By Scott Howell
Alcohol addiction is a chronic, progressive disease, genetically predisposed and fatal if untreated. While the opioid epidemic has made headlines recently, it’s important to also stay focused on mitigating the impact that alcohol can have on the nation’s overall health.
Alcohol is a depressant that slows message transfer to and from the brain and body in a way that can compromise problem-solving, judgment, concentration, reaction times and coordination. It can also impact short- and long-term health and, ultimately, wreak havoc on physical health, social lives and productivity.
For these reasons, specialized alcohol testing can play a key role in curtailing the impact of alcohol abuse and be the first important step toward recovery. Individuals and employers in need of Department of Transportation-certified alcohol testing should seek a lab that offers specialized, cost-effective drug and alcohol screening.
They should also educate themselves about the negative impact of alcohol in terms of devastating personal lives and communities, as well as the costs that must be absorbed by employers — who may not fully understand how it can undermine workplace performance.[Read more…] about Addressing the Needs of Individuals Battling Alcohol Addiction