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Transcript of Barrier: Alcoholism
Alcoholism When living with an alcoholic not only is the health of the alcoholic affected but also loved ones that are around and witnessing the addiction. Families have to witness a horrible change in their loved one watching them go from how they were to uncoordinated not being able to hold a conversation and possibly aggressive.
(Drinking makes you forgetful, often leading to unsafe xxx, makes you think you are ready when you’re not)
("Alcohol use directly affects cognitive (thinking) and physical function.
Harmful alcohol use can reduce self-control and the ability to process information and assess risks. Poor Choices Living with Alcoholism Potential Risks •Blacking out Alcohol affects the brain in many ways. When alcohol enters the blood stream, it travels throughout the body in the blood flow, washing into the brain. This causes effects such as slurred speech, lack of coordination and in extreme cases, blackouts. Bibliography: http://www.drinkaware.co.uk/facts/effects-of-alcohol-2
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/health79a-eng.htm Peer Pressure Alcohol can have many different effects on a person’s health and mental state, for some it may cause them to become violent. Alcohol can potentially impact people’s self-esteem negatively, in few cases positively, but not always. For Tris, alcohol has shaped her way of life in many different ways, some she had no control over. Alcohol is a depressant. Some people, such as Kyla, use it to self-medicate, to mask the fear of never amounting to anything in life. Self Esteem AA (alcoholics Anonymous)
•The only requirement is to have a desire to stop drinking. AA had no dues or fees.
•Al-Anon helps you learn how to cope with challenges of someone else’s drinking. Offer opportunity to learn from the experiences of others who have faced similar problems. Takes a one day at a time approach.
National Institute on Drug Abuse
•Goal: To prevent the initiation of drug use and the escalation to addiction in those who have already initiated use.
•Develop effective medications and behavioral interventions to treat drug abuse and addiction and to prevent relapse;
•Develop treatments for drug abuse.
•develop the knowledge that leads to personalized or customized treatments; and
•Translate research-based treatments to the community.
SAMHA (Substance abuse and mental health administration)
•Last year alone approximately 20 million people who needed substance abuse treatment did not receive it and an estimated 10.6 million adults reported an unmet need for mental health care.
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
•For people who have grown up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional home.
National Institute on Drug Abuse Support Systems Harmful alcohol use can increase emotions and impulsivity and make some young people more likely to resort to violence in confrontation.”) Consuming alcohol is a way to suppress depression, they’re just running away from the problem. It relaxes them. Poor choices that could be made: Reasons of poor choices: A big issue is when it is a child living with an alcoholic parent. The child and parent role are then switched cause the child to have to grow up much faster than normal. They parent may forget to buy groceries or get violent with the child. Witch can cause it to have the child actually looking after the parent when it should be the other way around. This could be a problem because if a parent under the influence becomes violent with their child the kid isn’t going to want to tell anyone about it because they are going to feel embarrassed by their parent or guardian. The Alberta health services in Calgary offer support to children living with alcoholic parents. They offer information services were they can go to get information on what their parents are going through. They also offer mobile counseling were they can call in and talk to someone about what’s going on. It is important that when living with an alcoholic you don’t ecnore what is going on. The issue needs to be addressed. If it is ecnored it’ll only get worse but if you confront the problem there is a chance of helping the person before it gets any worse. But when addressing the drinker’s problem you can’t talk to them about it when they are intoxicated it will help more to talk to them when they are coherent and able to hold the conversation with you. Alcoholism is a mental obsession. A Mental obsession is like having a song stuck in your head, you walk around all day thinking about that song. No one physically put the song in your head but it’s still there. That’s how it is with an alcoholic no body is feeding him/ her drinks till there addicted they just wake up every morning with the thought in there head repeatedly saying you need a drink. Just like not being able to get the song out of your head they can’t get drinking out of theirs. People living with alcoholics need to realize that there not doing this to get back at you or just being stubborn alcoholism is a very strong disease When living with an alcoholic you want to try and help them stop and get better but the truth of the matter is no one can make them stop, they have to stop on their own be that they realize on their own that what they’re doing is hurting everyone around them or realizing it on other circumstances. •Decreased immune system alcohol alters the digestion of nutrients that the body needs to stay healthy, weakens the immune system in the body •Cancer- Some cancers that alcoholism can cause are, bladder, breast, colorectal and kidney. •Death- various causes of death due to excessive drinking include: nervous system failure, injury, choking on your own vomit, and alcohol poisoning. •Decreased inhibitions - decreased judgement results in behavior not socially acceptable. It can be embarrassing and even dangerous. Drinking and driving
(Can’t react/respond as quickly, bad coordination, different perspective of speed and distance) 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
12 to 19 years
Males 278,920 289,159 287,385 274,222 249,695
Females 176,590 168,054 183,085 181,213 178,728 Being unable to communicate properly, slowing down reflexes, change of personality, alcohol just doesn’t allow them to think about the consequences in the same way. It was tested, on groups of people, that they are aware of the consequences, just unable to 'care' about the mistakes to be made. The theory was also tested on Lab rats, it was shown that it did indeed affect a person's ability to make decisions by changing their perception of risk. “A four-year study of 200 college students found that those who drink heavily and started drinking at an early age demonstrate poor decision-making skills, just like long-term, chronic alcoholics. Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia believe early onset binge drinking negatively affects psychological development.” “Specifically, the researchers found that alcohol affects certain brain regions involved in error processing more than others.” Personal experiences: More evidence: Triston
My step dad got drunk and got over protective of himself. He started to attack everyone including myself. We were just trying to help him, he actually did hurt many of my family members, excluding myself, my mom, grandpa, and my two aunties, his sisters. 60% of grade 10's drink. 45% of these drinkers were pressured the first time 100% of my friends have drank at least once, and 13/17 felt pressured their first time, including myself if you hand out with people and all you do is drink, and never actually hang out with them, are they really friends? Yes and no, but if you don't want to drink don't do it. It's not worth it if you don't want to. Meghan
When she was young, My auntie's parents were
both alcoholics. She would wake up in the morning
after a party, snacks would be laying every where, and no parents awake to tell her what to do. When she was nine, their family moved to Grand Prairie. Both her parents started attending AA meetings. She says the only thing she remembered was thinking they were never going to have fun again. Even if she herself has proved not to drink, she still calls herself an alcoholic because of the addiction tendencies she experiences. people that go to a party and don't drink are made fun of depending on the party. even beaten up just because they don't drink. All of my friends and myself have seen this first hand. Teenagers pressured into drinking are more likely to drink again around friends to fit in.