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Alcohol rehab in Ohio

Taking a decision to see a friend or a relative regarding a drinking problem is hard one. You may be in doubt if the person really has a problem. You may try to tell yourself that it is not your job to intervene. You may wonder that the individual will not want to be your friend. All of these are real concerns. However, if someone you really care about has a problem with drinking, it is really important that you talk to him or her about it. When talking to an individual about a drinking problem. Although you want to help, remember that you are not a counselor. You may need to get professional help for your friend or family member.

The most widely used substance in Ohio among youth–causes important and potentially life-threatening problems for this population. Research demonstrates that drinking is related with risk-taking and sensation-seeking behaviour among adolescents. Alcohol diminishes inhibitions that might increase the likelihood of unsafe activities. Individuals who start drinking before the age of 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who wait until age 21. Each additional year of delayed drinking onset decreases the risk of alcohol dependence by 14 percent. Teenagers who use alcohol are more likely to become sexually active at an earlier age, to have sex more frequently, and to engage in unprotected sex, which places them at greater risk of HIV infection and other sexually transmitted diseases. High school students in Ohio who use alcohol or other drugs are five times more likely than other students to drop out of school or to think that earning good grades is not important. It is these and other damaging effects and risks of alcohol consumption that has lead to the development of this learning module. Please take the time to find out more information about alcohol consumption, prevention, and getting help for youth.

Alcohol Poisoning

Alcohol poisoning is the result of drinking a large quantity of alcohol in a short period of time, and it can be deadly.

Signs of Alcohol Poisoning

  • The person is unconscious and cannot be woken up (for example, does not respond to sounds or physical contact such as shaking).
  • If the person appears to have a pale or bluish skin tone or is cold and/or clammy they may be suffering from alcohol poisoning.
  • Check the person's breathing. Look for slow breathing, meaning that the person takes less than eight breaths per minute. Also look for irregular breathing, with ten or more seconds between each breath. If they have either or both or these two then they may be suffering from alcohol poisoning.
  • If a person is asleep or passed out and has vomited without waking up.

What Should You Do If You Suspect Alcohol Poisoning?

  • Get help from someone, call an ambulance, pubic safety personnel, or anyone that can provide assistance.
  • Turn them onto their side so that if the person does vomit they will not choke, and do not leave them alone for any reason!
  • Treat every situation as critical. It is always "better to be safe than sorry."

Reducing the risks
Low-risk drinking guidelines
The National Health and Medical Research Centre Council of Australia have created a set of guidelines for men and women for low-risk drinking for both long-term harm and short-term harm.

For the general population, the guidelines for low-risk drinking for long-term harm are:

For males:
An average of up to four standard drinks daily.
No greater than 28 standard drinks weekly.
One to two alcohol-free days weekly.

For females:
An average of up to two standard drinks daily
No greater than 14 standard drinks weekly
One to two alcohol-free days weekly.

For the general population, the guidelines for low-risk drinking for short-term harm are:

For males:
No greater than six standard drinks on any one day, no more than three days weekly

For females:
No greater than four standard drinks on any one day, no more than three days weekly.

These guidelines assume:
The drinks are used at a moderate speed. For instance, men should not consume more than two standard drinks in the first hour, and no more than one standard drink per hour thereafter and females should not consume more than one standard drink per hour.
The individual drinking alcohol is not on medication; is not pregnant; will not be driving, operating machinery or performing any risky activity  or requires a degree of skill; and is over 18 years of age.
The individual is of average or larger size.

What are the long-term effects of heavy drinking?
Individuals who drink heavily for a long time have more possibilities of:

  • brain and nerve harm
  • high blood pressure and strokes
  • liver disease
  • damage to the foetus, for pregnant females
  • diseases of the stomach, digestive system and pancreas
  • breast cancer and throat cancer
  • low sex hormone levels
  • alcohol dependence

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