Is alcoholism a disease?
Alcoholism, like other drug addictions, is medically defined as a chronic, progressive, and potentially fatal disease. Those suffering from alcoholism experience an incessant craving for, increased tolerance of and physical dependence on alcohol. They continue to abuse alcohol despite the many negative consequences their destructive habits have on their lives and the lives of their loved ones.
Whether you struggle with alcoholism or you care for someone who does, the following materials can help you understand and address this disease.
What causes alcohol addiction?
is caused by a combination of biological, genetic, psychological,
environmental and social factors, including:
- Age at
which alcohol was first consumed
such as age, gender, and genetic background
history of alcoholism (a person is much more likely to become an alcoholic if a
parent was an alcoholic)
exposure to alcohol
What are the effects of alcohol addiction?
Alcoholism can lead to long and short-term effects that impact the health, relationships, and lives of those who suffer. Learn more about the effects of alcohol use for occasional and excessive users.
Can it be treated?
Yes, alcoholism is treatable. Treatment for alcohol addiction usually includes therapy, counseling, support groups and education. Many benefit from joining a self-help group or 12-Step programs, while others seek out inpatient or outpatient treatment. With professional help, it is possible to overcome alcoholism.
If you or a loved one struggles with alcoholism, Caron can help. Contact us for more information.