Home » Health

A Guide To Alcoholism

May 25, 2008
Studies have shown that adults who drink one or two alcoholic beverages a day often live longer than people who do not drink at all. But studies also link alcohol with a variety of other health issues such as liver disease, cirrhosis of the liver, cognitive problems, and pancreatitis. So how many drinks are too many? When does having a good time become an addiction? Although alcohol remains legal, the fact is that it is a hard drug, comparable in its addictiveness to illegal drugs such as heroin and amphetamines.

When a person has to drink alcohol in order to keep their life normal, they are by definition, an alcoholic. Alcoholism is a progressive disease. This means that as alcoholism continues, a person's well being will continue to deteriorate. First and foremost one must consume alcohol in order to be an alcoholic. Most drinkers aren't binge drinkers, and a vast majority of people are happy with having a few beers to take the edge off. Those who do drink to excess constantly are probably used to having hangovers, and are considered to be alcoholics.

Alcoholism starts as a psychological addiction and can quickly lead to physical dependence. Once a person feels the need to drink to maintain normality within their life, they are already started down the path towards addiction.

At first, problems stemming from alcohol related crimes may cause a person to end up in court because of alcohol related offenses such as public intoxication or driving drunk. They may end up disappointing their family and friends because they show up to events while inebriated or act foolish while drunk around them. If these sorts of things occur and the person continues to drink, then that person is an alcoholic.

As an alcoholic's tolerance builds, it becomes necessary for them to drink more and more to keep their buzz, and physical dependency on alcohol sets in. In order to feel "healthy" an alcoholic must continue to drink, or they will enter into withdrawal, which is certainly no picnic.

With tolerance comes the need to drink more to stay drunk. A chemical dependency is soon added to the list of the alcoholic's problems, and in order to feel well, the alcoholic must have alcohol in their system.

After a chemically dependent alcoholic stops drinking, the onset of withdrawal can take place immediately. Within hours a heavy drinker will begin to feel nauseous, anxious, and develop headaches. As uncomfortable as this may be for the person enduring it, the worst may be yet to come.

After anywhere from six to twenty-four hours without alcohol, an alcoholic may go into delirium tremens. Delirium tremens can include hallucinations, unstoppable shaking of the limbs, and extreme confusion and discomfort. There is no cure or way to stop a DT other than to tough it out. Potentially deadly seizures, strokes, and heart attacks can take place at this point. With the help of a licensed professional, a physically dependent alcoholic may become sober, but without help an alcoholic will find it extremely difficult to quit without some sort of help.
About the Author
Learn more about Drug Abuse and Alcohol Abuse.
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 124
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Artists
    • Gambling
    • Humanities
    • Humor
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Tattoos
    • Television
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Babies
    • Collecting
    • Elderly Care
    • Genealogy
    • Hobbies
    • Parenting
    • Pets
    • Pregnancy
    • Woodworking
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources