Premature Cellular Aging Caused by Alcohol, Continued

substance abuse treatment centers in Greensboro NCWelcome back. In our previous blog post, we talked about a problem that many people are unaware of. New studies show that excessive alcohol abuse not only ages your skin and organs, it also ages your body's cells. This is a problem for many reasons. If you're tired of looking substance abuse treatment centers in Greensboro NC that work, try Legacy Freedom. You'll love our outpatient options.

In addition, almost 30% of adults in the U.S. report that they have been binge drinking in the past month. More than half of adults in the U.S. have drunk at least one alcoholic beverage within the past month.

Naruhisa Yamaki, M.D. and clinical fellow at the Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine states the following after researching the aging of cells with alcohol abuse, "Telomeres, the protein caps on the ends of human chromosomes, are markers of aging and overall health. Every time a cell replicates, a tiny bit of telomere is lost, so they get shorter with age. But some groups may have shorter telomeres for reasons other than aging. Our study showed that alcoholic patients have a shortened telomere length, which means that heavy drinking causes biological aging at a cellular level. It is alcohol rather than acetaldehyde that is associated with a shortened telomere length."

Yamaki also states that "We also found an association between telomere shortening and thiamine deficiency (TD). TD is known to cause neuron impairments such as Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome. Although how exactly TD can cause neural impairments is unclear, it is well known that oxidation stress causes telomere shortening and, thus, it is possible that oxidation stress may also cause neuron death."

Understanding alcohol abuse and binge drinking and how dangerous it can be is important. For males who consume more than five alcoholic drinks at once that is considered binge drinking. For women, four or more drinks in one sitting is also considered binge drinking. Because binge drinking is very bad for your health, it's important to become more aware of how much we consume all at once.

Now that you know that alcohol affects more than just how you look and feel over time, and that it actually affects your cells, you may be able to cut back on alcohol or stop drinking it all together, at least for your health. No one wants to willingly age themselves or their bodies. Consider alcohol rehab in order to recover from alcohol abuse now. Why wait? Take care of yourself and become as healthy as you can be by trusting our alternative therapy program to help fight alcohol abuse.

If you are drinking excessively and having a hard time taking this information seriously, it might be time for rehab.

Legacy Freedom isn’t like any other type of Greensboro substance abuse treatment you will experience. We offer the following to those struggling with alcohol use, in hopes to help you learn what life without drugs and alcohol will be like:

  • adventure therapy
  • comprehensive onboarding and evaluation
  • drug testing
  • dual diagnosis
  • family therapy
  • group therapy
  • individual counseling focused on the individual’s needs
  • life skills
  • parental support and assistance

If you're ready to beat alcohol abuse and get back on the path to a happy, healthy life, contact us at Legacy Freedom of Greensboro. We are here to help you with a personalized drug or alcohol treatment program that will work. Our outpatient programs have a 100% success rate for those committed to recovery. Don't wait. Call one of the top substance abuse treatment centers in Greensboro NC to get the help you need. Our counselors are standing by to walk you through recovery and into a life without addiction.

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