You are probably aware how HIV/AIDS is transmitted through the use of unclean needles or sharing multiple needs with sick people (as well as other dangerous behavior). While most of us associate this terrible sickness with heroin and other injectable drugs, though, did you know that alcohol can also contribute to the transmission of this autoimmune disease? According to a report from the Health Resources and Services Administration, non-injectable substances like alcohol can also serve as catalysts for HIV contraction (and the onset of AIDS) in innocent victims. So, how is this the case? Why does booze, of all things, help this virus get around (so to speak)? Let’s take a closer look and find out. The answers may surprise you (or maybe not).
Loss of Judgement
Laying down your inhibitions is the last thing you want to do at a crazy party, but, unfortunately, alcohol has a way of making you do things you’ll regret later in life. People who engage in binge drinking or daily drinking will also take part in risky behavior (stemming from impaired judgement), which put them at risk for contracting HIV/AIDS. Why is this the case? Although this might sound graphic, people (especially young adults, according to statistics) who are drunk can often become involved in crazed acts of unprotected group sex, which is a strong and dangerous risk factor for HIV transmission.
Susceptibility to a Monster Virus
HIV is already a monster, but, even more disturbing, alcohol can also physically make people more susceptible to this terrible illness. According to a study by Gregory J. Bagby (Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center), alcohol will increase a host’s vulnerability for contracting HIV. As part of the experiment, Bagby’s team studied a group of rhesus monkeys that had been purposely administered SIV (simian immunodeficiency virus). Surprisingly, the monkeys suffering through the early stages of infection and consumed alcohol had 64 times more of SIV in their bloodstreams than their non-alcoholic counterparts.
Based on this information, we can also note that alcohol can worsen the painful symptoms of HIV and AIDS in victims who have already contracted the virus.
Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Abuse or Alcoholism
Always remember that alcohol does not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your alcohol abuse or addiction troubles today.