Basic Facts About Alcoholism
Alcoholism is a widespread problem that affects people of all races, socioeconomic classes, genders, ages and so
There are an estimated 14 million individuals presently living in the U.S. who either abuse alcohol on a regular
basis or are alcoholics.
This works out to be every one in three adults.
The highest rates of alcohol dependency appear to be in young adults ranging from the age of 18 to 29 years of
age while the lowest rates are for those adults who are 65 years of age and older.
There are several million other adults in the United States who may not be alcoholics per se but they still
engage in risky types of drinking patterns on a more or less regular basis that could put them in the high-risk
category for alcohol dependency.
An estimated 53 percent of both males and females have admitted to having one or more family members or friends
who have a problem with alcohol.
Less than an estimated five percent of alcoholics fit the stereotypical picture of what a drunk is
supposed to look and act like.
Alcoholism is a chemical type of disease as it breaks down in the stomach differently than anything else does
and it has a tremendous negative impact on a persons brain.
It is considered to be biological in nature as well because it is believed that there is a chemical
predisposition towards alcohol addiction that is inherited.
Alcoholism is considered to be a primary disease because it is not the consequence or result of any other type
of disease. Alcoholism stands on its own and it has its own diagnosis as well as pathology.
Alcoholism is a progressive disease, as it will worsen over time if it is not treated. In this way it is very
easy to predict the start of many symptoms such as for example, euphoric recall, blaming others and blackouts.
Stopping drinking can stop the damage that has been done to a variety of organs, except for the liver. Once the
liver has developed cirrhosis, the damage cannot be reversed.
While the cessation of drinking will not cause the condition of the liver to get any worse, it will not make it
possible for it to heal itself either.
Alcoholism is a chronic disease because it generally develops over a long period of time and it never stops all
at once for no reason. Instead it just keeps getting worse until intervention takes place. Alcoholism can become
Did You Know
The Addictive Side Of Alcoholism Yes, it is a disease, but Alcoholism is also an
addiction. It is the undeniable need for a drink that makes if an addiction.
It is the inability to stop at just one drink, and the level of difficulty in
quitting, requiring professional assistance and the need for a support group to be able to kick the
drinking habit; that makes Alcoholism an addiction.
Alcohol is after all a drug. As an addiction the condition is a progressive
It changes in intensity growing and taking over like weeds in a garden.
Addiction robs the drinker of the ability to see beyond the haze of alcohol to the
reality of situations.
They may see an exaggerated reality that is fuzzy and unreal.
Addiction makes choices for you that you would not otherwise make.
Addiction often takes the romance out of relationships.
Alcoholics on average die approximately 12 to 13 years earlier than their non-alcoholic counterparts due to the
devastating effects that alcohol has on the human body.
Alcoholics also tend to have higher rates of suicides, motor vehicle accidents as well as accidental deaths
such as falls and even homicides sometimes have a measure of alcohol connected to them.
Many alcoholics are also known to mix other types of drugs and take them in conjunction with alcohol, sometimes
leading to lethal combinations that can end lives.
Alcoholism, regardless of whether the alcoholic totally abstains from alcohol or just drinks
in moderation, is a controllable disease.
However, alcoholism is not considered curable because the alcoholic can relapse back into
the acute phase of the disease many times with just one drink or one episode of over
The mixing of more than one substance is known as amplification or a magnified effect.
Two alcoholic beverages taken with two pills for example can bring about an even greater high or they can cause
the body to shut down and render the person comatose or worse, dead.