Alcoholism is a dependence on alcohol. The dependence can be related to an emotional or physical dependence. Alcoholism is a big problem among people over the age of 12. According to the editors of Harvard Health Publications and Hilary Smith Connery, one in thirteen people over the age of 12 have some sort of alcohol problem. Alcohol messes with your social life, romantic life, work, mental and physical health, and the overall amount of time that you might get to live. The signs can be hard to spot but they are there and its important to be able to spot them.
The first problem with alcoholism, is the age at which it starts. According to the studies from 2016 Monitoring The Future (MTF) “Alcohol: Trends in Binge Drinking, Risk, Disapproval, and Availability,” kids from as low as 8th grade have already had their first drink and continue doing so. But the kids are not the only ones at fault. The same studies go to show the availability of drinks to the teens. Around 50% of students in 8th grade said that alcohol was either fairly easy or very easy to get to. This shows the children’s’ guardians are also at fault. Alcohol should not be easy for kids to get into or find around the house. Preventing children and teens from getting into alcohol shouldn’t be difficult. It is just a matter of watching and fulfilling a persons needs. Enforcing a rule against drinking would be the best option to go with. Allow them to ask questions about why they are not allowed to drink honestly and have a civil conversation with them discussing the topic.
The functionality of ones body is decreased when the intake of alcohol is in large amounts. It affects chemicals in the brain such as serotonin levels which affects mood. Alcohol is a depressant which, you guessed it, can cause depression. But, according to Drinkaware, “In Britain, people who experience anxiety or depression are twice as likely to be heavy or problem drinkers.” This shows the vicious circle of the whole problem. Another problem is the fact that alcohol can make a person act impulsively and recklessly. This can account for a lot of self harm if under the influence. Drinkaware also states that drinking too much can cause a mental illness called psychosis. Its a severe illness where the one affected by it has hallucinations or is completely severed from the reality they are in. “Psychosis can occur during acute intoxication or withdrawal,” says Zhongshu Yang, MD. “In addition, alcohol hallucinosis and alcoholic paranoia are 2 uncommon alcohol-induced psychotic disorders, which are seen only in chronic alcoholics who have years of severe and heavy drinking.” The overuse of alcohol can really impair the lifestyle of a person.
Alcohol can also damage your memory. The excessive use of alcohol affects the brain and it stops saving thoughts into the memory blank causing the feeling of a blackout in the morning. Not being able to remember what you did, where you went, or who you were with are all obvious signs that you drank too much. If one drinks too much it can also impair their vision of reality. A drink could help you relax after a long day but it also helps you miss some of the cues going on around you. There are many ways to relieve stress, going for a run or a walk, petting a cat, learning some breathing techniques, or just acknowledge the reason why you want to drink and deal with that problem responsibly. If something is truly bothering you talk to a friend or a therapist instead of putting yourself or somebody else at harm.
If one wishes to stop drinking there are many ways to help aid in that process including some foundations and help lines. Drinkline is a place where one can talk to someone about their drinking problems or a friend or family members’ drinking problem if they feel like they are getting out of hand. Its free and their number is 0300 123 1110. NHS Choices provides helpful information on drinking problems like treatments and support. One could also choose to go to an alcohol rehab center where specialists work with patients to help them beat alcoholism.
While alcoholism is a huge problem among several countries, it can still be beat. With the proper effort and care put forward to help others out and beat this we can make a difference. Organizations such as SMART Recovery are organizations trying to help out others with their problems and if you’re wondering how to help out you can donate to them or any other organization that has a main goal of helping others with their alcoholism problems.