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
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:
- Brain, liver, heart and other organ
- Breathing problems
- Developmental learning and reasoning
- Vision problems
There is research that indicates that children
of alcoholic parents are at a greater risk of becoming alcoholics.