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Alcohol People who drink alcohol are more likely to engage in use tobacco products, have poor grades or job performance, high-risk sexual behavior, and experiment with illegal drugs. Long-term heavy drinking damages the liver, nervous system, heart,...Read More
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Alcohol

People who drink alcohol are more likely to engage in use tobacco products, have poor grades or job performance, high-risk sexual behavior, and experiment with illegal drugs. Long-term heavy drinking damages the liver, nervous system, heart, and brain. It can lead to high blood pressure, stomach problems, medicine interactions, sexual problems, osteoporosis, and cancer. Alcohol abuse can also lead to social isolation, accidents, violence, jail or prison time, and problems at work and home. Alcohol abuse causes over 100,000 deaths in the Canada and United States each year. It is the drug most commonly used by children aging from 12 to 17. Alcohol-related car crashes are the leading cause of death in teenagers.

Drugs

Drug abuse includes the use of illegal drugs such as marijuana, methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin, or other "street drugs"-and the abuse of legal prescription and nonprescription drugs. Some people use drugs to relieve stress and emotional problems or to get "high". In the United States and Canada, approximately 40% of adults will use an illegal drug at some time during their lives.

 

Causes

Alcohol Abuse:

Although scientists cannot pinpoint specific reasons why alcoholism prosper, they have diagnosed several contributing factors. Genetic predisposition, environment, and mental health are the leading risk factors for developing this disease. These factors explain why members of a family with identical life experiences may react to alcohol consumption in different ways. Different members may respond very differently to treatment and face unique challenges in recovery, even where alcohol abuse and addiction are prevalent.

Drug Abuse:

Changes in the brain. Physical addiction appears to occur when repeated use of a drug, alterate the way your brain feels bliss. The drug addiction can cause the physical change to some nerve cells (neurons) in your brain. Neurons use chemicals called neurotransmitters to communicate.

   

Symptoms

Alcohol Abuse:

Alcoholism withdrawal may cause following symptoms:

  •  Extreme agitation or anxiety
  • Tremors, Convulsions or uncontrolled shaking of the hands (or even the entire body)
  • Profuse sweating, even in cold conditions
  • Persistent insomnia
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations

 Alcohol detoxification is posed greater health risks than other drugs. A sudden discontinuation of alcohol consumption can often induce a condition known as delirium tremens. A person can even die as a result of alcohol withdrawal. Generally, medical detoxification is needed to safely discontinue heavy drinking.

Drugs Abuse :

 Changes in appearance can be additional clues to possible drug use and may include:

  •  Bloodshot or glazed eyes.
  • Dilated or constricted pupils.
  • Abrupt weight changes.
  • Bruises, infections, or other physical signs at the drug’s entrance site on the body.

 Changes in behavior, such as the following, can indicate a problem with drug abuse:

  •  Increased aggression or irritability.
  • Changes in attitude/personality.
  • Lethargy.
  • Depression.
  • Sudden changes in a social network.
  • Dramatic changes in habits and/or priorities.
  • Financial problems.
  • Involvement in criminal activity.

   

Prevention

Alcohol Abuse:

  1.  Keep track. Keep track of how much you drink.
  2. Count and measure. Know the standard drink sizes so you can count your drinks accurately.
  3. Set goals.
  4. Pace and space.
  5. Include food.
  6. Find alternatives.
  7. Avoid "triggers."
  8. Plan to handle urges.

Drugs Abuse:

  1.  Effectively deal with peer pressure. The biggest reason teens start using drugs is because their friends utilize peer pressure.
  2. Deal with life pressure.
  3. Seek help for mental illness.
  4. Examine the risk factors.
  5. Keep a well-balanced life.
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