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Alcohol Addiction In Canada

Drug Rehab Services is a no-cost referral agency in Canada for drug and alcohol dependency. We have helped thousands of persons getting the proper help in the following detox and alcohol drug rehab services:

  • Alcohol detox
  • AA & NA meetings
  • Residential treatment for alcoholism
  • Alcohol outpatient rehabs
  • Alcohol intervention

Our goal is to provide you the best advice possible for alcohol addiction treatment clinics so you or a loved one gets an alcohol-free life. This page covers information on alcohol addiction in Canada.

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Alcoholism is not an easy problem to solve; in fact, alcohol addiction is one of the hardest dependencies to treat. It creates a lot of damage physically, mentally and socially. Alcoholics have been around for thousands of years and have been creating a lot of problems in present and past societies. Alcoholism is the most spread addiction in Canada, after tobacco. What's making it worse than other substances is the fact that it is legal and socially accepted compared to street drugs which are illegal.

Our philosophy on Alcoholism

There are different philosophies regarding alcoholism that differ completely from one to another. You have the philosophy that alcoholism is a disease and that it cannot be cured—a person will relapse and fight all of his life with his alcohol problem or that the person is powerless and should turn over his life to the care of God. This type of attitude and treatment has been the norm over the last century and has supported millions of people of the years. We are not diminishing the good intention and willingness that these people bring because they want to help which is the most valuable intention someone can have.

Our philosophy on alcoholism is pretty much the opposite. The first thing you need to ask is: why do people become alcoholics? The answer is simply that alcohol addiction is an inability to cope with one or more aspects of life and this inability overwhelms the person. Let me give you a very common example. Someone has a hard time to communicate and is very shy. He would like to have a girlfriend but these inhibitions control him. Maybe he wants a raise at his job but cannot "sell" how good he is to his boss in order to justify more money. Then his wife is not happy because they do not have enough money to survive. He sees his child going through problems in life but cannot help or comfort his child to feel better. The person meets a good salesman but cannot say no and buys stuff that he does not need. We can go on and on with common examples.

Now one day, the person has a beer or more and he starts to "talk" even though what he says does not make sense and is totally ridiculous. He starts to feel that overwhelming feeling go away.  It is a "solution". It becomes his solution to communicate. Now he will drink more and more, he will bring less money, spend more, get more in trouble with his wife. He takes less care of his child and then gets a divorce, gets arrested for DUI, etc. While this appears to be a cliché, we can all easily find a person to which this has happened.

Alcoholism is a way to overcome an overwhelming feeling in life. You lose a girlfriend and you get drunk. It starts to feel better every time you drink until, of course, you sober up. You cannot deal with your husband or wife, stay at a job you hate, deal with someone in your environment you cannot stand. All these situations overwhelm people. Alcoholism is a sort of auto-medication. I am not saying that psychological medications are good. It is the contrary. When you have a hard time to cope with life, alcohol and any other street or legal drugs will not solve the problem. Usually, it will make you numb about the problem. It is like putting on a band-aid. What is needed to get in control of your life is counseling, life skills improvement, and a change of environment, being coached by someone exterior to the scene and competent. Alcohol, other types of drugs and medication do not help you solve the reason why it got you addicted to alcohol but brings more short to long term side effects problems, both physical and psychological.

What is Alcohol Addiction?

Alcohol addiction is a very distinctive problem which can easily be understood. It sometimes starts by social and occasional drinking as in parties, dinners and other such activities. It can also start with someone's idea that consuming alcohol will help them overcome their problems. In some cases, alcoholism is a person’s way to escape a physical or mental condition. However, none of their problems will be resolved with alcohol consumption but will instead create additional problems with its devastating effects.

According to a study, 4.1 percent of the population in Canada is suffering from alcohol addiction. This statistic includes adolescents starting at the age of fifteen. While this study was done in 1994, alcoholism has been quite stable over the last years. Alcohol addiction is often present in the age bracket of 20 to 24 years old. Over 20 percent of the people surveyed said that their addiction affected, their work, their finances, their personal life, in a very bad way.

The provinces of Canada with the worst rate of alcoholism are Quebec, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. Those provinces have seen a lot of people with alcohol addiction not get the help they needed. They often weren’t fully aware of the problem they had neither known which detox nor Drug Rehab Centers to choose to help them out.

Where Can I Find an Alcohol Addiction Treatment?

In Canada, there are several drug rehabilitation places where you can find help for alcohol addiction. There are different settings for alcohol treatments such as residential, outpatient, etc. Is a detox needed? One of our counselors can do an assessment and give you the best option for you or someone you love. Let us help you.

Alcohol Information

Drug: Alcohol (Ethyl Alcohol), ethanol.

Alcohol Street Name: Booze, bevvy, vino, happy juice.

Alcohol Effects: relaxant, loss of inhibitions, mood alteration — promotes sociability, increases self-confidence, dehydrating effect.

If alcohol is taken in excess, the effects are slurred speech, staggering, loss of balance and vomiting. The effects are dependent on the amount and frequency taken, the setting in which taken, alcohol addiction, along with psychological mood. In some users, alcohol can promote verbal or physical aggressiveness and violence.

Alcohol Description: alcohol comes in a liquid form in varying colors and consistencies depending on the drink. Some are naturally carbonated while others are still.

Alcohol Street Use: Swallowed.

Alcohol Dependency: Yes.

Alcohol Addiction Withdrawal Symptoms: Hangover, depression, dehydration, hand tremors, sickness, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, anxiety, hallucinations.

Alcohol Long-Term Use: increased blood pressure, mental health problems, liver cirrhosis Definition of the word cirrhosis , brain damage, hepatitis Definition of the word hepatitis , fatty liver, diabetes, cancer, dependence, impaired kidney function, heart disease, tremor, sexual impotence (men), pancreatitis, stroke.

Alcohol Overdose Risk: Blood-alcohol levels can be raised to a lethal point if a large quantity of alcoholic drink is consumed within a short period. If large amounts of Alcohol are consumed too quickly, vomiting can occur while semiconscious. This increases the risk of death through asphyxiation as vomit can be aspirated or swallowed blocking air passages to the lungs. Overdose risks increase if alcohol is mixed with other drugs such as opiates or barbiturates. Alcohol addiction plays a major part in accidents, violence, crime and other social disorders where an alcohol-related consequence can result in death.

Alcohol Legal status: It is legal to drink alcohol over the age of 18 years. It is illegal to drink to excess and drive.

Family Abuse

Excessive use of alcohol is frequently cited as a cause for difficulties within a family or within a marriage such as drunken violence directed toward a spouse or children, financial issues caused by the compulsive purchase of alcohol or otherwise related to that.

It is hard to over-emphasize just how much stress an individual who has alcohol addiction may cause within his or her immediate family. If someone still abuses alcohol over a period of time, his or her behavior is likely to cause bitterness and resentment among relatives. While family members may love the alcohol user, they are most likely despite his or her behavior.
Eventually - the love dies.

Long-Term Effects

Heavy use of alcohol over a long period of time can cause damage to several parts of the body. Impairment of brain and liver functions can be permanent. If the individual’s diet is also inadequate, this can further affect their health. Emotional difficulties, like depression and relationship issues, are also likely.

Other possible long-term effects are cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, lips, liver, brain injury, loss of memory, confusion, hallucinations, elevated blood pressure, irregular pulse, enlarged heart and changes in red blood cells, weakness and loss of muscle tissue, sweating, flushing and bruising of the skin, inflamed stomach lining, bleeding and stomach ulcers, increased risk of lung infections, major swelling of the liver, hepatitis and cirrhosis, inflamed pancreas, tingling and loss of sensation in hands and feet.

For males, impotence, shrinking of testicles and damaged and decreased sperm are also some long-term effects of alcohol abuse. For females are at greater risk of gynecological issues.

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