|Craniofacial features associated with fetal alcohol syndrome (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is when an unborn fetus is affected by alcohol, resulting in physical, and mental defects. The most common effects from FAS include stunted growth, low birth weight, and developmental issues. It can affect behavior, mental development, and physical development. The only cause of FAS is alcohol, therefore it’s 100% preventable.
Binge drinking, excessive drinking, and chronic alcoholism increases the severity of FAS. Even drinking a small amount of alcohol can harm an unborn child.
There is no cure for FAS, so babies who are affected by this syndrome will have to live with the consequences of their mother’s drinking while pregnant. Some people affected by FAS will be able to live normal lives through treatments and training skills, while others will find it extremely challenging to live a regular life.
Research shows that when a mother drinks while pregnant, alcohol passes through the placenta from the mother’s blood into the baby’s bloodstream, which means the fetus has the same blood alcohol level as the mother. This is extremely dangerous, and can cause damage to fetus’ nervous system, and can kill, or stunt developing brain cells. It also blocks essential vitamins and nutrients from being absorbed. Alcohol reduces the amount of oxygen to the baby, leading to low birth weight, birth defects, and brain damage.
FAS may not be obvious at birth, but as the child grows, they may have a delay in development, behavioral problems, and poor coordination skills. Some children are misdiagnosed with ADHD, and may show signs of anxiety, restlessness, and frustration. This is because of FAS’s effect of their brain development.
If you are struggling with alcohol, now is the time to get help. FAS is completely preventable. Here at Synergy Group Services, we offer help to those in need through a specialized alcohol addiction treatment program. There is no judgement, only support for those who take the first steps into an addiction-free life. Mothers, or expecting mothers may find it difficult to ask for help because of the shame they may feel. However, there is no shame in asking for help, it’s courageous. Our holistic rehabilitation center will welcome you with open arms.
Binge drinking is the “consumption of an excessive amount of alcohol in a short period of time” with the purpose of getting drunk. It has negative health effects and social consequences such as alcohol poisoning, suicide, sexual assaults, violence, and traffic accidents.
Many students, young people, military people, and adolescents engage in binge drinking. However, the list isn’t all encompassing, anyone can binge drink. Many inexperienced drinkers put themselves at risk of being in an accident, sexual assault, and other harmful circumstances.
The most common demographic partaking in binge drinking are people under 25. Younger people may binge drink due to peer pressure, or social anxiety. It’s considered a social health problem, and can lead to fatal consequences.
|A Kranz (wreath) of Kölsch beer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Alcohol poisoning is a serious consequence of binge drinking. It can lead to hospitalization, vomiting, nausea, or even death. When a person is heavily intoxicated, they may be coerced into situations they normally wouldn’t do. Many rapes and sexual assaults happen when people are under the influence of alcohol. Drink spiking is known to happen at clubs, bars, and parties. Drink spiking is when a predator adds a drug, like a sedative to an unknowing victim’s drink with the purpose of executing a sexual assault.
Binge drinking can also lead to long term alcohol problems, such as liver disease, brain damage, or other organ damage. Research suggests those who regularly binge drink are at a higher risk for developing alcoholism.
If you binge drink regularly, or have a problem with drugs or alcohol, we offer help here at our Florida drug rehab center. Our alcohol addiction treatment program can guide you back to health and happiness. We also have a specialized chemical dependency treatment program that can help you regain balance in your life.
A vaccine for alcoholism is reportedly underway and is about to go through testing in Chile. The vaccine is similar to the drug Antabuse in that it makes the effects of alcohol unpleasurable upon consumption. When ingested, Antabuse makes a person sick if combined with alcohol. It is often taken as a deterrent because once ingested the otherwise tempted drinker knows that they will fall ill if they try to consume alcohol. The vaccine works in the same way – essentially creating an instant hangover including headaches and nausea if alcohol is consumed.
The concept behind the new vaccine and Antabuse is to deter alcoholics from picking up the first drink. Dr. Juan Asenjo, Director of the Institute for Cell Dynamics and Biotechnology at Universidad de Chile who worked on the vaccine says, “If we can solve the chemical, the basic part of the problem, I think it can help quite a bit.”
However once an alcoholic has crossed the line into addiction, sickness is usually inevitable anyway. A common phenomenon in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is to not pick up the first drink because it will lead to more drinks and more negative effects – including sickness, blackouts and regretful actions. The pain of such suffering that follows the first drink is what brings many alcoholics into alcohol addiction treatment and 12 step programs like AA. Just like Antabuse, the new vaccine may help to initially deter problem drinkers, but a program of recovery is often needed to sustain the desire to abstain from alcohol and drugs.
The lasting effects of the alcohol vaccine are curious because with deterrent drugs like Antabuse and methadone, the addict or alcoholic uses them for the duration that they wish to abstain from opiates or alcohol. Many experience relapses because they can discontinue taking the deterrent drugs when they decide they want to get high. With the vaccine for alcoholism, alcoholics may not have such a choice and therefore may never be able to consume alcohol without getting sick.
While some may have gotten sober via using drugs like Antabuse, hundreds of thousands have gotten sober through addiction treatment programs and a program of recovery. The new vaccine for alcoholism may serve as a surface level deterrent, but deeper level of lasting alcohol addiction recovery is often needed. This is attained through addiction treatment programs that work on the specific issues, traumas and individual circumstances that led to problem drinking and a program of recovery, group support and spirituality that help addicts and alcoholics become free of their addictions.