Be Proactive: The Importance of Alcohol Screenings

Edited by Paul Alexander

Last updated May 19, 2016

In 2014, more than 16 million adults had an alcohol use disorder and nearly 88,000 people died from alcohol-related causes according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. However, alcoholism is not only treatable, it is preventable as well. Alcohol screenings can support early detection and intervention, saving lives. By answering a few simple questions, you and your loved ones can determine whether you may be at risk for an alcohol use disorder, and if you are, get the help you need from a treatment center such as Northbound.

Alcohol screenings require nothing more than a little time and some honest answers. You may be screened by your doctor, or you can take an online evaluation. The process begins by looking at how frequently you drink. Recommended guidelines are no more than four standard drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week for men, and no more than three standard drinks per day and no more than seven drinks per week for women. It is important to note that a standard drink is 12 oz. of beer, 5 oz. of wine, or 1.5 oz. of 80-proof distilled spirits. Many people underestimate how much they are actually drinking because they are exceeding standard drink sizes.

Screenings go on to examine how your drinking has affected your health and life, such as experiencing signs of withdrawal, not being able to control your drinking, having relationship problems, getting into legal trouble, or not fulfilling normal obligations. If these issues are detected, it could mean that you are at risk for having an alcohol use disorder. These red flags can be motivation to seek treatment and regain control of your life.

Northbound also conducts in-depth evaluations to determine the impact of alcohol use on your physical, mental and social well-being to more effectively create a personalized approach to treatment. Starting with detox, you will have support along the entire continuum of care as you follow the path to recovery and rebuild your life. Admitting that you have an alcohol use disorder can be difficult, but there is help available and recovery is possible at Northbound.

Admitting that you have a problem with alcohol is a big step, but the chance to get a fresh start. When did you realize you needed treatment? Call Northbound today and we’ll guide you through the process: (866) 311-0003.

Article Reviewed by Paul Alexander

Paul AlexanderPaul Alexander is the founder and CEO of Northbound Treatment. He received his Certified Addiction Treatment Specialist training at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA, and was awarded Outstanding Alumni Service Award in 2002. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, Law and Society, Summa Cum Laude, from University of California, Irvine, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. He believes wholeheartedly in transformational leadership, organizational health and effective, fully integrated substance use disorder treatment.


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