Alcohol addiction – Part 4: Rum

Alcohol is one of the most popular forms of substances abused in the United States. Its intake has infiltrated almost all the sections of the society and virtually each and every ritual, ceremony, social gathering and parties. Those who drink heavily often find it hard to realize the quick transition of their judicious social drinking to a dangerous alcohol addiction. There are multiple factors such as family problems, work stress, and social discomfort, depression, anxiety, anger, etc., that drive a person to turn to drinking as an escape route. Many people, apparently, depend on alcohol to cope with the adversities of life and often get entrapped into the clutches of alcohol addiction, unintentionally.

According to a 2016 report by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), in 2014, 87.6 percent of people aged 18 or older reportedly drank alcohol at some point in their lifetime. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggested that excessive alcohol use was the root cause of nearly 88,000 deaths in the United States, annually, during the period of 2006-2010.

Precisely, addiction to alcohol has chronically adverse effect on a person’s mental and physical health, as well as his family, job and other social relationships. Factors like age, drinking experience, gender,  amount of food consumed prior to drinking and genetics determine the effect of alcohol on an individual.

Addiction to specific type of alcohol: Rum

A lot of people get addicted to a particular type of alcohol as they are too fond of it and cannot do without drinking, despite getting only a short-term pleasure. Alcoholic beverages like beer, wine, vodka, and tequila have lower alcohol by volume than whiskey, spirits and rum. However, many people who start with beer and wine, often, switch to whiskey or rum eventually, leading to an addiction to them in due course of time.

Rum is a very popular form of a distilled alcoholic beverage primarily available in two forms-light and dark. The color and flavor of the rum are mainly governed by its aging in oak barrels. Light rums are commonly used in cocktails, whereas “golden” and “dark” rums are normally consumed straight or neat. Dark rums are also used for cooking. Further, cocktails such as Mojitos, Daiquiri, Mai tai, Cuba Libre, Pina Coladas, and Dark ‘n’ Stormys contain rum as an important component.

Dealing with rum addiction

Just like any other type of alcohol, even rum is both physically and psychologically addictive. A person addicted to rum starts drinking it compulsively regardless of the problems he or she develops due to problem drinking. Although rum is socially acceptable when present as an ingredient in cakes and sweets, those who are addicted to it even abuse these confectionaries in higher amounts. An addiction to rum often results in physical dependence leading to extremely dangerous withdrawal symptoms and making it very difficult for the addicts to walk the path of sobriety.

Treatment for an addiction to alcohol requires detoxification as the first step. Detoxification treatment under proper medical supervision prevents sudden withdrawal symptoms, relapse and any other severe consequences. Psychological support from family and friends as well as behavior modification programs can help the individuals addicted to alcohol in getting life-long freedom from an addiction to rum or any other substance.

Road to recovery

If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol addiction and is seeking professional help, the Florida Alcohol Addiction Helpline can assist you with details about the best alcohol treatment centers in Florida. Call us at our 24/7 helpline number 866-220-5381 to know about the best alcohol rehabs in Florida. You may also chat with our medical experts to learn more about various evidenced-based treatments available in the alcohol treatment centers in Florida.

To read the other parts of the series, “Alcohol addiction:”

Part 1: Beer

Part 2: Wine

Part 3: Vodka

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