Alcohol is one of the nation’s most abused substance and affects nearly 18 million people. It is said that 7 million children are currently exposed to at least one parent who is an alcoholic, abuses or has abused alcohol. Alcoholism is not defined by how much or how often one drinks, it is defined by what happens when they drinks.*
Excessive use of alcohol can have an effect on every aspect of a person’s life. Typically, alcoholics or people who are dependent on alcohol are unemployable, have constant financial difficulties, strained relationships with family and friends, serious health issues, psychiatric issues and suffer from many unintentional injuries from falls, motor vehicle accidents, burns, etc. Most alcoholics are also usually in denial and downplay the seriousness of their disease. Alcoholism or dependency is sometimes more apparent to loved ones than it is to the alcoholic.