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Alcohol Addiction, Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol RecoveryWith recipes discovered as far back as 4,300 BC alcohol has been popular through the ages. Even during prohibition it's popularity couldn't be controlled. There seems to be no slowdown today. Here we look at the dangers of regular excessive alcohol consumption.
What is alcohol?
Alcohol is one of the byproducts of mixing yeast with sugar. The actual chemical name is ethanol and this is the only form of alcohol "safe" for human consumption.
Different methods of fermentation have led to a variety of drinks. Most people today can easily consume alcohol without it being a problem. However, it's when consumption is excessive and / or prolonged that difficulties can occur.
What is an alcohol problem?
The definition of an alcohol problem
is when the amount that is drunk can't be controlled. This can be for a variety of
Signs of an alcohol problem
A problem with alcohol may not be obvious to the sufferer. There is difficulty in admitting the problem exists. Some signs of a possible alcohol problem include:
Getting treatment for an alcohol problem
Alcohol problems can be easily identified if the sufferer is honest and there are now a variety of treatments available. The most common and the one everyone thinks of is alcoholics anonymous and their 12 step plan and meetings. There are further methods.
A doctor or physician now has 2 drugs to help wean someone off alcohol (antabuse and naltrexone). The medical professional can also help identify and treat any underlying problems that could be causing the alcoholism.
There is research to show alcohol addiction is genetic, it
certainly seems to run in families. Whatever the cause, alcohol can be
a debilitating addiction that can have a devastating impact on families as
well as the sufferer themselves.
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