EtOH Abuse & Alcohol Addiction

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EtOH Abuse 

EtOH is shorthand for ethanol, which is the chemical name for alcohol. There are other types of alcohol, but EtOH is what people drink. Ethanol has a number of other uses including in medical wipes and hand sanitizer. 

Alcohol is one of the most widely abused drugs across the world. While some countries ban use, it is legal in most and social acceptance is high. As a result, many people do not realize the dangers and when their use has turned into a problem. 

Side Effects of EtOH Abuse

Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, meaning it reduces stimulation in parts of the brain. 

Some symptoms may include:

  • Confusion/memory impairment
  • Slowed breathing
  • Lowered heart rate
  • Euphoria
  • Impaired motor skills

The above symptoms are short-term and some, like euphoria, are why people continue to drink despite negative aspects. 

Long-term symptoms may include:

  • Depression
  • Brain damage
  • Liver failure/disease
  • Increased risk of cancer

With more severe alcohol abuse and addiction withdrawal can be dangerous and even life-threatening. 

Treatment for EtOH Abuse and Addiction

It is not impossible to stop drinking on one’s own, but the longer and more severe the abuse the more difficult and dangerous this becomes. Alcohol is one of the few drugs where death is a serious risk with severe addiction and withdrawal. 

For anyone struggling with addiction, it is best to seek help from a qualified professional. They can help make withdrawal and recovery as comfortable and safe as possible. Further, they can help set up patients for a stronger chance at long-term recovery. 

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