October 4, 2008
The Dangers of Alcoholism
Alcoholism is a very dangerous disease here in America. 10-23% of the people who consume alcohol become a victim of alcoholism. It doesn’t target certain people or certain age groups. Anyone can be prey of this fatal disease. Research has shown that psychological, genetic and social factors can influence this disease’s development. This ailment is a medical nightmare. Not only can it affect you socially, behaviorally and emotionally but it can do major damage medically and physically.
Social, Behavioral and Emotional Affects and Symptoms
Usually the people suffering from alcoholism are the ones who drink excessively and deny having a drinking problem. When they are confronted about being an excessive drinker they get defensive and often annoyed. They are under the impression that they can control their intake, but what they don’t realize is their tolerance level for alcohol gets higher. So, they are able to consume more and more every time they drink.
Noticeable signs of someone being an alcoholic are shown mostly during social events. An individual may feel the need to drink at anytime, so they make up excuses to drink just to satisfy themselves. Also the lack of interest in their physical appearance, and aggressive behavior while drinking are frequently displayed. On the flipside, symptoms can arise while the victim isn’t with anyone. Just plain drinking alone for no particular reason, is a sign. Often times the intoxicant is hidden in one’s home so that it may appear that they have their situation under control. In most cases, after a night of drinking, people go to that secrete place the next morning to consume some to avoid a hangover and before they know it they have drank it all. Consuming great amounts of alcohol for so long can cause irritability and depression, which can also lead to eating disorders, loss of interest in various activities and...