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Many people drink to celebrate special occasions, relax with friends, or unwind at the end of a long day. While drinking beer, wine and/or liquor isn’t necessarily the problem, drinking too much can increase a person’s risk for personal negative consequences, including increased health problems, injury while intoxicated and birth defects.

  • Chronic diseases such as liver cirrhosis, pancreatitis, various cancers, high blood pressure, and psychological disorders.
  • Unintentional injuries, including motor-vehicle traffic crashes, falls, drowning, burns, and firearm injuries.
  • Violence including child maltreatment, homicide and suicide.
  • Harm to a developing fetus if a woman drinks while pregnant –  fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.  
  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  • Alcohol use disorders.
CHCS Substance - Alcohol

Causes and Risk Factors

Excessive alcohol use includes binge drinking, heavy drinking, any alcohol use by people under the legal drinking age, and any alcohol use by pregnant women.  

Binge drinking is defined as a pattern of alcohol consumption that brings the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level to 0.08% or more. This pattern of drinking usually equates to 5 or more drinks on a single occasion for men, or 4 or more drinks on a single occasion for women, generally within about 2 hours.

Heavy drinking, for men, is typically defined as 15 drinks or more per week, and for women, 8 drinks or more per week.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, people who drink too much over a long period of time may experience alcohol’s longer-term effects, which can include Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), commonly known as alcoholism.

How We Help

A safe, clean detox is the second step to loosen the grip of drugs and alcohol. The first step comes from you: ask for help. The CHCS Residential Detoxification Unit (detox) offers a safe place to end addiction, whatever the substance. Our detox staff helps residents complete a safe withdrawal from alcohol and drug abuse, encourages continual substance use treatment, and motivates and empowers you to develop a healthy recovery lifestyle.

If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health crisis including suicidal or homicidal thoughts, please call the 24-Hour Crisis & Substance Use Helpline at 800-316-9241 or 210-223-SAFE (7233). Please call 9-1-1 if harm to self or others is imminent, or if possible overdose is occurring.


Restoration and Transformational Services for Adults​

The Center’s Restoration and Transformational Services helps people break the cycle of addiction and regain sobriety through safe, meaningful programs that reduce harms associated with substance use, promote total recovery for people with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, and provide better care coordination for the most acute people in Bexar County.

Residential Detoxification/Detox
(210) 261-3001

Your Time is Valuable!

At The Center for Health Care Services, we recognize the importance of your time and are committed to providing efficient and timely care Beginning February 1, 2024, The Center established prescriber scheduling instructions for quicker access to health care services.

For detailed instructions

If you have any questions or need additional information, please call CHCS or speak with your
Care Management team member Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
at (210) 261-CHCS (2427).


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