Alcoholism is a disease that causes a person to become addicted to alcohol. A person with alcoholism is mentally addicted to how alcohol makes him or her feel and is physically addicted to alcohol. Because physical withdrawals from alcohol can be life-threatening, treatment may be required.
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Not all people who abuse alcohol are necessarily addicted to it. Those with an alcohol abuse problem may drink alcohol to the point of losing control or where they engage in dangerous or risky behaviors, such as drinking and driving.
The difference between an alcohol addiction and alcohol abuse problem is that a person with an alcohol abuse problem does have some control over his or her drinking. For example, a person with an alcohol abuse problem does not have to drink every day or experience withdrawal symptoms when not drinking. However, when they start drinking, people with alcohol abuse problems may frequently become out of control.
A person who struggles with alcohol abuse may not necessarily experience a full-blown addiction although it is possible. If a person recognizes the dangerous behaviors, it is important to correct them whenever possible.
A person who has a family history of alcoholism is more likely to experience the condition. Also, if a person has undergone treatment before, he or she may need to pursue inpatient treatment again. This is because symptoms of alcohol withdrawals tend to worsen with each inpatient treatment admission.
Signs and symptoms associated with alcoholism include the following:
Because a person may not recognize these symptoms in himself or herself or may be hesitant to seek alcoholism treatment, family and friends may need to stage an intervention to encourage a person to seek help for a drinking problem.
Alcoholism can dramatically impact a person’s health. Long-term abuse can cause symptoms that include, but are not limited to anemia, heart disease, stroke, cirrhosis of the liver, dementia and long-term depression.
Long-term alcohol abuse has also been linked to cancers, including those of the mouth, throat, larynx, esophagus, liver, breast and colorectal area. If a person drinks and uses tobacco, these risks are even higher.
The process to overcoming an alcohol addiction begins with detox. This is the physical withdrawal from alcohol’s effects on the brain. Because alcohol detox can cause symptoms, such as seizures, hallucinations and suicidal thoughts, this process is best approached at an alcohol treatment center. There, medical staff can administer medications to minimize these symptoms and help a person pull through the detox experience.
Alcoholism treatment typically involves programs, therapy and medication administration to help a person stay sober. Examples may include group therapy, individual counseling and participation in 12-step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous.
Doctors can also prescribe a medication known as disulfiram (Antabuse) that will make the person feel very sick if he or she drinks alcohol again. Antabuse can deter some people from repeating their abuse habits.
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