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Alcoholism Facts

Jun 6, 2008
Alcoholism is a serious addiction that has dire consequences you should not take for granted.

Excessive alcohol consumption is an increasing problem not only in the United States or Europe, but in the world. More people are losing their battle with alcoholism and that number only continues to rise.

There are two types of alcoholism, namely alcohol abuse and alcohol dependency. Alcohol dependency is an uglier form of alcoholism. Those who suffer from alcohol dependency often neglect their social obligations in favor of activities that involve drinking. On the other hand, alcohol abuse stems from excessive drinking and is a milder version of alcohol dependency. Still, alcohol abuse is a condition that people should be serious with because of its social and health implications.

Habitual alcohol abuse can lead to alcoholism. Alcoholism is generally considered a problem that will get progressively worse if left untreated. It starts with a mild preoccupation with alcohol and gradually takes control over your behaviour and your life.

Early signs of alcoholism include frequent alcohol abuse, or a documented pattern of very heavy drinking at less frequent intervals (heavy drinking once a week is typically considered alcoholism). Other early symptoms include drinking until there are marked behaviour changes (notable behaviour changes are anger, violence, or depression), or drinking until blackouts occur. With most cases of alcoholism, the signs and symptoms of alcoholism become increasingly more severe.

The most telling sign of alcoholism is if it brings you physical, mental, social, occupational and legal problems. If you start missing out on work, neglect personal obligations or drive while intoxicated, then you are most likely an alcoholic.

Most patients battling alcoholism started drinking when they were teenagers.

Drinking alcohol can cause permanent brain damage. Drinking excessively harms your brain can lead to a permanent loss of coordination, impaired judgment, slowed reflexes, loss of vision, poor memory, and even impaired brain function.

Drinking alcohol can cause permanent physical damage to your body. Alcohol is absorbed directly into your bloodstream and can raise your risk for a range of life-threatening diseases. The symptoms of prolonged alcoholism tend to include: increased tolerance for alcohol / frequent blackouts / abdominal pain or gastro-intestinal problems like acid reflux, bouts of alcoholic gastritis or ulcers / nausea / redness or swelling of the nose, eyes, or face / numbness in the arms or legs / damage to the liver / loss of coordination, vision, balance and speech / hypoglycemia / diseased esophagus / pancreatitis / and impotence.

One drink is enough for you to end up in a hospital. One drink is enough to trigger alcoholism. You would be better off not getting started instead.
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