Alcohol is the most used and abused drug in the world, for this reason
there is no wonder why we have alcohol problems. The most common problem is
alcoholism. Alcoholism is a chronic usually progressive disease that includes
both a psychological and a physical addiction to alcohol. Alcoholics know what
will happen to them when they drink but they are so addicted they can't stop
drinking. Alcohol becomes the most important part of the person's life. It
totally consumes them, all their thoughts and actions have to do are somehow
associated with alcohol. Alcoholism like other illnesses will become worse
without treatment and remain life-threatening as long as it is left untreated.
The psychological dependence an alcoholic has is when they think alcohol is
necessary and life will not be good without it. The physical dependence an
alcoholic has is when their body becomes so used to the drug that it now needs
alcohol to function without pain. Alcoholism is not a disease experienced only
by adults. Alcoholism, like any illness, can strike at any age. Ten percent of
the adult drinkers in the U.S are considered alcoholics or at least experience
drinking problems to some degree. Surveys have shown that more than one out of
three Americans have a personal friend or relative who has had a drinking
problem for ten years or longer. Almost two out of three Americans report that
they know someone who drinks too much. It is estimated that there are 18
million alcoholic or problem drinkers in the U.S. For every alcoholic there are
at least four other people who are affected by the alcoholic. This means that
in the U.S. there are at least seventy-two million other people dealing with the
disease somehow. Many people believe that alcoholics are people that are the
skid row winos and bums. This is a common misconception, actually ninety-four
percent of alcoholics live at home, while only six percent are the skid row type.
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