Why we need to help Alcoholics and Alcohol abusers
My name is Rachel and I have written this article to help highlight the importance of providing assistance to people with alcohol problems when they are seeking it. My experience with this process is a personal one and occurred after one of my best friends developed an alcohol abuse issue.
Drinking problems (alcoholism or alcohol abuse) is a serious problem, though those who suffer from it often dismiss it until it leads to serious conditions/death. While most people are convinced that alcohol sale and intake should be regulated, others see it as just another "beverage"
It is difficult to take a holistic view on whether alcohol is right or wrong, but one thing that remains is that alcohol is dangerous if abused in any form. This is why manufacturers and stakeholders preach modesty and responsibility in alcohol consumption.
Can alcohol become addictive?
Even though most of the sufferers fail to admit it, the truth remains that alcohol is even more addictive than some drugs and more inimical. Signs include
Excessive compulsiveness to always "hold a beer"
Irrational behaviours when cravings are unmet
Rough, tardy and unkempt outlook
Sudden weight loss and many others
Alcohol addiction can be as a result of many factors like:
Most drinkers see alcohol as an escape from their problems. With alcohol, they feel they have the "world" on their fists again, till reality comes, and then they want more.
Peer pressures, social circle, childhood, "manliness" and other perceived gains from alcohol consumption can drive people deeper into consumption.
Some study shows that alcohol can be dominant in a family or within a blood-related circle. If the father is an alcoholic, then one of the children might.
So, with these, we can see that Alcoholism is not mostly a conscious choice. Most people fall into alcohol abuse without realizing it, and it will be unfair to vilify them for it.
How much is too much?
A drink per day for women or two drinks a day for men is considered moderate. However, binging on alcoholism for about 5 days in a row can qualify for being an alcoholic or an addict. Binging involves having over 3 drinks within 2 hours for both men and women.
Dangers of Alcoholism
Alcoholism is often more damaging than substance abuse. In the short term, it can lead to Alcohol poisoning. People who experience this might feel nauseous, disoriented, unconscious, a drastic rise in Blood pressure, hypothermia, difficulty and breathing, and all.
Continuous abuse will lead to long term illnesses like Liver, Heart and Kidney disease. It can also heighten existing mental illnesses, affect social interactions, lead to depression and anxiety.
Crucially, alcoholism can lead to a loss of focus on your job, relationship, school, family and so on.
Helping Alcohol Addicts
Whether it's alcoholism or alcohol abuse, once a person chooses to become sober, we ought to help them in the best we can. Such help can be material, moral, physical and others. We should show them love, sincerity, and create an enabling environment for them.
The path to recovery is very tasking and no-fun more to the sufferers than the caregivers.
They have to undergo detoxification; to expel the harmful contents In their system.
Next is Rehabilitation; it help0s to re-shape their minds, monitor and adjust behaviours and offers them counselling on the path ahead. This step is key to ensure that they do not suffer relapses.
Wrapping Up: being Alcohol-free
Prevention is the best remedy against alcoholism. Parents/guardians should have conversations with their wards or children about addiction and alcoholism.
Support, care and tact are great psychological tools you need when dealing with an alcohol addict. People should also seek an alternative in beverages, sodas, fruit juice and the rest for relaxation.