Alcohol Addiction Research Paper

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Abstract
The term “alcoholism” describes a drinker who is mentally and physically dependent on alcohol, and who would most likely have withdrawal symptoms upon trying to quit. This dependence prevents most alcoholics from being able to control when they drink and how much they drink. For that reason, alcoholics usually drink to excess despite the consequences. Alcoholism, like any addiction, is a chronic disorder which involves continued use despite negative consequences and requires ongoing treatment and management. This research paper will cover many aspects of alcoholism including the causes and effects of drinking and different treatment approaches.

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Drinking can cause a person to have a complete personality change and become violent or hostile after drinking. They may also become irritable or panicky during times when a drink is expected. An alcoholic may drink to the point of black out; this is where they don’t remember what they’ve done or said that happened during a bout of drinking. A definite red flag for alcoholism is when a person has to have to drink in the morning when they first wake up.
Physical symptoms also occur after within an individual addicted to alcohol. Such symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, trembling, and loss of appetite. Signs of physical withdrawal after a period of not drinking, such a waking up in the morning, start occurring because their body builds up a tolerance and then can’t function properly without the alcohol. Withdrawal symptoms begin within 6 to 48 hours and peak about 24 to 35 after the last drink of a person with alcoholism. (Alcoholism, 2010).
Most alcoholics won’t admit to having a dependence on alcohol. Due to their reluctance to acknowledge they may have a problem, it could be tricky to diagnose and treat them. So it’s usually up to the people around them to be able to see the signs of alcoholism. Even the most heavily addicted drinker is unlikely to show every sign and symptom, and not every alcoholic will display the same ones.
Causes
Alcoholism doesn’t happen all at once; this disease takes hold of a person slowly, over time. There are

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