- Alcoholism or Alcohol Abuse is a progressive disease like Diabetes. It cannot be cured, only treated with ongoing support, AA and relapse prevention.
- Denial or about severity of impairment or underestimating quantity or effects alcohol is a common
- Downplaying the negative consequences of drinking minimizes the impact on self and family
- Blame or complaining that family and friends are exaggerating
- Using alcohol to “relax” with increased frequency and amounts
- Recurrent use of alcohol in situations that are physically hazardous (driving)
- Continued use despite having persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by the effects of the substance
- Arguments and losing emotional control
- Hangovers, missing work and not attending to the demand of life
Is alcoholism a disease?
Yes, alcoholism is a disease. The craving that an alcoholic feels for alcohol can be as strong as the need for food or water. An alcoholic will continue to drink despite serious family, health, or legal problems.
Like many other diseases, alcoholism is chronic, meaning that it lasts a person’s lifetime; it usually follows a predictable course; and it has symptoms. The risk for developing alcoholism is influenced both by a person’s genes and by his or her lifestyle.
No, alcoholism cannot be cured at this time. Even if an alcoholic hasn’t been drinking for a long time, he or she can still suffer a relapse. Not drinking is the safest course for most people with alcoholism. But, alcoholism can be successfully treated.