What is Alcohol Addiction (alcoholism)?
When you’ve decided to start the process of finding out how you can stop drinking, the first step on the road to recovery is to accept that you have a problem. When you are drinking alcohol habitually in excessive amounts, and find that you cannot go without it, you might have a problem.
There is a difference between drinking moderately and drinking habitually.
Moderate drinkers generally don’t have a problem and will indulge in one drink a day, normally as a way to unwind.
Habitual drinkers tend to go way overboard and might even end up drunk, every day. They might even begin their day with a drink and then just go from there. Not all alcoholics will drink until drunk, but what all have in common is their uncontrollable need to drink.
There is also a difference between addiction and abuse. Those who abuse alcohol can still turn back with experiencing any physical effect.
Those who have gone beyond the point of no return are termed dependent because their bodies and minds are physically dependent on alcohol. Without their daily dosage, they can start to experience the effects of withdrawal.
If you feel you have a problem with alcohol and that it’s time to empty the bottle, know that there is a way out, a way to stop drinking alcohol.
Even the worst addict has beaten their alcoholism and turned their lives around. And so can you.