Alcohol raises eyebrows for many. It may represent fun, joy and party for a few and anger, resentment and depression for the others.
In today’s world, alcohol consumption is mere pleasure and a matter of prestige for certain individuals – Social Drinkers!
However, for another group of people, alcohol consumption becomes part and parcel of their lives, causing dependency and addiction – Alcoholics!
What is Alcoholism? Alcoholism is the most severe form of Alcohol abuse disorder and is defined as a strong, irresistible and uncontrollable urge to consume alcohol. It is generally termed as Alcohol Abuse Disorder.
Symptoms of Alcoholism – Symptoms vary from person to person and based on the severity of his dependence to alcohol. Most common symptoms include –
- Lack of interest in any activity besides drinking
- Dependency on alcohol for day to day activity
- Anxiety and Depression.
- Excessive alcohol expenditure
- Alcohol cravings
Complications of Alcoholism – Alcoholism affects the overall health and status of the individual. When compared to the ill effects on the body, health effects are numerous and even life threatening if proper measures are not taken. Complications include –
- Liver related disorders
- Heart problems
- Increased risk of cancer
- Vision loss
Can alcoholism be treated? Yes, alcoholism can be treated. But before proceeding with the treatment, make sure you really want to get out of your alcohol habit. The treatment options available are –
- Detoxification using medicines
- Maintenance using counseling
Alcohol as a refreshment or as a party beverage is acceptable but when it becomes part and parcel of life, then it is not acceptable.
Being healthy should remain one’s top priority. Be more than well.