National Alcohol Screening Day 2016

National Alcohol Screening Day enables people to analyze their own drinking behaviors and ascertain resources for help. The nonprofit organization sponsors National Alcohol Screening Day, conducted as a part of Alcohol Awareness Month on every April month of the year.

Several people don't know what is in store for moderate alcohol users. For men, there should not be more than two drinks per day, and for women and seniors, it is recommended not to take more than one drink per day. If you are not following these guidelines, it could be a sign of a problem.

Signs of a Drinking Problem

  • Drinking to soothe nerves, forget troubles or bolster a somber mood.
  • Guilt about drinking
  • Unsuccessful trials to reduce or stop drinking
  • Lying about or hiding drinking addictions
  • Posing risk or causing harm to oneself or someone else after drinking
  • Thrust to drink enhanced amounts of alcohol in order to achieve the desired effect
  • Feeling angry, resentful or unreasonable when not drinking
  • Medical, family, social, or financial problems caused by drinking.

Remedy to Drinking Problem

Early diagnosis of at-risk drinking behaviors is the primitive step to proper intervention and treatment remedies. NASD’s outreach program provides an informative and yet non-threatening, process to raise awareness about this issue.

Statistics about Alcohol Problem

Almost 49 percent of American adults prohibit alcohol or drink less than 12 drinks per year.

About 22 percent of adult Americans are occasional drinkers.

About 29 percent of American adults i.e. nearly 3 in every 10 are "risky drinkers" whose drinking behavior lends them at increased risk for alcohol disorders

On 2001- 2002 about 8.5 percent of Americans i.e. 17.6 million, met DSM-IV diagnostic guidelines for either alcohol addiction or alcohol abuse

Adverse Effects of Alcohol

41 percent of all fatal car accidents are Alcohol–related crashes or road accidents.

Alcohol consumption aids to a wide range of chronic health disorders including cancer and cardiovascular disorders

Alcohol consumption has been linked with greater risk of traumatic trauma including motor car crashes, bicycling accidents, falls, self inflicted injuries, injuries during sports activities, injuries in recreational events, and interpersonal violence

The economic expenses of alcohol abuse in the US are expected to be nearly $185 billion per annum.

Alcohol and Women

Women are at higher risk than men with several medical conditions of alcohol use.

Alcoholic women are more prone to observe cirrhosis, damage of the heart cells (i.e., cardiomyopathy), and nervous system (peripheral neuropathy) after a couple of years of heavy drinking than men drinking the same amount of alcohol

Women develop organ disorder easily and faster, and at lower levels of alcohol intake as compare to men. This is because a woman’s body usually has less water than a man’s enabling their blood alcohol content to achieve greater level and much faster.

Alcohol consumption may adversely affect female reproductive system. Girls consuming alcohol, even small amounts of alcohol, may develop disrupted growth and puberty. Heavy liquor consumption in adult women can mess up normal menstrual cycle and reproductive functions.

Alcohol abuse can pose risk of infertility, increased risk for fast abortion, and impaired
Fetal growth and development

Women otherwise drink less than men but are more prone to experience adverse results including damage to the heart muscle, liver, and brain, trauma leading to auto crashes, interpersonal violence, and often even death.

The progression of alcoholism seems to be quicker in women as compared to men.

Alcohol and College Students

64% of full-time college students (within the age group of 18-22) reported consume at least one alcoholic drink in 30 days of stretch in the year 2002.

Over 44% of full-time college students reported tasted five or more drinks on the same occasion at least once in 30 days.

1400 college students in the age groups of 18 and 24 embrace death every year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries that includes motor vehicle accidents.

More than 600,000 students in the age group of 18 and 24 are assaulted every year by another drunken student.

Alcohol and Youth

Young people who tasted alcohol before 15 years of age were at 5 time greater risk to have past alcohol dependence or abuse as compared to persons who first used alcohol at age 21 or older.

Approximately 20% of 8th grade students, 35% of 10th grade students, and 48% of 12th grade students report having tasted alcohol in their lives.

About 12% of 8th students, 22% of 10th students, and 28% of 12th grade students report binge drinking (five or more drinks on a single go).

Almost 40% of high school seniors believe no great risk in consuming four to five drinks almost every day.

Alcohol and Older Drinkers

Alcohol-related troubles, including interactions with prescription and over-the counter drugs are due to most of the known substance related troubles experienced by older adults.

Heavy alcohol consumption is considered to be the cause of memory deficits. Heavy alcohol intake may also enhance the risk for Alzheimer’s disease in both genders and in women specifically, as they seem to be more prone than men to alcohol–related brain damage or disorder.

Due to age-related body changes, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism suggests that older people should not take more than one drink a day.

National Alcohol Screening Day 2016