Alcohol addiction is also known as alcohol dependence. It is a substance related disorder described as when the individual is addicted to alcohol, either physically or mentally, and continues to use/drink despite the significant areas of dysfunction, dependency or hardship.  It is obvious that common sense go out the door for the person dependent on alcohol. The person will not only have abnormal cravings for alcohol, but the alcoholic frequently gives in to the craving at the worst possible times. The alcoholic does not know when or how to stop drinking. And often, the alcoholic also does not seems to have enough common sense to know when not to begin drinking.

Willpower alone is not enough to keep the alcoholic sober, even though they appear strong in other respects of their life. They may have tried going on the wagon for periods of time. Maybe taken solemn pledges and even switched brands and beverages to try to stop drinking. The alcoholic may even try drinking only during certain hours. But nothing has worked for them to stop drinking. Unfortunately, even when the alcoholic has every rational incentive for staying sober, and wants to stay sober, ultimately sooner or later the alcoholic always winds up getting drunk.

Effects and illnesses that alcohol addiction have on the human bodyNegative Consequences of Alcoholism

  • Neurological
  • Cardiovascular
  • Psychiatric
  • Social problems
  • Physical – refer to diagram
  • Malnutrition
  • Memory problems
  • Motor Impairment
  • Concentration problems
  • Reduced Inhibitions – risky sexual behaviour
  • Missing events e.g. birthdays, Christmas
  • Lose employment – Financial – Debt
  • Lose licence
  • Poor academic performance
  • Unintentional injuries
  • Permanent disability – disfigurement
  • Strained relationships – leading to separation, divorce
  • Neglect family – relationship breakdown
  • Violence, Crime, Manslaughter, Murder, Prison
  • Death – suicide, medical complications

There is hope for those suffering from alcohol addiction. There is a life without having or needing to be dependent on alcohol.

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