Knowing Your Alcoholism Facts

Knowing basic alcoholism facts may help you determine if you or someone you love is an alcoholic.

What is Alcoholism?

Alcoholism is a very real disease that effects millions of people all over the world. People are considered alcoholics when their excessive drinking habit interferes with their mental, emotional and physical state. Alcoholics crave alcohol like the rest of us crave water. Because they’re so accustomed to drinking, their bodies absolutely crave alcohol and when they don’t have it, their bodies rebel.

An alcoholic that doesn’t drink for several days will experience withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms including getting the shakes, sweating profusely, vomiting, having involuntary eye movements and hallucinating. This is because they’re addicted to alcohol and need to have it in their system.

Use the Facts to Make a Determination

The fact about alcoholism is that it can be difficult to know when you’ve moved from social drinking into full blown alcoholism. However, there are some things that characterize an alcoholic. For starters, they crave alcohol. They think about when they’re going to have their first drink while they’re at work and feel that they need a drink when they get home.

Alcoholics also can’t control how much they drink. They never have just one glass of wine or one beer. They drink in excess. They also have a relatively high tolerance because they’re used to drinking large quantities of alcohol. To get their high, they have to drink more and more alcohol.

Several alcohol help groups and physicians actually have written tests you can take to help you determine if you’re an alcoholic. The questions on these tests generally focus on how frequently you drink, how drinking effects your life and how it effects the lives of others. The questions are designed to see how dependent you are on alcohol to get through your day.

A Sad Fact

One of the saddest facts about alcoholism is that it’s a very hard disease to kick. Though it’s not fun to have any kind of disease, many diseases have specific cures or remedies. For example, a diabetic has to take insulin, exercise and watch their sugar intake to stay healthy. However, you can’t tell an alcoholic to take some medicine and then send them on their way.

The only way to cure alcoholism is if the alcoholic recognized they have a problem and decides to do something about it. There are many different support groups designed to help alcoholics get through this process. One of the most well known alcoholism support groups is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). All AA members are alcoholics or recovering alcoholics. They use each other and a 12-step support program to learn how to cope with their lives without drinking. The most discouraging fact about alcoholism is that it’s extremely hard to kick.

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