It is hard to define Alcoholism
in a single word or sentence. Many people don’t know full
truth and facts about alcoholism. There are two terms; alcohol abuse
and alcoholism and it’s very important to know the basic difference
between the both. The following information explains alcoholism
and alcohol abuse, its symptoms and cure.
What Is Alcoholism?
Alcoholism, also known as "alcohol dependence", is a disease
that indicates following symptoms:
- Craving: A compulsive desire to drink. This is the
primary symptom of Alcoholism, which proves addiction.
- Loss of control: It is believed that one should confine
the consumption of alcohol, which really makes it healthy. But
if it is consumed beyond any limits, then it becomes a sickness.
- Physical dependence: When heavy consumption of alcohol
is stopped, then one can experience withdrawal symptoms, for instance
nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety.
- Tolerance: This is the fourth symptom, which indicates
the need to consume greater amounts of alcohol in order to "get
What Is Alcohol Abuse?
Generally, people employ both the terms, alcoholism and alcohol
abuse, for the same habit. But in real sense, Alcohol abuse is different
from Alcoholism in that it does not include an extremely strong
craving and high dependency on alcohol. Alcohol abuse is defined
as a pattern of drinking that results in one or more of the following
situations within a 12-month period:
- Failure to accomplish major work, in office or home.
- Drinking while driving a car or operating machinery, which
- Frequency in facing alcohol-related legal problems, such as
being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or for
physically hurting someone while drunk; and
- Continued drinking despite having ongoing relationship problems
that are caused or worsened by the drinking.
Realize your problem
It is very important to figure out whether the person persists drinking
problem or not. Following analysis may realize the fact:
- If a person feels that he/ she should cut down on the drinking,
then it indicates the problem;
- If your drinking habit annoys others, then you and your drinking
problem is destroying the surrounding peace;
- If you feel bad or guilty about your drinking, then you are
overdoing the habit;
- If you have started drinking in the morning also, then it’s
high time for you get out of this habit.
Any of the above possibilities indicates your alcohol problem.
In any case, you must take an appointment with your doctor to discuss
your health and future.
Consequences, good or bad? JUDGE yourself
If not confined, then the consequences of alcohol misuse can be
very serious, for instance; in many cases it is life threatening
too. Heavy drinking can increase the risk for certain cancers, especially
those of the liver, esophagus, throat, and larynx (voice box). Moreover,
can cause liver cirrhosis, immune system problems, brain damage,
and harm to the fetus during pregnancy. In short, alcoholism means
“Sufferings and Death” to mankind.
Sometimes, Alcoholism can be genetic too. Doctors and experts believe
that belonging to an alcoholic family may be one of the reasons,
which probes the person to drink without any problem or tension.
Additionally, environment, culture, group, family, all these play
a major role in cultivating this habit into one’s veins.
A way out to it: Say NO to it
After accepting the fact that one does need aid, the problem becomes
child’s play. We believe that alcoholism can be treated, but
till now no specific cure or treatment has been planned for the
problem person. In other words, even if an alcoholic has been sober
for a long time and has regained health, he or she remains susceptible
to relapse and must continue to avoid all alcoholic beverages. “Cutting
down” or “Slow down” on drinking doesn’t
work; throwing away alcohol is necessary for a successful and happy
It is important for us to understand that alcoholism is an illness
and it requires a proper cure. Over all it is also important to
have faith in oneself. Faith in God and commitment to yourself is
required for this fight. More importantly, there is no need to be
guilty for it. One cannot blame someone for having cancer, or heart
disease, even though some of their behaviors may have contributed
to their disease.
So, if you or your loved ones have realized the fact
and accepted the problem valiantly, then we are here with stretched
arms to support your decision and assist you in getting rid of it.
Feel free to contact our support team and give us a chance to show
you a whole new world of love and happiness.