Is Alcohol a Disease?
Many people are wondering if alcoholism is a disease. Well, some will say it is and some that it isn’t. Professional medical organizations have recognized alcoholism as a primary, progressive, chronic and sometimes fatal disease. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence described it as a mental obsession causing a physical compulsion to drink.
Alcoholism it sure is a mental obsession, because once the alcoholic has in mind that he needs to drink, there is no way to convince him otherwise, and he will do anything to get some alcohol. The bad thing is that an alcoholic doesn’t realize that he has this kind of obsession, he usually denies it, and he gets mad when someone says that he really is an alcoholic.
It is also a physical addiction because of the toxins that are metabolized and get stored in the fatty tissues. It has been proven that when individuals get rid of these toxins. Cravings are way lower. It does not cure the mental aspects of the addiction but helps the person to get more from counseling as the physical cravings are gone.
This problem first starts with the person wanting to have one or two drinks, then four, then those aren’t enough, and ends up having more and more alcohol. He doesn’t even realize that too much to drink was a few drinks back, and problems start appearing. This progression is so subtle, and it takes place over a prolonged period of time, depending on the person. Some of them became alcoholics after only a few months, other after years or decades. Because of this, the alcoholic doesn’t notice until too late that there is a problem, and he doesn’t recall when he should have stopped, because, at that point, everything seemed alright for him.
That’s why the hardest thing to do for an alcoholic is to realize and accept he has a problem and to start seeking help. Alcoholics are usually in denial until something very bad happens, and then they realize their entire fault. And at that moment, it is important that they stop for good and seek the help they need.