Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol addiction can present quite a problem, especially when the condition adversely affects families with children. The use of alcohol under moderation can be pleasant and relaxing, offering people the opportunity to unwind and enjoy their times of rest or enjoyment. It is perfectly natural for most people to consume a few mixed drinks or some cold beer during festive occasions such as birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, sports events, with family and friends. These times of fun and relaxation give opportunities for people to draw closer to each other and become better friends.

However, if you form a habit of over drinking, not just when you are out but also within your own home, you could very well be on your way to developing an alcohol addiction. An addiction to alcohol often starts small, with a few occasional drinks during special events or often during evening hours after work. These times then begin to extend beyond the “occasional” level to daily consumption. From there it expands to where you have very little control over how much you drink or how often. Your body becomes accustomed to the effects of the alcohol and craves more. The more you drink, the more you want to drink, creating a cycle that is very difficult to break.

Alcohol addiction is not limited to only what is known as hard liquor; many people have formed an addiction to “weaker” alcoholic drinks such as beer or wine or even favorite pre mixed drinks such as wine coolers or breezers. Drinking actually becomes an addiction when the desire for alcohol is stronger than your will to resist drinking. In other words, you have little control over your drinking habit. Even when it is not convenient for you to drink, your body “demands” the alcohol and you do not have the will power to resist these “demands.”

Consuming an excess of alcohol over time will have very negative effects on your body. Over drinking in general can produce effects such as lack of coordination, dizziness, incoherence in speech, nausea, vomiting, etc. Some people lose control over their emotions when they are drunk producing results such as aggressive behavior, anger, depression and the like. A long term over drinking problem can cause permanent damage to vital organs in your body such as esophagus, stomach, liver and brain. As can be seen, alcohol addiction is a serious physical affliction that can culminate in very negative repercussions.

Once a person has become addicted to alcohol, it can be very difficult to stop. Your body actually experiences physical withdrawal symptoms when you make the effort to pull back on your drinking or stop altogether. Some of these alcohol withdrawal symptoms may include uncontrollable shivering or sweating, anxiety attacks, convulsions and even hallucinations. Learning to control your alcohol intake from the very beginning can prevent your succumbing to alcohol addiction over time. You should place personal safeguards in place when you are drinking with others or have someone with you who can help you know when to stop.

If you feel you have presently established or on your way to establishing a drinking problem, there are organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous that can help you pull your life back together and kick this habit on a permanent basis. You can find more information about these organizations online or through your local yellow pages. You do not need to live with alcohol addiction; you can make the effort to overcome this affliction and move forward with your life and career in a happy and healthy environment.