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Alcoholism Information

  • Alcoholism is a term with multiple and sometimes conflicting definitions. In common and historic usage, alcoholism refers to any condition that results in the continued consumption of alcoholic beverages despite the health problems and negative social consequences it causes the individual. Medical definitions describe alcoholism as a disease which results in a persistent use of alcohol despite negative consequences. Alcoholism may also refer to a preoccupation with or compulsion to consume alcohol and an impaired ability to recognize the negative effects of excessive alcohol consumption...
  • Causes of Alcoholism

    The use of alcohol itself does not predict the development of alcoholism. The quantity, frequency, and regularity of alcohol consumption required to develop alcoholism varies greatly from person to person. While the biological mechanisms of alcoholism are uncertain, established risk factors include social environment, emotional health, and genetic predisposition, which are all unique to every individual.

    Treating Alcoholism

    Treatments for alcoholism are quite varied because there are multiple perspectives about the condition itself. Medications are sometimes prescribed to help reduce the compulsion to drink. DailyStrength members have described their experiences with Antabuse, Naltrexone, and Campral. Most treatment programs focus on discontinuing alcohol intake, followed by life training and social support in order to prevent a relapse. A typical treatment program consists of detoxification followed by a combination of therapy, daily participation in support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, and ongoing development of coping mechanisms.

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Yes and no. There appear to be both reversible brain damage and permanent brain damage from drugs and alcohol. Abusers of these substances tend to have nutritional deficiencies, lacking essential vitamins and minerals to counteract the toxicity to the brain cells from these drugs.
You may not need counseling to initially quit; however, if you want to not use again you will likely need counseling and support. Mark Twain once said, “Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it hundreds of times.”
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