If you or someone you love has been suffering from an alcohol use disorder, CuraWest is available to help. We offer medical detox services and residential treatment options in Denver, Colorado, providing clients with an effective, multi-staged program of clinical care. Because the symptoms associated with alcohol withdrawal can be severe when left untreated, we recommend entering into a medical detox program regardless of the severity of the alcohol use disorder. Once you have been physically stabilized, you have the option of immediately transitioning into a higher level of care, where you will continue to heal on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual basis.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines alcohol as “an intoxicating ingredient found in beer, wine, and liquor.” Alcohol is produced by fermentation and it affects every single organ within the human body. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, one that leads to feelings of relaxation and causes a severe reduction in inhibitions. Alcohol enters the liver where it is metabolized by enzymes, and if the amount of alcohol entering the bloodstream cannot be effectively metabolized by the liver, it will cause drunkenness. There are multiple factors that affect how intoxicated an individual becomes when consuming alcohol, including how much is consumed, how quickly it is consumed, the body weight of the individual and whether or not there is an existing tolerance.
The CDC reports that a standard drink equates to 14 grams of alcohol. A standard drink is generally 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, 8 ounces of malt liquor or one shot of liquor – one shot is generally 1.5 ounces. Moderate alcohol consumption is defined as having somewhere around one alcoholic beverage per day – anything over that could be considered alcohol abuse. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggests that drinking in response to an uncomfortable emotional state is very dangerous, and could quickly lead to alcohol misuse. Most cases of alcohol misuse and addiction stem from self-medication.