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Drinking may seem fun at first. Your inhibitions fly away and you're free to have fun without thinking of the consequences. Alcohol may seem like a pretty mild choice for a vice at first. However, it's a drug and it's just as dangerous and damaging as cocaine or heroin to your long-term health. It can also damage your social and even family relationship, sometimes past the point of repair. Alcohol is legal for anyone over the age of 21. That doesn't mean it's harmless. One drink at a party or dinner every few months may be relatively benign. If you start to use it regularly, however, it can soon take over your life.
Alcoholism, also known as “alcohol dependence and alcohol addiction” is a disease that that has as its base, four definitive symptoms:
a. Craving: An intense desire or compulsion to drink alcohol.
b. Loss of control: The inability to manage one’s drinking alcohol on any given occasion.
c. Physical dependence: Alcohol withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety, occur when alcohol use is stopped after a period of heavy drinking.
d. Tolerance: The need to drink greater amounts of alcohol in order to experience the same effect
Yes, alcoholism is a disease. This has been established by the American Meidcal Association. 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, financial or legal consequences.
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, alcohol dependence or alcohol addiction is influenced by genetics, environment and lifestyle.
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We will make sure that you are prepared for life after you complete rehab. We know you can succeed with the valuable knowledge and skills that we will give you. Don't let another minute pass you by, it could mean your life.
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