Alcohol is a drug - the most commonly used and abused mood-altering drug in the world. Alcoholism is long-term addictive use of alcohol. Not feeling right without a drink, drinking large amounts without getting drunk, experiencing blackouts, and repeated failure at trying to stop drinking are all signs of addiction.

Alcoholism is a disease - a chronic, progressive, fatal disease if not treated.

Some of the early signs of developing addiction:

  • Not being able to have fun without drinking;
  • Getting drunk on a regular basis;
  • Frequent hangovers;
  • Lying about how much alcohol is being consumed;
  • Experiencing rage and getting into fights when drinking;
  • Feeling depressed or having thoughts of suicide.

If you think you have a drinking problem and want to make a change in your life, counseling may help.

Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. Even in small amounts it reduces coordination and distorts judgment. It can make you do things you would not normally do -- like abusing others physically and sexually.

Drinking alcohol can cause all kinds of accidents, and many of the people who attempted or committed suicide were under the influence of it. Drinking large amounts of alcohol at one time or very rapidly can cause alcohol poisoning, and even death. Using alcohol with prescription drugs is very dangerous and can also be fatal.

Women who drink alcohol while they are pregnant may give birth to babies with fetal alcohol effects. Some of these effects include:

  • Mental retardation
  • Brain, liver, heart and other organ damage
  • Breathing problems
  • Developmental learning and reasoning difficulties
  • Vision problems

There is research that indicates that children of alcoholic parents are at a greater risk of becoming alcoholics.

Alcoholism can be prevented. How to talk to your kids about alcohol

Alcohol is a drug that is used to self-medicate.

Alcohol can cause significant issues in relationships and marriages.  Counseling may help to prevent divorce.

Go to this website to read about one alcoholic's successful alcoholism recovery!

Alcoholics must consider abstinence

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