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The Alcoholic Truth

Aug 13, 2008
Most people tend to think that being an alcoholic and having an alcohol abuse problem is the same thing when they aren't. A person suffering from an alcohol abuse problem is typically thought of as a "functioning alcoholic" and they are inclined to drink in excess and many times suffer from some of the same health conditions that are usually related to those with alcoholism.

Alcohol abusers are extremely clever is appearing to be normal and you might find it hard to pick one out amongst the crowd. They are very good at setting their own limits on the amount of alcohol they consume, but that consumption is way more than what an average social drinker would drink.

Sadly though alcoholics are just not able to put a limit to how much they consume due to the fact that their alcohol addiction is both physical and mental. Their whole existence is controlled by their need to drink alcohol leading to both their physical and mental health being affected. Another negative aspect regarding the disease of alcoholism is that sufferers just aren't able to stop themselves from drinking throughout the day.

Becoming alcohol free is possible for both the alcoholic and the person with an alcohol abuse problem but each is handled differently. Those with an alcohol abuse problem will need more assistance emotionally and psychologically whereas the alcoholic has the addition of the physical withdrawal challenges that they must face when working toward sobriety.

Recent studies carried out in universities seem to suggest that the increase in domestic violent acts could be related to alcoholism, although others have stated that the relation with alcohol may be misleading to the facts.

What we really can't establish is whether these domestic violence incidents the result of alcoholism or is it domestic violence that causes the abuse of alcohol. Whatever the case may be the underlying fact is that alcohol is present and domestic violence is being experienced in too many family homes and daily. Another sad fact is that all of the family members can be the alcoholics as well as those who are on the receiving end of the domestic violence.

An alcoholic often wears blinders to the issues around them and do not see the truths of the situation. The first step for the alcoholic and their family is to admit that there is a problem because once the problem is admitted it can be dealt with. One idea to work toward this is to have a "family" style discussion toward a more positive future but limit alcohol being the only focus as it can lead to a violent end.

If any of these situations are familiar to you, be it in your own life or in someone else's that you know, the time has come to take action. There are many support groups and organizations available to give you the assistance you or they might need to overcome the alcohol related issues. You can find more information on the truth behind alcohol at the site StopDrinking. With courage and support you can make the first step to an alcohol free future.
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Find out how to Stop Drinking Alcohol Written by Ed Philips and Quit Alcohol Now.
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