Alcoholism Facts

Below are some alcoholism facts. These facts will help a person understand the alcohol addiction they are fighting. With understanding comes knowledge which then gives the person the tools to handle a situation and correct it.

  1. Alcohol addiction can have both components of physical as well as psychological happening at the same time.
  2. Due to the fact alcohol is a depressant it can lead to a decrease of anxiety, activity, tensions and inhibitions.
  3. Alcoholism affects multiple systems of the body including the gastrointestinal tract. Irritation of the GI tract can occur with erosion for esophagus and stomach linings causing vomiting, nausea and even bleeding.
  4. One of the body affects of alcoholism are that vitamins will not be absorbed properly, which can then lead to nutritional deficiencies if not stopping intake of alcohol. Liver disease may develop and can lead to cirrhosis.
  5. Also affected are the muscles of the heart with alcoholism along with possible sexual dysfunction which may occur in men causing problems with erections while for women ceasing to have monthly periods.
  6. Alcohol and caffeine are the two most widely abused substances in the world.
  7. Alcoholism is divided into two broad categories – abuse and dependence.
  8. Being dependent on alcohol is the most serious condition since the person needs higher quantities of alcohol to achieve intoxication, get drunk. If a person dependent on alcohol suddenly stops their intake of alcohol they will experience withdrawal symptoms.
  9. A person develops their viewpoints regarding alcohol by the age of 20. Parent’s attitudes and behaviors toward drinking alcohol, society and family relationships and peer pressure all affect one’s attitude toward drinking.
  10. Alcohol abuse and dependency and related problems are increasing. About 15% of the United States population will qualify as problem drinkers. Approximately 5% to 10% of male drinkers and 3% to 5% of female drinkers could be diagnosed as alcohol dependent - this means about 12 million people in the USA alone.
  11. About 20% of teens are ‘problem drinkers”. Problem drinking involves getting drunk, having alcohol related accidents, or getting into trouble with family, friends and school due to alcohol.
  12. The effects of alcohol appear within 10 minutes and peak at about 40 to 60 minutes. Alcohol stays in the bloodstream until the liver can break it down. If alcohol is consumed faster than it can be broken down by the liver, the blood alcohol concentration level rises.
  13. Family members will go into denial about their loved ones’ addiction to alcohol because they just do not want to see it. After repeated instances with alcohol causing their loved one and themselves pain and misery they will become willing to look at the actual situation.
  14. For the alcoholic and family the sense of powerless and hopelessness can be handled with all the help that is available.
  15. There are many groups out there that deal with alcoholism such as Alcoholics Anonymous, church groups and on the internet access to research all kinds of alcohol rehabilitation facilities and different programs.
  16. The product Antabuse is an alcohol-abuse deterrent used to help overcome drinking problems.
  17. Prescription medicines such as ReVia and Antabuse are used in combination with other treatments such as counseling and support programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous.
Having these alcoholism facts at hand should help a person if they have an addiction to alcohol and need to get help. Alcoholism can be defeated.