Alcoholism is the excessive and repeated use of alcohol in a compulsive and addictive way. According to some experts, the electrical brainwaves in people suffering from alcoholism are different from those who are non-alcoholics, meaning that alcoholism is a physical as well as a psychological disease.
To be diagnosed as an alcohol dependent person, three of the following criterion need to be fulfilled:
- High level of tolerance drinking more to obtain the same effect;
- Use and abuse of alcohol for longer and with larger quantities than planned;
- Withdrawal symptoms when trying to quit;
- Unsuccessful attempts at reducing use;
- Most of the time is spent drinking, procuring drink or recovering from heavy use;
- Relationship and human bonds are sacrificed in favor of drinking;
- Alcohol abuse continues, despite realising that it is harmful for the body.
There are nine million problem drinkers in the UK, and 7% of our adult population have alcohol dependence. Around 33,000 die each year because of alcoholism, and many more suffer health problems such as liver disease, pancreatitis, diabetes and heart problems.
If you think you have a problem with your drinking, talk to an addiction professional. The longer you put it off the worse it will get.