ALCOHOL: Is it addictive? Alcohol is a substance that has been around for 100 million years. It’s an organic compound that can have many uses. Once ingested, the alcohol effects the central nervous system to give a false sense of relief and happiness. It affects motor skills, judgement and induces impulsive decisions. So, that means that people have been abusing this substance for a very long time. Alcohol can be very addictive and is at an extremely high risk for abuse. There are various treatment programs, inpatient and outpatient, that are specifically designed around helping someone that is struggling with alcoholism, such as Alcoholics Anonymous.
Alcoholics Anonymous is an unprofessional international fellowship founded in 1935, based upon individuals that are currently struggling or have struggled with alcohol. What that means is that it doesn’t matter what ethnicity, gender or age you are, you can be accepted into the program. AA usually consists of a twelve-step program. Essentially that is just a set of guidelines for a course of action for recovery from addiction. But, along with AA, there are various other paths of treatment an individual can take to help with a drinking problem. It can be very hard for an individual to keep from drinking alcohol because of it being sold in most stores and it being socially acceptable everywhere.
It wasn’t always socially acceptable, in the 1920’s there was a temporary Wartime Prohibition Act, passed by Congress, put in place before the ratification of the eighteenth amendment to ban any alcoholic beverages that had an alcohol content of 2.75% or greater. There were and still are many people against alcohol because, it has directly affected themselves or loved ones around them in a negative way. Many activists against the sale or consumption of alcohol, were trying to end family violence as well as end corrupt political parties.
To this day, alcohol is a social norm. Many people go to social gatherings and partake in the consumption of alcohol to unwind and to relax, to make themselves feel better from the stress of the day as well as to feel more comfortable with their surroundings. Which is why many people become addicted to the substance. They begin to really enjoy the effects of alcohol and start to drink more often than they should. It eventually becomes a food source to their body. Alcohol takes a huge negative effect on your brain and your body. If abused for long periods of time, you physically become addicted and if abruptly stopped, it can potentially cause seizures and/or death.
Alcohol that’s not broken down by the liver goes directly to the rest of your body, including the brain. Alcohol directly affect the parts of the brain that control your movement, speech, judgment, and memory. It is also known to make any individual belligerent and sometimes unresponsive if used in excess. Which leads to impulsive decisions, very bad judgment and occasionally alcohol poisoning.
Alcohol is very addictive, there are a number of reasons why people become addicted to it. The main reason is because of impulsiveness with individuals. It being everywhere plays a role in why people have a hard time staying away from temptation to drink. Another reason is preexisting conditions with addiction. When an addict puts down one addiction, they justify by picking up another thinking it’s okay to drink because it’s socially accepted around them. Some drink alcohol to fight off withdrawal symptoms from other drugs or to simply maintain from being sick from current alcoholism.
If you have a loved one that’s currently struggling with alcoholism, and you feel that they need help safely detoxing from it, there are certain measures that you can take to make sure they come off of it comfortably and effectively. Alcohol can be very dangerous to just come off abruptly, it could possibly be fatal. You should NEVER try to detox from alcohol without medical supervision! So, if you or somebody you know needs help, do not hesitate to call to set up a detox and a treatment program to get the help that you need to successfully come off of and stay away from alcohol.