The lifetime prevalence of alcohol abuse in the United States is estimated to

The lifetime prevalence of alcohol abuse in the

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systems around the world. The lifetime prevalence of alcohol abuse in the United States is estimated to be around 18%” (Mehta, 2016). Those who suffer from alcoholism are at an increased risk for suffering critical illness, as well as they are at a higher risk of complications, and increased healthcare needs compared to non-alcoholic patients. Alcoholism has been seen to impact certain disorders in the critical care setting including delirium, pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, sepsis, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, trauma, and burn injuries. Partaking in alcohol impairs the thinking process and decision making of the user. This being said alcohol has been seen as a contributor to traumatic injury for both unintentional, and intentional injuries and death. “It is estimated that 50% of all alcohol-related deaths are due to
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4 ALCOHOLISM injury, and alcohol is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States” (Mehta, 2016). Alcohol use disorder is a growing issue, Grant Bridget participated in a study researching the prevalence of alcohol use disorder, discovering that alcoholism rose by 49 percent in the first decade of the 2000s. He had also found one in eight American adults, or 12.7 percent of the U.S. population met the diagnostic criteria for alcohol use disorder, according to the study. (Bridget, 2017) Treatment The right and specific treatment for each person suffering from alcoholism depends on the person, and their situation and goals in mind. It is suggested to immediately speak to your doctor before making any decisions on treatment. Options for treatment can include, inpatient or
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