Risky sexual behaviors – like unprotected sex or sex with poorly known partners – has long been linked to the abuse of drugs and alcohol. A study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found that the level of intoxication is further indicative of the likelihood that the drinker will engage in these behaviors. The researchers recommended focusing on the level of intoxication when addressing the potential for risky sexual behaviors that could result in issues like unwanted pregnancy or the contraction of hepatitis C or HIV.
Unsafe sex is only one of a thousand possible dangers that can befall those who drink to excess – health problems, financial issues, relationship stress, etc. – and that risk increases each time the person drinks heavily. Those who struggle with alcoholism, regular abuse of alcohol, and/or binge drinking have an even higher likelihood of falling victim to any one of these problems.
How can you help your loved one avoid the pitfalls of an alcohol use disorder?
Alcohol Use Disorders
There is a spectrum of disorders that fall under the classification of “alcohol use disorder.” Essentially, any use of alcohol that is problematic for the drinker and that the drinker is unable to control falls into this category. Binge drinking occurs when a woman drinks more than four alcoholic drinks and a man drinks more than five alcoholic beverages in a two-hour period, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Chronic drinking becomes an issue when a woman drinks more than seven drinks per week or a man drinks more than eight on a regular basis. Alcoholism is diagnosed when the person experiences withdrawal symptoms when without drugs or alcohol for any amount of time.
What all these disorders share in common is the risk to the drinker and everyone around him or her – and the fact that they are all treatable at an intensive and personalized rehabilitation program.
Clearing the Slate: Alcohol Rehab
No matter what your loved one’s experience with alcohol, here at Alta Mira we can help him or her to overcome the problem through our comprehensive treatment program. Learn more about our uniquely designed alcohol rehab and the different therapeutic interventions that we have to offer when you contact us at the phone number listed above today. We’re here to help you and your family create the lives that you deserve. Call now!