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Behind The Torment Of Alcoholism Lies Destruction

Apr 12, 2008
Alcoholism is one of the common problems plaguing society not only today, but also in the past. It is not at all surprising to hear about some trouble being caused in some parts of your town by someone under the influence of the deadly elixir. It is also not uncommon for some people who will hide under the "I was drunk" excuse after doing something unpleasant.

How does one define alcoholism?

Anyone would say alcoholism is a condition where someone consumes a lot more alcohol than the norm, and not just occasionally. It is a mundane act, as normal as the daily tasks that we do, in the case of these people.

However, the mere act of drinking no matter how many you drink in one sitting is not an indication of alcoholism by itself. A person is only judged to be an alcoholic if he has come to depend on alcohol, and would seek to have a taste of it everyday. If he is to stop even for one day, then an alcoholic would have withdrawal symptoms just like a drug addict would.

What Causes A Person To Become Alcoholic

Alcoholism in a person can be caused by several factors.

As studies show - and perhaps of you could see it around you - people can become alcoholic due to emotional reasons. Some people, when subject to a great depression, are likely to turn to alcohol in order to find comfort or solace. This could be because of the relaxing effects of alcoholic if taken in sufficient amounts. If a person is problematic and becomes drunk, he'll say "I'm just trying to forget."

Peer pressure could be a factor. A person may start drinking at an early age because of his peers. If the body becomes accustomed to alcohol, then he would crave for it everyday - an indication of alcoholism.

Effects of Alcoholism to Society and the Person

Alcoholism is potentially damaging to both the person and the people around him. In a way, alcoholism has social and physical effects.

It is a well-known fact that too much alcohol in the body is a cause of several complications in the digestive system. These could include liver cirrhosis, pancreatitis or inflammation of the pancreas, among others. Other diseases not related to the digestive system can also arise, including sexual dysfunction, heart disease, and a risk of developing cancer.

Like mentioned earlier, alcoholism is socially damaging as well. For example, a person hung over from too much drinking the previous night may find it difficult or may even be absent from work. Too much of this can result to being terminated for illicit behavior, and everyone knows what effects unemployment can bring to a person, especially married ones.

Alcohol can cause a person to lose his mind, and act abnormally and irrationally. Some people can be very funny and too friendly when drunk. However, some can be very violent and would most certainly commit abuses on family members. Such behavior can lead to several serious consequences, including emotional damage to young children.
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