In July 23 of the previous year, Amy Winehouse was found dead in her house at Camden Square. The news devastated the music industry and her fans because many regarded her as a great artist. It was later found out that she died from alcohol poisoning due to her binge drinking. Despite several attempts of getting sober in a rehab center, she would eventually relapse and go back to her bad habits.
The Rehab Center Warns You About Binge Drinking
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, binge drinking is when a person drinks so much alcohol that his or her blood alcohol levels are 0.08 grams and above. This usually happens after a person has more than five drinks within two hours. Binge drinking eventually results in acute intoxication which can be harmful. Although normally, binge drinkers are not alcoholics per se, people with alcohol problems sometimes resort into doing this, just like what Ms. Winehouse did.
The Rehab Center Can Give Diagnostic Criteria to Determine Alcohol Dependence
The rehab center can use two diagnostic criteria to determine if a person is dependent on alcohol. One of the frequently used diagnostic criteria is the DSM-IV-TR for Alcohol Dependence. Some of the criteria in their list include tolerance for alcohol, presence of withdrawal symptoms and there have been unsuccessful attempts to stop drinking. The other useful diagnostic criteria is the ICD Criteria.
The Rehab Center Can Help with Your Self-Evaluation
To further determine if a person has become dependent on alcohol, the rehab center may use an alcohol abuse screening quiz or guide that person through a self-evaluation. This brief exam, developed by the Office of Health Care Programs at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, will determine the drinking patterns of the person. However, this is not a replacement for a doctor’s diagnosis and is not a substitute for the evaluation done by a health care professional. It only functions as a guide that will help a person understand his or her alcohol use.
Alcoholism is a serious problem that has a solution. However, the path towards sobriety is not easy and we are here to help you. Please contact us to know more about our rehab center and the treatment options available for you. Let us guide you towards an alcohol-free future.
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