Alcoholism may be subdivided into two categories. One of which is alcohol abuse wherein there is the excess consumption of alcohol yet one is still able to function with or without the use of alcohol. The second category is called alcohol dependency, this situation is worse than alcohol abuse. The latter category needs dire attention in that the individual who is dependent on alcohol cannot function normally and cannot even perform activities of daily living without the prior consumption of alcohol. Alcoholism is a very addictive disorder in which individuals tend to consume excessive amounts of alcohol even if it destroys their lifestyle, health, and social relationships.
Though it is both a psychological and physical condition, it is considered by the medical field as a curable disease. The origins of alcoholism for an individual are unique in that it can be triggered by a plethora of factors. Gender, stress, age, ethic background, social environment, and genetic predisposition are just some of the factors that may be deemed as culprits to this condition. Long term use of alcohol has dire effects on the body. Because the body is used to a huge amount of alcohol intake, the body will build up tolerance. And because it causes an addictive effect on the body, it will continue to crave alcohol to function properly. It will, undoubtedly, have a damaging effect to the body. Both physical and psychological consequences are evident in an alcoholic and will need to be treated accordingly. Treatment will comprise of withdrawing alcohol from an individual and by caring post alcohol withdrawal. Medications in use are varied. Withdrawing alcohol from an alcohol dependent individual will trigger in alcohol withdrawal syndrome.
Post medical care for patients with alcohol withdrawal syndrome would need medications to counteract the withdrawal and for the individual to be put into a group that would help him stay away from alcohol.
Chronic alcohol abuse can have damaging effects to the body. There is cirrhosis of the liver, inflammation of the pancreas, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, sexual dysfunction, and can also be fatal. Severe cognitive problems are not unusual for long term alcohol abusers. Dementia may set in much earlier and ten percent of the time alcohol is the usual cause.
To detect alcohol related problems a set of questions are usually asked to the individual in question.
These questions are put together in what we call the CAGE questionnaire. It is just four questions that will usually tell a medical practitioner that there is an alcohol related problem for a given individual. These questions are:
• Have you ever felt you needed to Cut down on your drinking?
• Have people Annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
• Have you ever felt Guilty about drinking?
• Have you ever felt you needed a drink first thing in the morning (Eye-opener) to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?
Alcoholism Home Remedies
Home remedies are to get the individual to take medications that will help them rid of the excessive cyclical alcohol consumption. Then to enroll them in classes that deal with surviving without any alcohol consumption.