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Alcoholism?


it runs in my family and im very aware of it. ive been drinking for under a year but lately its been every weekend and ive recently stopped because of finals i have for school and id rather not mess them up. but i catch myself thinking what am i going to do this weekend because im not drinking. im not getting like cravings for it like i need it but i feel as if i have nothing to do besides get drunk with my friends and walk around. is that a sign of future alcoholism?
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it really depands on you it start with just one then goes to two and so on soon you need a beer everyday , everynight its just like if you smoke need one then another for you know it it a pack then two and so no so i think you get the picture can it lead to alcoholism yes the anwer is yes  (+ info)

alcoholism?


does or can alcoholism run in the family and why
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It runs in the family, outside the family, inside a liqure store and behind a back alley. (welcome to "my" world)  (+ info)

What is the difference between alcoholism and alcohol abuse?


I'm really confused. Are they different or are they similar? What are the differences between alcoholism and alcohol abuse (if there are any)? Which one is worse?
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Alcoholism and alcohol abuse, although used similarly sometimes, are two different cases. In alcohol abuse, the person usually drink secretly. He experiences moments of black out, loses interest in other things and develops a drinking ritual. An alcohol abuser is also easily irritated especially when his drinking habits are questioned. An alcoholism victim, on the other hand, always have that craving for alcohol. He experiences a particular dependence on alcohol and feels like he can't function well without a daily dose. A person experiencing alcoholism cannot stop himself from drinking whereas a person abusing alcohol can so I guess alcoholism is worse.  (+ info)

What are the main arguments to say that alcoholism is a disease?


I'm writing a paper saying that alcoholism is not a disease, and I'd like to know from the people who this it's a disease, shortly, what are the main points that make alcoholism a disease?
anyone?
thank you.
well...lead is also toxic...it can be devastating. so...based on the argument that alcohol is toxic and cause you damage..are we all diseased because we can't take lead? drinking something toxic can cause a disease, but the fact of drinking it is not a disease...
what do you think?
(ps: personally, i dont know and i dont care...it's just a school project, so I'm just doing my part)
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"a disordered or incorrectly functioning organ, part, structure, or system of the body resulting from the effect of genetic or developmental errors, infection, poisons, nutritional deficiency or imbalance, toxicity, or unfavorable environmental factors; illness; sickness; ailment."

Alcoholism doesn't fit this definition. As a consequence of alcoholism you'll have diseases that fit the definition (like cirrosis).
I don't think addictions are diseases. You drink because you want to. Nobody is forcing you, no virus is making you do that. You have to use a lot of will power to go get the booze and drink it. Same for drugs, same for too much food or unhealthy food. Socialist groups want to call addictions diseases and put government regulations to protect the public. No government program has ever done anything to improve the situation because you can't control the will of the population by law (on the long run). Addictions is something you do to yourself by your own will. You can control yourself, if you don't is because you don't want. When you have a disease, you can't control it.
"Addictions are not diseases."  (+ info)

What is average age alcoholic first shows signs of alcoholism?


Can someone tell me (from a good source) the average age a lifelong alcoholic (both recovering and active alcoholics) first starts to show signs of alcoholism?
I'd like to know if possible, not just the age they first take a drink but when the real signs of alcoholism begins for most alcoholics?
Thanks for your time.
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The researchers discovered that alcohol abuse started on average at the age of 22.5, and dependence at an average age of 21.9 years old, while the average age for the first treatment for dependence was 29.8 years.

The research detected an 8-10 years delay in alcoholism treatment after the issue has appeared. "That 10 years can be devastating.  (+ info)

What caused you to want to get rid of your alcoholism?


Answer if you (or someone you know) got rid of alcoholism, why they wanted to stop drinking excessively, and how they were able to do this.

*Alcoholism is a disease. It's an addiction of excessive drinking that interferes with your daily life.
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I have only officially gone 3 days without a drink (and should say that I have no plans to totally quit drinking, but to cut way back ... to once a week) and found my own motivation after a night of binge drinking and awaking the next morning in a lot of pain and misery (and I don't get hangovers or sick from drinking), but Saturday morning I got sick ... and vomited bile. I knew then that it was time to cut alcohol out almost completely. My skin has also been showing signs of too much drinking and my baby face is one of my best assets! If I can clear up my skin and go back to looking 15 years younger than my real age, then why not try to truly limit the amount of booze I consume.  (+ info)

Is alcoholism a disease or an addiction?


I would like to see your thoughts on this. Some say that it’s a hereditary disease some say you become addicted to it like drugs. Yes it may be different for everyone but would any of you agree that alcoholism can be hereditary?
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If you belong to a cult... errr... I mean AA it is a disease.

If you are a rational thinking individual it is an addiction. A miss under stood addiction. Scientific studies by unbiased groups have shown that the majority of people classified as "alcoholics" are in all actuality over indulgers and show no real form of addiction.

Don't get me wrong, alcoholism is real and dangerous. Over indulges is just childish behavior by adults acting as children.


EDIT:

The AMA recognizes it a disease... but it widely debated in the community as to whether it is or not.  (+ info)

What message do I bring to inpatients suffering from alcoholism?


What message do I bring to inpatients suffering from alcoholism? I am a recovering alcoholic with 7 years of sobriety, I am a guest speaker at a local VA hospital. Can someone suggest what I speak about to the vets? I usually start with the 24 A Day reading and open up to problems the vets may be facing. How have you approached them? I would like to know.
Thanks!
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The message to bring is simple: HOPE! You can make a difference and can most likely impact these individuals where others including doctors cannot. Because you are sober and have experience with this illness you can secure their confidence more than others. The first and most important thing to remember is that the patients you are speaking to are very ill and most likely do not understand how sick they really are. They are unable to differentiate the true from the false (drunk or sober) Because of your own drinking experience you can be uniquely useful to these alcoholics. It says in the big book, cooperate, never criticize. To be helpful is our only aim.

The best advice I can give you is to share your experience, strength and hope. Tell them what it was like? What happened and What your life is like today (sober)?

Show them from your own experience, how the queer mental condition surrounding the first drink prevents normal functioning of the will power. Remember "Facts tell, stories sell". Share your story and ask God to guide your thoughts and to help you make and honest and sincere telling of how your account and how you were able to achieve 7 years of sobriety. It is important to explain the illness and describe the illness as a spiritual malady. A three fold illness. Talk about the conditions of the body and mind which accompany it. Keep their attention focused mainly on your personal experience. Explain tto them the truth and that many are doomed who never realize their predicament. Doctors are rightly loath to tell alcoholic patients the whole story unless it will serve good purpose. But you should talk to them about the hopelessness of alcoholism because you offer a solution. After all it says in the book on page 17 "There is a Solution" It doesn't say there are many or there is a couple of solutions. It says "There is A Solution" It works and if someone is a real alcoholic and is ready to recover from alcoholism they can recover and you can share a message to help give them hope. I'm sure you will do a great job and make a positive and impactful contribution. Good Luck from http://www.alcoholismtreatmentcenters.com  (+ info)

Where can I find information about alcoholism treatment programs?


I am doing a paper for my Health class about alcoholism treatment programs. I want to find detailed information about it. I have been searching on the Internet but everything I find are either too short or it lacks information. I just don't trust the information in them too. My teacher required to have just one website as a source. Can you recommend a good website?
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You are correct. There are many websites out there you can access but you can't be very certain if you can trust them. I have included some links here that may help you with your paper.  (+ info)

How can I get information about alcoholism intervention in Clarksburg, New Jersey?


Recently, I have noticed that after attending a series of gathering and too much social drinking, I am beginning to get addicted to alcohol. I want to get professional advice about alcoholism intervention before it gets too late.
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Your decision is a very smart move to avoid further addiction to alcoholic beverages. Seeking medical advice early on will surely prevent further health and psychological problems brought about by too much alcohol intake. You can call this Nationwide Addiction Assistance Helpline: 800-559-9503 or browse the links below. A friend of mine have tested and proven these sources to be helpful.  (+ info)

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