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Alcohol Abuse Resources

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Did You Know? 11% of Alcohol in the US is Consumed by Underage Drinkers

Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States, and youth alcohol consumption is a big problem in Benton County. Alcohol abuse often leads to risky behaviors like binge drinking and drunk driving, which have the potential of harming other people as well as the individual doing the drinking. 

Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Get The FAQs Answers to Your Most Common Questions About Alcohol

Why does it matter what age I start drinking?

Your brain isn't finished developing until you're in your mid-twenties, generally speaking. Using alcohol while your brain is still developing has been shown to affect the parts of the brain that control memory, learning, impulse control, language, and decision-making—in short, parts that are really important!

Your age when you take your first alcoholic drink is also a major factor in your likelihood of addiction down the road. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, people who begin drinking before age 15 are 5 times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than people who waited until they turned 21. 

What is alcohol poisoning?

Alcohol is a toxin that affects your central nervous system, and when you drink a lot of it in a short period of time, you're at risk of alcohol poisoning. Alcohol poisoning is a potentially fatal complication of alcohol use that can cause you to become confused, pass out, throw up, slow or stop breathing, and/or have seizures. A person experiencing alcohol poisoning needs to be seen by a medical professional immediately.

What is considered binge drinking?

Binge drinking means consuming an excessive amount of alcohol in a short period of time. Generally speaking, this means five or more drinks within two hours for a man, and four or more drinks within two hours for a woman. Binge drinking can results in accidents, injuries, violent behaviors, sexually transmitted diseases, and alcohol dependence, just to name a few. 

Resources

  • Alcohol Abuse

    National Drug Fact Week presentation on alcohol use

  • Liquor Control Board

  • Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

  • Washington Association for Substance Abuse & Violence Prevention

  • Not My Kid

Drug & Alcohol Treatment in and around Prosser, Washington

If you or someone you know is in need of treatment for drug and/or alcohol abuse, please contact one of the following organizations.

Integrity Support Services, LLC

242 Division Street
Grandview, WA. 98930
(509) 882-8012

Valley Vista Medical Group

820 Memorial Street, Suite 1
Prosser, WA 99350
(509) 786-2010

Central Washington Comprehensive MH Sunnyside Center

1319 Saul Road
Sunnyside, WA 98944
(509) 837-2089

Merit Resource
Services

702 Franklin Avenue
Sunnyside, WA. 98944
(509) 837-7700

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