Alcohol Addiction

Is it Alcohol Abuse or Alcohol Addiction?

Alcohol Abuse
Moderate drinking that is not combined with any negative consequences is considered ok and safe to take part in, however, when drinking results in trouble with the law, legal problems, relationship problems or lowered productivity at work, home or school there could be a potential problem at hand. In the early stages, when there is no physical addiction to alcohol, the problems that occur as a result of drinking are the result of alcohol abuse. Alcohol abuse is not an addiction but it is a problem none the less.

Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol addiction is a more severe form of alcohol abuse that is paired with a physical dependence on the substance that causes adverse reactions when the individual does not drink. Those who are addicted to alcohol will continue to drink despite the known consequences that result from their drinking and they may suffer dire consequences within their family relationships, career, legal record and financial statuses as a result of their decision to continue drinking. For the addict, these negative effects are just another burden of their addiction.

Alcohol's Effects on the Body
Drinking too much – on a single occasion or over time – can take a serious toll on your health. Here’s how alcohol can affect your body:

Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, and can affect the way the brain looks and works. These disruptions can change mood and behavior, and make it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.
Drinking a lot over a long time or too much on a single occasion can damage the heart, causing problems including:
  ·Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle
  ·Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat
  ·High blood pressure
Research also shows that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol may protect healthy adults from developing coronary heart disease.

Heavy drinking takes a toll on the liver, and can lead to a variety of problems and liver inflammations including:
  ·Steatosis, or fatty liver
  ·Alcoholic hepatitis
Alcohol causes the pancreas to produce toxic substances that can eventually lead to pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.

Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of developing certain cancers, including cancers of the:

Immune System:
Drinking too much can weaken your immune system, making your body a much easier target for disease. Chronic drinkers are more liable to contract diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis than people who do not drink too much. Drinking a lot on a single occasion slows your body’s ability to ward off infections – even up to 24 hours after getting drunk.

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