to substances. The study within NIH also points out this puts American children at a bigger risk for eating disorders, like binge eating and bulimia. 

How to Kick a Sugar and Alcohol Addiction 

Individuals suffering from a sugar and alcohol addiction can take certain actions to ween off both. The first step is consulting a detox clinic that can break the bonds from both. However, individuals can start the healing process with healthy habits and behaviors. 

When a person is an alcoholic they don’t care about what they eat or drink. All they care about is staying drunk. Addiction means that they aren’t in control of their actions anymore; the alcohol is. So, they tend to have super sugary diets. This makes them further addicted to sugar and alcohol. It also wreaks havoc on the body in many ways. 

Beat Alcoholism and Sugar With a Nutritious Diet 

A good diet involves lots of food packed with vitamins and minerals. Leafy green vegetables are a sure way to help the body get back in shape. It also helps with withdrawal symptoms from both a sugar and alcohol addiction. Spicy food is known to release endorphins, just like sugar. Individuals can spice up their food to maintain a healthy weight and help beat addiction. Drinking lots of water is extremely important, too. 

Exercise To Beat Both a Sugar and Alcohol Addiction 

Exercising regularly helps addiction in a wide variety of ways. The first is that it releases “feel-good” chemicals just like sugar and alcohol. In contrast, it makes a person look and feel good. Many people turn to alcohol and binging sugar because of low self-esteem. Exercising is a healthy way to deal with these issues. Additionally, it will rid the body of toxins quicker and lower the chance of heart disease. 

Keep a Journal to Track Patterns Around Resorting to Alcoholism and Sugar 

People slip into addiction. While it can happen quickly, it doesn’t normally happen in a short period of time. Individuals may turn to substances that make them feel good to mask other issues. Commonly, this is subconscious. Once a person recognizes they have a sugar or alcohol addiction they can see what turns them to either with a journal. Over time, they can track common patterns that lead them to bad behaviors. 

Coastal Detox Can Help With a Sugar and Alcohol Addiction 

Binging on sugar instead of alcohol is trading one addiction for another. Detox is an important part of recovering from both a sugar and alcohol addiction. Our programs allow members to recover in a comfortable setting from alcoholism and sugar. Our residential detox program in Stuart, FL is effective because we provide a healthy diet. Contact us now to find a sustainable way to sobriety. 

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