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For most adults, moderate alcohol use is probably not harmful. However, about 18 million adult Americans are alcoholics or have alcohol problems. Alcoholism is a disease with five main features:

  • Craving – a strong need to drink
  • Loss of control – not being able to stop drinking once you’ve started
  • Physical dependence – withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, or shakiness when you don’t drink
  • Tolerance – the need to drink greater amounts of alcohol to feel the same effect
  • Disruption of life’s normal activities in lieu of drinking (not showing up to work, missing family time).

Alcoholism carries many serious dangers. Heavy drinking can increase the risk of certain cancers. It can cause damage to the liver, brain, and other organs. Drinking during pregnancy can harm your baby. Alcoholism also increases the risk of death from car crashes, injuries, homicide, and suicide.

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Alcohol abuse or functional alcoholism, can also lead to major problems. While wine might have some health benefits in small amounts, daily drinking can become very problematic. Increase in psychological problems including anxiety, insomnia, and relational problems can occur for regular users or alcohol or binge users. In addition to these problems, feeling like one is tied to the bottle as a means of socialization or relaxation, becomes eventually unmanageable for most. Below are lists of statists associated with alcohol abuse.

  • 51.3% percent of adults 18 years of age and over are current regular drinkers (at least 12 drinks in the past year):
  • 12.9% percent of adults 18 years of age and over are  current infrequent drinkers (1-11 drinks in the past year):
  • Number of alcoholic liver disease deaths: 15,990
  • Number of alcohol-induced deaths, excluding accidents and homicides: 25,692

Matthew Bruhin & Associates has assisted hundreds of clients cut down on their drinking or stop completely with our San Diego alcohol treatment. We are well aware of the social element alcohol plays in American life. We are also aware that dealing with drinking issues are extremely challenging. We work with you through the process to compete your goals when it comes to alcohol. Our alcohol therapy and alcohol counseling are structured individually to your clinical needs and stage of drinking, to help you get back to a state of health. Below are a few criteria that indicate you might need help.

In the past year, have you:

  • Had times when you ended up drinking more, or longer, than you intended?
  • More than once wanted to cut down or stop drinking, or tried to, but couldn’t?
  • More than once gotten into situations while or after drinking that increased your chances of getting hurt (such as driving, swimming, using machinery, walking in a dangerous area, or having unsafe sex)?
  • Had to drink much more than you once did to get the effect you want? Or found that your usual number of drinks had much less effect than before?
  • Continued to drink even though it was making you feel depressed or anxious or adding to another health problem? Or after having had a memory blackout?
  • Spent a lot of time drinking? Or being sick or getting over other aftereffects?
  • Continued to drink even though it was causing trouble with your family or friends?
  • Found that drinking—or being sick from drinking—often interfered with taking care of your home or family? Or caused job troubles? Or school problems?
  • Given up or cut back on activities that were important or interesting to you, or gave you pleasure, in order to drink?
  • More than once gotten arrested, been held at a police station, or had other legal problems because of your drinking?
  • Found that when the effects of alcohol were wearing off, you had withdrawal symptoms, such as trouble sleeping, shakiness, restlessness, nausea, sweating, a racing heart, or a seizure? Or sensed things that were not there?

If you have experienced some of the problems listed above, you might be in need of San Diego alcohol treatment. This includes an alcohol assessment, alcohol therapy, or addiction counseling. We are here for you and welcome you to call our office anytime. Remember, letting things stay the same, never improves anything, especially not drinking problems. Reach out and challenge yourself to make the first step. We are here for you!

Matthew Bruhin & Associates offers addiction treatment services, counseling, and therapy to people living in greater San Diego County including:
La Jolla, North Park, Hillcrest, University Heights, Downtown San Diego, Point Loma, Mission Hills, South Park, Bankers Hill, UTC, La Mesa, El Cajon, Chula Vista, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Old Town, Mission Valley, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas.