Alcohol-based products triggering addiction – Part 4: Enjoying alcoholic milkshake

When it comes to alcohol, Americans surely know how to enjoy it in different forms. Leave aside the cocktails; people are now going for the new fad – the boozy milkshakes.

Alcoholic milkshakes are common on the menus of restaurants. And those who want to savor the concoction in the comfort of the house can try the recipes at home. The increasing prevalence of such means of relaxation raises an important question, “Are these bad for the body?” People who enjoy the alcoholic milkshakes justify that combination of milk and alcohol does not do much harm. The presence of milk does slow down the absorption of alcohol in the bloodstream, preventing one from getting drunk too quickly, but it does not reduce the harmful effects of alcohol.

Too much of anything cannot be healthy

According to studies, even moderate drinking can result in various irremediable disorders, both physiological and psychological. Consuming milkshakes containing alcohol in large quantities quite often is not a healthy option as the body might get tuned to alcohol. Bingeing on alcoholic milkshakes is equal to taking small quantities of alcohol at a more frequent pace, thus, necessitating immediate detox or an appropriate treatment.

High risk of diabetes

Dairy products, if taken in excess, can cause accumulation of extra calories, saturated fat and cholesterol. An average boozy milkshake contains all the excess calories the body does not need, fat of which a major portion is saturated and high content of sugar that is enough to trigger problems analogous to diabetes. Some people prefer to have an increased alcohol content in their milkshakes, which makes the body feel the effect of alcohol almost immediately. Since diluting the drink requires extra sugar, it only adds to the existing sugar content.

AUD is a big problem

Millions of Americans are suffering from alcohol use disorder (AUD), but this does not prevent Americans from coming up with new means of enjoying alcohol. The fact that America has a drinking problem can be gauged from the findings of the study titled “Epidemiology of DSM-5 Alcohol Use Disorder: Results From the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions III” that an estimated 32 million adult Americans suffered from an AUD in 2014. The study, published online in the journal JAMA Psychiatry in June 2015, found an increasing number of Americans afflicted with a drinking problem that becomes severe in the long run.

The idea is to treat alcohol like any other addictive substance and frame guidelines regarding its consumption, but the U.S. government prefers to look the other side when it comes to restricting its use or bar its availability like other psychotropic drugs. The most grievous part of Americans turning alcoholic is that an increasing number of teenagers are adopting drinking habit, misconstruing it as a rite of passage to adulthood.

Scope of recovery

The problem of AUD is a big concern in the U.S, but the most disturbing observation is that only 20 percent AUD-stricken people seek treatment. This can be attributed to existing social prejudice attached to seeking the necessary treatment or due to many living in denial that they have a problem.

The fact that alcohol milkshakes contain alcohol come with its own set of health risks. If you or someone you know is seriously addicted to alcohol, it’s time to seek professional assistance. Contact the Alcohol Addiction Get Help for evidence-based treatments for alcohol addiction. Call at our 24/7 alcohol addiction treatment helpline number 866-281-3014 or chat online with our addiction treatment experts to know more about the best alcohol addiction treatment centers.

Read the other articles of the series, “Alcohol-based products triggering addiction”:

Part 1: Palcohol may contribute to alcohol addiction problem

Part 2: Americans drooling over boozy popsicles

Part 3: Jello shot users likely to drink more