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Alcoholism

Understanding the Addiction to Alcohol

Alcoholism is a medically recognized disease that is primary, progressive, chronic, and sometimes fatal. Characterized as a mental obsession, alcoholism causes a physical compulsion to drink.

Mental Obsession

Characterized as a thought process over which an individual has little or no control of their obsession. It is the nature of the disease of alcoholism that the mere thought of an alcoholic beverage renders an alcoholic powerless. These triggers for these thoughts are often random in nature, but can include stress, anger, frustration…even happiness. External triggers can include any sensory perception, including images and sounds. Generally alcoholics are unconscious of this process, and simply have an immediate compulsion to drink.

Progressive Disease

Alcoholism, one of the most prevalent forms of addiction.  Call Mary McNutt to help you with recovery and a road to sobriety.In the early stages one or two drinks may satisfy the alcoholics compulsion, but soon progresses to six or seven and later maybe ten or twelve drinks. Many alcoholics continue, drinking until they pass out. The progression of alcoholism is subtle and generally progresses over such a long period of time that even the alcoholic does not notice the point at which they have lost control, and alcohol took over their life. Because of this denial is an almost universal symptom of the alcoholism. For those who come to realize that they have a problem, help is readily available, but intervention may be the only alternative for those who need help and do not want it.

Types of Alcohol Problems

Alcohol problems range in severity from mild to annoying to life-threatening. Alcohol dependence (alcoholism) is the most severe stage, but less severe drinking problems can also be dangerous.

Binge Drinking
Binge drinking can be defined as having five or more drinks in one session for men and four or more drinks for women. Another definition is simply drinking to get drunk. It is the most common drinking problem for people in their teens and early 20’s. Binge drinkers have the highest risk of injury.

Alcohol Abuse
Binge drinking becomes alcohol abuse when drinking causes problems and the drinking continues anyway. Alcohol abuse is when someone continues to drink in spite of continued social, interpersonal or legal difficulties. Alcohol abuse can result in missing work or school, neglecting a child or household responsibilities, or even being arrested..

Alcohol Dependence
Alcohol abuse becomes alcohol dependence when drinkers begin to experience a craving for alcohol, a loss of control of their drinking, withdrawal symptoms when they are not drinking and an increased tolerance to alcohol so that they have to drink more to achieve the same effect. Alcohol dependence is a chronic and often progressive disease that includes a strong need to drink despite repeated problems.

Is Alcoholism Inherited?

Alcoholism often runs in the family and a large amount of scientific research appears to show that genetics play a role in developing alcohol problems. But research shows environmental and social influences also play a role in the risk of becoming alcohol an alcoholic. But even though a large amount of scientific research appears to show that heredity probably plays a role in alcoholism, a family history of alcoholism does not doom one into becoming an alcoholic. The genetic tendencies can be overcome.

Getting Help

Alcoholism is a disease and must be treated like the disease that it is. Aloha Treatment Services has been helping people overcome alcoholism for over 7 years by providing a specialized combination of medical treatment and behavioral therapy and has seen a high success rate of recovery for alcoholics. If you or a loved one needs help, contact us today through the email form or phone Mary at (808) NO2DRUGS.