Throughout history, people have suffered from alcoholism. Either personally or through someone close to them, they have suffered the pain and humiliation of dealing with alcoholism. Alcoholics may not realize the troubles they cause others. It’s a world of broken promises; deception and lies; and often violence and death.
The extent of the alcoholism problem is staggering.
· In the United States, fourteen million people are alcohol-dependent;
· Nearly half of American adults are related to someone who is or was an alcoholic;
· At least six and a half million children in the United States live with an alcoholic parent.
What exactly is alcoholism?
Defining alcoholism can be a challenge. The Mayo Clinic defines alcoholism as
a chronic and often progressive disease that includes problems controlling your drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol, continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems, having to drink more to get the same effect (physical dependence), or having withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking. (Source: MayoClinic.org)
Alcoholics Anonymous avoids a physical definition but their Big Book describes it as “an illness which only a spiritual experience will conquer.”
For most people, alcoholism can be defined as any time consumption of alcohol in any formhas become uncontrollable and which continues despite obvious problems stemming from that consumption.
What can alcoholism do to you?
Physical problems – chronic and extended alcoholism destroys brain cells, wrecks the brain’s chemistry, and causes cirrhosis of the liver. It can also cause anemia, increases the risk of cancer and of cardiovascular disease, cause dementia, depression, seizures, gout, high blood pressure, nerve damage, and can depress the immune system, making the alcoholic more susceptible to infectious disease.
Of course, injury or death from violence, accidents, and automobile crashes are much more likely with alcoholics.
Damaged relationships – A person who is drunk – and who may have anger or stress issues – may blurt out hurtful things to loved ones, or to co-workers or even employers. Losing a job due to such behavior causes the domino effect of work, financial, and often legal problems.
What causes alcoholism?
Studies have shown that a person who is raised in an environment where alcohol is consumed is more likely to drink themselves. If that person is in an environment where alcohol is consumed in massive quantities – in one’s college years comes to mind – then they are more likely to engage in binge drinking.
A genetic component may exist when it comes to alcoholism. While the subject is complex, simple observation shows that alcoholism often runs in families. Genetics certainly influence the likelihood of becoming an alcoholic, but to what extent is still unknown.
How can alcoholism be treated?
The first step in the treatment of alcohol abuse is for the individual to realize he or she needs help. After that, a variety of options present themselves, from counseling to more extensive therapy, which may include inpatient treatment. One precautionary note, however: Detoxification, or weaning the body from its dependence on alcohol, should always be done under strict medical supervision. Physical problems, including death, are possible if the detox is mishandled. Consult a professional.
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