Alcohol addiction (sometimes referred to as ‘alcohol dependence’ or ‘alcohol abuse’) is when an individual continues to drink alcohol even though it’s having a negative effect on his or her health and lifestyle. Alcoholics often arrange their life around drinking, they may regularly drink alcohol alone, and sometimes early in the morning. They often feel the need to drink, rather than just a casual desire.
This article is written by Jackie Griffiths, a freelance journalist who writes health, medical, biological, and pharmaceutical articles for national and international journals, newsletters and web sites.
Early awareness and early intervention can lead to early recovery, so it’s best to find effective alcohol treatment as soon as possible. Years of drinking can cause serious physical illnesses, such as liver cirrhosis, hepatitis, gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining), pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), heart failure, cancer, and high blood pressure, among others.
There can also be serious psychological effects from drinking too much alcohol, including anxiety, depression, mood swings, disturbed sleep, violence, and suicide.
If you’re addicted to drinking alcohol, or know someone who is, it’s best to find an effective alcohol treatment as soon as possible to forestall the serious physical and psychological consequences it can cause.
Steps towards alcohol treatment
The greatest hurdle many alcoholics face is to admit, and then accept, they are addicted to alcohol. You may have tried to talk to them about it, or family members or friends may have tried to help, but if the alcoholic doesn’t properly admit it, any alcohol treatment is usually doomed to failure.
It may take a long time for someone to admit and accept they have an alcohol problem, but after they have getting the right alcohol treatment is vital.