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Alcoholism can be called as a chronic disease, rather than a weakness of a character which is said to affect more than 14 million people across the world, and it occurs when one drinks too much that his or her body becomes dependent and addicted to it. When one consumes too much of alcohol, he starts losing control and feels that the whole life comes to a standstill if he or she doesn’t consume it every day.

An alcoholic should realize that he or she has a problem and should be keen to get treated.  The symptoms of alcoholism can vary from one person to another, as different people have different ways to cope up with their drinking. The level of consumption, how frequently a person consumes it and the reason why a person consumes it makes each one a different and unique case to be treated. However, there are certain common traits that one should note, in case a close friend or a relative finds out if he or she is alcoholic, as it may cause severe damage to the personal, mental and financial relationship of a person. There is a slight difference between a person who is under the abuse of alcohol and alcoholism. The person suffering from alcoholism tends to have withdrawal symptoms. There are no cases that are proven that tends to push a person to become an addict to alcohol in any particular age group.  Each person is influenced by different criteria, like peer group pressure, family pressure, accidents, trauma, tragedies, and other social conditions. At times, genetically children or grandchildren of alcoholics are said to become addicted to alcohol due to some genetic or biochemical background. The children of alcoholic parents are said to consume more alcohol than their peers to show off their capacity.

The following can be a few behavioral and physical symptoms seen in alcoholic patients.

•    Drinking on your own.

•    Consuming more alcohol to feel the effect of it.

•    When asked about drinking, the person become violent or aggressive.

•    Poor eating or neglecting eating.

•    Neglecting to go to work or school in order to drink

•    Craving for alcohol all the time

•    Withdrawal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and shaking if drinking is stopped.

•    Lapse of memory after a night of drinking.

•    Tremors after drinking

•    Further physical illnesses like dehydration and liver problems.

The following are a few risk factors that can push a man or a woman to alcoholism.

•    If men have more than 15 drinks in a week and women have more than 12 drinks per week.

•    If you have a parent with alcoholism

•    If one has a mental health problem like depression, anxiety, etc.

A person may be at higher risk if

•    You are a young adult feeling the pressures of the peers

•    If you have low self-confidence.

•    If you have issues with the family or between the parents.

•    If you are facing high stress level.

•    If your family members consume alcohol and do not object if you consume.

Alcoholism is a problem that needs support from family and peers to overcome. If one is committed to be an alcoholic, then there is a complete possibility for him or her to recover in a shorter span of time.

 

TreatmentIsNotRecovery provides information on alcohol recovery centers, and addiction rehabilitation centers for families and individuals suffering from alcoholism, drug and other substance abuse. To know more about alcoholism, you may visit Healthline.com.