Meeting co-workers for happy hour, celebrating birthdays, anniversaries and more…these are just a few occasions where alcohol is often accepted, even expected. This is our society’s legal, social drug—one that often brings embarrassment or even shame to those who want to quit drinking.
This is a reality of our culture, but if you or someone close to you is drinking too much, too often or too fast most of the time, the consequences far outweigh the temporary “fun” associated with drinking.
Alcohol is a drug that, when used heavily over years, can have serious effects on your body and mind. Constant alcohol use can affect your ability to learn, think and remember people, places and things. Alcohol can eventually disrupt your body’s ability to regulate its temperature, throw off your motor skills, wear your heart out and cause fatty tissue to build up in your liver to the point that it stops functioning. Alcohol use disorder takes a toll on every part of your body.