Fact #3: Alcoholism Can Happen to Anyone.
When some people think of the “stereotypical” alcoholic, they might envision a homeless person begging for change with a brown paper bag-wrapped booze bottle in hand. The truth is, alcoholism can happen to anyone. At The Plymouth House we have treated high-level executives, medical professionals, college students, stay-at-home mothers, school teachers, lawyers and even several addiction counselors. Alcoholism does not discriminate, and affects people of every age, gender, religion, occupation and income bracket. If you have been struggling with alcohol addiction, recovery is possible no matter who you are, and The Plymouth House is available to help.
Fact #4: Alcoholism Can Be Fatal.
It can be easy to write off the detriment of heavy drinking, considering alcohol consumption is both legal and socially acceptable. It is important to note how much damage heavy drinking can do to the body, both short-term and long-term. Common short-term health risks include injuries, accidents, risky behaviors, violence and alcohol poisoning. Long-term health effects include liver disease, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, digestive issues, weakening of the immune system, several types of cancer, a decline in cognitive function, permanent memory loss, the development of psychiatric issues like anxiety and depression, financial issues, legal issues and interpersonal problems. Many of the health-related consequences of alcoholism can be fatal if the condition is left untreated.