Alcohol consumption is legal and is socially accepted. This reduces the recognition of alcohol dependency and it is therefore significantly underestimated. Alcohol is definitely not an innocent product and can be labelled as a drug. Alcohol addiction can be life-threatening to both body and mind.
Frequent alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction can lead to the following problems: damage to the liver; liver disorders; alcohol hepatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, pancreatitis, hepatitis type B. heart and vascular disease; heart attack, heart failure, heart failure, cardiac rhythm disorders, and high blood pressure. It can lead to cancer; liver cancer, bowel cancer, breast cancer, oral cavity cancer, oesophageal cancer. Other related complications include brain damage; stroke, dementia, memory loss, and Korsakov syndrome; psychoses, delirium, psychotic disorders, hallucinations or delusional thoughts and also impotence and inflammation of the mouth, throat, stomach and pancreas.
Alcohol abuse or alcohol addiction often starts by worsening social behaviour, loss of functioning correctly, invention of excuses for anything and everything to hide the truth, isolation patterns; after excessive use – suffering from “blackouts”, missing appointments and often hiding alcoholic beverages. Alcohol addiction is a progressive disease that makes people need more and more alcohol to achieve the same effect.
If drinking is stopped abruptly, there is a high probability of developing a number of withdrawal symptoms; nausea, severe sweating, poor sleep and feeling anxious and tense because no alcohol is being consumed. An addicted person thinks they can fix this by drinking alcohol again and thus ends up a perpetuating vicious circle of addiction with total isolation and eventually death as a result.
We can therefore speak of an alcohol addiction when someone can no longer manage his or her alcohol use, and thus loses control over it. The same applies to drinking a large quantity of alcohol once a week; also known as “binge drinking”. The ultimate consequences of alcohol abuse are so far-reaching that normal functioning is no longer possible.
If this problem is not addressed, alcohol addiction will lead to death. It is safe to say that alcohol addiction is a life-threatening disease. The sooner professional help is sought and accepted for alcohol addiction, the greater the chance of limiting its related physical and psychological damage and the more likely it is that the process can be stopped.