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Why Are People Referring To Alcoholism As A Disease Not A Lifestyle Choice
Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder, is an addiction characterized by increased cravings, consumption, and failed efforts to limit intake of alcohol. As the disease progresses, alcoholics develop increased tolerance and have withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop drinking. They continue to increase the amounts and frequency of alcohol consumption despite exposure to harmful situations, failure to perform daily obligations, and difficulty maintaining relationships. The denial, or inability of the alcoholic to see or admit that their drinking is causing havoc in their lives often makes treatment difficult without the ...Read more
Many reasons: Like heart disease ; diabetes, alcoholism is due to genes ; poor life style choices- diet, no exercise, smoking. Genetics are 50% responsible. Children of alcoholics are 8 x more likely to become alcoholics. Alcoholism is a brain disease. Evidence shows altered neurotransmitter response to alcohol. If one of your family members is alcoholic, you risk surprise addiction to a prescribed pain pill. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Alcoholism causes: chronic damage to lots of systems, the most notable are kidney and liver--those being the two systems most engaged in eliminating the toxic substances that ethanol becomes (acetaldehyde to acetic acid to acetyl-CoA.). Permanent brain damage (Korsakov's syndrome) can result from chronic exposure to ethanol and its nor-metabolites. Let the body deal with its own ethanol from natural digestion... ...Read more
Yes : As i understand it, the brains of alcoholics process alcohol differently than the brains of those that are not alcoholics. Therefore, they become addicted more quickly and easily and have much more difficulty stopping drinking than others. This is only part of the explanation of alcoholism as there are psychological components, as well. Both md and addictions specialist need to treat together. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Like other diseases, alcoholism has strong genetic links- moral weakness does not. Like diabetes, alcoholism requires lifestyle changes, commitment to an entire pattern of living, and sometimes involves the entire family. Alcoholism is a sometimes relapsing brain disease for which successful treatment has been found. Approaches tailored to each patient save lives. Chronic means no quick fix. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Every organ system: in the body is adversely affected by alcohol. It damages the brain, peripheral nerves, heart, liver, immune system, bone marrow, muscles and can cause many different kinds of cancer. It also can cause overdose with respiratory depression, coma and death - particularly when combined with other drugs (tranquillizers, sedatives, pain medicines). It ages the body prematurely. In low doses, it's fine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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