What is an Alcoholic?
In short, an alcoholic is a person who suffers from the disease of alcoholism. In other words, the body has become dependent on alcohol.
People who are dealing with alcoholism are unable to control their obsession, including how much they consume and when they do so. Subsequently, this can lead to serious issues both at home and work.
Why is this a Problem?
On the surface, many people don’t believe that alcoholism is a disease. Instead, they feel that they can stop drinking whenever they want. Unfortunately, this is not typically the case.
Not only can alcoholism lead to serious health concerns, but it can also cause issues with personal and business relationships. Furthermore, many alcoholics face extreme financial burdens as they spend too much money on alcohol while also neglecting their career responsibilities.
The Symptoms of Alcoholism
The signs and symptoms of alcoholism are not difficult to pinpoint. Generally speaking, the last person to realize that there is a problem is the alcoholic himself. They tend to deny the problem until it becomes so bad that they are forced to face reality.
Here are some of the most common symptoms associated with alcoholism:
- Drinking alone and/or attempting to hide it from others
- Not being able to place a limit on consumption
- Missing family and/or business activities
- Feeling irritable when unable to have a drink
- Relationship trouble
- Run-ins with the law, such as driving under the influence or public intoxication
- Sweating and nausea, even when sober
What causes Alcoholism?
Becoming an alcoholic is not something that happens overnight. Instead, it can take many years to grow into a serious problem. That being said, addiction can begin to set in within a few months.
Over time, the regular consumption of alcohol can alter brain chemicals which makes the person crave alcohol as a means of avoiding feeling poorly.
Other risk factors can include:
- The age that the person starts drinking
- Easy access to alcohol
- Peer pressure
- Low self-esteem
Things you can do to Stop
Have you come to grips with the fact that you are an alcoholic? Do you know somebody who is suffering from alcoholism? As bad as things may appear, there are solutions to this problem. For example, there are both inpatient and outpatient facilities that focus on helping patients who are currently abusing alcohol and/or drugs.
Note: the majority of people who are suffering from alcoholism are unable to stop “cold turkey.” It takes medical treatment to overcome the problem.
If you or a loved one is suffering from the negative effects of alcoholism, help is available.