Alcohol Addiction – Part 3: Vodka

Alcohol is an integral part of the American culture, playing a central role in social gatherings, parties, weddings, funerals etc. Drinking is generally acceptable in most of the social situations, but, there are some individuals who overindulge in alcohol and end up developing an addiction to it. Surprisingly, many people drink in excessive quantities despite knowing that alcohol can lead to multiple health-related and social problems.

Alcohol is the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States, with many people succumbing to alcohol poisoning due to an addiction. According to a 2016 report by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), alcohol is responsible for the death of approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women annually in the U.S. Individuals develop an addiction to various types of alcohol, depending on gender, tolerance level, binge drinking, and certain health conditions.

Reasons why people develop an addiction to vodka

For the people who consume alcohol secretly, vodka is the preferred drink as it can be conveniently added to any other beverages. In fact, it is the most commonly abused alcoholic drink, with most people abusing vodka first, before moving on to other hard liquors. A 2014 study published in The Lancet, the largest of its kind in the country, revealed that a lot of Russians succumbed to drinking too much alcohol, particularly vodka.

Vodka is generally made by the distillation of fermented cereal grains or potatoes, though some modern brands use other substances, such as fruits or sugar. It has a high alcohol content but has a neutral taste, which makes it easier to be mixed with non-alcoholic drinks. Interestingly, most teenagers start drinking vodka at an early age as it does not taste as bad as other alcoholic drinks. As a consequence, many teens even involve in binge drinking.

Although, no single cause can be attributed for developing an addiction to vodka, factors such as genetics, psychological, ecological and social, play an important role in a person’s high susceptibility toward indulging in the alcoholic drink. Just like any other alcoholic drink, abusing vodka alters the brain’s chemistry and eventually makes a person dependent on it. Vodka abuse can suppress the release of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters which are responsible for sending nerve signals to different parts of the brain.

Though moderate indulgence can provide immediate positive effects, a long-term abuse causes an addict to feel agitated, angry or sleepy. Over time, this becomes a habit and a person requires more vodka to get the same effect. Due to the heavy sedating properties, a person addicted to vodka suffers from intense withdrawal symptoms during the recovery process.

It is often difficult to spot individuals who have vodka addiction as many people mix it with other non-alcoholic beverages. However, there are certain symptoms by which one can identify a person who has developed an addiction to vodka. Some of these signs are:

  • drinking alone in a secretive manner regularly
  • hiding bottles at mysterious places
  • getting late or avoiding events in order to drink
  • staggering, stumbling, having slurred speech, or other changes in behavior
  • drinking anytime, even in the morning and at any occasion
  • smelling bad, having feelings of nausea and vomiting

Getting help for vodka addition

Breaking the cycle of vodka addiction is tough but not impossible. 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 vodka or any other substance.

If you know anyone who is suffering from alcohol addiction and looking for a rehab center that can help you in recovering from your condition, the Florida Alcohol Addiction Helpline can assist you with details about various alcohol rehabs in Florida. You may call us at our 24/7 helpline number 866-220-5381 or chat online with our experts to get complete information on the best alcohol treatment centers in Florida.

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

Part 1: Beer

Part 2: Wine