Overall, you probably don’t need us to tell you that Americans have a bit of a drinking problem. After all, the pleasant time of the Prohibition Era showcased our citizens’ desperation to get their hands on booze, a love that seems to extend to present times. Although research has proven that a little bit of wine doesn’t hurt you (in fact, it can help your heart), we have to consider that mass heavy drinking is a bit of an epidemic here in the states. As it turns out, to find the heaviest drinkers in America, all you have to do is head northeast to Maine. Let’s take a closer look now.
Welcome to New England
According to a 2016 report featured in Bangor Daily News, New England is the most alcohol-friendly region of the United States, a bit of a shocker when you consider how much partying goes on in Cali and the Pacific Coast. In fact, Maine, Vermont, and Connecticut tip the booze scales, with drinking rates that extend past 60%. The only other state outside this region to reach this list is Wisconsin, where cheese-lovers drown themselves in beer during celebrations.
It’s All about the Longitude
Oddly, some researchers have speculated that these drinking patterns may be connected to latitudinal points. In fact, alcohol consumption seems to increase the further north you go and decrease the further south you travel. Based on this hypothesis, these researchers are also suggesting that, during the cold winter months, people are overcome by boredom and lack of sunlight, and turn to drinking to cope with the chill and monotony.
However, you should also keep cultural factors in mind. After all, Utah (another cold-weather state) is among the states with the lowest drinking problems. Now, when you learn that 58% of Utah residents are Mormon, you will see why alcohol use is so low. Religion and spirituality play significant roles, too.
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.