Alcoholism is a serious condition in which dependence on alcohol results in social problems, health problems and even death. Excessive consumption of alcohol to the point of alcohol abuse damages the liver, brain, heart and nervous system, as well as causing clinical depression. It also efficiently destroys relationships, friendships and your own self-confidence.
People drink for a variety of reasons, but it is when a person becomes dependent on alcohol to get through the day that it starts to become a problem. And as alcohol is itself a depressant, confronting life without a drink becomes harder each day.
Treating alcoholism is no easy task. The first step is admitting that alcohol has control over you. Opening up to family, friends and your GP about the problem is essential too, as otherwise it is a big burden to carry on your own. Counselling is available to all alcoholics - Alcoholics Anonymous being one of the most recognised.
Detoxification (detox) can also be used to help beat alcoholism. Chlordiazepoxide, diazepam and thiamine are all prescribed medications of two to seven days in length that can be used to purge your body and restore balance. Several other medications are available to help abstinence once a patient is 'dry'.
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