What Is Alcoholism?

Alcoholism is a Disease and It’s Not Alcohol Abuse, Information on the brain disease of alcoholism and why alcohol abuse is not alcoholism. – also find information here on rehab,

Information on the brain disease of alcoholism and why alcohol abuse is not alcoholism.

 

Identifying the Physical and Emotional Symptoms of Drug Abuse

Narcotics can vary in toxicity, and after extensive research it was discovered that those that frequently expose themselves to drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and LSD can be at a far greater risk of developing long term ailments. In these events, many sufferers find themselves unable to address their addictions and dependencies in a productive manner – and as many narcotics have a chemical composition capable of overwhelming parts of the brain responsible for rational thought; it’s not uncommon for situations to disintegrate until they become out of control.

There are two key types of symptoms associated with drug (substance) abuse. The first is the mental effects commonly witnessed and experienced when an individual is exposed to drugs, and the second takes on a more physical role. In the majority of cases (70% and up), the mental toll will be diagnosable first and foremost, followed by physical traits that may often only be visible after the space of six weeks.

Emotional and mental symptoms

There are over two dozen individual symptoms that can occur on an emotional and mental level, and unfortunately not all of them can be understood by an addict. This is down to the fact that many drugs, particularly those mentioned at the beginning of this article, can take a toll on the part of the brain that is responsible for rationalization.

In these events it can be all but impossible for a drug abuser to recognize that there is an issue, because the chemicals that are responsible for logical thought can be overwhelmed by the toxic properties that many narcotics consist of. Over time it’s not unheard of for these organic compounds to be completely replaced by the instinctive attributes of drugs – and as with the majority of narcotics; this can lead to a complete addiction followed by unavoidable dependency.

In most cases, the emotional symptoms will relate to the mood and attitude of the person that is exposed to the drug or drugs. These symptoms can include mood swings, an inability to process simple thoughts, confusion, extreme anxiety, and even aggression

Physical symptoms

On the other side of the coin, physical symptoms during detox can differ from person to person, with some showing the signs of drug abuse in as little as six weeks, and others taking longer. In any event, the results often follow the same path. Most people that abuse heroin will lose weight, suffer with tooth damage and decay, experience skin issues including peeling and rashes, and even hair loss.

In other cases, physical signs of abuse can be present in the form of injections. Regardless of the type of symptom, it can be very important to seek advice and treatment as soon as possible. Acting quickly can help to deter long term damage from occurring, but even seeking help after prolonged exposure can still help with treatment, detox, and recovery.

 

 

20 thoughts on “What Is Alcoholism?”

  1. The notion that alcoholism is a physical disease is a respectability endeavor serving the upper classes that was medically dispelled in the 60's. People respond to the pain of dysfunctional childhood, babyhood, with many, " isms," of medication, work, thievery, sex, religion…. There are a few psychotherapies that halt the obsessive drinking in it's tracks; many post patients go on to casual use. It was well documented in the 60's at UCLA Sou Cal that binge drinking was more destructive to the brain than everyday over consumption. Also the younger any deleterious habit is started the greater the damage to the immature vital organs. Obsessive athletics, obsessive intoxicating substances, whether recreational or by prescription; obsessive antibiotic use, obsessive demands on the developing body, overwork, overtiredness, no monotonous daily routines. Sugar is given a benign nod by most but is sweet death and destruction. The chemical laden diet of this century including esters of alcohol is a brain decayer. Trying to take one thing in isolation is not noteworthy. This is an ideologically based bit of nonsense. Addiction to anything is simply the individual medication of choice. The motivating pain is what needs to be honored. "Curing," addiction is simple , if the right therapy is used; and that does not involve substituting religion or some other drug to reduce the craving.

  2. Alcoholism is not a disease. It is an addiction. Plenty of people can drink and not become addiction. Alcoholism is a behavior.

  3. Lots of butthurt morons in here who think they know more about alcoholism than all doctors in the world.

    If doctors say that it is a disease, then it IS a disease!
    Stop your fucking yapping and respect those with more knowledge than you!!!

  4. Who decides who is an alcoholic? The AA? Well absolutely not. And that is exactly what they have been doing since 1939 without doing brain scans or medical tests or even being Doctors or Psychologists. That, as a matter of fact is quackery. And to say, off the top of their heads, as they do in AA, that you have a disease and were born that way without doing a single medical test is fraudulent. It is a practice that should be legally stopped.

  5. It isn't a disease and your logic for calling it a disease is so stupid is laughable and insulting.

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  7. Do you all realize your cruelty and refusal to understand the mind of an alcoholic has caused thousands of people to commit suicide?

  8. People that think Alcoholism is a disease, should watch the Alcoholic Anonymous South Park episode to see how stupid that statement is.

  9. Calling it a disease is harmful. It creates victimization and helplessness. They had to take the first drink before it became a problem. That doesn't seem like a disease to me. It is an addiction and physical dependency but not a disease. That's why there are separate words and they are NOT interchangeable or synonyms….I understand that technically you can say it is one, but that sort of semantic mental gymnastics is NOT helpful.

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  11. Alcoholism is not a disease. Malaria is a disease. Put a physically Healthy alcoholic next to a person with malaria… which one of them really has a disease?

    Calling alcoholism a disease is a load of horse shit.

  12. how is alcoholism a disease, whereas any other form of addiction isn't…just doesn't make sense

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