ADDICTION SPECIALISTS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT OHIO’S ALCOHOL LAWS
- April 14, 2019
Without putting too much emphasis on underlying issues, medical professionals have unanimously agreed that Ohio is suffering from one heck of a drinking problem. Over the course of several decades (alongside the Opioid Crisis, in a twist of irony), updated laws in the Buckeye State have given residents more access to liquor, beer, wine, and a whole manner of spirits. Needless to say, addiction specialists across the Heartland of America are horrified. Even worse, these officials are warning the public that this widespread use of booze can potentially threaten the balance of public safety. Let’s take a closer look at a recent report from the Dayton Daily News and see how severe the problem has gotten.
Lifting Alcohol Restrictions
According to the official investigation from Dayton Daily News, the Ohio governor had signed 12 bills into law that relaxed restrictions on booze across the Buckeye State since 2012. Ultimately, these new rules would allow a variety of activities, including the offering of samples and limited carryout orders at microdistilleries as well as the promotion of open containers of alcohol at parties outdoors.
So how have these updates turned out? Since 2012, liquor companies have made more than $500 million, and Ohio craft brewers have skyrocketed over 400%.
A Cause for Concern
On that note, how do health advocates feel about these updates? According to members of the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, the state’s new alcohol laws do not co-align with any existing evidence, and government leaders should be increasing taxes on booze, not lowering these. Amy Bush Stevens, VP of Prevention at HPIO, explained that stakeholder groups can definitely profit from alcohol sales. Similarly, Cindy Clouner, managing director of the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse and Prevention at The Ohio State University, explained that this increase in alcohol availability and its frequent use in the food industry poses a significant threat to Ohioans’ health.
Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Abuse or Alcoholism
Alcohol withdrawal can easily be one of the most frightening aspects of healing. During the course of the recovery process, you will suffer from minor to severe symptoms that may include night sweats, hallucinations, fevers, anxiety, and sadness, but always remember that you can find the strength to overcome these problems. However, you must always seek medical attention when you have decided to cut ties with alcohol, as the withdrawal process can be notoriously dangerous. Never attempt to do this without the supervision of a trained specialist.
If you are suffering from a severe case of alcoholism or alcohol abuse, or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of alcohol withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.