In the U.S., military service is linked with increased risks for potentially dangerous substance abuse related to the consumption of alcohol and prescription medications. Risks are especially high in servicemen and servicewomen stationed in combat zones or actively exposed to combat situations. According to the current research consensus, women in the military drink more often than their civilian counterparts. However, the results of a study published in July 2014 in the journal Armed Forces & Society indicate that the reverse situation may hold true. Among other things, the authors of this study linked lower rates of alcohol use by women in the military to fear of sexual assault and sexual harassment by other military personnel.
Anyone who regularly consumes alcohol in excessive amounts can eventually develop moderate, severe or even life-threatening degrees of liver damage. Researchers are well aware that long-term heavy drinkers who also participate in the drunkenness-producing, short-term practice called binge drinking can substantially worsen the overall amount of liver damage they ultimately sustain. In a study published in September 2014 in the journal Hepatology International, researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine explored the underlying reasons why binge drinking produces this additive effect. The researchers concluded that untreated binge drinking can actually lead to liver-damaging changes in the body’s DNA.
Adriana knew deep down she had a drinking problem but didn’t know exactly how it had gotten so bad. She had liked drinking since high school, but for a long time, she could take it or leave it. It had started out as a weekend thing, but as work life and relationships—oh, the craziness of relationships—had evolved, she’d somehow stepped up to drinking on weeknights. Then every night. Finally, her drinking had gotten so bad that she was regularly going into work the next day still drunk from the night before. She’d lost her job. Her family had intervened on her, which was how she’d found herself in rehab for alcoholism the first time.
Despite the fact that statistics in recent years show that teenage drinking has decreased, it is still a significant problem among young people. Alcohol is the most frequently abused substance by teenagers. Pediatric professional journals report that three quarters of teens try alcohol before they reach graduation day. More than half of high school seniors say that they’ve gotten drunk at least once. Teenage consumption of alcohol isn’t just a shame, it has serious repercussions. Alcohol contributes to more than 30 percent of all teen deaths.
Alcohol is the substance most frequently abused by teenagers in America. According to medical reports, 14 percent of teens admit to having been drunk at least once in the past 12 months. Eight percent of teens who drink, binge drink, meaning they consume five or more drinks at one sitting.
According to the Department of Health in the United Kingdom, citizens there who drink alcohol may be wrong about how much they are consuming. A new British survey finds that drinkers could be off by as much as 40 percent. The British health survey found that people regularly misjudged both how much and how often they drink.
English studies reveal the fully 80 percent of those who are over-consuming alcohol know that drinking too much is risky, but fail to see themselves as heavy drinkers. The majority judged themselves to be moderate drinkers and, as such, had no plans to reduce the amount they drink. A person must recognize danger before they will take steps to avoid it.
There comes a point in many people’s recovery journey when they just “need a dose of Terri.” They need someone who cares unconditionally, who won’t be repelled by their anger or give up on them even in the most difficult situations. At The Right Step Hill Country, that person is Terri Edwards.
Determined and direct, Terri helps clients identify their feelings and express them in healthy ways. If they’re feeling raw and angry, she doesn’t run away. Instead, she meets them where they’re at.
Vicki serving ice cream to a client during an event.
Over 17 years ago, Vicki Piper made a decision that changed the rest of her life: She went to rehab. She met with a therapist; she worked the 12 Steps. Today, her recovery remains one of her top priorities as well as one of her most treasured accomplishments.
Finding the Answers Within
Vicki is finding the answers in her own life but she doesn’t pretend to have all the answers for her clients.
Drug use is estimated to cost $6,120 per second in the U.S. In the time it took you to read that sentence, more than $12,000 vanished in lost productivity, criminal justice costs and drug-related crimes. Since 2007, the National Drug Intelligence Center estimates that drug use has cost the country $193 billion. In the current economic climate, it seems as though any measure to remove these mounting losses should be carefully considered and implemented as soon as possible. Although the solution is as simple as replacing ineffective prison sentences with rehabilitation for substance abuse, these losses continue to mount with startling regularity.