Alcohol and Addictions


For some people alcohol is addictive and can lead to alcohol dependency. Those who have an addiction to alcohol will develop a craving for it and often feel that once they start drinking they can’t stop themselves.

People who are addicted to alcohol will often find that if they stop drinking for a certain period of time they experience withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, perspiration and trembling.

Addiction to alcohol can also increase a person’s tolerance to it and they will need to drink more alcohol in order to feel the effects.

It is possible to beat an alcohol addiction and this is often done with the help of professional treatments and the support of family and friends. Like any addiction, alcoholism is not easy to kick, though.

Addiction to alcohol can affect people physically, mentally and emotionally. It can cause damage to:

  • Brain cells
  • Memory
  • Skin
  • Heart
  • Liver
  • Bones
  • Stomach

It can also cause problems with sexual functions, poor nutrition and water retention.

People addicted to alcohol often experience problems in their personal relationships. Alcoholism can cause a breakdown in relationships between families, friends and colleagues. Alcoholics may start lying, letting people down and not meeting their responsibilities. Their drinking can make those close to them feel hurt, angry and resentful.

Help to beat alcohol addiction is available through a number of methods such as:

  • Residential and day rehab centres
  • Group and individual therapy
  • 12-step programmes
  • Detox

In some cases, people can stop drinking of their own accord. However, if you have been drinking heavily or are addicted to alcohol it’s essential to contact a medical professional before trying to dry out because the side effects can be very serious and a doctor can discuss with you how you can manage them safely.

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