Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol addiction, also known as alcoholism, is a disease that affects people of all walks of life. Experts have tried to pinpoint factors like genetics, sex, race, or socioeconomics that may predispose someone to alcohol addiction. But it has no single cause. Psychological, genetic, and behavioral factors can all contribute to having the disease.
It’s important to note that alcoholism is a real disease. It can cause changes to the brain and neurochemistry, so a person with an alcohol addiction may not be able to control his/her actions.
Alcohol addiction can show itself in a variety of ways. The severity of the disease, how often someone drinks, and the alcohol they consume varies from person to person. Some people drink heavily all day, while others binge drink and then stay sober for a while. Regardless of how the addiction looks, someone typically has an alcohol addiction if they heavily rely on drinking and can’t stay sober for an extended period of time.
Alcohol Addiction

Symptoms of alcohol addiction are

  • Legal or Professional problems such as an arrest or loss of a job.
  • Wanting to be where alcohol is present and avoiding situations where there is none.
  • Increased quantity or frequency of use.
  • Increased lethargy, depression, or other emotional issues.
  • Avoiding contact with loved ones.
  • Drinking at inappropriate times, such as first thing in the morning, or in places like work.
  • High tolerance for alcohol, or lack of hangover.
  • Changes in friendships, someone with an alcohol addiction may choose friends who also drink heavily.
  • Dependence on alcohol to function in everyday life.

Health risks of chronic heavy drinking of Alcohol

  • Liver disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Cancer
  • Ulcers and gastrointestinal problems
  • Immune system dysfunction
  • Brain damage
  • Malnourishment and vitamin deficiencies
  • Heart disease
  • Accidents and injuries
  • Diabetes complications
  • Ulcers
  • Increased risk of cancer
  • Vision problems
  • Sexual problems
  • Birth defects
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