Booze Gets Deadly in the Snow
Though you may feel warmer when you drink alcohol this winter, safety officials have recently reiterated that alcohol can actually be dangerous when temperatures drop outside. Lisa Koehler, a nurse who works in Wisconsin, said “Drinking alcohol gives you a misconception that you’re warm when you actually aren’t.” Though alcohol is very hazardous to your health in any season, if you have a problem with drinking you should be even more careful.
The illusion of warmth can actually be deadly. Because alcohol dilates the blood vessels that lie near to the skin on the human body, it draws blood away from the body core. In cold temperatures, the body focuses its warmth on the trunk, where the vital organs are. That’s why people’s extremities are the first things to get frostbite or hypothermia. Though no one wants to lose a hand, it’s better than dying from hypothermia. If you’re drinking alcohol this winter, you should be sure to drink even more in moderation than usual, and stay away from exposure to the cold.
If you have a problem with alcohol or drug abuse or know someone who does, you should seek help now for yourself or your loved one. Thankfully, there is good help available. Detoxification and behavioral therapy have proven to be effective in treating drug dependence. Addicts are often unable to complete treatment on their own or with family members, so it’s very important to seek the right treatment center. At Seabrook House, we customize our treatment plans to individual patient’s needs, so you know the help you’re getting is right for you or a loved one. Whether you need an in-patient facility, or outpatient care, Seabrook House is there for you with rehabilitation centers in New Jersey (NJ), Pennsylvania (PA), and an outpatient center in New York (NY). Contact Seabrook House today for any questions about drugs, alcohol, addiction, and treatment.