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Battling Alcoholism: A Threat To Life

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NOTE: This article is very useful, so if at all you are not struggling with alcoholism, endeavor to share it with someone who is... You could heal someone.

Alcoholism oh yes! Some may prefer to say Alcohol dependence or Alcohol addiction is a very serious disease,yes a chronic disease to say the least caused by addiction to alcohol.
Alcoholism is commonly seen in young people ranging from ages 16, when the secondary sex hormone is at it's juvenile stage of production to ages close to 85 IF the person is not dead yet or the disease is not treated.

Drink alcohol responsibly, that is why most federal agencies for food administration would always tag alcoholic beverages '18+'meaning that it should only be sold or consumed by people who are up to 18 years and above.

You are most likely to suffer from alcoholism IF:
  • You consume alcohol in large quantities constantly for long period of time, say one month or more.
  • You hang around with friends who are potential addicts or addicts, trust you're most likely to become one of them. Remember that English adage that says: Show me your friend and i'll tell you who you are.
  • You have difficulty controlling your appetite for alcohol as to how many bottle(s) it takes for you to start having that feeling in your big head.
  • You drink alcohol to get social, what? Yes! Don't even or stop thinking of getting high in order to gain an alcohol induced morale to meet that girl. If you do it once and twice, trust your ratio of meeting the third girl after drinking first to not drinking at all is just 4:1.

Bear in mind that the best way to stay off alcoholism is NOT DRINKING AT ALL.

The effects of alcohol addiction are numerous but I'll just highlight the major ones. Addiction serves an alcoholic a plate full each of Spiritual, Physical, Neurological, Emotional and Social disorders.

  • Depression
  • Increase in anger expression
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of self control
  • Increased tolerance to amount of alcohol consumed
  • Seizures
  • Hallucination
  • High risk of cancer
  • Anemia
  • Cardiac diseases among others
  • Unsafe sex
  • Drinking and driving

Did you know? Unlike men, women are more sensitive to mental and physical alcohol harmful effects than men.

In 2010, the WHO estimated that over 200 million people struggle with alcoholism. This brings up the question, how do we reduce the havoc caused by alcoholism in the society? There are many other ways to reduce alcoholism in every other country, these are generally accepted:
  • Limiting the sale of alcohol
  • Increase in the price of alcohol by taxation
  • Hardening of alcohol laws
Alcoholism: Withdrawal symptoms
After a long-term misuse and abuse of alcohol and on a faithful Sunday service, you were touched within and decided, "Enough is enough!" it's easier said than done. This will be the beginning of a war, let's call it "Your body VS Alcohol" war.
Ensure you go through the process of alcohol withdrawal under the supervision and advice of a well trained medical personnel. Higher levels of addictive diseases are associated with alcohol withdrawal.

  • Day dreaming
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Convulsions
  • Excessive sweating
  • Seizures, the rest I can't remember
Did you know? Direct alcohol withdrawal can cause death.

How alcohol affects the body
When you take alcohol, you depress your Central Nervous System (CNS). This affects the functioning of the brain by retarding it (the inhibitory neurotransmitter is released into the Central Nervous System). Metabolism of alcohol takes places in the liver, that is why excessive misuse of alcohol over a long period of time causes the liver to damage.
Alcoholism is diagnosed as both physical and mental disease. Causing over 5,000 deaths in a year in developed countries. Most deaths recorded to be as a result of drunk driving.

Did you know? After water and tea, alcohol is the third-most popular widely consumed beverage in the whole world.

Screen yourself for alcoholism

IF you get two "yes" then watch yourself, you could be the next person to be treated of alcoholism.
  • Have you ever been annoyed by people's criticism of your drinking?
  • Have you felt whatsoever need of cutting down on your drinking manner?
  • Recollect if you've felt guilty before about drinking
  • Have you felt the need ever to take alcohol early in the morning to steady your nerves for the days activity ahead?
On a closing note, alcohol is the most widely consumed and misused recreational drug. Do not drink on a daily basis even if the amount you take isn't enough to get you drunk, the body will surely increase it's tolerance and make you want to drink more. So please, know who your friends are and never forget where you came from.


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