Alcoholism is a progressive illness
When we drink alcohol, it can change the way we feel. For many people, this effect of drinking is harmless, but for some of us it can lead to dangerous consequences for our physical health and emotional wellbeing.
Alcohol is a psychoactive substance that has a depressant effect on the central nervous system. It can alter our brain chemistry and affects neurotransmitters that govern thought, emotion and behaviour. It can be highly addictive and as a result, many people become physically and psychologically dependent on alcohol.
If left untreated, full-blown alcoholism is a progressive illness that worsens over time and can cause enormous harm, both to the sufferer and to their loved ones.
Consequences of alcohol abuse
Alcoholics typically find it hard to stop after just one or two drinks. The grip of alcohol can be almost impossible to break by using willpower alone.
Alcoholism is often mistakenly considered to mainly affect individuals who are weak or cannot function. In fact, it is a chronic disease that can affect people of any age, race, social status or income level. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism states that around 7.2% of adults have an alcohol use disorder. This can be due to a combination of causes, which include physical, psychological, genetic or lifestyle factors.
According to the World Health Organization, alcohol is linked to nearly 6 percent of all deaths worldwide and is a major cause of disease and injury. Drinking alcohol is associated with a risk of developing health problems such as liver cirrhosis, some cancers and cardiovascular diseases as well as mental and behavioural disorders, including depression and anxiety.
Help is the first step to recovery
If you have an issue with alcohol it is important to seek professional expertise to facilitate the best chances of a successful recovery. Asking for help is the first step towards making positive change in order to become clean and sober.
Those who are able to stop drinking in the early stages of their addiction can avoid long-term physical and mental damage. We employ qualified experts who provide care and support on an individual basis in discreet and comfortable surroundings.
Alcohol withdrawal should always be carried out under medical supervision. If you, or a loved one, have a problem, you can take our Alcoholism Self-Assessment Test or Contact Us.
World Health Organization
National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism