ALCOHOLISM & TREATMENT
Definition: What is "Alcoholism"?
Alcoholism is drinking alcoholic beverages at a level that obstruct with physical health, mental health & social, family, or job responsibilities. It is a progressive medical condition that encourages alcohol dependency. You may be fascinated with alcohol & unable to control how much you drink.
Symptoms & Signs
Signs of alcoholism & alcohol abuse include: Being unable to limit the amount of alcohol you drink, not remembering conversations or commitments, sometimes referred to as "blacking out", building a tolerance to alcohol so that you need an increasing number of drinks to feel alcohol's effects.
Treatment: How to Treat "Alcoholism"?
Most treatments focus on helping people discontinue their alcohol intake, followed up with life training and/or social support in order to help them resist alcohol consumption temptations. Detoxification approaches & techniques are implemented with combination of supplementary approaches including supportive therapy, self-help groups & ongoing establishment of coping strategies.
Psychological factors may include: A need for anxiety relief, conflict in relationships, depression & low self-esteem. Social factors include: Ease of getting alcohol, social acceptance of alcohol use, stressful lifestyle & peer pressure.
All doctors should ask their patients about their drinking. Physical examination is carried out to identify physiological problems associated with alcoholism.