Alcohol is usually associated with social gatherings and parties and is synonymous with special events such as weddings, parties, and holidays. For many people, alcohol equates to having fun. Alcohol acts as a way to cope with stress, anxiety, and depression. Alcohol dependency and addiction destroys relationships, generates mental and physical health complications, and leads to job loss.
Alcohol affects your brain and the way it controls major organs in your body. Alcohol abuse causes liver damage, heart failure, and is linked to some cancers. Alcohol addiction can lead to overdose, alcohol poisoning, and early death. Movement, speech, coordination, vision, and critical thinking skills are impaired. Intoxication leads to motor vehicle accidents, which many times are deadly.
Certain factors contribute to an alcohol addiction. Genetics, home environment, and mental health can put a person at high risk of developing an addiction. Sometimes people use alcohol as stress relief. Alcohol is a depressant and increases symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions.
In an article by Catharine Paddock, PhD for Medical News Today, senior study author Markus Heilig, a professor in clinical and experimental medicine at Linköping University in Sweden commented on causes of alcohol addiction. He stated, “a core feature of addiction is that you know it is going to harm you, potentially even kill you, and nevertheless something has gone wrong with the motivational control and you keep doing it.”
The first step in treatment for alcohol addiction is admitting that you have a problem with alcohol. This is difficult for some people to acknowledge because they are in denial. Sometimes families arrange an intervention with their loved one through the guidance of an intervention specialist. Family and friends are given the opportunity to encourage their loved one to get help.
Alcohol dependency differs for each person and depends on how much alcohol is consumed, duration of use, and physical health. Family and friends who show support throughout their loved one’s progress will help in treatment and recovery.
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