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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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If you are asking the question, you have made an important first step by acknowledging there may be something wrong. There are many alternatives for getting help and it is important that you find something that is a good fit for you. You can try quitting/ cutting back or attending self-help groups like Alcoholics Anonymous or LifeRing. It will ... Read More »
A person who wonders if they are addicted to something probably has a reason for their query. Usually, there is some innate suspicion, concern or fear. This is no different from a person who knows the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and may be having periodic chest pain. There is hope that the person will seek medical attention promptly in ... Read More »
Here are some ways to reduce the risks of drug use: - Know the drug(s) you are taking. Be aware of the potential short- and long-term effects of any drug you take.

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