As an individual habitually drinks, the liver becomes more efficient at removing alcohol from the bloodstream, and the alcoholic must consume ever increasing amounts of alcohol to receive the same effects. This greatly contributes to alcohol addiction. Alcohol depresses the central nervous system by interfering with communication between brain cells, most notably nerve cells. Most people drink one or more of the following forms of alcohol. Approximately 8% of the United States population is addicted to alcohol and would be considered an alcoholic. Many more experience periods of unhealthy drinking activity. The sustained use of alcohol has numerous long term health effects, including emotional instability and irritability, memory loss, liver damage, heart disease, brain damage, vitamin deficiency, stomach ulcers, skin problems, and sexual performance problems. Because alcohol is legal, it is more difficult to convince the alcoholic that he or she needs help for their drinking problem. Frequently, an alcoholic may only acknowledge the need for treatment after injuring another or damaging property while drinking. For the long-time alcoholic, detox is often needed prior to entering alcohol rehab because the shakes or delirium tremens may develop from alcohol withdrawal if alcohol use is stopped immediately without medical intervention.
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