The type of alcohol that is consumed in beverages such as beer, wine, and liquor (sometimes referred to as "spirits") comes from the fermentation of different ingredients. The fermentation process produces but the chemical composition of ethanol is different than that of other types, including isopropyl, the ingredient found in common rubbing alcohol or methanol, which is found in such products...Read Full Article
According to the NLM, "alcohol abuse is on the rise." If a person is abusing alcohol, he or she has a chance of becoming addicted, and "in the U.S., about 3 out of 10 people drink at the level that puts them at risk for alcoholism."
Because many people see alcoholism as a form of addiction that is not as intense as other drug addiction, they do not always seek treatment when trying to quit.
Individuals who have been drinking alcohol excessively for a long period of time and decide to suddenly stop drinking; they may experience a variety of moderate to severe symptoms which are directly related to alcohol withdrawal. Any time someone quits a substance such as alcohol cold turkey without first gradually minimizing the amount of alcohol they consume, they will go through alcohol...Read Full Article
There are many different signs and symptoms associated with alcoholism which involves alcohol abuse, physical dependence, tolerance and withdrawal according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD).
The following factors listed below can help to determine if a person's an alcoholic.
Tolerance takes place first, this occurs when a person's reaction to alcohol...
How can one go about supporting a loved one or friend in their recovery from alcohol dependence or drug addiction? It's important to understand that addiction is a disease that can affect anyone. A person doesn't have to be genetically predisposed or have grown up in a risky unhealthy environment to become dependent on alcohol or addicted to drugs.
Potentially anyone can struggle with...
Alcohol can be very destructive it affects every organ in the body and can lead to alcoholism which is a long-term chronic disease. Also referred to as alcohol addiction or alcohol dependence, alcoholism is a pattern of heavy drinking that can lead to serious life-threatening illnesses, relationship problems, career problems, legal problems, and preventable injuries and deaths caused by vehicle...Read Full Article
In the United States there are around eighteen million people suffering from an alcohol use disorder which includes alcoholism (alcohol dependence) and alcohol abuse. When a person's drinking causes distress or harm in their life, it's diagnosed as an alcohol use disorder. Many people with a drinking problem in the U.S. fall into the category of either alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence and...Read Full Article
Most people that consume alcohol drink responsibly and in moderation but unfortunately not everyone does. Alcohol is one of the most commonly used substances in the world but it's also one of the most abused substances in the United States and not only by legal aged adults, underage drinking is a major concern nationwide.
Alcohol is a depressant and when consumed gets absorbed into the...
Problem drinking and alcoholism are also commonly linked with other forms of addiction. Many people that do seek help for gambling or drug addiction also have a drinking problem or, are alcohol dependent. According to data from Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), almost 40% of the admissions for substance abuse treatment report Alcohol and Drug combinations.
The effects of alcohol are...
It's not abnormal for a person with a drinking problem to deny the fact that their use of alcohol is having a negative impact on their life. Many people who are dependent on alcohol have distorted views of what an alcoholic is. They see themselves as normal functional people who like to drink because alcoholics are usually homeless dysfunctional people living on the streets.
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