Surviving an Alcoholic Culture in a Global Pandemic

As an Addiction Medicine Physician, my Hippocratic Oath is to serve my patients above all else. I believe that it’s time to revolutionize the way we look at health and wellness. A nation under seize by an epidemic of moral despair, we remain on high alert seeking refuge from an endless cycle of self-medication with drugs and alcohol. But why is that? As humans our unique and abundant gifts are to be celebrated, yet an Alcoholic Culture trivializes our value to self and encourages instead, a relationship to toxic dependence. A global pandemic informs our view as a growing number of individuals succumb to binge drinking, a societal norm that has manifested itself as a fodder of movie favorites in films such as the Hangover and other popular cult favorite films.

Despite the evidence establishing heavy alcohol use to negative health impact, we are literally poisoning ourselves with alcohol while we “stay safe” at home during the Coronavirus outbreak. Happy Hours with friends and colleagues via the internet is a “wine-o’clock” sensation, but at what cost? “According to a research study, chaired by Professor David Nutt, a panel concluded that the current drug classification systems do not take into account the actual harms done by various drugs and have little relation to that harm caused. "It is intriguing to note that the two legal drugs assessed — alcohol and tobacco — score in the upper segment of the ranking scale, indicating that legal drugs cause at least as much harm as do illegal substances.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cites more than 37 million adults, and over 5 million teens in the US alone report episodes of binge drinking.  Quite common among Europeans, “half a million adults have increased their drinking to severely dangerous levels since lockdown began, official figures suggest. The number consuming more than 50 units of a week has soared by 33 per cent, according to Public Health England. Women and those in their 30s and 40s have been most affected, which experts believe is due to the strain of balancing childcare with work.”

The sobering statistics proving the correlation between alcohol, the body and the brain are well established. “Alcohol can produce detectable impairments in memory after only a few drinks and, as the amount of alcohol increases, so does the degree of impairment. Large quantities of alcohol, especially when consumed quickly and on an empty stomach, can produce intervals of time for which the intoxicated person cannot recall key details of events, or even entire events. Blackouts are much more common among social drinkers than previously assumed and should be viewed as a potential consequence of acute intoxication regardless of age or whether the drinker is clinically dependent on alcohol.” Over time, the cumulative effects of alcohol use may even cause significant deficiencies, robbing us of essential nutrients that are found in the living cells of our body. At what point do we ask ourselves if the alcoholic culture ingrained into our society, is doing us more harm than good? Moreover, where do we begin to replenish, restore and heal?

At Revolution Psychiatric and Addiction Treatment, I specialize in a natural method of outpatient detoxification for alcohol and chemical dependency. BR+ NAD uses megadoses of Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD), a coenzyme found in all living cells. NAD plays a crucial role in the chemical process of generating energy, especially in the brain. The nutrient-based formula is used to replenish the supply of neurotransmitters, improving cognitive functioning and easing withdrawal from addictive substances. I believe my patients deserve the very best in comprehensive and compassionate approaches to healing, and that’s why we are revolutionizing addiction treatment with BR + NAD. Call 425-243-5773 now to schedule a consultation and join the revolution!

DISCLAIMER: NAD+ qualifies as a supplement under FDA guidelines. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Intravenous NAD+ therapy is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.







Dr. Richard Repass

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