According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 14.5 million American adults ages 12 and older have alcohol use disorder. Alcohol is prevalent everywhere we go, from restaurants and social gatherings to events and workplace functions. As it’s quite common for people to drink, it can be easy to miss when an individual’s drinking has become a problem. If you suspect that your loved one can benefit from the alcohol addiction intervention process, keep reading for a complete guide on signs an intervention is needed, how to stage an intervention and what mistakes to avoid.
What Is Alcoholism?
Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a brain disorder that prevents a person from being able to control or stop their consumption of alcohol despite negative consequences. Previously, the condition was called alcoholism or alcohol addiction, but the term “alcohol use disorder” is used by most healthcare professionals and addiction professionals today. AUD is a chronic disease that can present itself on a spectrum, with people having a mild, moderate or severe addiction.
The Dangers of Alcohol Use Disorder
Alcohol may be legal for individuals over 21 to drink, but that doesn’t mean it’s an entirely safe substance. When it’s consumed in excess, alcohol can have negative side effects. In the United States, alcohol is the third-leading cause of preventable deaths, killing approximately 95,000 people annually.
Individuals with AUD are at a higher risk of alcohol-related health problems, including: