Alcoholism: What Is The Appeal Of Alcohol?
The consumption of alcohol, a depressant, slows down body functions and makes most individuals feel more relaxed. Physical tension in the muscles may relax and alleviate pain. Anxiety about a hectic schedule may temporarily decrease. Or a racing mind may be more at ease for sleep. A major appeal of alcohol is that it not only helps "take the edge off" but it's legal and fairly easy to access if you are 21 years or older. However, both independently and when combined with many prescriptions and over-the-counter medications (OTC), the effects of alcohol can be extremely dangerous and in some cases even lethal.
Taking a Closer Look at Alcoholism
Alcoholism has little to do with the kind of alcohol one drinks, how long a person has been drinking, or even the amount of alcohol a person consumes. But, it has a great deal to do with a person's uncontrollable need for alcohol.
Signs and Symptoms of Alcoholism:
- Craving: A strong need or urge to drink.
- Loss of Control: Unable to stop drinking once drinking has begun.
- Physical Dependency: Withdrawal symptoms, such as: nausea, sweating, shakiness and anxiety, after drinking stops.
- Tolerance: The need to drink greater amounts of alcohol to get intended "high."
Because alcoholism is a disease, most alcoholics can't just "exercise some willpower" to stop drinking. Alcoholics are frequently in the grip of a powerful craving for alcohol, a need that can feel as strong as the need for food or water. Yet, with alcoholism treatment and support, many are able to stop drinking, reclaim their lives and reconnect with loved ones.