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Understanding Alcohol Abuse and Addiction


Since the earliest days of human history, people have been consuming alcohol in any number of forms. In fact, you could make the case that the art of fermentation is one of the oldest culinary arts ever practised. Archaeologists and historians have found evidence of alcohol consumption dating back 6,000 years and beyond!

The result of all of this alcohol production is that consumption of these beverages is a normal part of both society and culture. With the exception of those who object on religious grounds, alcohol is something that is nearly universally accepted. This is good in one sense, but bad in another.

Unfortunately, the universal acceptance of alcohol consumption has led to no shortage of alcohol abuse and addiction. Let’s face it; human beings tend to be creatures of excess. If drinking a little alcohol is good, then drinking a lot must be better. Right? Wrong.

Evolution of Addiction

The most important thing to remember about alcohol abuse and addiction is the fact that addiction does not occur overnight. It is a progressive condition that may start with a single glass of wine with the evening meal. Keep in mind that the reasons a person drinks play a large role in whether or not addiction will be an eventual problem.

Many people drink simply because they enjoy the flavours resulting from combining certain types of food and beverages. Other people drink because it helps them relax and unwind. Both of these reasons are innocuous for the most part. However, there are other reasons that may portend a future problem including:

  • Drinking to escape emotional distress.
  • Drinking to help social engagement.
  • Drinking because of peer pressure.
  • Drinking out of boredom..

Behaviour versus Disease

If you suspect you may have an alcohol abuse or addiction problem, you might also be confused about whether alcoholism is a behavioural problem or a disease. There are valid opinions on both sides of the debate.

Those who believe it is merely a behavioural problem point to the fact that the drinker always has the final say in whether he or she will consume alcohol or not. What’s more, the individual addict made the choice to take that first drink sometime in the past.

Those who believe alcoholism is a disease point to research that suggests possible genetic abnormalities among alcohol abusers. They believe such abnormalities might increase the desire for alcohol while also decreasing the ability of the addict to deny him or herself.

Regardless of whether alcohol addiction is behavioural or medical, one thing is for sure: every alcohol abuser can make the choice to seek help in breaking his/her addiction. No one has to continue living the dangerous and destructive life of an alcoholic.

Breaking the Addiction

Breaking an alcohol addiction normally has two phases: detox and rehab. Detox completely flushes the system of alcohol by preventing the addict from drinking for a number of days. Rehab goes one step further by addressing the emotional and mental issues that come with substance abuse.

Private Rehab Helper is here to offer our assistance to you or a loved one who has an alcohol addiction issue. Our mission is to make sure every addict that comes our way is enrolled in a qualified program with a proven track record of success. The clinics we work with fit and exceed that bill.

Despite the fact that alcohol addiction might be destroying your life, you do not have to continue allowing it to do so. Just make the decision to get the help you need. That’s the first step in breaking your addiction. Then get in touch with us; we’ll take it from there.

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