It’s legal and available just about everywhere. Alcohol is so commonplace, it’s barely considered a drug, much less addictive.
According to the CDC, 95,000 people die every year from alcohol abuse.
They include everything from overdoses and disease to DUIs and falls. Alcohol’s highly addictive, too: like other substances it can cause the brain to release certain reward chemicals that make us feel good. With repeated drinking, this chemical release fuels alcohol addiction.
Professional detox is critically important for alcohol use disorder. Alcohol withdrawal can be very dangerous in some cases. Long-term and heavy drinkers can experience seizures, heart attacks and even coma as alcohol leaves their system. With medical detox, patients can withdraw in safety and relative comfort.