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The Effects Of Alcohol Problems

By Amy Tomlinson

When drinking is no longer a recreational past-time but takes on the role of fulfilling a stronger need, stress reliever, it becomes potentially dangerous. When this happens, it can be hard to turn back. Hard but not impossible.

So how does drinking evolve into an addiction? Drinking may begin as a social pastime but sooner or later, it potentially becomes a de-stressing mechanism to escape from work and other struggles. It is also used to shed inhibitions so as to make communication easier. For some, it can be used to confront life in general. The addict gradually develops a tolerance and requires larger quantities for him to gain the feeling he craves.

The addict is typically unaware of his condition and fails to see it getting worse. He is completely oblivious to his increasing consumption of alcohol having any negative effect on him whatsoever. He may even brag about the amount of alcohol he is drinking.

What were once important to him no longer have any influence over him and decisions. He displays an increasingly aggressive tendency which may result in violent action and he will communicate less with his friends, family and colleagues. His sleep will become erratic and his diet, less nutritious. Other areas of life such as work will become less secure as he will no longer be treating it with the respect that it deserves.
To sum up, drinking becomes the only activity which comes to matter to the addict.

Essentially, drinking becomes a priority over everything else in his life. To the point where his physical failings worsen and his dependency becomes so bad that he develops tremors if he goes too long without a drink. Rock bottom is often the only destination when the addiction becomes this severe. This is also often the stage where he realises what is happening to him and begins to seek help. If his desire is genuine and strong enough, there is hope for recovery afoot.

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