The definition of alcoholism is: An addiction to the consumption of alcohol or the mental illness and compulsive behavior resulting from alcohol dependency.
An alcohol addiction can develop when someone has unhealthy or dangerous drinking habits such as drinking everyday or drinking too much at a time.
Signs of alcoholism
Alcohol abuse harms relationships, causes missed work and leads to legal problems such as driving under intoxication. Over-abusing alcohol will lead to alcoholism or an addiction to alcohol. Once addicted a person’s body develops a strong craving and need for alcohol. Also once a person’s body builds up a tolerance for alcohol, the amount will be increased to get the same desired effect. This pushes the person into a stronger alcohol dependency. Even as the alcohol disrupts all relationships and ultimately destroys a person's personal and professional life, he or she will only seek it out more.
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The most effective therapy is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which helps to change the person’s drug use expectations and behaviors and also helps to manage triggers and stress.
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If a person realizes that there is a problem, he or she should be aware of the alcohol withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms include anxiety, nausea, vomiting, sweating and insomnia. These symptoms do not affect everybody. They range from mild to more severe depending on the level of alcohol abuse.
Often people ask “how long does alcohol stay in your system?” This is a relevant question as it helps determine how strong the withdrawal symptoms will feel. Once a person drinks alcohol, the body metabolizes it at a rate of .015 of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) every hour. Two standard drinks consumed during the first hour of drinking will increase a person’s BAC to approximately .05%. That would take about 3 hours and 20 minutes for those two drinks to leave your system. However, once an alcoholic builds up a tolerance, the alcohol doesn’t increase his BAC any less, but it will cause him to drink many more drinks. This will give him a very high BAC, which is very dangerous not only for oneself but also for others while driving a vehicle or operating machinery.
Is alcohol a drug?
Everything written above is completely similar to heroin, cocaine and other addictive prescription medications. The signs and symptoms as well as the body’s natural response to produce a tolerance to the substance thereby increasing the person’s use to feel the effects stronger. Alcoholism has to be treated like any other drug in order to truly succeed in accomplishing sobriety. Also like other drugs, alcohol abuse can lead to alcohol poisoning, which is similar to an overdose with other drugs. This can have long term damage on the body as well as cause death.
There are programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12 step programs that many people find help them to heal from their addiction problems. Others find that these programs only reinforce their addictive thoughts and behaviors for a variety of reasons including the repetitions of the “I am an addict” mantra. Please see the article Is addiction a disease? to see more information on these two trains of thought.