Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol Addiction and Alcoholism is the subject of this Special Report by Carl Arrogante, a family therapist and addiction specialist.

What is alcohol?

Alcohol is classified as a drug. It is a toxic substance that depresses the central nervous system and has the capacity to produce physical and behavioral dependency.

It is the depressant action of alcohol that brings about the most commonly observed effects of drinking.

The initial euphoric effect makes it appear to be a stimulant, however, this soon gives way to lethargy and a less active response as deeper structures of the brain are affected.


Alcohol Addiction and Alcoholism

What are the effects of alcohol?

In small doses alcohol leaves people feeling relaxed and pleasantly happy.

At higher doses, alcohol can cause decreased awareness, impaired judgment, coordination and vision.

At very high levels, it can lead to loss of motor function, stupor, unconsciousness, depressed respiration and even death.

What is alcohol addiction and abuse?

Progressive increases in the frequency and quantity of alcohol consumption can begin to produce more serious medical symptoms of addiction.

Someone abusing alcohol makes drinking the central activity of his or her life, displacing healthy activities and relationships and resulting in negative consequences.

What are the side effects of alcohol?

Hangover, weight gain, high blood pressure, depressed immune system, liver disease, alcohol poisoning, heart or respiratory failure.

What are the withdrawal symptoms of alcohol?

Shakiness, anxiety, depression, fatigue, headache, sweating, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, insomnia, rapid heart rate, delirium tremens, agitation, fever, convulsions and blackouts.


Alcohol Addiction and Alcoholism

Alcohol Addiction and Alcoholism



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