Alcoholism is a illness involving the excessive use of alcoholic beverages, whether it's a can of beer
or other sources such as vodka, and whiskey etc. It often affects a lot of people and their families. I
will discuss the symptoms of alcoholism. I will continue into the effects of alcoholism. Then conclude
with the treatment of the disease. It is a very serious disease.
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Alcoholism has been often been thought of as a symptom of a psychological or social problem, or
as a learned, behavior to cope with the everyday problems peoples lives. More recently alcoholism has
become recognized disease of it's own Alcoholism usually develops over a period of a few years.
symptoms include spending an excessive amount of limited income on alcohol. The availability of the
alcohol influences the person's choice of friends and the things that they do. Alcohol becomes used as
more of a relaxer than as a casual beverage.
At first, the alcoholic may have a high tolerance of
alcohol, drinking more and showing less effects than other drinkers. Alcohol begins to be more important
than the persons relationships, work, or even their health. The person progresses by losing control
over their drinking and are not able to control their habit. A physical addiction may come later to
avoid the effects of a hangover.
The effects on major organ systems include a wide range of digestive disorders such as ulcers,
inflammation of the pancreas, and cirrhosis of the liver. The nervous system can also be permanently
damaged. Blackouts, hallucinations, and extreme tremors may occur to the person as a direct result of
drinking alcohol. Studies have evidence that shows that heavy or even moderate drinking during pregnancy
can cause serious damage to the unborn child. This is known as fetal alcohol syndrome.
About 10 percent of all the adult drinkers in the U.S. are considered alcoholics or they have some sort
of drinking problem. The consumption of alcohol is currently rising in the U.S., and other countries like
the U.S.S.R. and some of the European countries. There is also an increase of alcohol-related problems in
other nations, including the Third World.