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    Understanding Alcohol Addiction

    Understanding Alcohol AddictionAlcoholism or alcohol dependence is a chronic condition requiring sustained intervention and treatment. Those who are dependent on alcohol experience the following:

    • Craving for alcohol
    • Loss of control over their drinking
    • Withdrawal symptoms when they are not drinking; and
    • Increased tolerance to alcohol so that they have to drink more to achieve the same effect

    Alcohol dependence is largely considered a progressive condition, characterized by a strong need to drink despite undeniable problems associated with its continue use. Like substance abuse, dependence on alcohol has been shown to be the main cause of serious problems like legal and lifestyle issues, problems relating to loved ones and chronic health problems such as cirrhosis of the liver. Families and friends are often adversely affected by the addiction of an affected family member, and if left untreated, alcoholism can ultimately lead to early mortality.

    In seeking alcohol treatment, please remember that medical supervision is essential in detox circumstances where a person has been heavily reliant upon alcohol for some time.